Reviewed by William A. 8/27/2008
CO to CA move BLOG, DAY 1, Entry 3
So my next stop is to get my new wheels for the next two days. It's here.
*Stardate 2008. Capt William's Starship Penske 27 Footer, begins it's maiden voyage, to go where no man has gone before.* (Well I am in Rawlins, Wyoming, good lord.)
These guys rent Penske trucks, which after shopping for a few online I recommend. Aggressive discounts, new fleets, diesel powered.
Turns out I had actually rented a small truck from these guys once before to help someone move.
Their service is fast, friendly, I recommend this place.
My Penske 27 foot is an large beast. I splurge $75 for full insurance, which now allows me to replay Smokey and the Bandit and not pay a penny. My rentee informs me that the #1 accident is people driving a 12' vehicle into a non 12' high space - 5 so far this year. He doesn't tell me how many ended up headless. Point noted.
It's a little intimidating beast, but I have driven all manor of vehicles, and towed a trailer behind an SUV 1000 miles down the Mexican Baja through the mountains on white knuckled narrow roads. I can do this. It's hard to hear the cell over the roar of the diesel engine, but that may help ensure I get to CA live. Tomorrows conf calls should be interesting.
I learn quickly this vehicle has a governor that stops it from going over 70 mph. I cursed that a few times today, but given fuel prices, and the mass of this thing, it's probably for the better.
I load up and head to my house, then to storage.
The best laid plans.... the && Democratic Convention is in town, less than 2 miles from my house. I am driving a monster truck, the streets are full of people, and blocked off. After the 3 person with headphones on steps in front of me, I ponder if I'd be to blame if my multi ton vehicle smushed them....
The main road/bridge to my hood is blocked. I shake my fist at cops and Secret Service. I am told later I got off easy, many trucks were stopped and searched. Guess Karma is holding out so far overall then...still I am mad enough I wonder who the Libertarian candidate is.....