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Posted 10/16/19 (Wed)


We were lucky. Real lucky.  
I’m sure you have seen the stories and the pictures of last week’s snow storm in North Dakota. For an October storm, it was a doozy. Up to two or three feet of snow and strong winds. But we missed it here in the west. I guess by about 50 miles.
Two days before the storm, we decided to bring cows home from a pasture we had rented over in Kidder County, 160 miles east of here. I know, I know, you say I must be crazy. Don’t tell me. Shirley has made that abundantly clear.
Thanks to a friend, I was able to borrow a truck and trailer. A big truck. One with all those wheels.
Now, as I’ve often mentioned to Shirley, “I used to be a hotshot.”
A hotshot was a delivery guy in the oil field. We hauled lots of stuff. Pipe, mud motors, drill bits, sucker rod… Whatever was needed. We hauled with a pickup. I haven’t driven much truck in a lot of years.
So I crawled up in this big rig and hit the road. There are lots of gears in a big truck. Like 13 of them I guess. I’m not sure. They say it’s like riding a bike. Once you get started, it stays with you. Evidently they never crawled up in a big truck in a hurry to beat the storm.
Since I was empty, I didn’t need all of those gears. I found a couple that got me going and once on the highway, I could find a high enough gear to roll along pretty good. Oh, it was kind of tough at first. Occasionally I would come to a standstill after making a turn and missing a gear. Or missing several gears. If you happened to pass a big truck with a long trailer sitting on the shoulder of the road last week and wondered what was wrong, it was nothing. Just me.
But thanks to that neighbor, and a couple others, when the storm hit, our cows were safely home.  
Others weren’t so lucky. The pictures that have been posted show the devastation that was caused by a late spring, cool summer, and early winter. Crops are still in the fields. Beans, beets, corn, and a lot of wheat are snowed or mudded in. It was warm enough, I don’t think the cattle losses will be great, but any loss is heartbreaking and the mental toll is exhausting.
Hopefully, you and your neighbors are alright. I can thank our neighbors that we are.