First, this happened (525/630 - holy torque, Batman):

But then this happened:

Turns out that zip-ties can and do fail.

Less than a buck’s worth of plastic finally worked itself loose over the course of six years and 25,000 miles allowing part of the wiring harness to fall onto the two inch headers.

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This, for obvious reasons, is a very bad thing.

And that’s how I wound up driving a nearly 55-foot long, twelve-thousand-pound Rig a full 1,477.7 miles over the course of 31-and-a-half hours.

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Some highlights from the trip:

  • Thirteen miles-per-gallon
  • A gas station attendant commenting “you ain’t never done this ‘fore, haveya?” somewhere in northern West Virginia
  • A U-Haul trailer tire being changed via forklift after a couple guys stopped by - seriously, dudes just pulled up in a construction van, hopped out and went to work - and re-seated the flat tire so I could limp the two miles to the station.

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It’s been a weird month.