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Mar 15th, 2013 | By | Category: Jack Schrock's Blog

In a couple of weeks several of us are carpooling to West Texas for the annual Cowboy Poets Convention. One of the stars is the son of a couple who are making the trip with us, approved so the occasion is special to us all.

We have a good friend who spent his working life as a registered Professional Engineer, which means he spent too much time behind a desk. He especially enjoys driving trips and has concluded that he can make this 426 mile trip in six hours. Having spent much of my working life driving on the highways and byways of America, I told him he needed to slow down and take a few breaks along the way. He said that was all a waste of time so his battle plan is to leave at 6:00 a.m. and arrive at noon for lunch.

You readers know this guy up close and personal because you have pulled him out of a ditch more than once and hopefully he always survived. But, what we tend not to realize is that doctors, lawyers, Indian chiefs and yes, engineers have very limited time so when they take a few days off they try to do as much as possible, sometimes way too much for their own good and the good of others.

Everyday on I-35 I see cars with an Illinois tags packed to the gills with kids, pillows, trinkets and toys and a luggage carrier loaded on the trailer hitch. They are driving from Chicagoland to Mexico with only fuel stops in between. Normally, they have taken only a week off from work, so are literally driving themselves to the point of exhaustion, which makes them a real hazard.

I tried to tell my buddy how foolish he was, especially on balding tires, but he wouldn’t listen. In fact, none of these speed balls will listen so let’s all plan on staying out of their way as they come flying by on a three-day trip to the gulf from the Midwest.

In fact, Joan and I will take the back roads and let them have the superslab.