Dick Snows Diary 14/02/1984

Up at 0630hrs. Hyundia Agent & Som Dat arrived at 1000hrs. Clear at 1200hrs but must unload at Talafar first. This agent difficult. Load must go to Eski Mosul 79km from Mosul. It’s an Indian site, arrived at 1500hrs no labour available (typical). Unload at 0130hrs. Checked there goods but difficult because all pallets unloaded by hand. They have 15 pallets plus the loose packets. No Hyundia seen.

Parked up: Mosul, IRQ.

Dick Snows Diary 13/02/1984

Up all night blocked in car park by drivers who had gone to sleep. Managed to get out by 0730hrs. So it was not so long after I jumped the queue! Arrived Mosul at 1030hrs and went straight to customs. I must wait to unload 12 pieces in customs warehouse. Washed cab out and replaced light on night heater. Tony came past at 1600hrs en route to Saudi Arabia.

Parked up: Mosul, IRQ.

Dick Snows Diary 08/02/1984

Wednesday 08/02/1984

Crossed into Greece but cannot make it to the border before it closes, so a nice quiet run down. Stop at Kavala for eats and again at Port Lagos for nice fish meal. 1000 Drachs and then on to the border. Arrived at midnight.

Parked up: Ipsala, TR.

Thursday 09/02/1984

Cleared for transit at 1100hrs and proceeded to Istanbul. Dropped of a couple of hikers and then onto Tuzla. Brake drums overheating so stop for half hour. Reached Düzce where I am parking for the night at 2045hrs. In company with Tony Soameson. Good weather, dry and warm. Some rain earlier.

Parked up: Düzce, TR.

Friday 10/02/1984

Left Düzce at 0530hrs and stopped Ankara. Did washing and had a Turkish bath. Telex Astran about problems in Graz and then proceeded to Askaray. Nice sunny day and looks like getting warmer.

Parked up: Askaray, TR.

Dick Snows Diary 05/02/1984

Sunday 05/02/1984

Late getting up 0930hrs. Cleaned cabin and did various other jobs. Had a shower and washed some clothes. Tried trailers on 2nd pin but to close to cabin. Had dinner at 1830hrs and then went to bed at 2100hrs. Can drive in 1 hours time, temp +2’C so there shouldn’t be too much black ice. I hope!!

Parked up: Liezen, A.

Monday 06/02/1984

Had repairs done by Scania Graz and then carried on to Yugoslavia with Tony. He is running much quicker than me because my speedo is reading about 7km high, needs calibrating. Road very bad and trailer is “whipping”. I parked near Ruma but Tony has gone on.

Parked up: Ruma, YU.

Tuesday 07/02/1984

Departed Ruma at 0600hrs can’t see any point in working day and night when Astran don’t appreciate it, they only want more. Stop to see if I can help John Paxton 1130hrs, caught Tony again. Stop Nis for washing / eat. Crossed into Bulgaria and drove until midnight. That seems to much for me but Tony must make it to Riyhad in 14 days or loose money.

Parked up: Nr Bulgarian / Greek Border, BG.

Dick Snows Diary 02/02/1984

Thursday 02/02/1984

Sailed at 1900hrs Dover to Zeebrugge, enroute to Mosul & Baghdad.

Possibly get weekended in Austria?

Parked up: Gent, B.

Friday 03/02/1984

Arrived Zeebrugge 0100hrs. Parked at Gent until 0930hrs. Crossed into Germany at 1230hrs and break whilst doing paperwork. Very strong crosswinds all day. At junction of U61/U89 the autobahn was blocked for sometime by overturned trailer. At Brohltal temp was 2’C. Sleet at 1620hrs Mosel temp 1’C. 1630hrs 0’C. 1700hrs 2’C, rain and strong winds again. Not one of my good days. Possibly get weekended Germany / Austria.

Parked up: Hockenheimring, D.

Saturday 04/02/1984

Away at 0300hrs and drive to Greding, fill up with Diesel and park until 0800hrs. Checked wheel nuts. Passed Tony Soamesen at 1040hrs parked at Hochfellen. Into Austria and had two hours only to drive. Tacho packed up just before Liezen, where Tony and I parked for the weekend. Very Tired.

Parked up: Liezen, A.