A row of beauties in my husband's life as Earthmoving Plant Manager. These trucks, CAT 773 and 60 tonners, were his pride and joy.
While working on a gold mine in Guinea, West Africa, my husband managed the earthmoving plant for a large South African company. He and his collegues where known as the contractors while I, who worked for the gold mining company, was employed by the Client. (Ahem!)
One sunny Sunday, I along with my friend Morag on my right, her husband, Ronnie on her right with Mick on my left, drove the CAT 773 tip trucks along the mine haul road
One day, late in July 2004, my husband told me several other expats had asked if they could drive these monoliths and he'd obtained permission from the General Manager for them to do so. He said this would take place the following day, Sunday, and would I like to join them? Never one to pass up an oppotunity, especially one as adventurous as this, I immediately said yes please!
Notwithstanding the fact that this was a huge 60 tonner tip-truck, the power steering was easy and the vehicle had 15 gears, all automatic.
So there we were, four of us expats, each with a co-driver from my husband's company, taking a drive down the haul road in these huge trucks. You can see by the grin on my face (the crow's feet around my eyes show I'm grinning!) how much I was enjoying myself.
I drove into the mine pit pictured above, (they're all open cast) turned the vehicle and parked it. My husband got out and kindly took several photos of me.
I showed hubby how to operate the video feature on my camera and there's 44 second movie of me driving the CAT 773 down the haul road. You can hear me telling him that the camera's recording now and then you can hear him, ever the terrified passenger, (lol) telling me to release the handbrake and check for other vehicles.
I can truly say I spent three wonderful years living and working in Guinea, West Africa. I also had many unique experiences and this was one of them.
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