In our specialized fleet, we run in to a vast spectrum of emotions from the people we meet while hauling these Windmill Blades. We see everything from "The Bird" to the Thumb's Up. The opinions of these incredible machines varies from person to person. The biggest complaint we hear is that the Towers block up the natural beauty. The second biggest complaint we hear is that the Towers kill birds, irritate the livestock, and make farmers dizzy while harvesting their crops. We hear that the Towers are loud when they are on line. Before I go any farther with this, let me address the issues I just mentioned. We are out here in these fields, around these Towers. We adore the view with the mountains and the Towers together. Man and Nature coming together to produce something good for all of us. As for the birds, well, it's survival of the fittest. Inevitably, only the smartest birds will contribute to the gene pool. The Towers are only going to affect the stupid birds. We see livestock (cattle, horses, sheep, deer) laying at the bases all the time. Contentedly grazing or dozing in the sun. I, myself, think the only reason the farmers get dizzy around the Towers while harvesting is because they are watching the Blades spin as they cut their crops. That would make anyone dizzy. Standing at the base of one of these 300 foot Towers, there is so little noise that you almost have to strain to hear it. Close your eyes and picture this in your mind..... An old lady on an old wooden front porch sweeping it off with an old straw broom. That is the only noise I have ever heard any Tower make.
Spending the night at a jobsite is usually a treat. Maybe I am strange.... I love to watch the red lights on top of the Towers as they blink like a million stars lighting up the fields. It's quiet and we love to sit out on the trailer and have a cup of coffee before the rest of the world wakes up.
We have run into towns (no names) that didn't want the Towers there. Didn't want to see the Towers at all. There have been issues of damage to keep the Towers from going up. I just don't see the problem. Honestly, I don't. The Towers themselves produce revenue for each town. The Construction crews provide revenue.... the Erection crew, the electricians, the Pilot Cars, the Truck drivers.... everyone involved will invariably spend money in that town and that's good for town growth. That's how I see it. But then, you also have Truck Stops, stores, fuel stops, motels, that have to try to cash in even more and raise the rates and make it nearly impossible to make a living out here.
But then we will have a job where everyone loves what we are doing and makes us all feel welcome. We have little kids in cars that crane their necks to see us as we go by... people who are standing on a street corner watching us making our turns with a look of joy and wonder... people who come up and shake our hands and ask questions.
We are playing a part in something awesome. A huge part of our Nation's renewable energy comes from the Towers. Nothing bad is produced from these Towers. I feel proud as I watch my Husband drive the huge Blades. It amazes me that he can steer this load through all the turns. It is awesome and I am so proud of him for what he does. So folks, if you happen to see a Windmill Component going down the road, please be patient and give them the room they need to make their turns. They will be out of your way shortly.