Okay, this is supposed to be a boxing blog so I don’t know why I’m writing about car-jacking a forklift! – Alright it’s like 02:00 – still a lot of light and I walked off the gangway and looked left and then right. Where the hell has the forklift gone?
So I walk from warehouse to warehouse until…
There he is! – That’s Pegasus! Shit look at how much light there still is at 02:00! Does Norway ever get dark in the summer?
I’ve never driven a forklift before in my life but damn me I’ll not leave this trip without taking him for a gallop around the yard.
So I open the door and climb in…
YES! Someone’s left the keys in!
So the first thing I notice is the 3 pedals… Wait – aren’t these things meant to be automatic transmission? So what does that far left pedal do? Shit!
I run back inside and Google up “How to drive a forklift”. After a bit of digging I find out that it’s called an “inching pedal” – it works like a clutch in a manual car so you can manouver the forklift gently (when you’re trying to lift something up). I don’t need to use this pedal though because I’m not going to be lifting anything. Pegasus and me are going for a joy ride – we’re not working. This is strictly pleasure, not business.
So I turn the keys in the ignition. Nothing. What the hell. I look around.
Wooo! Look at all those buttons!
That lever that’s shaped as a “T” – that’s forward and reverse and it was stuck in forward so I flicked that into the middle (hopefully that’s neutral) and tried the ignition again. Pure guesswork…
Pegagus roars into life…
I’m pumped by now. This is awesome.
So then I take him for a spin. I’m a little cautious at first on the accelerator but he’s a very forgiving beast and then I go a bit faster and unleash the beast.. all 15 km/h (10 mph). Air con blasting in my face – I’m grinning like a child on Christmas Eve. Pegasus is very tempremental. He doesn’t feel very stable though and there’s this constant beeping which I’m trying to ignore but it’s all part of the fun.
A couple of laps around the yard and…
… we’re parked. Look at how much light there is! I can’t get over that! It’s still only 02:10 in the morning!!!
Gone in 60 seconds? It was more like 600 seconds. But Pegasus’ been working all day and I’ve just had an hour’s training session not so long ago so we’re both a little tired.
(You would never guess I’m a 37 year old man, would you? My poor wife!)
Pegasus (Ancient Greek: Πήγασος, Pḗgasos; Latin: Pegasus, Pegasos) is one of the best known creatures in Greek mythology. He is a winged divine stallion also known as a horse usually depicted as pure white in color. He was sired by Poseidon, in his role as horse-god, and foaled by the GorgonMedusa.