It’s here again: Sugar Cane season. It’s always a gas to see trucks of all shapes and sizes brimming full of brown sugar cane sticks on highways and main ways everywhere. The Cane, or Caña, as it’s called in Spanish is harvested from December – March, give or take a couple weeks on either end. The harvest season lasts 4 months because plants mature at different rates, and also because there is so much caña you cannot harvest it all at once.
I want to share this post with you all because though I have witnessed trucks roaring past full of sugar cane since my first visit here years back, for the first time ever, this past weekend, I got to witness a MASSIVE loading zone where all the action starts. There had to be about 30 tractor trailor trucks, all waiting in line, one after the other. It was so impressive I made my husband stop the car so I could shoot it all.
First, I show you several trucks milling about on my left…it looks like a red truck party, doesn’t it?
This is a Sunday. They’re all empty, waiting to get filled up with Cane. We also noticed a group of 4 buses in one of the sugar cane fields. We figure they must have bussed in people to work in the fields and they were hanging around for them to finish. I don’t think they’re silly enough to put cane inside the buses. So here is the train, below..
Some truckers make themselves at home while they wait. Two hammocks are strung up under this truck, I think it’s a clever setup.
…this picture could have been better, but I had to take it from inside the car, my husband started to drive away without me, no longer humoring the photo shoot
We drove off, the trucks and drivers of this sugar cane train riding off into the sunset behind us, and remarking to ourselves how many trucks there were, a lot of them double-carred. And then, a full 4 minutes later….
Another “train” appears, with a good 15 more trucks! I wondered if this was the same plantation owner or not: