Days away from home - 9
States visited this week – TX, LA, MS, TN, AR
Miles driven since leaving home - 5187 Miles
Week – August 26th – September 2nd
Rain, Rain, and more Rain – Hurricane Harvey – Video Shoots
Sunday, bright and early, we headed down to Carl’s Corner Petro Truck Stop with fellow Team Run Smart Pro’s Henry Albert and Jimmy Nevarez for a Freightliner Team Run Smart photo shoot. The sky looked ominous and we made the most of it. On the way from Dallas to Carl’s Corner, we convoyed and took turns feeling the wind currents off each of our trucks due the different aerodynamics we have. As we all pulled into the truck stop, the video started and once we were parked the still shots started. That took a few hours and then we moved onto being filmed as we drove by certain objects and at different speeds. The rain finally came and the video shoot was finished. Jimmy had a load to pick up in Dallas, Henry had a load to deliver in Dallas, and we had a load to pick up in Louisiana, so we all went our separate ways.
The rain did not stop all night and as we picked up our load we learned that many of the streets in the area where closed and they were expecting another ten inches of rain that day. The rain was continuous, but not so hard that we could not see and we were able to continue on at a steady pace. Luckily, we were headed to Kentucky and slowly the rain dissipated and we only had cloudy skies. I had excepted a load that picked up two hundred miles from our delivery and we had plenty of time as we were supposed to unload at eight in the morning. By ten I was getting irritated that they had not started unloading us. We were in contact with the agent to let them know that we were going to be late for our pickup. At last we were unloaded and now I needed to run the speed limit without stopping for anything to make the pickup before they closed. Everything worked out and we made it in the nick of time, but I sure was glad to get out and stretch my legs and use the facilities.
We were headed back to Louisiana and in no time, we were back in the rain. Our beautifully polished truck now is a mess and we have tracked in dirt, mud, and grass. On our way to deliver a load was accepted picking up in Lufkin, Texas and that was getting pretty close to Houston where Harvey had done all of the damage and was continuing to rain. We called the shipper and asked about their conditions and were informed as long as we stayed on the north side of Lufkin all was good. They explained that right before the storm several of their major roads had just been asphalted and the rain destroyed those roads and they were impassible. We had time after we unloaded to go over to the Petro Truck Stop and have some breakfast and get much needed showers. As we were heading back to the truck we got the dreaded call that the load had canceled. So we headed on over to a grocery store to stock up our refrigerator and then start searching for another load. Before very long we were headed back to Arkansas to pick up a load and yep, you got it, going to Lufkin. By now the rain was finally slowing down and we were having periods of sunshine.
After unloading in Lufkin, we started hearing about the fuel shortages in Texas and lack of parking spots as trucks waiting before heading south in to Texas. We were sitting at a Walmart in Lufkin and we knew that would not be a good place to park if we did not get another load so we headed north towards Rockwall, Texas. We had a few load offers but none that were going to be profitable and we turned them down. As we headed towards Rockwall we decided to reserve our parking space as the truck stop was filling up fast. I started thinking of all of the things I wanted to do over the weekend including getting all of the laundry done from the truck show as well as running hard all week. There are lots of places to walk around Rockwall and I was really looking forward to that and then the phone rang… Load picking up ASAP going to Mississippi straight through and we would be close to Memphis and it paid well so as is normal in trucking, plans change. We still had our reserved spot and as we headed to our delivery Henry called and he was on his way to Rockwall to spend the night, and you guessed it, he got to enjoy our reserved spot!
Week in Review
We were tired after the truck show and normally we take Sunday to recover, get laundry done, and get stuff put away, but the photo shoot got in the way and we spent the day working and then driving to our pick up. We spent the week being tired and were very glad that the next weekend was going to be a holiday weekend and maybe we could get caught up not only on rest, but laundry and get the truck cleaned back up. Saturday was spent doing just the laundry and putting everything away. We will be recovered over the weekend and be ready to run until a great event in October where we have the chance to talk to Girl Scouts about women in the trucking industry.
Wishing you safe travels. Till next time Bob & Linda.