Post #35 - Living large in 8 Ft2 with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Days away from home - 29   

States visited this week - IL, IN, KY, TN, SC, GA, FL

Miles driven since leaving home - Miles 13,190     

Week - September 9th – September 16th

Hurricane Irma

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Week of Patience

Coordinating the State Farm deliveries can be an exercise in patience as we wait for the powers that be to decide where we are going and what we are taking.  Our first load consisted of a pallet of bottled water and office supplies that went to what used to be the State Farm Office in Charleston, SC. After delivery, we returned to Rock Hill to wait for our next directions.  We had to wait a day as State Farm worked out the coordinates and where we would take the supplies.  The call was finally received and we were headed to Florida with a drop in Jacksonville, Daytona Beach, Orlando, and finally Winter Haven, then back up to South Carolina.  We will, I am sure, work over the weekend as well as the many agents and adjusters to look at everyone’s vehicles and get all of the claims settled.

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HURRY. HURRY. WAIT.

Due to how hard we had been running we were also running short on hours and made a radical decision.  We picked up in Bloomington, IL and took a load of chairs to Birmingham, Alabama, around 640 miles from door to door.  The decision was made for me to drive back to Rock Hill and let Bob get a rolling restart and then we would repeat the procedure for me.  We have been running team for thirteen years and my shift always ends at the latest by 4 or 16:00 as when the sun goes down so does Linda.  This time though I needed to run till after 7 or 19:00 and it was going to be a full steady day running the speed limit of about 70 MPH all of the way.  What a day and one I do not care to repeat, ducking in and out of traffic, passing other trucks, and then ducking in the so the cars that were speeding could pass me all the long day.  I made it but I was mentally exhausted.  The truck rides and drives well enough that my shoulders did not hurt.  Of course, then the load was not ready the next day and I got my restart in the truck sitting at the truck stop. With trucking, we never know.

Tree’s not where they are supposed to be

On the way over to Charleston, we saw a lot of downed trees and lots of leaves everywhere.   Many trees were laying down, branches ripped off of trees, and leaves covered the ground.  People were hard at work cleaning up around their homes as well as around businesses.  The tree trimmers as well as landscape crews will be hard at work for a few weeks.

Week in Review

Our week was typical in Expediting; run like crazy then sit and wait.  It can be frustrating sitting in the background not knowing what all decisions are being made and the work that is being done to find a location to set up a temporary office.  Our agent, Greg, is good about keeping us in the loop as soon as he knows something, but he also is not the first to know. Today we delivered to temporary offices created at a Lowes and a Home Depot and I am sure the arrangements take time to close the deal.

Wishing you safe travels. Till next time,

Bob & Linda.

See more from Bob and Linda at their Team Run Smart blog "On the Road with Bob and Linda Caffee"

Commercial Driver Expediter

Linda Caffee

About Linda Caffee

Bob and Linda started their driver careers after their children left home for college in 2000. Bob started as a driver for a large motor carrier with Linda as a rider. They decided to enter the Expedite industry as team drivers in 2005. Both, Bob and Linda have had their Class A licenses since the early 80's starting out driving in the oil field and hauling grain as fill in drivers where Bob worked as a diesel mechanic. Linda worked at the local country courthouse in data processing. Bob and Linda have become industry leaders by sharing their use of new technology and techniques to improve performance and living standards while on the road.

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