Post #36 - Living large in 8 Ft2 with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

Days away from home: 36

States visited this week: South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas

Miles driven since leaving home: 16,018

Week: September 16th - September 23rd

Surprise, Surprise

Florida

Once again, we were sent down to Florida. This time it was to Fort Myers with two drops, one to a parking lot and one to an office building. The first drop went very smooth with lots of help and supervision as they were all waiting for their day to start. This type of environment is always fun because they all have a million questions about our truck, fuel mileage, and what all we have on the truck. It is funny to watch the faces as we talk about our Onspot Chains and how well they work in our operation. Our next drop was a little trickier because the pallets would not fit through the office door. We had to unload the pallet, load onto a cart, and then restack everything inside. One pallet was very light with just boxes but that other pallet... The second pallet was water bottles and it was stacked high!Water bottles.jpg With all of us working together and a little sweat, we moved all the water into the office and restacked it. We had most of our steps in for the day before nine in the morning and that is always a bonus.

Cut Loose

On our way back to Rock Hill, SC, we were told that the customer was all caught up and that they did not need our services anymore. There was no doubt in my mind that we would have another load quickly and I was right though it was kind of funny how it happened. I created flyers highlighting our truck, us, and all our qualifications which I sent out to agents. I was working away letting everyone know we were available for a load when I looked down at my phone and realized I had missed a call from an agent. I immediately called them back and he said, "Well, I had this load going to Laredo but..." Then, he said, "Well, can you haul 12,400 pounds of freight? I said, "Well, yes." The price per mile he offered was very agreeable and he said the load would be ready after 12 for pick up before 3 and I said sure! A load delivering to Laredo on a Friday with our daughter and son-in-law living in San Antonio meant a weekend spent with our kids. I was super excited to get moving.

Week in Review

In our business, we never know from one day to the next what we will be doing or where we will be. When an opportunity presents itself, we grab it with both hands and I am excited when it also means we can spend time with our children. As I was driving, my mind was whirling with all the stuff I wanted to do with Brandy like getting a pedicure, doing laundry, grocery shopping, cooking, as well as spending quality time with family. If we were at our former jobs, we would have had to get vacation time for this trip.

Wishing you safe travels. Till next time, Bob & Linda.

 

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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