Days away from home - 56
States visited this week – OK, AR, NM, AZ, CA, TX, LA, MS, AL, FL
Miles driven since leaving home – 29,076
Week – October 7th – 14th
Before we delivered in California, which was way too near the San Francisco fires, we had another load that picked up in Anaheim going to Palm Bay, Florida for a total of 3,035 miles. Luckily, the load was picking up the next day, so we drifted down the 400 miles towards the shipper. This gave us time to get the truck washed and for us to take showers. Bob called the shipper and inquired if they had room for us to park there for the night. He was informed the hills of Anaheim were on fire and to wait till later to come in, but staying the night on the property was not a problem. The freight was something for satellites and very sensitive to bumps and needed an air ride truck and a special container with lots of padding. The container was about seventeen feet long and only about three foot wide and tall. We arrived at the shipper and the air was filled with smoke but we did not see any flames and before long the smoke had dissipated. The facility had bathrooms we could use and every once in a while, we would go inside and see how much progress was being made on the container. It was slow going as each foam piece was custom cut to fit in the box around the cylinders. Finally, the freight was deemed secured and the box was ready to be loaded and strapped in.
Our trip across the country once again was perfect as it was uneventful and the weather was great. This load was really a non-exciting load as it was not hazmat and had no special needs, so we were both able to leave the truck at the same time. Many of the loads we carry require one person to always be close to the truck and so one of us will go in shower or use the restroom while the other watches the truck. On those types of loads, we always eat in the truck. This is when I am really glad that I do a lot of cooking on the weekends and we are able to heat up meals. As we left Texas and crossed into Louisiana, the elevated roads get pretty rough and I was glad we were in our air ride Cascadia and that our freight had lots of padding. It is really an interesting site looking over the edges of the elevated interstate and wondering how many alligators live down there. Another place I was looking forward to seeing was being able to go through downtown Mobile as normally we have hazmat and we have to drive north and around the down town area. What was neat was, as we got closer to the down town, there was a cruise ship docked and I had no idea cruise ships docked at Mobile. Before I knew it, we were going through the tunnel and out the other side to see a battle ship and driving along the long bridge that is not very high off of the water. Very beautiful area of our country.
As soon as we unloaded in Florida, we high tailed it for Fort Mill, SC to speak with a group of girl scouts about our business and truck driving. After we talked with the girls, groups came out to learn about the inside of the truck as well as the working end of the truck. It was great to hear all of the questions and see their minds at work. We hope in the future they see themselves as business owners or maybe designing or building our future trucks. Squeaky, the cat, took one look at all of the girls and decided it was safer to hide and peak out every once in a while, to see what they were doing or if they were still there. He is a very inquisitive good natured cat that really does not like to be held and the girls really wanted to hold him.
Week in Review
The week ended on a high note showing the girls as well as their parents our truck and talking about what how we make a living. The girls and parents were especially impressed with the OnSpot Chains and learning how they work.
After they learned about trucks, about marketing in the trucking industry, and how the manufacturing plants are managed by women, they had a quiz and were able to earn their transportation badge. Our trip, once again, from coast to coast was uneventful and after one more meeting in Jacksonville, FL we will be headed for the house to gather up our puppy, Texas.
Wishing you safe travels. Till next time,
Bob & Linda.