Post #40 - Living large in 8 Ft² with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Days away from home - 62   

States visited this week – NC, SC, GA, FL, AL, MS, TN, IL, MO, OK, TX, NM, AZ

Miles driven since leaving home – 33,079   

Week – October 14th – 21st

I want to go HOME!   

After the Girl Scout event in Fort Mill, SC, we went to Jacksonville, Florida for an all-day meeting on Monday. Bright and early Monday morning we booked a load picking up on Tuesday in Orlando going to Laurel, Mississippi with a straight through delivery. Laurel is about 644 miles from home and it was very tempting to drop off our load and continue on home. Usually, we are pretty laid back about when we get home unless we have an appointment. This time though we need to pick up our puppy, Texas, who has gained a little over twenty pounds since we last saw her and is now up to 55 pounds. Another looming date is the birth of our first grandchild, due by November 11th in San Antonio, Texas. We want to be there for the birth and then stay for as long as needed to help out our daughter and maybe even stay for Thanksgiving. After we delivered though, common sense took over and we decided to wait and see if we could get a load closer to home. We headed to the closest truck stop and had breakfast. 

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Yuma, Arizona

Well, the phone did ring with an unusual request of an agent needing a team truck, a lift gate, had to be leased on to our carrier (could not use an outside carrier), and he was willing to pay our dead head to pick up the load over eight hundred miles away. I told him to please try and find another truck as we wanted to go home and Arizona is not home. Well, he called back and said I really need you for this load and here is the pay. So, we said yes as he was in a bind and to make matters worse we had to drive through Saint Louis to deliver this load. After we deliver, if we do not have another load, we will have to decide do we stay in Yuma, do we go towards Tucson or Phoenix, or do we head for California that has lots of loads? This will be the last load going in the wrong direction as we are cutting our time to close for my comfort.

Meetings

Our meetings at our carrier’s headquarters were fun and exhausting. We brainstormed all day working on a project and at the end of the day, my brain hurt. Lunch was spent wisely, as well as talking about the project. It is exciting and fun to be included as we normally do not get a chance to brainstorm for that many hours with so many intelligent, exciting people. There was a little time built into the day before the meeting and after the meeting to visit face to face with people we normally only talk to on the phone. Now, when we call, we can visualize who we are talking with. Fantastic day, all in all.

Week in Review

Another crazy week went by and we are still trying to get home. The money and freight are fantastic and it is hard to say no, but family always comes first and it is getting to crunch time of not having a choice. When we get home, we need to spend a couple of days moving Texas back into the truck, adding our winter tires, changing the closet door for Squeaky, and adding a few more winter clothes. Looking towards the next few months we do not know how long we will be in San Antonio if we will be able to run any short loads, or when we will be back on the road full time. Luckily for our business, we can tailor it quickly to fit most circumstances.

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"

Expediter Commercial Driver

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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