Post #42 - Living large in 8 Ft² with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Days away from home - 15.5            

States visited this week – TX, OK, MO

Week - Nov. 18th - 25th

Paige   

It’s very hard to leave our first grandchild, but it was time to go back to work as we will be back in Texas to visit at Christmas. We were able to stay long enough to make sure our daughter was doing fine and comfortable enough with Paige to not need her mother. Brandy needed some time to get in sync with her daughter and learn to rest when the baby rests. We know that if Brandy wants us we can be at her house from just about anywhere in the country within 48 hours. 

Texas to Oklahoma  

When we shut down, we also shut down our businesses income as we are a one truck operation. Taking a week to two weeks significantly hurts our income and to not need to dip into our emergency account we do a lot of planning. Our first load back in service was a short one. After we have been off for a while we really appreciate a short load so that we can get settled back in the truck. It takes a bit to get our clothes, groceries, pet supplies, and odds and ends put away after being out of the truck for a week. It sure feels good though to crawl into our own bed. Our pets, Squeaky and Texas, also always seem to be thrilled to be back home. It is kind of funny to watch both of our pets sleep away, Squeaky on an air ride seat, and Texas laying on the floor, neither knowing that most pets do not live this way.

Missouri to Texas

Well we did not stay out of Texas long! Not long after we delivered in Oklahoma, we were offered another load picking up in Kansas City, MO going back to near Dallas, Texas. As soon as we had the load, we headed to Kansas City, as there is a Casino where we like to park that has a very nice movie theater. We were able to see “Murder on the Orient Express” and thought it was pretty good.  There are spots all over the country that we enjoy for some special reason that has truck parking.

Our load is one that requires special handling. Each piece has to be blanket wrapped and secured in the box to prevent any damage. This is a load of computer servers and while we have moved many of these, this load is really one of the easiest as each server was not shipped in a special container. Some servers we have moved have special crates and we became very adept at taking them out of their specialized containers and rolling them to their new locations.

Week in Review

The weather in San Antonio was very hot and we really did not have enough clothes to stay in that much heat for an extended period. I pack an assortment of clothes, but we usually move quick enough that I do not need a lot of warm weather clothes this time of the year. We have made the decision to stay out on the road over Thanksgiving and go home a little earlier than normal in December to prepare our business for the end of the year and to start getting our truck ready for a driver. We are in the process of spec’ing our new truck and that takes some time to get it perfected.  

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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