Days away from home - 20
States visited this week – TX, LA, AR, TN, AL, KY, MO
Miles drove since leaving home – 11,699
Early Morning Stress
We had a great thirty-four hour mandatory restart in San Antonio spending time with our granddaughter and her mom and dad. While we were getting our restart, the Cascadia was parked in a very secure location behind locked gates. A few years ago, we found a storage place near our children’s house that allows us to park at their facility. What a relief to have the truck safe while we visit and relax. On Monday morning though, it was back to work. We headed north to pick up our light load of 274 pounds delivering in Louisiana. Our load delivered in Baton Rouge and was I ever glad that I entered the city in the wee hours of the morning. The roads were very narrow with lots of twists and turns. I knew once we delivered, I was going to have to go out the same way and I just could not wait (little sarcasm there). My luck did not hold and on our way out as we came upon an accident at a very important intersection and we were directed to an old neighborhood with NO TRUCKS signs. As I dodged tree limbs, we were able to see some really beautiful old houses, but wow was I glad to get back on better roads and finally reaching the interstate.
Time to fuel, eat breakfast, shower, and get moving again – we hoped
One of our biggest expenses is fuel and we do not just fuel willy-nilly. We do some research to get the most fuel for the money we pay. As you might guess, we have an app for that. Our first concern was getting fuel and that was accomplished rather easily, then we gathered up our shower bags and headed for the building to get a shower. There are many times when we have to make decisions due to time on what is the most important thing to accomplish. First is always fuel as we need to be able to move quickly if we accept an ASAP pick up on a load. Next, the debate is do we get sleep, shower, or eat and there are many times that sleep wins out. In this instance, though, we choose to shower first just in case we got a load that needed an ASAP pickup. We did get a load, but we were left with enough time to have breakfast as the load did not pick up till bright and early in Arkansas the next morning.
Alabama – Kentucky, and back to Laredo
Once we were unloaded in Alabama, we headed over to the Dodge City Petro and had our oil changed while waiting for a load. This is one of our favorite truck stops as the parking lot is huge and there is plenty of room to play ball and Frisbee with Texas. Not too long after our oil change, we got a load offer picking up the next morning in Kentucky going down to Laredo with as ASAP delivery. The load paid enough that we decided yes, we would take it and hope for another load headed for the house as we had an appointment in Portland, Oregon.
Love to Fly! The Future of Cascadia’s
We were not able to snag a load to Saint Louis which was probably a very good thing as something happened to me that rarely happens. I got sick and was very sick to my stomach that it required me always holding a trash can. The ill feeling came to me before we unloaded and continued to get worse as I drove north. I finally stopped on the other side of San Antonio and we were able to switch drivers and I promptly went back to bed. I am here to tell you that it is not fun being sick in a truck that is always moving, slowing, stopping, moving forward again constantly, while my stomach was feeling very ill. Finally, I did get sick and that is when I started to feel better and was able to get much-needed sleep. I was able to get up at my normal time and by 4:30 am I was on the road almost back to my old self but still pretty leery of putting any food in my stomach. With each hour though, I felt better.
Our flight was out of Saint Louis with a short layover in Denver, then on to Portland, Oregon for our Freightliner Team Run Smart team meetings. We were going to get a glimpse of the future of Freightliner Cascadia’s and give our feedback. Very exciting times are coming and it is fascinating to listen to the engineers talk about what they are working on and how they want the finished product to look and work. We have been a Freightliner Team Run Smart Pro for the past five years and have become very close to our fellow pro’s and enjoy spending time together. While in Portland, the Team had a great adventure in an Escape Room and I am proud to say we did escape in the time allotted. In no time at all, it was time to fly back to Saint Louis with visions of our next truck dancing around in our head.
Freight volumes are still high and we are really enjoying how hard we are running and the income we are producing. Our business allows us to do some pretty cool things and something that I am looking forward to in the next week with a very special family member.
Wishing you safe travels. Till next time,
Bob & Linda.