Days away from home - 10
States visited this week – MO, TX, OK, KS, IA, and AR
Miles drove since leaving home – 4,122
Casino - Iowa
Our first stop with our Casino load was in Iowa. I find it odd to be driving through the country and looking at the crops and all of a sudden there sits a very nice casino with large hotel and acres of parking. We arrived in the evening with plenty of time to play with Texas and have a meal together. Bob talked to the gaming people to find out where they wanted us in the morning and to let them know we had arrived. We were told a nice area to park and what time to back into the docks. After unloading our machine, we picked up a few items that needed repaired and took them to Oklahoma City for delivery the next day. As we headed south we encountered the wind and our fuel mileage dropped slightly as we were buffeted about. We continued fighting on as we would not arrive in Oklahoma City till late in the night and we had an early morning appointment to deliver our load.
Back to Texas
On Tuesday a very nice load had come across the computer in the truck for a Friday pickup. Our delivery in Oklahoma City on Thursday was about 400 miles away from that pick up so we did not call on the load. Well the load resurfaced on Wednesday and Bob called the agent and a reasonable offer was reached to pay for our dead head to pick up that load. We were happy to get this load as the people at this shipper are great to work with and we enjoy catching up with them and what they have been up to. This was going to be my load, picked up and delivered on my shift with just enough time for me to deliver. After delivery, Bob took over driving and drove his shift to get us home. Bob had a very important appointment he did not want to miss.
Indy car Series
Looking back in time to how this all came about is rather funny. Many years ago, at the first Expedite Expo in Wilmington, Ohio, I was asking a driver who had brought in a new straight truck about the truck and the sleeper. I did not know this person and at the time I thought wow you sure don’t know much about the truck you are driving…. and I moved on. That night we met him again and were properly introduced and I realized why he didn’t know much about the truck, he was part of the family that made the sleeper. There was even more to that story as he had been overseas at that time with an Indy car and really was out of touch with what was happening in the trucking world. Needless to say, after that goofy meeting we all became friends and have done a lot of different types of shows together. Last year he went back to work full time with Dale Coyne Racing and we have stayed in touch. Don called last year and asked if he needed some help would we be able to help him? Of course, the answer was yes. On this trip he needed Bob’s help with the car for a week and so Bob is off on his grand adventure culminating in attending a live race in Birmingham, AL on Sunday April 22, 2018.
With Bob gone I spent my time working around the house and doing a spring cleaning on the inside of the truck. It has been nice to fuss around the house doing stuff I normally do not have the time to do. Our daughter who lives here does a great job of keeping up with everything so I do extras. Wash windows, mow for her, clean out drawers, wipe down cabinets, and really something I enjoy doing; getting all of our clothes ironed. Not to be left out of the racing week, my oldest daughter, Nicki, and I drove to Pevely, MO to watch the World of Outlaws race.
Bob was a little envious as we both believe the World of Outlaw saying “The Greatest Show on Dirt”. Luck was with us as my favorite driver of all time, Sammy Swindell, was racing and as he is in his sixties, I really did not expect to ever see him race again. It was a nice but cold evening and the racing was fantastic.
We ran for a little over a week and we were able to run hard and make pretty good money. With the business that we have, we are able to say yes to a lot of opportunities and this was a dream of a life time for Bob. Who knows, maybe we will be waving at you from the pits of the Indy 500 next month! Be kind to all that you meet as you just never know.
Wishing you safe travels. Till next time,
Bob & Linda.