Days away from home - 12
States visited this week – MO, TX, OK, NM, AZ, AR
Miles driven since leaving home – 3,911
In all of our years of trucking we have never been home as much as we have this year. Our oldest daughter had abdominal surgery and needed our help. I took her to the hospital and stayed with her till it was time to bring her home. The hospital is about sixty miles away and it seemed a lot easier to stay with her then to drive back and forth. After spending the night in a chair that did not recline I was questioning my decision. This stay reminded me that hospitals are not a place to be if you want to sleep. We were both glad when she was released and we could head for home. While she is on the pain medication, she cannot drive and so we will spend the week with her until her younger sister can stay with her for the following week. By then, she should be as good as new and able to drive.
Our luck was awful in Arizona trying to get a load going towards the middle of the country so we could go home. We sat over the weekend in Eloy and it was HOT! I was born and raised in Arizona and am still amazed by the heat. After all of these years though, I have to say I still prefer the dry heat to humidity. On Monday, we got a few calls and nothing worked out. On Tuesday, we decided to give it till evening and we would start heading east empty. Well, no load, so we headed towards Oklahoma City and finally just as we arrived in Oklahoma City we got a load picking up in northern Texas going to Arkansas that worked out well. What a slow week and not something we really needed. We made it home early Saturday morning.
Working on the truck
As an owner operator our work is never done. Bob had a lot he wanted to do to the truck during this time. We needed new steer tires and he made an appointment to get those on. This time we went away from our normal tire and will be trying a Yokohama tire to see how they work out. He was able to get both of these tires for under $1000 dollars. Next, he moved on to fixing our lift gate. Last time home we were going to do a video about how our lift gate works and some of the great features. Bob turned the lift gate on and nothing, he worked on it, still nothing, the circuit board was fried, so he ordered a new one. His next big project was to refinish the floor in the box. Many times, when we haul explosives, the loaders block and brace the boxes which require them to nail boards to our floor. Sometimes I believe they get paid by the nail as they go crazy with the nail gun. The sealer that Bob bought fills in the holes and all of the other nicks and dings the floor has gained over the years. He has stayed very busy and the truck will be in great working order when we leave home.
It has been very difficult to go out and come back home so quickly. Our stress level has risen as we are constantly looking for loads going in a certain direction and that is not how expediting works. Knowing we are going to be back home has also let us get sloppy and we have left important items at home. Usually, we do very well gathering up everything we need, so this has also added to our stress. Hopefully this is our last time home for a while and we can look forward to enjoying great weather while out making money.
Wishing you safe travels. Till next time,
Bob & Linda.