Post #60 - Living large in 8 Ft² with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Days away from home - 12            

States visited this week – WI, ND, CA, MT, NV, MO

Miles driven since leaving home – 8,712

It has been awhile …

We left the house for upper Wisconsin and then over to Grand Forks, ND, then down to California. This is a part of the country we are not often in and we were delivering into the small area of Spooner, WI. Talk about beautiful and remote; remote enough my phone did not have signal very often. We traveled on many two-lane roads to Spooner and then over to Grand Forks, what a pleasant beautiful drive.  Two lane roads are usually my favorite as I enjoy the scenery, I am just glad it was summer and not winter. The trees were majestic and there were many beautiful houses tucked in among them. I saw a log cabin dog house for sale that was really cute. After loading in Grand Forks, we started for California and I knew part of that drive was going to be on back roads from Montana to Nevada, and I could not wait till it would be my turn to drive again.

Elk – Elk – Elk - Snow

Since we had plenty of time to get to our destination, I was not in my usual driving attire and I was wearing shorts.  What a silly time to choose to we wear shorts as the dash read out said the outside temperature was 42 degrees and in one town I drove through people were wearing jackets and warm hats.  I told Texas I was not sure she was going to be getting out for a walk this morning.  As the sun came up I could clearly see there was snow still on the tops of the mountains in June.  There were also a few small groups of Elk grazing beside the road and am I glad they stayed on their side of the fence.  Talk about large gorgeous animals that I have no desire to meet up close and personal.  Luckily the two groups I saw were all still fine after I drove past.

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Airport to Airport

This is a load that always baffles us…. We pick up at one freight forwarder at an airport and take the freight to another freight forwarder at a different airport.  This load picked up at the airport in South San Francisco, CA and delivered to the airport in Kansas City, MO.  The load was equipment and required no special services.  We were happy to get the load as it picked up Friday morning and delivered straight through to Sunday morning.  Weekend loads are really great except they cut into our time of getting our weekly chores done.  No problems though as soon as we unloaded we got to the Oak Grove Petro Stopping Center and quickly got our laundry done and the truck cleaned up.

Early Monday morning

I had just settled into a corner booth at the Oak Grove Petro to get some work done on the computer when the phone rang that changed our plans for the week.  A load picking up some distance away that would allow us to stop by the house and get our mail, take a shower, and then get back on down the road to pick up our load first thing Tuesday morning.  This was backed up by another load that would have us finish out the week.  Not often do we have a whole week planned out Monday morning.   This plan was exciting for two reasons: 

  1. We would need to spend the weekend in a safe haven which would give me plenty of time to catch up and finish out the month of receipts.
  2. After unloading we would be able to visit our daughter and help them get their belonging unloaded at their new home and get to see the 4th of July fireworks with friends and family.

Review

This is a great time of the year to be a truck driver!  Beautiful skies and perfect weather.  Even the orange cones that appear magically at this time of year can be dealt with as we travel slowly through construction that we know will make our roads smoother and easier to travel on.  During these past two weeks we have basically traveled from the east coast to the west coast and from the upper reaches of North Dakota to almost the southern border of the United States. 

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"

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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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