Days away from home 42
Miles drove since leaving home – 17442
Drastic Change in Plans
As we headed to South Carolina to deliver our last load before heading up to Lexington for the Expedite Expo, we had an urgent call. Our friend Greg was scheduled to have his truck in the Landstar Recruiting Booth and we were planning on helping him put the final polish on it before going inside. Greg called on Monday to let us know his house and property had sustained numerous lightning strikes with one very bad one that blew out a corner of his home. There was no way he could leave his house with so much damage, and as we were plan B now, it was our turn to scramble to get our truck ready to go inside the Expo. Thankfully, our good friends Sandy & Stephen, arrived bright and early Wednesday morning and spent all of the day helping to polish our truck. Their hard work combined with ours made sure our truck would positively shine inside the booth. What would we do without good friends?
What to do with our Pets?
The convention center in Lexington does not allow pets and neither do the hotels in the area. As soon as I got off the phone with Greg, I scrambled to find a suitable kennel for Texas. Just four miles from the Expo was a veterinary/kennel with nice indoor-outdoor runs and they had playtime. Texas was thrilled as they led her away for her vacation. Squeaky though, was a different story and he hates to get out of our truck unless at home. We decided since he would not be getting out of the truck he could stay inside and watch people. Well, poor Squeaky is used to having his people always near him and he was lonely. During the day we showed the truck to numerous people and on the last day, Squeaky was so desperate for attention, he stayed out in the open and let people pet his head! When we picked Texas up Monday morning she was so excited to see her home she leaped right into the truck something she very rarely does. Monday after Expo was a very good day as we had our family together and were heading out to pick up a well-paying load.
During the Expedite Expo, we were speakers on the panel “Behind the Scenes with Successful Expedite Teams.” The other panelists, Rodney and Mary, were a couple we mentored many years ago when they started considering becoming Expediters, and it was very satisfying to be on this panel with them as they have done so well. The next item we were involved with is the networking roundtables each day of the show. The networking sessions are one of my favorites as these are sharing sessions and we all learn from each other. The table I moderated was about finances on the road, Bob talked about buying fuel for the cheapest price which is a very complicated subject when buying diesel. One of the highlights of the Expedite Expo is Casino Night and this year the event was sponsored by Freightliner Team Run Smart. As one of the Team Run Smart Pro’s, our job was to help hand out the over $5000 dollars in gift cards as well as gifts to the drawing winners. What fun it was to watch the excitement on people’s faces as they received their beautiful gift bag with a gift card in it. Thanks to everyone at On Time Media for all of the hard work they did to help Freightliner Team Run Smart make Casino Night an evening most will not forget! Now we are counting down the days to Expedite Expo 2019
As soon as the expo was over, we were off and running. We have a week and a half to run as hard as we can before going home for about two weeks. This is not two weeks of vacation time though! First, we are involved in Trucker Buddy International and our teacher lives and teaches in France. Stephanie and her family are here in the USA on a three-week holiday. They are starting their vacation in San Francisco and hopscotching across the United States and we will be spending about four days at our house near Saint Louis. We have lots and lots of plans but I believe the best is that we are planning a typical American cookout with friends and family invited. Stephanie teaches English to three grades; 6th, 7th, and 8th. Her English is perfect, though her family is not as fluent as she is. I think we will have a great time sharing our home and where we live with our international guests. After our house, Stephanie, Fred, and children are flying to New York City to end their vacation. Once the family has left, we will be preparing to attend a Landstar event talking about the Express division within Landstar, and then from there, we are off to tour the ARI sleeper manufacturer that will be building our next sleeper. While all of this is happening, we have a few things we have to get done on the truck as I hate to say this but winter is rapidly approaching.
Lots of excitement in the past two weeks and we are looking forward to more excitement in the next two weeks! Everything should settle down some after this home time and we can concentrate on hauling freight for a bit.
Wishing you safe travels. Till next time,
Bob & Linda.