Post #64 - Living large in 8 Ft² with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Days away from home - 13                

Miles drove since leaving home - 5,984

 Where did the last two weeks go?

Another Indycar opportunity is in the works. When we were asked for both of our help to move the Indy team from Saint Louis Gateway International Raceway to Portland, OR, and help in the pits, how could we say no? That meant making the most out of the next two weeks and boy did we.

Pre-assigned and Becoming Problem Solvers

Once I knew where we were delivering our first load, I started working on our second load coming out of Indiana. Once loaded in Arkansas and on our way, we were asked about picking up a load in Indianapolis. The load paid well and we had no problems saying yes as we knew we would be in a great place after unloading. The next load we thought would come from where we delivered, but nope, off we went to Georgia to pick up a load for North Carolina. Before we arrived there, we had another load picking up in South Carolina going to Florida for a Friday delivery. By the time we unloaded in Florida, we were running short of hours, we were tired, and ready for a restart. Time to find a campground for the weekend with laundry, showers, dog run, and a pool.

Campground

We found the Alliance Hill RV Campground near where we were in the Panhandle of Florida. This is a new campground with concrete pads and as they expand will become a premier destination. What a nice place.

One More Week

With a sad farewell Monday morning, we left the campground for a TA Travel Center to get fuel and head towards our first pickup of the week; short load picking up Tuesday morning and delivering Tuesday afternoon. While we were waiting to load, the agent called with a problem on another load that she could not get covered. The load was not a good one due to the amount of deadhead to pick up the load and where it was delivering. We really enjoy working with this agency and after a little discussion, we said we would go get her load in Biloxi, MS and take it to Texas. Jeez, not the best place to be when needing to be home in Saint Louis on Friday. 

The Characters We Meet

Recently Bob and I watched Office Space, normally I am not a fan of these types of movies but find I can watch them while I sew on my cross stitch. One of the characters really made me laugh at his antics at work, Milton and his stapler. What does that have to do with moving freight? We met a version of Milton while picking up a load. On our way to our pick up, I received a call from what I thought might be the consignee that did not make much sense as the message was cut off and the number they called from had way too many digits. The next morning as we were pulling onto the consignee’s lot, I received another call from this odd number but this time they left a call back number along with a garbled message. I called him back and wow could this man talk in circles and he could not understand why I had not called him back after the first message and wanted to know where we were. Finally, as he was talking and talking I said “STOP” he said “What?” and started talking again and I repeated stop talking. I let him know how bad his return number was and that we were in front of his building. It just got funnier from there as now he was ruffled as he wanted ½ hour notice to get ready for us. Mind you we were on time for our appointment. When we met Russell in person, it did not get any better as he talked in circles and answered his own questions as he worked away. Finally, we understood that he actually had two loads and maybe we could take both of them. The discussion of deciding if we could take both loads, how to do the paperwork, and when to unload the loads would have left most people laying on the floor laughing but finally, Russell figured it out. It was decided we would not load till as late in the day as possible in the day so we could drive straight through to our first delivery and then make our way back to Houston to deliver in the afternoon. The whole time we were loading, Russell was supervising and making sure the right paperwork went with each stop and that to him was not easy as there was a breeze. What does a breeze have to do with this? A couple days earlier his paperwork blew away and was plastered all over the fence and he explained how hard it was to retrieve his papers. The more he talked the more I liked him. What a character and it appeared like the dock guys liked him as well as they egged him on a little. If he would have had a red stapler, I think I would have moved it just to see how he handled it. The best part was even with all of Russell’s talking and fussing, his paperwork was perfect!  The man does know what he is doing as the paperwork for these two loads was a little complicated. I hope to go back to this consignee and pick up another load from Russell when I see a weird return phone number and hear a garbled message that makes zero sense I will know Russell has called.

Review

Escort off of base

Some of our loads require a police escort once we are loaded to get us off of their property and it can be fun following a police car that is all lit up! It turned into a stressful Thursday getting both loads delivered in Texas and by the time we finished the last load I was ready for bed and to let Bob start driving towards home. Taking those two loads really finished our week off nicely. What a whirlwind of two weeks and now we are ready to start our Indycar adventure with Dale Coyne Racing this next week.

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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