Post #70 - Living large in 8 Ft² with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Days away from home - 77          

Miles drove since leaving home - 22,299             

Not Putting on the Miles

Looking back on the last two weeks, I have to laugh as we went from trying to run the wheels off of the truck, to spending a lot of time polishing and showing our truck and attending meetings. After spending time in Tucson, we took a load to Alabama and then headed back to Fort Worth for the Circle 10 Boy Scout Jamboree. Once the Jamboree was over, we were off to Frisco, TX to attend the Women in Trucking Accelerate Conference and while attending that meeting, Bob flew to Phoenix for a meeting for Freightliner Team Run Smart.

Texas the State

The Circle 10 Boy Scout event is held at the Texas Motor Speedway on the 10th of November. On the 9th, we got the truck washed and while Bob polished the outside I worked on the inside. Having our German Shepherd, Texas, and our cat, Squeaky, living inside the truck, we have a lot of pet hair. Each day the truck is vacuumed, but before an event, I like to really spend time working to get the pet hair off  the cushions and seats. The floor was also scrubbed and everything wiped down. An event like this motivates me to deep clean and I usually get carried away and scrub happily away. 

Circle 10 Boy Scout Event Texas Motor Speedway

Circle 10

We arrived at the truck about an hour before the event started and had a little time to play with Texas and give the truck a few last-minute touch-ups before the first scouts arrived. Once I opened the door of the truck they never stopped coming until after four in the afternoon. It was amazing how many people toured our truck and how many awesome people I met. Many of the young adults had some very in-depth questions and others were in awe of what they found inside the sleeper. My favorite part of the whole day was seeing all of the parents enjoying a day with their children. Once the last child exited the truck I realized how exhausted I was and how bad I needed to find the facilities!

Women in Trucking Accelerate Conference

We left the Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth and headed over to Frisco, TX as the conference would start Monday morning. This is my second time to attend the Accelerate Conference and it is amazing how fast it is growing. The first conference had about 300 people and this year, the fourth, had over eight hundred attendees. I attended with our friend Sandy and her partner Stephen who helped Bob with the Trucker Buddy Booth. Sandy and I attended the varied workshops while Bob and Stephen talked to attendees about Trucker Buddy and why their company should consider becoming a sponsor. One of my favorite events is the working lunch where we sign up for a roundtable discussion. While eating, we all discuss ways to help each other with the topic of the table. There were many good events and I hope I am able to attend next year.

Trucker Buddy International

Review

While this was not the most productive two weeks in miles, we sure made up for it in the education of not only the youth of the country, but our own minds. Whenever we can speak with students or show them what we do for a living, we jump on the chance. Trucker Buddy International is a great way to educate students about trucks, how to be safe around trucks, and to consider the trucking industry as a future career choice.

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"

Expediter Commercial Driver

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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