Post #71 - Living large in 8 Ft² with Bob and Linda Caffee

Written by Linda Caffee,

 

Days away from home - 98          

Miles drove since leaving home - 32,626

We Don’t Chain

This past week we delivered a load in Oak Creek, Minnesota and finally found the winter driving conditions everyone is talking about. As we got closer to Minnesota, we started seeing the sides of the roads were knee deep in snow, but the highways were clear. Bob pulled into a truck stop for a break and immediately knew he had made a mistake. The parking lot had several inches of ice and as he tried to back into a parking spot, he lost all traction. Onspot to the rescue and we were able to quickly and warmly get back to the dry roads and continue moving. Once in Minnesota, we were back on snow packed roads and while driving for the conditions we had no trouble. Once we delivered and got back to the truck stop, we were back in the mess of ice and no traction. We were able to safely get parked due to our chains. Once again, I was reminded of how silly the comment is “We don’t chain” as this person must not ever get off the highways to find that “safe parking spot”. Thankfully we chain, and we stayed dry and warm while our chains did all the work.

Icy Parking lot

Cold Cold Cold

We spent Thanksgiving in Arizona and while we saw pictures posted of snow and roads shut down, we enjoyed wearing our short sleeves and no coats. After enjoying Thanksgiving with friends and family, we took a load from Nogales, Arizona to Middleton, Tennessee with a straight through delivery, and not too long into our trip we noticed the temperature dropping.  We were offered our next load picking up in Tennessee going to Minnesota. The pay was right, so we took the load knowing it was going to be cold. We were going to drive within a few miles of our house, so our daughter brought us a few things including another blanket for our bed that came in very handy. After we delivered, we headed back to the TA truck stop for showers, breakfast, and more time for Bob to get some much-needed sleep. Later in the afternoon, we were offered a load picking up in Minnesota going to Georgia and we could not say “YES” fast enough! We were thrilled to leave the snow and cold behind us. Texas, our German Shepherd, was the only one not excited about leaving the winter wonderland. She loves to play in the snow.

Texas Snow

Georgia

We delivered late Friday night in Georgia and look forward to a very rainy weekend. This will work out fine as I was able to download several Christmas movies onto my iPad which we can watch, and I can get a little work done on my cross-stitch picture. We still have our normal chores to finish, laundry, clean the truck, and get ready for another week on the road.

Looking forward to going home

We have been on the road for over three months and home is really calling our name. Our plans are to be home by the 18th of December and we will then stay home for at least a month.  We have a list at least a mile long of everything we need to take care of before going back out in January. As always, the truck comes first, and Bob has a lot of preventive maintenance he plans to get done and we are preparing this truck to be sold. Our new truck is scheduled to be built on December 8th and will take at least two months before it will be ready for us to purchase.

Review

Holidays are always tough out on the road and we are always thankful when we can get to a friend or families house. This year worked out great and we had a great Thanksgiving. We have a few more weeks to run and then we will be home and now we are counting down the days.

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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