Thursday, October 19, 2017

Sleeping in Springfield Missouri With Our Kids

Good evening. We are in our tents. The boys are asleep & the puppies are too. The big truck is spending the night at the APU repair place.  

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Terrific Texas

We experienced a rare event today: a Texas DOT inspection station was open. We compliantly entered and were waived through. A truck didn't heed the flashing sign and was swiftly pulled over by a Texas state trooper. 
  We delivered our load to a customer on the north side of Fort Worth. The line to enter extended all the way onto the street. It was a fortunate thing that we got to drop off the trailer and exit without an empty one, as our next customer already had plenty. The puppies were extra photogenic and friendly today. 
 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Pausing Every Two Hours Until a Headlight Blew

It was a relatively uneventful day. We stopped the truck every two hours to allow the puppies to relieve themselves. The weather was very comfortable today. We were intending to get to Muskogee Oklahoma tonight, but those plans changed when my right headlight expired. With a weigh/inspection station immediately along our route, I decided the wisest thing to do would be to wrap up the workday at exit #4. The Petro Stopping Center would surely have plenty of replacement headlight bulbs in stock. 
   While here, we did some laundry. Our bedding is getting washed a lot lately. One of the puppies had an accident today. We think it is Astrid who is leaking bodily fluids as she sleeps. 
 

The Parking Spot Was Mine Because It Was Nearly Impossible

We parked at a truck stop in southern Minnesota last night. Every parking space was for, except for one. There was a reason that it was empty this: it was nearly impossible to back into. There were awkwardly positioned pillars surrounding a light pole. This conglomeration was too close to the parking space to permit most correction maneuvers. We saw various scrape marks from prior trucks on the yellow painted concrete annoyances. Stephanie got out of the truck to warn me of impending collisions with the various things around us. It took several minutes for me to get in properly, but we got it done. We were proud of our work. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

Completed the Load From Pennsylvania to Minnesota

After completing our 34 hour break in DuPont Pennsylvania, we resumed our trip to Minnesota. We took a break every 2 hours, or less to make sure the puppies didn't make any messes. They did make a few messes, however. But, they mostly confined their fluid releases to the front of the truck - where we were easily able to see & clean. 
  We spent last night at a service plaza on the Indiana Turnpike. The weather is turning cooler. 

The Puppies Have Visited 14 States, So Far

Freyja and Astrid have been to the states of New York, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, and now Minnesota.  

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Headlight, Torque Bar, Alignment & Inspection

It's a good thing we were on a 34 hour break to get some work done on the tractor. This maintenance event would have otherwise required us to forgo sleep.
  There is a reputable maintenance facility here on the Petro property. I went in to get a headlight replaced, an alignment check & a mandatory DOT inspection. We had all afternoon to get this done. It certainly did take all afternoon. The workers were really good people and they enjoyed our puppies.
  One surprise that came up was a defective torque bar. I think they said that it was a DOT issue. And, it was the reason that the inside drive tires were wearing erratically. Luckily, it was covered under warranty.