Sunday, June 24, 2018

Sleeping at the OC in Dallas

We are spending the night at the Schneider yard in Dallas, Texas. It was nice to get showers. In the morning, we will get some laundry done.

After a Big Deadhead, Our Load Got Canceled

When we were arrived at our customer in Fort Worth Texas, we discovered that someone took our load. We had to call Schneider and have them investigate and remove us from our itinerary. We found something better, however. We like it when things work out this way.

Completing Deliveries in New Mexico

We delivered to two stores today. The first was in Carlsbad, New Mexico. The next one was in Hobbs, New Mexico. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Encounter With Border Patrol Near El Paso Texas

We departed Arizona this morning. It was a smooth drive for most of the day. The 100° heat didn’t phase us, as our air conditioning is still at peak performance.
   The kind folks at Walmart in Tucson Arizona delivered groceries to our truck shortly after we pulled in. We love their pick up service. Many of our trucking friends don’t yet know how it works. Stephanie is doing her best to educate our friends about this amazing convenience.
  Drivers in El Paso Texas were extraordinarily dumb. It was amazing to break and swerve for so many poor drivers. We had to recognize that many of them came from Mexico, a place where driving culture is a little different.
  After Stephanie complained about our cell phone signal fading, we approached a Border Patrol checkpoint. We expected them to ask the usual questions regarding our citizenship and cargo. Today was a little different, as the burner patrol agents directed us to park in the secondary inspection lane. They commenced to perform a full inspection on the tractor, trailer, and my own body. Our dogs behaved exceptionally well, as they were confined in a kennel across the bay from us. Five agents and a dog spent about 30 minutes looking for contraband and unauthorized passengers. We spoke respectfully to them, and didn’t suffer excessive inconvenience or humiliation. While it was a little scary, we look back on it as an amusing adventure.
  We are spending tonight in the unloading zone of our customer in Carlsbad, New Mexico. They invited us to park in the safety of their property, rather than on the street. 
  Stephanie made pot roast in the crockpot today. We were grateful that the federal agents didn’t disturb our dinner. It turned out really well. We rewarded our dogs with several morsels and plenty of broth. This was quite a day. 
  Our seal was broken and was replaced with this bolt at the border patrol checkpoint. We are hoping our customer doesn’t make too much of a fuss about it.

Friday, June 22, 2018

34-Hour Break in Eloy, Arizona

It is a hot day out here. The official temperature is 107° right now. Our truck will naturally perceive it to be hotter, as the sensor is picking up asphalt & engine heat.
   Since we have to run the engine constantly for life-saving air conditioning, the particulate chamber fills up & requires a loud regen. I rarely do this procedure while parked. The particulate chamber usually gets automatically cleaned while I am driving, so it is virtually unnoticeable. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Siloam Springs, Arkansas to Casa Grande, Arizona

  We completed delivery to Casa Grande, Arizona today. It was a nice trip, even though the last 120 miles were extremely hilly. 

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

In Albuquerque with Tom Godfrey

How decided to cut our workday a little short. My cousin, Tom Godfrey, recently moved to Albuquerque. We wanted to meet him. 
  Tom met us at the big truck stop, on the far west end of town. We spent about an hour in the restaurant, getting acquainted. He moved from Atlanta on just a little more than a whim. As a 51-year-old bachelor & freelance musician, he has a lot of freedom to pursue his interests.