Monday, October 31, 2011
Mike and I had been trying to work out this trip since about June. Something or other always got in the way. So when the 1st of Oct. came around we just made up our minds that it was now or never. It didn't take much planning on the truck end of things as all Mike had to do was call his broker and say I need a load back east. I on the other hand had to rearrange several things. I spent a few days before we left getting things in order, (can't leave a dirty house, dirty laundry, or food in the frig now can you?), then I spent the day before packing.
We didn't pull out of home until about 10 pm on Tues. Mike has only a few more hours of drive time so we didn't get too far but that was okay, we were on our way. The next morning we got up and going early and headed into Wyoming. We needed to get to Knoxville, TN by Friday to deliver 940 bags of onions. The weather temp wise was not bad but the wind was awful. Mike struggled with it all day long.
Our next night was spent in Hersey, Nebraska. Again the next day, Thursday, we fought the wind. Another long day of travel brought us into Missouri. When we got going on Friday we not only had to deal with wind but also rising temps. We were concerned about the onions but they were traveling well. Sadly we missed our delivery time and ended up spending the night in Knoxville, Tn.
After finding a truck stop to land at close to the delivery site, we cleaned up and decided that we had eaten enough out of the cooler. The truck stop was located in the midst of several restaurants and so we had our pick. This one night I got in my walking for the day just by going out to eat. We chose KFC and then proceeded to walk over to there. We enjoyed the break from cooler food, and then walked back to the truck.
Mike had paper work to do, and I always have some kind of hand work with me. Since the day had started early we went to bed early. Sometime just after midnight, the truck jerked very badly. We both jolted awake and Mike jumped down out of the truck. Another truck backing into the slot beside us had hit the passenger side mirror. Its a good thing truck mirrors are meant to collapse. Another driver came across the parking lot and told Mike what had happened because the truck which hit us was long gone. Mike straightened the mirror out and we went back to bed.
In the morning we headed out to deliver the onions. We were following the route that Google maps had given us. When we came to our turn onto the road where the produce company was, we ran into a bit of a problem. The road went underneath a bridge that was barely tall enough for a regular pickup truck to pass under. So we had to find another way into the company. We did finally arrive and got unloaded. I helped Mike with the unstrapping the load and rolling up those straps.
When we were done we headed down into Ga. to pick up the next load. Well that is the end of week one. There was lots of sitting, lots of beautiful countryside, and lots to together time. I am so glad that I jumped in with both feet and went along. I enjoyed the time with Mike. 18 mnths is a long time to only be together one or maybe two days a week. So this time was really very precious.