When we first started on the road we a bag phone for emergencies and my laptop computer for communication. We had dial up service as well as Park ‘N View, which was a subscription service.
I came out of an office environment before trucking and I had discovered the joys of Internet and email. I used email to stay in touch with friends and much of our family due to not liking to use the pay phones often. I remember us going inside the restaurants and asking for a cordless phone, the waitresses would bring us the phone and we would make a quick call to family before eating dinner.
Many of the tables also had connections for laptops to plug into for dialup service, which was very slow. I often had one of our daughters get into my email and delete all forwards and junk mail as we could spend an hour trying to download one or two messages. This was often the highlight of our day, which was to see an email from friends or family catching us up on their lives.
I was especially thrilled when I could find a truck stop, which had Park ‘N View, which was generally a TA or Petro. My whole evening and as much time as I could would be spend on Internet with in the comfort of our truck. It was quite a site to see many of these trucks with yellow cables running from the kiosk at the back of the truck up to the cab. Sometimes drivers would forget to unhook and we would see them driving down the road with the yellow cables flapping in the wind off the passenger side.
This arraignment using Park “N View worked well for me as it was the best I could find and then the sky fell. We went home for Christmas and when we came back out the first truck stop we stopped at that had Park ‘N View was Santa Rosa, NM. We went in to buy the access card and the machine was GONE…. We asked and found out that Park ‘N View was no more. I still remember the feeling of horror that came over me.
There has been a long progression of changes since that time
of Park ‘N View connections and I know there are many changes still to
Internet has kept us in touch with
our families as well as enabled us to stay pretty much self sufficient while on
the road to keep our bills current.
will keep looking to the future for changes to make our lives even easier.
Bob & Linda Caffee
Leased to: FedEx Custom Critical
Saint Louis MO
Expediters 6 years been out here on the road 11 years
Expediting isn't just trucking, it's a lifestyle;
Expediting isn't just a lifestyle, it's an adventure;
Expediting isn't just an adventure, it's a job;
Expediting isn't just a job, it's a business.
Comments - Tell us what you think below
07 Dec 2011, 06:30
07 Jan 2012, 13:26
Now we have Sat tv and better wifi coverage so a lot of that isn't needed now. But oh.. the good o days!
I am hoping that a lot of trucker would get webcams hooked up so I can view them going down the road. I don't see too many of them doing that anymore. This ole trucker liked that!
take care out there if you're still traveling....
07 Jan 2012, 15:27
Yep still running up and down the roads. Idle Air is trying to make a comeback and I still do not see much hope for the endeavor.
I can remember my excitement when pulling into a truck stop that had Park N View and knowing I would be able to catch up on my email.
Now I am spoiled as when we are going down the road and I lose internet signal I get irritated.
There are so many new and cool things out here and the trucks ride like sedans. We can also talk to each other without raises our voices which is pretty darn nice. Now we are going deaf from having ear buds in our ears listening to the phone, books, or music.
Thanks for your comments
08 Jan 2012, 11:02
What are the new neat and cool things out there now? I finished my trucking in Oct of 2008.Some of the Toll Roads were Modified whereby you could drive at regular speed instead of slowing or stopping if you had the Pass.And of course the GPS is cheap enough to have. what else?
I enjoy hearing from you. Are you running Team.
PS: I support Women in Trucking. Best wishes to you
08 Jan 2012, 11:18
We started trucking in 1999 and before that Bob was a diesel mechanic.
Not having to stop at toll booths often is a bonus as well as PrePass and not having to pull into scales is nice.
The ease of internet has made life much easier and at the same time complicated life as more time is spent on line. It is becoming easier and easier to do banking on the road, pay bills on the road, and have bills sent to our email instead of the house.
The trucks keep getting nice and nicer which somewhat takes away from the fact the roads are deteriorating.
08 Jan 2012, 17:43
Did you both go through Orientation/school together? I think I read where you are out of St Louis? My sister lives over there (In wester suburbs) I forget the town.
do you have to go to New York City? I only been there a few times and hated it. lol.
I hope i am not boring you. lol. you probably get a lot of these questions.
You can have friends and familily track you with "google lattitude". You can choose who and have the option to stop it anytime.My wife and I track a guy on bicycle running across the usa. currently, he is in texas. His name is Robert. we met him in our small town at a cafe. We call him "bicycle Bob".Oh, My town is "cave in rock,illinois which is on Hwy 1 at the very bottom of the state on ohio river. at Il/ky line. Have to take a ferry boat to get to Ky (it is Free)
08 Jan 2012, 18:19
We haul loads where we do not want to be tracked by anyone including family. They usually have a clue where we are in the country.
We do live near Saint Louis actually a little NW of it in a very very small town.
We are going to be involved with a bike race this summer and that would be awesome to turn the tracking on.... Have to think about that
06 Dec 2012, 10:51
06 Dec 2012, 11:09