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That did not work out as planned

By Linda Caffee
Posted Mar 17th 2020 10:39AM

A little background on the load:

We picked up at a power plant in Florida and took a part to be repaired to Jacksonville about 300 miles in length.  The load was offered to take the part back to southern Florida, and we accepted it.

Easy day run, pick up time was at noon, and since we knew people where we were delivering, we made dinner plans.  We were not doing anything at the truck stop, and we knew the shipper had room for us to park,  just in case the load was ready early we would be there!  Well, when Bob checked in, he found out the load was probably not going to be ready till closer to 4:00.  Darn now a call to cancel dinner plans.

The day stretched on, and 4:00 came and left.  The part we were waiting on was being milled, and there is no rushing the procedure.  Everything else was loaded in the truck, and we were waiting on one part.  It became apparent that our leisurely load was going to be through the night, and since Bob had started his clock, he was not going to have time to run his normal shift. Drats Drats Drats as I was going to finish the last hour of the load over my normal sleeping time.

It worked out that I had to drive for an hour and make the delivery at midnight.  This place has some awesome people, and they have a contractor’s lot where they told us to go park for the night.  There was no way we would find any parking at 1:00 in the morning.  Thankfully we got a good night’s sleep and were able to see our friends for lunch. 

It will be a while before I look at what I think might be a leisurely load and let Bob drive the first shift!  Our normal switch times is at 3 in the afternoon and 3 in the morning.  I am the morning driver. 

Bob & Linda Caffee


Saint Louis MO

Expediters since January 2005

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