We kinda feel like a couple of ping pong balls right now. We have been bouncing back and forth between Columbus and Dallas for about a week or so. Now I'm not complaining, this is a good route, great weather, decent roads, other than Kentucky, but I woke up this morning and had to ask Tina where we were.
The Qualcomm, the satellite device we use to communicate with dispatch, sounded an alarm to let us know our load was ready at precisely 0600. I jumped up, looked at the clock, tried to clear the cobwebs, and asked Tina, where are we, Dallas or Columbus? After she rolled out of bed laughing, she answered Columbus. I proceeded to get dressed, cleaned up and went to the office to get our paperwork. The load was ready on time but the paperwork wasn't ready for another 1/2 hour.
At 0630 I headed back to the truck and drove to the onsite fuel island. After fueling the truck we went and found our trailer, hooked to it , performed a pre-trip inspection and we were off and running for Dallas.
I was starved to death, as you can see in any of my pictures, so I stopped at a McDonalds in Jeffersonville OH where they have truck parking and got us some breakfast. I have never eaten a McDonalds hamburger, I can't hardly stand the smell of them, but I have a nealy unquenchable hunger for their Egg McMuffins...How sad huh? We have facilities to fix breakfast in the truck but we are currently running pretty low on food stuff. We have a middle of the night shopping trip planned when we get to DFW.
We ordered our food to go and headed south again. I knew there was going to be heavy traffic in the Louisville area if we didn't get through there early because they have a lot of construction going on on I-65 south of town. We got through Cincinnati, continued south on I-71/I-75 and I missed my exit to take I-71 to Louisville. Now, never mind, I've driven this route probably 5 times in the last 30 days or so, but we were just riding along, listening to our Cowboy Church on XM radio and I just missed the exit. I ended up running 14 miles out of route to turn around and go back to the I-71/I-75 split. Okay, so I get the mindless driver of the month award.
Incidentally, as a short side note,XM radio, The Cowboy Church, Bill Mack's Sunday Social, and Enlighten is how many of us, who drive for a living, get our church. Most of us work 7 days per week and we too need refilled after being drained for an entire week so thanks I'd just like to say thanks to Dr Harry Yates of Nashville Cowboy Church, thanks to XM Radio for the broadcast, and thanks to Willie Nelson of Willies place on XM and To Bill Mack for doing his Sunday Social where he plays all Southern Gospel Country music for 3 hours on Sunday morning. Our cups, too, need refilling from time to time.
I got turned around and we are now headed south again. We just came through Nashville, TN on I-40 and headed for Little Rock where we will get on I-30 and run that to DFW. We should be in Dallas at about 0200 or so and will do our shopping then get some sleep.
In God I Trust
Have a Great Day and a Better Tomorrow
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