Friday, June 18, 2010

Back in Columbus OH Now, Going to Phoenix

We arrived in Rock Tavern NY at about 0345 on Thursday morning and just about the time I got real comfortable in bed, the phone rang and dispatch asked if we could pull a load to Boston. I explained the challenges of Boston in our truck (ie:too high), and turned down the load. Then zzzzzzzzzzzz.

We regained consciousness at about 0900 and got up to get ready for the day. The is a diner just up the road from the terminal that we have been wanting to try, so off we went for breakfast. As we say in the south...good cracker. I would not have guessed that the food would be that good. The service was great as well.

I would just like to take a minute off subject here. I don't know about you, but I know that I tend to associate anyone in New York state to be the same as New York City dwellers. What a mistake. We sat in the diner eating breakfast yesterday and as always inadvertently happens in a crowded room, we heard a lot of conversation from others in the restaurant. I was reminded, through what I overheard, that people, rural, red blooded, God fearing, gun toting American people are the same all over the country. We love our Country, our soldiers and veterans, and our God. Sometimes I forget that people are people and no matter where they, we, live, we all love freedom and the American way. My point here is that people in New York have the same concerns about what the dirt bags in D.C. are doing to our country as do the people in Arizona or Florida, or Illinois, or Montana. Just a little reminder, to me more than anything.

After breakfast we went across the street for a bit of fuel for the generator. While fueling the generator a fella walked up and just stared at the truck. Considering where we were, I wasn't sure whether he liked or hated the theme. See above reminder. Jeffrey Long Sr., after just staring, reading, and shaking his head, asked if I had a marker for him to use to sign the truck. He is a very proud veteran and a patriot of the first degree.

From there we headed back to the terminal to wait for a dispatch. The call came at about 1400. We were asked to take an empty trailer to Buffalo, NY and from there we would pull a load to Columbus OH. We opted to accept the assignment and get moving.

I located a road worthy empty trailer, hooked to it with the tractor, performed the required pre-trip inspection, caught up our log books and began our trek to the north west side of the north east...Buffalo, NY. We traveled what will be when completed I-86(NY17), to I-81 to Syracuse NY and the I-90 to Buffalo. Our terminal is just off I-90 in Buffalo and is very easy to find.

Again, we were given thumbs up, waves, etc on our way to Buffalo. This is the only picture I was able to snap during the trip but is a prime example of how folks, including kids love the 9/12 Truck.

We arrived in Buffalo at about 2030, dropped the empty trailer and went directly to bed for some rest before we had to leave for Columbus OH. That load was to be ready by 2300.

The message came at about 2215 that the load was ready. Before we could get up and ready to go, there was a knock on the door. It was the terminal manager with our paperwork for the load. We took the paperwork, hooked the loaded trailer, Tina performed her pre-trip inspection and her log book and off whe went towards Columbus. She traveled I-90 to Cleveland OH then I-71 south to Columbus. She said it was a very uneventful trip to Columbus. At that time of night there is actually more wildlife than traffic. The wildlife seems, for the most part, to be more well behaved than the traffic as well, but I digress.

Tina got to the yard in Columbus at about 0415, dropped the loaded trailer, and went to bed. We woke up this morning to a Qualcomm message asking us if we wanted to go to Phoenix AZ, Salt Lake City UT, San Diego CA, or Union City CA. We opted for the Phoenix load. The load is to be ready at about 1800 this evening.

After answering the message, we got up, showered and got ourselves ready for the day. The President is in town today just across the street at the Rickenbacker airport. We are literally just across the street. Police everywhere, fire engines, ambulances, emergency vehicles helicopters, etc. Time to leave the area for a bit. We headed over to the Waflay Hoosay(that Frenchy French for Waffle House) for breakfast and a little relaxation out of the truck. I know, it's Waffle House, but it is STILL out of the truck.

After breakfast we came back to the terminal. The excitement across the street seems to have dispersed and all is back to normal. I just can't believe how the Messiah can come to town in the morning and everyone is back to work and the economy is thriving by the afternoon. Oh, wait, you mean we still have unemployment. Oh man, sorry. Hmmm, I suppose he isn't the real Messiah after all. But I already knew that. I woke up a long time ago, how 'bout you?

We will be traveling across I-70 to St Louis and then I-44 to Oklahoma City, OK. From there we will access I-40 and run that to Flagstaff AZ and I-17 south to Phoenix AZ. We will fuel before leaving the terminal here in Columbus OH and then probably again in Oklahoma City or Amarillo TX.

I'll update here as the trip progresses. Check back often and let us know if and when you see us on the road. You can also make comments here if you so desire.

In the mean time...Here is a novel item for the coming election year.
When The Politicians Are On TV, Blowing Hot Air And You Want To Scream, Just Grab Your Doll And Give It A Fling, Let Them Know...Hey, You Work For Me.

A useful, bipartisan doll to give you something to throw while watching the news and listening to the politicians lie with every motion of their lips. Throw your doll and scream while never causing any damage to your television. These dolls now come with a retrieval string for retrieval without moving from your perch on the couch.

All Dolls are bipartisan, Republican on 1 side, Democrat on the other.

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