We are doing some strange things right now. Strange you ask? Well it's probably not strange to you because you are already doing it, "it" being something that we haven't done for a few years now.
Our customer is XPO LTL, formerly Con-way Freight, who has been closed over Christmas and then again for New Year. That messes us up a little but not too badly especially since we were at home for both holidays. Now we have to get back into the routine that we have enjoyed during the rest of the year but it takes a little doing.
Last night we arrived in Pocahontas and dropped our load as usual. Since it will be another couple of days before we can pick up at XPO LTL in Salem our productivity is being maintained with a little Regional running. So we picked up a loaded trailer at the Pocahontas yard and headed to Galesburg for an early morning delivery. Now we are heading to Quincy, Il to reload for Dallas then another run from there to Pocahontas again. Now we can pick up an empty and head to Salem for our usual Laredo pickup. Nice planning! Of course we could have taken a few extra days off but we haven't won the lottery yet so the Bank Accounts say, "Get to Work!"
We suffered a blown tire last night just six miles from our destination, Pocahontas. The rear right drive tire exploded. Nice! I was driving at the time but the noise woke Ellen who stuck her head out of the bunk long enough to smile and give me a look that said, "rather you than me." We were rolling again 2 hours later which meant my logbook ran out a few minutes after we arrived in Pocahontas so Ellen had to drive earlier than we had expected.
For the non truckers reading this, when Ellen started driving early it started her 14 hour clock running. At the end of 14 hours she can't drive anymore so even though she has 11 hours of driving available, starting too early will restrict her miles if we are delayed anywhere. It's not very complicated but if you don't know what I mean, don't worry - it's just another problem. Our job, in fact any job, consists of solving problems. Solve enough of them and you get your load delivered on time.
Christmas was a great time and Santa was good to me. I found a Drone under the tree with my name on it - Oh What Fun!! When we get home this weekend I will go onto the overgrown property across the road with a machete and try to find it.
New year wasn't really a celebration although we did wish each other a Happy New Year at midnight. We would have enjoyed a New Year drink but since we were driving the following morning we gave that a miss.
Now it is 2017, a year in which we planned to buy a new truck. That though is not going to happen after all because no matter how carefully you crunch the numbers something always comes up at the last minute which delays plans for a little while. Ellen and I both believe that things happen for a reason so we will go with it.