Sitting on the Mexican Border

So I am sitting on a back highway in the Oklahoma Panhandle at 4:30 in the morning.  There is an accident a ways ahead of us with multiple Semi’s and multiple injuries at the other end of a construction zone.  VERY weak internet here so I am typing this on my tablet and I will upload later.  I was just told that it will be 2 to 3 hours to clear so since I am wide awake, it seems like a good time to get caught up here.

{edit} Here are a couple of pictures of the aftermath of the accident that held us up.  It was a very bad one with a number of people flown out to hospitals.

Now, back  to my post…….

We have been having a great time.  The miles have  been great and the loads have been scheduled in such a way that we are just in the slot and rolling with really no pressure.
As Anne posted, we had a wonderful few days off in Los Angeles where we  spent time with Tyler (Anne’s son) and some great friends. The trips are all  starting to blur together.  We ran from  LA to Denver on a Fedex load and then got a request to run up to Grand Island
to get a Fedex load from a solo driver to get the load to Salt Lake City on time.  We got to the truck stop and met  with the guy who had a trailer with a very bad tire on a flammable hazmat load.  He told me he had not had time to fix it and I was a bit upset since it was now up to us to take the time to get it fixed.  That is when he told me that I just continue to drive on it like that since he had been driving with it for over 450 miles.  That is when I kind  of lost it.  It was Anne’s first  experience with seeing me really lose my temper.  This driver was just a total jerk.  There was a shop at the truck stop we were at  so I took it over there and they fixed it after it took us about 3 hours to get in.   Here is a picture of the tire.  Very illegal.

So we got the load to SLC on time and then ran a Fedex load from there to Salem Oregon, then up to Portland to pick up a load going to Laredo Texas (where it will then be taken into Mexico by another driver) So we turned around and back through the Columbia Gorge and into Boise where we met Ken and Kathi, another team we had met a Fedex yard a few months ago, for dinner.  Had a great time with them and then drove through the night to Loveland where we met our youngest daughter and went out to dinner with her.  What a great time and it really helps to have face time with any of the kids.  After Laredo we have a preplan to head to San Antonio and then run a round trip to Memphis, we will then be heading to our main terminal in Tunnel Hill Georgia so we can get a number of things fixed on the truck and get our periodic maintenance done.  That means time with Jason, Anna and the GRANDKIDS!  I will also try to get over to Charlotte to see my youngest son play some football.  Hard to call him my baby boy since he is taller than me now.

We continue to get questions from new drivers on how we have our truck/apartment set up so I will put up a separate page with pictures and a list of all of the equipment we have purchased.

We are sitting in the driveway of our Laredo delivery waiting for them to open at 10 AM.  Not a very nice town I must say.

Here are some pictures from the last 10 days or so.

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2 Responses to Sitting on the Mexican Border

  1. Phil and Ginger says:

    Hey Anne, I tried to call your number, 970-774-8141, but I got the recording that the number has been disconnected or no longer in service. You all might be in a bad spot. It might be easier if you call us when you have time, our home number is 770-573-4841.

    During the week we are home after 6:00 pm (EST). Hope to talk to you soon.

    • Anne Miller Leonard says:

      LOL it would help if I gave you the right number in the first place. It was nice talking with you and if you guys have any other questions don’t hesitate to call. Good luck!!

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