I am not finished crying yet.

Craig and I usually try to stay super positive and usually that is not a problem but last night my limit was reached. We have been broken down so much in the past two months that I don’t even know how to explain it. We love our truck but the Regen issue has been an ongoing problem since day one. We had Cummins fix it this last time and things were looking up. Seems to be working and I finally felt the dark cloud of truck repair hell was behind us. At least for a few weeks. After moving recently and truck repairs we haven’t been running as hard as we usually do. We absolutely love the new place and love living in Chattanooga. We were suppose to go to the CSU Alabama game this weekend in Tuscaloosa but due to our breakdown issues and finances we decided we had to run. Luckily we were able to stop in Cheyenne and watch the game. Then we hit the road heading to Hermiston Oregon. We made it to Rawlins WY and the truck started stalling and sputtering. We limped into a TA in Western Wyoming and their computers were down so they couldn’t diagnose the issue. We waited a few hours trying to figure out what to do. We ended up driving into Salt Lake City and here we sit.

The turbo on our truck needs to be replaced and will cost thousands. At first we thought it was the turbo actuator. I realize there are truck repairs and that is part of owning a truck. But this just tops off a few rough months. I know we will look back at this and laugh. But honestly at this minute I’m still trying to stop crying. It is just so overwhelming and we have worked so hard to have this happen. AGAIN. It is a different issue so I guess I should be grateful but truthfully couldn’t it have been a $100 fix. Then I could deal better with it.

Even though I am crying and things seem so overwhelming. Craig and I know that we can overcome this in a short time. Make a few good runs and we are back in business. We also realized today that we are exactly where we want to be and where we should be with Farm2Fleet. Today when we called the owner of the company on a Sunday afternoon. He answered the phone and was there for us. Not many companies out there where you can do that. We aren’t alone out here and that is a huge support system!!! We are blessed to have the people in our lives that we have. We are blessed to be part of a wonderful company. We are blessed because once the turbo is fixed our fuel mileage will improve drastically!!! I always try to stay positive and not be negative on here but this is one of those times that I need to let people know. SH*T happens and sometimes it’s good and sometimes it really sucks!

So I am feeling a little better this evening. We are sleeping in a bay at the Sapp Brothers truck stop since our truck is all torn apart. It’s cool out so we don’t need air conditioning and the truck should be fixed tomorrow so we can deliver our load and get our next one. I need to remember that things aren’t as bad as I think. We have a new house. We have the ability to make good money. And most important I get to do it with my best friend.

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13 Responses to I am not finished crying yet.

  1. connie says:

    its always something with a truck but the freedom cant be beat! i know you already know this, but its just a reminder! hope youre well and on your way!

  2. Dad Leonard says:

    A sad but super message darling. You are such a great pair and truly, you do have much to be thankful for. Hope you’re up ;and running in the morning (still over 500 miles away) Soon we can sit down over a pint or two and I will do my best to help put all of this behind you. Love you. Dad Leonard

  3. you might need to start looking at the lemon law

  4. Angela and Johnny Baker says:

    God bless you both. It’s going to get fixed and the two of you will be back on the road safely. You have no idea what an inspiration you are to others out here that read your blog. Thank you for always sharing your stories with us. We are jealous of your freedom from the corporate world. Don’t look back now…..

    • Craig says:

      Thank you so much. You would think with all the amazing views we have it would not be possible for our focus to get so small. OTR Truck diving is a different animal, you never get off work so it is hard to keep perspective sometimes.

  5. Patty Payne says:

    Trucking is a hard business and I admire both of you as you continue on. God supplys all needs and I’m thankful that He knows our needs before they are spoken. You guys are in my prayers.

    • Craig says:

      Thank you Patty. I know that God is always faithful and life is dang good. We will have a nice quiet night camped out in the shop at this truck stop and everything will be just fine. Ah, the glamorous life we lead.

  6. James says:

    Stay strong. Y’all will get through this. Don’t worry about tomorrow because God is already there.

    • Craig says:

      Thank you, Anne REALLY appreciated this comment

      • James says:

        I have been following y’all from the beginning. From the first post on Truckers Report. Folks like you are what keeps this country moving. If you ever get to south alabama I’ve got a few cold ones waiting on you.

        • Craig says:

          Ah James, we were in Hartford Alabama last week. That will probably not happen again for a long time. The problem with trucking is “cold ones” are off limits if we are working. A rule that kinda makes sense. Of course, we will someday probably break down nearby. Take you up on the offer then.

          • James says:

            I understand about them being off limits while on duty. I’m not sure where Hartford is. I’m just south of I-10 on 59.

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