We delivered the Dallas trucks in Charlotte, North Carolina yesterday. Our next trip was to begin about 180 south in Laurens, South Carolina at a Wal-Mart Distribution Center for three trucks going back up to Charlotte. Then there are two trucks 150 miles north in Greensboro, North Carolina going to Perrysburg, Ohio which is near Toledo.
As Joe was talking to our dispatcher while driving off the delivery site in Charlotte there began the Which way do we go stuff.
The Wal-Mart trucks, scheduled last Wednesday…..only one truck is ready right now. Not sure if the other two will be ready any time soon. Head that way anyway. So Joe gets on the highway heading south. Dispatch calls. Don’t go to Laurens.
The two trucks in Greensboro are ready but not in dispatch system yet. This means no load numbers and their accounting and other stuff for the load doesn’t exist…..but will real soon.
Joe takes the first highway exit to make a U-Turn then the craziness continues. Wait, don’t stop just yet. Maybe one more Wal-Mart truck will get finished. Then, no head to Greensboro.
A game of Pop Goes The Weasel anyone?
It was finally decided to go to Volvo headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. I waited in the pickup while Joe went inside to find someone who knew what was going on. Inside, Joe was being entertained by an indoor tree trimmer
he thought I should come in “right now” and take pictures. Ever the dutiful wife I obliged his request. And, while in the atrium I saw a Dala Horse that needed to be photographed also.
The Dala Horse is traditional Swedish folk art. Volvo is from Sweden.
While wondering around the waiting area I found a display of children’s art work done during a recent “Bring your child to work day”.
I really like isabel’s butterfly ice cream truck.
Joe will be driving an automatic shift this time. It is called a “Paddle” shift which may be obvious.
He chose this truck over the standard transmission because of the torture seat. A hard bar is right behind the knees as you sit for long hours and it digs in relentlessly
While we we driving through Mississippi I saw the magnolia trees in bloom.
On the way out if the Volvo place I did get better pictures of this beautiful blooming tree.
The blooms are the size of medium dinner plates. The petals are soft and velvety. The leaves are long and waxy, slick.
Joe had to find a shop that makes hydraulic hoses and fittings early this morning. One of the cylinders that works the trailer tongue had a leaking hose. Now we are finally ready to hit the road for Perrysburg, Ohio.
Freightliner Cascadia is the truck Joe is driving.