Back on the road

My morning started with a moment of silence for my craft room. Sure will miss it 😦


Hugh came over with a supply of grocery bags. He got all of our fresh fruit, vegetables, onions, potatoes, milk, yogurt, and cottage cheese. Most of the items were still sealed. Maybe not the best way to acquire groceries but at least his trip to the store won’t be as costly.

Personally I’m thankful Hugh is willing to take it all. Might cost us a but more when we get home once again for a week but I don’t have to clean out the ooze from decomposing vegetable matter.

We crossed into Texas around 11:30 this morning.


Traveling through Dallas traffic was normal. Lots of people live and work here. Buildings built for lots of industry. Mostly white collar jobs.


First leg of our journey is over. We arrived at Stevens Transport to begin our work. I’ll deliver the Post-It- Note holders today.


I was able to deliver Art’s holder. Cherry no longer works there. The shop has cut a lot of jobs and Cherry’s was one of them.


Upon arrival at Stevens the air was cool with a nice breeze. It has remained so. Only a little hot in the full sun but the breeze feels good.

Joe had been told both of his trucks were ready. Driving in to find his trucks we could locate only one.

While I inspected the one ready it wasn’t long before the other was located. I got them both inspected.

Finishing on the rear truck I tied the steering wheel off. Joe will see how straight I got it when he drives around the lot later.


Air fairings on the back truck have to be secured and supported. If we don’t take this precaution the wind sheer as Joe drives the highways will cause severe vibration and the fairings will worry themselves off. The cost per fairing – to us – Is $800. Not something we want to pay.


While I went about my work Joe got the axle chains put on.



Both rear axles are chained.


While Joe did his thing I hooked up an air line to the brakes under the hood of the back truck, attached the light bar, then strung the air and electric lines to connect them to the rear of the trailer.





Time to get our personal stuff transferred to the trucks. Suitcase and overnight bags in the rear truck while other stuff is moved up to the front truck.

Next is to load the pickup on the trailer. I drive it up and wait for Joe to set the chocks.


After that the “Carry Chains” get attached to the frame of the back truck. The weight of the pickup helps the trailer work like a fulcrum. Raising the back truck off the ground.


Time to hook up the carry chains.


That done, next is to drive the front truck back into the trailer.


The 5th Wheel slide wouldn’t lock. Joe had to go get a shop person. Two of them gave me directions to move forward and backward by mere increments of nearly an inch. Took about 10 tries but I did it.


These little finger nubs are what keeps the 5th Wheel in place.


The spring latches were not moving all the way out to lock the nubs in place.


Yucky. Look at that ginormous glob of 5th Wheel grease!

After all that work Joe had to take the front truck off. The left front wheel is scratched and gouged pretty bad. Something I noted on the inspection form.


Finally! All hooked up and ready to leave.


Another Drive-Away driver came in with his trailer. This poor guy has to use human power to get his trucks loaded.



It is 4 pm. Getting in the highway and heading for home for the night. No cooking for me tonight since it will be after 9 pm when we get home.

That has been our day so far.


About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

8 responses to “Back on the road

  • Pati Mishler

    Glad all is going relatively well for your first day back on the job, take it easy, be careful, will be trying to keep up with how things are going with you both, love you both, P

    • Message In A Fold

      Thanks Sis. You know how it is out here. Gotta have some SNAFUs or we would begin wondering what is wrong 🙂

      You and Les take care. Glad to hear you still like your job and you have more hours.

      Did you and Les have a good Easter?

      Love you Sis

  • Maureen Mathis

    Glad your first day went well. Those trucks don’t look like the POS ones they have you drive sometimes! Looks like you’re off to a great start!

    • Message In A Fold

      You crack me up :D. You are correct, these trucks are in good shape and have been taken care of since they were first purchased brand new.

      The “POS” trucks will come soon enough.

      I saw your friend is doing better in the hospital. You are so sweet for taking care of the family. Now creating a rallying point for the Get Well cards that will be flowing in. You are such an amazing person my Friend 🙂

  • gardenpinks

    Lucky Hugh enjoying your fridge clearout 🙂 I bet Joe is hugely happy that you are there to give him a helping hand and make the job go so much quicker. Hope those POS truck don’t come too soon 🙂 A few trips with pristine trucks would make for a very happy couple.

    Love and hugs
    Lynn x

    • Message In A Fold

      Joe is glad, as is Tim, that I’m back. Hugh was happy to come help us out, which I appreciate.

      Yes indeed, good trucks to start off with. The POS trucks will come soon enough.

      Did you find the owl embossing folder :-). I was pleased to see there was one made.

      Love you – Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    PS Your craft room looked very spick and span. So much nicer to come back to a clean and tidy area xx

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