This trip is starting to show signs of being “The Trip From Hell”

So far, this driving season has been interesting to say the least. Breakdowns, time lost, delayed deliveries, and other little buggers have dispersed themselves out to make the problems less of an annoyance.

This trip from Justin, Texas to Oakland, California is already showing signs of being more than an annoyance.


By now we would be in Kingman, Arizona – or near there – preparing to deliver in Oakland tomorrow (Friday).

Joe is taking two trucks from a Taylor Martin auction lot in Justin, Texas while I take a single.



Tuesday, July 3rd, we screamed down the highway a total of 26 miles before we had to stop for the night in Decatur, Texas to find a road service business that had not already closed shop in preparation for the July 4th Holiday.

Joe had a flat tire.


It took 3 hours to dismount the tire from the wheel….



Clean out all of the “Stop Leak” someone filled the tire with….



Locate and remove the items puncturing the tire in various locations……




Then remount the tire and wheel so we could leave early yesterday morning and get some miles behind us.

We managed to get 87 miles. My truck began dinging at me to tell me of a low coolant level problem. A radiator hose was sprinkling the water all over itself and the engine.

We stopped at a Love’s in Wichita Falls, Texas to add water. That is when I found the leak.




All road service trucks and shops were off enjoying local parades, cookouts, swimming, spending time with family and friends, and getting set to find the best seats for the firework displays later in the evening.

We got checked into a hotel in Wichita Falls to get out of the heat, catch up on our sleep, and for me to do a little experimenting with my growing craft stash.

Today we have spent over two hours getting the radiator hose changed out.




The plan for today is to get passed Albuquerque, New Mexico before we shut down for the night. Arrive in Barstow, California Friday night and Saturday night. Leave for Santa Nella (Gustine), California on Sunday then deliver on Monday.

That’s the plan. In Barstow I have a lot of blog reading to catch up on and get a little bit of crafting started.

Here’s hoping these trucks are finished with hacking up fur balls 😀

Stay cool, literally, in air conditioned environs if you can.


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

10 responses to “This trip is starting to show signs of being “The Trip From Hell”

  • Jann Gray

    Oh girl…it just doesn’t STOP! Crimeny! Will pray that the “short circuitesque” trucks will cease and desist from providing fodder for the “mayhem” portion of this blog and you can get back to focusing on the “foolishness” (read… “crafting”) aspects ASAP! Glad you and Joe are together, glad you have a bit of stash for a diversion…but will be mostly glad when I hear that you all are back in your rhythm and headed towards getting to be home for a longer stretch!

    Be safe!

    Love you,


    • Message In A Fold

      Thank you Jann :D. All prayers, and good vibes are appreciated 😀

      I read your latest blog post this morning – creating your own embellishments. I’ll be at your blog later today or tonight to leave a comment. Love the looks of your work. So elegant and professional.

      You guys stay cool. Man is it hot! Relentless. I’m just so dang sorry for those that have no electricity right now. They have got to be miserable.

      Love you – Leslie

  • Indira

    Sorry for you and Joe, but the weekend is around the conner, so you can rest.

  • Maureen Mathis

    Car repair bills seem to be stacking up for us as well. Between Kelley and Kevin’s cars, we’ve spent almost $3,000! But that’s nothing compared with our having to replace our 17 year old A/C unit. Yikes! It’s an expensive summer for all of us! We even had to stay in a hotel one night while the unit was being replaced, that was after one of the workers had to stop at 9 p.m. when he cut his hand and Charlie actually superglued the small wound together (would have only been a couple of stitches). He didn’t have any of his medical tools or supplies with him. The workman did get it checked out the next morning, but at least it saved the business owner an ER visit! Stay cool!

    • Message In A Fold

      Yikes! I’m beginning to think equipment is more alive than we think. They all seem to talk to each other and decide to compete in breaking down.

      Sorry you have had to suffer in this awful heat. Charlie got to represent :-). A bit of super glue and a pat on the back.

      Was it only you and Charlie escaping the heat in a hotel? *eyebrow wiggle wiggle* :-). Are you back in air conditioned comfort at home? Hope so since you are always one busy lady.

      Love you – Leslie

      • Maureen Mathis

        Kelley called this afternoon. SHE HIT A PARKED CAR!!!! She is so upset, and feels so badly about it that she said she wants to start paying for her own insurance! I don’t think her part-time job will cover THAT along with her living expenses! Will this cycle NEVER END?!!!!

      • Message In A Fold

        First – Is Kelly okay? Did she get hurt? I hope not.

        As to this terrible cycle – I do know it does go away. Usually not before the crying starts or things fly through the air.

        It does end and everything gets back to normal. I just have never understood how inanimate things can gang up on a body.

        I’m sorry you guys are experiencing these troubles. Kelly is probably mortified and you probably hurt just as bad as she does 😦

        Seems to me you need a hug so I will send you one {{hug}}

        Love you – Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    Oh Leslie those darn gremlins are really squirming out of the metal work! What nerd filled the tyre with that gunk and didn’t remove the objects??? I can’t believe that. Tyres seem to be causing everyone hassle lately…..we had a flat on the run around vehicle we use for going up and down the track. Using a couple of large screwdrivers and a bar we finally managed to get the tyre off the wheel – well the top part of the tyre off the rim and then remove the inner tube, locate the leak and fix that, replace inner tube and try and get tyre back on rim with screwdrivers and bar and a squirt or six of washing up liquid. Took almost two days, a lot of swearing and gallons of sweat 🙂 Anyway it is now done and my leg aches from pumping air back into that blasted tyre.
    Hope so much that the tyre and hose is all that goes wrong for you both.

    Love and lots of hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      Holy Cow but you had a real devil of a time with your tyre!

      I didn’t know inner tubes were still used. I had to chuckle at the visual of you working that blasted foot pump. Man! I remember the hand pumps I used as a teen for my bicycle tires. Pump and pump and pump some more. Crapazoid, you figure the air is going out instead of in for how long it takes to finally fill the tire.

      Sorry you are sore and done in. Hope you get to feeling back to your old self.

      Love you – Leslie

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