Days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder.

This trip is reminiscent of the days when I first started doing Drive-Away. Moving trucks from one dealership to another.

We are moving 2011 Freightliners from Knoxville, Tennessee to Las Vegas, Nevada. From one Freightliner dealership to another.

We haven’t had a run like this in a long time. Most of our trips over the past few years have been to ports or to auction lots.

We are back to four trucks, once again, since Joe’s hospital stay for his Pulmonary Embolism in August.

He was feeling pretty strong the last couple weeks and decided to put my boom back on the trailer. Will this hard headed German give himself time to fully heal? What? Surely I’ve lost my mind.

We hooked up yesterday and he was weak, rung out, and slower than normal by the time we finished. The one extra truck and messing with my boom was almost more than he could handle.

The day was nearly over at 3:30 in the afternoon when we finally completed the 5 hours of working to hook up. It didn’t help that a lot of the time was spent waiting for new batteries to be installed in my back truck and the daytime temperature was still on the hot side.

We drove about 130 miles before Joe said he had enough for one day.


It was on the chilly side when we left Lebanon, Tennessee this morning. Not long after we encountered a fall rain.


There is a hurricane off the east coast that was reaching ever westward.

By the time we reached West Memphis, Arkansas the rain had become a mist with some really cold winds that chilled us uncomfortably when we stopped at a Wal-Mart for vitamins and batteries. Standing near our trucks it looked as though the misty rain was changing to flakes.

We have nearly 2,000 miles to travel over the next few days.


It is time to dig out the long pants. Albuquerque, New Mexico and Flagstaff, Arizona are going to be really cold. Winter’s cold fingers are reaching out and will soon have a grip on us. Until then it will be business as usual.

Hope you enjoy the upcoming weekend. Get your warm sunlight hours in before they are gone until next year.



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

2 responses to “Days are getting shorter, nights are getting colder.

  • gardenpinks

    Our warm sunlight hours are already a distant memory, the temperature has dropped like a stone. Wednesday and Thursday it was comfortable light sweater weather but by Thursday evening it was thermal undies and many layers.
    That is going to be an exhausting trip Leslie. Tell Joe to rest up, he needs to take it easy to give his body time to recuperate otherwise it will never heal. These men can be so darn stubborn. What will happen when you stop for the winter? Is Joe going to stop too? Could he cope on his own?
    Love and hugs
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      New Years in Cornwall will be here before you know it. Less than 70 days! You can put your thermal wear away then. For now keep warm as you work at the business of packing.

      This year Joe is talking about staying home from Thanksgiving through January. I think it is a good thing for him to do. I have been doing my best to get our major monthly payments ahead so that he can be home to relax.

      Take care of yourself and Rod.

      Love you – Leslie

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