They didn't get a banana load after all, but were dead headed back to California for a USF load out of Fontana, CA. They had a day and a half of driving and made it to Tacoma, WA early this morning for the drop, but found no empty trailers to hook up to. Eventually, they were told to go to the Fred Meyer DC in Puyallup, WA to pick up an empty there, and travel to Toppenish, WA for a load of meat this morning.
Usually, there is quite a wait at AB Foods for the meat loads, but I sensed there were a lot of employees who wanted to start their holiday festivities early, and the trailer was ready for them when they arrived. What wasn't so good, was the weights on the tandems being over the limit and having the load be reworked and stacked in the trailer to make it all legal. But by noon, they had scaled out legal and were on their way south with get this........a load delivering in Modesto early Sunday morning. Thank you Santa for my Christmas present!
They should be at the company yard in French Camp, CA about 4am Christmas morning, and they will take the time there to fuel, shower, and scan paperwork. Then they will drive about 15 miles to Ripon, CA to the Flying J truck stop, which is only 10 miles from Modesto, and I will be able to spend some time with Craig.
He is super excited, because earlier this week, his new DroidX phone crashed during an online upgrade, and I had to meet him at French Camp and take possession of the phone and high tail it to Verizon to see if they could get it fixed for him. They couldn't, so they overnighted a new phone to me in Modesto, and it arrived today, just in time for me to bring it to him Christmas morning. He loves that phone, and it will make his day to have a working one again tomorrow.
Here's hoping all of you will also be able to enjoy a very Merry Christmas with the ones you love.