For the last seven days I’ve seen nothing but gray skies, dirty slush and temperatures in the mid twenties and low thirties. I’ve been in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. But I was pleased to learn on Monday that the load I was picking up in Chicago was going to Jacksonville, Florida. When I arrived in Florida it was sunny and in the seventies.
My favorite loads to deliver are 700 miles or more. Legally I can only drive 11 hours a day, so if I average 50 miles an hour then I can drive 550 miles in a day.I picked up the load of cereal that I’m delivering now at Kraft Foods in Battle Creek, Michigan and I will deliver it to a Wal-mart distribution center in Brundidge, Alabama today. That’s a trip of about 920 miles. Yesterday I was able to spend all day driving on interstate highways which was great. On days when I pick up or deliver I have to deal with the stress of following directions and driving on city streets. If I miss a turn I have to find a place to turn around. When I was on narrow country roads I have driven ten to twenty miles out of my way because of a wrong turn. Days that I spend on the open road are usually stress free and can be a lot of fun. Some days when the traffic is light, the scenery is beautiful, and I’m listening to something good on my iPod, I almost cry with happiness. Sometimes life can be really good.