Washout and free lunch!

Good Sunday morning to all. If you were watching the broadcast Saturday and sat in line with us while we were waiting to get the trailer washed out at the Blue Beacon in Haw River, North Carolina, you got a glimpse of “the food dude”. Actually, that was a man named Brett and he walked up to the truck and handed us a free lunch! I got out and talked with him a bit and found out that he and his family made 100 meals and were handing them out to the truckers. While truckers are rolling throughout the nation to restock store shelves and rush medical supplies to where they are needed, folks such as Brett and his family are keeping the truckers fed and rolling as well. On behalf of all the truckers you and your family have fed on Saturday, I sincerely thank you! I appreciate you and your family for looking out for us.

North Carolina – A Long Blog

Good evening from the delivery in Sanford, North Carolina. We loaded up this morning then ran straight here to deliver. Our actual delivery appointment was set for Saturday morning at 7am but because it would make our next trip impossible, they agreed to let us into delivery tonight. We have dropped our trailer and sometime tonight they will unload it and we will be free to go in the morning towards the next trip which is now posted. Here’s a couple of things to remember…..

First, we may not go exactly the way the trip maps are drawn. Sometimes, especially when the backroads are involved, it isn’t always clear cut until I get in the area and deal with things as they unfold. Other times, deviations occur because our fuel locations change. Remember, I may not always have the time to adjust and redraw the map every time it changes. Just enjoy the ride and relax, and don’t get all caught up in finding every little fault or discrepancy with the trips, routes, when I depart, when or where I take breaks, etc. I do things for a reason such as making the timing work for other loads, work with customers and who will or will not take us early or late and all that. Remember, trucking changes in an instant and I have to attend to business first – not play with the website. As it is, we already provide you with way more information than any other trucking website in the world (to those that are willing to help themselves and find it)! Be happy with that!

Another thing to consider, is the signal quality and buffering. We broadcast at 720×1280 period. We can’t go higher quality than that through a mobile device. Signal is always dependent upon cell tower availability and congestion as well as terrain and all the regular things that can affect quality. Guess what? It does take “two to tango” meaning if you experience buffering, it isn’t always on my end. Your device must download the video stream as well so it may be your towers being congested or your location, or even how many other things you have your device doing at the time.

During this time of social distancing, and people working from home remember there is now way more bandwidth being used up all around the world. People are staying home and doing Facebook, watching videos, streaming Netflix, Disney, YouTube, etc. This means there is a lot less tower bandwidth and more congestion for us to broadcast – and less for you to download our stream to your device. Have patience, realize what’s going on, and enjoy what you can. If things get too bad and we are not able to broadcast, remember you can watch the snowman and the GPS data is still available, or check out some of our archived streams.

Georgia Sunshine!

Good afternoon to ya! What a beautiful day here in Georgia! The sun is out, we have the windows open,and there is just a slight breeze with the smell of fresh blossoms from the trees.
We are waiting for our next load to be ready but it is not even scheduled to be started until late tonight. At that point, we will just pick it up in the morning then drop it over in Mississippi Alabama tomorrow afternoon.

(Haha, edit because somebody told me we were not going to Mississippi. Our next trip after this was supposed to go to Mississippi, but got cancelled by the customer.)

Georgia Stars

Howdy and welcome to Georgia! We have decided to stop just North of Atlanta because we cannot drop this trailer at our delivery before 9 pm Tuesday night but we have a window until Wednesday night at 9pm. Making the delivery tonight at 9pm would mean a very hard time finding parking that late since Atlanta has very limited parking to begin with muchless that late at night. We will head on down Wednesday morning and drop this then bobtail out until Thursday morning when we pick up another already loaded trailer from the same location. Things might change where we can load up earlier, but it is all we know at this point.

Earlier in the week we met two Road Crew in Ohio and you can check out the latest Road Crew inductees by going to the Road Crew Gallery using the menu bar above!

Slight delay

Morning! We have a slight delay this morning. Since it is cold outside currently, I decided to use the bunk heater to keep warm. Basically, the bunk heater keeps the truck inside warm without keeping the truck running idle and wasting fuel. Normally, that works just fine. Today, we woke up to everything dead and no battery power to start. And yup, it’s still cold if not colder with snow supposedly on the way. The nearest truck mobile repair that can come give us a jump is 92 miles away!! In the meantime, since we have an empty trailer, I have decided to turn on the reefer and set it on 80 so I can keep warm in the trailer at least! I am not really impressed with the new way they set up using heat overnight. Our old 2016 never had problems using the bunk heater, but I have heard many drivers complaining about the 2019 and 2020 cascadia bunk heaters only work while the truck actually runs….which pretty much makes it useless. If the truck runs, you might as well use the whole truck heater instead of just the bunk heater at that point.

Back in the saddle

Again! Welcome back to the BigRigTravels Adventure! We had a good time off, but it was too cold and snowy and wet to get much yard work done and ready for the planting season, but we did get some grilling in. Aunt Jemima also did some grilled cheetos and you can see proof of it by going to the blog and looking at the right side Instagram photos. Also there, you can get a sneak preview at one of several new products that are coming to the BigRigTravels Store!

Lots of empty store shelves as you know, so, since we drag a temperature controlled trailer behind us and we haul 85% food products, we should be busy for awhile now. Jump aboard and go on a trip with BigRigSteve!

The 2020 Trip Journal has finally be updated now as well for your reading pleasure…

Snow again!

Afternoon gang! The weather was warming up last few days before I took time off so I was excited about getting to prepare the garden and do some yard work finally. Instead, yesterday it started snowing and sleeping! It completely covered the ground again. This morning we are back above freezing but just barely. At least the new snow is disappearing again. I will try to do some grilling for the truck freezer shortly. I did go to buy groceries yesterday but ALL the meats shelves were 99% cleared out! Good thing I have a big freezer in the basement that I stored my meats when I would find great sale prices.

Running wild

Run run run as we keep hitting our 14 hour clock each day! Remember our drive yesterday on US Highway 151 was nice with no snow on the ground? Look again, we had some heavy snow come through the area last night so today’s drive will be a white one!

The planners have been giving us trips that are already running behind when they assign them to us lately so that is why we keep hitting that daily hour limit. So far the customers have been working with us and for that I’m glad.

Important note for anyone who purchased from the BigRigTravels store… The guy who volunteers his time to package up and ship out your items has been sick this week. Because so many orders come in, he agreed to make a weekly trip to the post office each Monday. It would be unfair to tell a volunteer to make a trip everyday since he too has a life outside of bigrigtravels.com. If you ordered from the store after March 3rd, your order would normally have been shipped out this week. I apologize for any delays and your order will be mailed out as soon as he can. You will get an email when your order goes from it’s current state of processing to complete, which means it actually got mailed. Please have patience.

Uugh

Well we arrived at the shop Wednesday to get all of our truck services accomplished. While we were scheduled for Wednesday, the shop boss informed me we wouldn’t get in the shop until Friday morning. They did take the truck at 6am today and have been working on it. They did find a bad cab shock mount and are replacing that as well. We did get our restart finished so as soon as they release the truck we can see where our next trip takes us.