Good Saturday afternoon to the fantastic Road Crew. Here are just a few updates to let you know what is happening at BRT Central.

The Dentist-

Well, it took several attempts to get in to see the dentist, but we finally managed to get things handled. First, the holiday season and closed offices was the first delay. Then the big rush of people needing to see the dentist made ourr appointment for the 15th. We made it back to Belvidere for that date, but then the dentist had a death in the family so all appointments were cancelled. Then the next appointment was made for the 22nd but we tried our best but just could not get out of Texas fast enough to make it back in time. So, the next appointment was made for the 29th and woohoo, we made it this time! They took alot of xrays because we didn’t see him at all in 2019. Yup, we paid for dental insurance but didn’t use it in all of 2019. Not really a smart move. The good news is they didn’t find anything new, just the same two problem teeth that had cracked in half about three years ago and they really were causing problems, in fact, they they were the suspected cause of…..

The Face-

Ah, the face. The big, puffy, Frankenstein styled face of half mushroom gone bad and half Cheerios left in milk too long. LOL, ok, ok, so it isn’t quite that bad in real life, it just feels that way to me. The first swelling occurred in December, and an Urgent Care gave me antibiotics to help which they did and the swelling went down. Then it came back. Suspecting the bad teeth were the cause that is why we did the dentist thing… But, now that the teeth have been removed, the swelling came back and I went to the ER because it became quite painful and growing. The ER folks told me it wasn’t the dental at all but in fact another problem (discussed on last post). I have been on several prescriptions with today being the second day. I do not see any change just yet, so hoping something happens really quickly. It isn’t getting worse, but it isn’t getting better either.

The Truck-

During this “day off for dentist”, which will turn into 6 days now, I decided to turn the truck in to the shop for a checkup and investigate a shake that occurs in the hood and steering wheel that happens at 40-45mph. I get a call on Friday afternoon that they cannot locate the reason why the truck does that and they will have to hold the truck another week and that would mean I have to move into another truck since a driver cannot besitting and not moving that long. I was NOT happy at all about the thought of moving everything to yet another truck! Guess what? Another call from another person told me they found the problem and are waiting for the part to arrive on Monday but then we would be ready to roll in our own truck then. Well, that certainly is good news! This does give me a chance to rest and heal from all the trauma my head has been through!

The Website-

You may have already noticed that the Trip Journal has been brought up to date. Yes, I finally got the time to get it done. You may also notice some changes to different parts of the website in the next few days. Before you panic and scream you can’t find something, remember, everything can be reached through the main menu bar up top. I am trying to lighten the load on the front page which has been a serious issue; we were trying to load too much information directly on one page. This has brought our Google ranking waaaay down, and we don’t want that! Be warned, that while I make the minor changes this weekend, there will be a point that I will put the website in maintenance mode for some of the bigger changes. Yes, I know, everybody hates change, but I really think you will like it in the longrun, should be faster, and actually you might like it better and be able to move more easily throughout the website! Just some food for thought, if we never updated or changed the website throughout the years (since 2008) you would have virtually nothing you see and enjoy today. Technology evolves, coding changes, websites change, everything progresses. In fact, I really think ya gonna like it better:)

Ok, that’s enough news for today. Enjoy your weekend!

Good Thursday evening. It has been a rough last few days. Finally got two extractions finished which supposedly would have solved the massive swelling on my face. Tonight I went to the ER because in just a matter of four hours my face went from normal to huge again. Come to find out, the facial swelling never had anything to do with the dental work. Instead, the swelling came from impetigo and a possible staph infection. The medication the dentist gave me only subdued the infection, not completely remove it. I now have better answers and much stronger medication. I feel like I’ve been run over by a steam roller, so Friday will be recovery and get a headstart on medication before hitting the highway on Saturday. Obviously I haven’t done anything with the website but getting this solved was much more important.

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Howdy and good Saturday evening. This will be the Saturday night and Sunday morning blog post so I have both days covered!

This afternoon, we started seeing the highway signs stating that 60mph+ winds were blowing just ahead of us and that the Interstate was closed to “High Profile” and “Light Trailers” due to extreme blow over risk. Guess what, that applies to us since we are a high profile truck and we happen to be loaded on the lighter side. We pulled into the truckstop for our 30 minute break and to double check the weather and https://map.wyoroad.info/wtimap/index.html for any updates about what was ahead. Yup, we called it a day and shutdown. True, the road was still open for four wheelers, so several trucks decided to ignore the road closures and rolled on past Rawlins.

Now there is a blown over big truck that has crashed and is layed across all the lanes so now the road is really closed to everyone, including four wheelers. Think about this: Now, that trucker decided to ignore the truck ban and has caused an accident. He is 100% responsible for loss to all the freight, his truck, trailer, road repairs, manpower of police, highway workers, etc not to mention more damages if he hit someone else as well.

Meanwhile, we found our spot early because we keep in touch with the changing conditions and plan ahead. This truckstop now looks like a packed can of sardines with trucks parking in the middle of rows ans every which way they can to the point nobody can move! It pays to be aware of what is up ahead and to plan accordingly!

Hey, look below, it’s your Sunday Video!

Morning. Tuesday. Zoo Status. Crazy trucks all trying to park and maneuver around as everyone gets ready to load for the morning. We will get this trip to the delivery as soon as we can. The last few trips have been overnight deliveries and I absolutely dislike it when my schedule gets all twisted and gnarly. This delivery too is an overnight! Yes, I will update the trip journal when possible. Yes, I have been slacking.

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Howdy everyone I hope this finds all safe and secure. This morning as I was about to head out the door for the dentist appointment, I was called and informed the doctor had an unexpected death in the family and he had to cancel all appointments. He did get us a prescription to get rid of any infection that may be present until he can see us next Wednesday.

We do have our next trip now posted and we will pick it up Thursday late afternoon and run like wild children down to Texas to deliver. Then they will get us an express trip back up to the Illinois area for our appointment. We did manage to get yet another 70 hours in because of our 34 hour restart:) We will see ya late tomorrow for the Texas Beeline Express!

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Get the math? Probably not since I come up with some strange things lol. Anyway, it means we did 599 miles today and three states and extremely close to making it four states! We started off early this morning near Albany, New York and shut it down almost at the Indiana line. Lots of very high winds as we started out so we ran at 55mph or so. Once we got past Buffalo, NY the winds became manageable. We are looking good for on time delivery Monday afternoon.

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Evening everyone, we have completed our delivery without any real problems. Not a bad day overall, dry roads, no snow or rain or heavy traffic to deal with – just a deer that decided to go under our trailer tires!

We do have our next trip lined up but there are a few issues we have to address before rolling into New York. As soon as we get those details looked into we will draw out the map and post the trip. As of right now, there is a 50/50 shot we won’t keep the same trip. Let’s see what the morning brings CV us!

Well, we first had the tire problems on the previous trailer which then caused us to be late and miss our delivery appointment. Then we ended up sitting a day before anybody could get us a new appointment. Then….get this…. yesterday we got a message at 3pm to hurry up and make the new delivery appointment of 230pm. Huh? You tell me 30 minutes AFTER the appointment? YUP. We managed to talk our way into the gate yesterday then they told me to do an “emergency” repower for another driver. We put our trailer in the door for unloading then when the other driver came, he got to babysit the trailer in the door and we ran off with his trailer to make our delivery last night.

We arrive last night about 30 minutes before our appointment only to be told by the gate guard, and verified by the transportation office there, that the delivery appointment was really TONIGHT at 11pm. Yup, yet another snafu with dates and times. So, now we get to sit all day today and return to the delivery tonight to get rid of this load. All that big rush for absolutely nothing. Well, another day of layover pay is in order. Three trips for the new year and all three have had problems. Here’s hoping the fourth trip will actually work as it’s supposed to? Stay tuned to BigRigTravels to find out!

**UPDATE**

We have been given a trip to repower and make sure the load gets to it’s destination on time. We will swap trailers with the other driver about 1800 tonight and run the load directly to delivery at midnight. New trip posted.

Good Monday morning. We are still trying to get a new delivery appointment set up. Yes, all the big bosses know the details and so far no word. In the meantime, I have made a new FAQ page and an About page that you can find in the top menu bar. I have also designed a new layout for the 2020 Trip Journal- have a look and see if you like it. These new pages should help new visitors gain some insight into bigrigtravels.com. Also, the new Road Crew Gallery is in the works. As soon as I hear of any delivery updates I will let you know. So happy the sun is out today!!

Good Sunday to all of ya! Well, we attempted to make our delivery last night but just as expected, we were turned away at the gate and told to reschedule the delivery. This now puts our next trip into jeopardy since we are already late to for our next loading appointment. The thing is, its the weekend and of course nothing gets solved on the weekends. You ever notice that most of our problems happen on the weekend and nothing seems to be able to get solved until the regular crew shows back up on Monday?  We are just sitting by waiting for some word on our new delivery times…. Guess it is time to pull out the brand new laptop and start doing some website work! As soon as I hear any news, I’ll let ya know.

BTW, The 2019 Trip Journal has now been closed out. In the year 2019, we completed 118 trips, visited 38 States, 963 different counties, and hauled over 4.1 million pounds of freight.

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