Big Rig Steve ended today at the receiver in Marengo, Ohio and is safely parked for the night after unloading.
Today was the birthday for Big Rig Travels we began our 16th year. Today also is the one year anniversary for our truck the Blue Comet which Steve earned by completing 1 million miles of driving. Yes, we are now getting closer now to 2 million miles. Steve original plan was only to be truck driver for 1 million miles.
Happy Birthday BRT! 15 years ago Big Rig Travels was formulated at BRS kitchen table. Steve advised “16 years of bringing America to your arm chair”
Steve started the day in Gary, Indiana 8:10 CST after the trailer repairs were finally completed. Yesterday’s down time helped give BRS time to work on various projects while he was waiting all day. Besides, there were no other trips so we had to stay with this one.
We needed coffee so we stopped at the TA at 8:30 CST and another record was set. What would that record be? The highest amount that Steve has ever paid for coffee “$2.88 and were not talking Starbucks coffee we are talking TA truck stop coffee! “
10:50 CST We rolled into the Loves in Plymouth, Indiana for a fuel stop. Yes, coffee was also acquired.
At approximately 11:06 CST Steve reminisced about the history of Big Rig Travels and how it started in 2008 on a company called Cam Streams from over in England (Moderator John259’s home country) with a 320 x 320 viewing box for up to ten viewers at a time. Then we went to 100 people at time. Next we moved to U Stream and progressed to Veatle (I am not sure of correct spelling ) which went out of business after six months. So back to U Stream. When You tube allowed broadcasting longer than 15 minutes we began with You tube. In 2016 we had the automatic options added. You will have to listen to the stream to find out what other surprises will becoming in 2023. I recommend watching the play back if you missed the history and those that have helped make BRT what it is today. There is even a tease about what we will see when RV Steve happens. Steve has kept the promise that he gave from the start “that we will always be free to watch”. Steve will do exactly what we’re doing whether 5 people or 5 million people are watching. The Viewers are most important part of the BRT success.
After being honked at after entering Ohio at 13:02 EST and parking at a rest stop in Convoy, Ohio, we learned that we did not have any tire issues, but that another driver had been greeting BRS. We also had a run down by Steve on all those that had purchased Steve a coffee on the website during the most recent drive. Steve said I am the only un-cool driver. (you need to watch the stream to find out what that was about).
At 13:44 EST a meet up occurred in Lima, Ohio were Steve met up with Semi Ernie another YouTube driver. Steve and Ernie exchanged medallions. Whoop whoop! We got us a medallion from another truck driver Semi Ernie. Twitter subscribers to BigRigSteve received the image of the meet up and the new medallion that BRS tweeted later in the day.
Steve left us off prior to arrival to the receiver, so no numbers were addressed today, but we did start with fresh 70 hour clock this morning after a 34+hr wait for the trailer repairs yesterday. We completed the advertised trip, 332 miles 531 km. We will drag our empty back the same trek to Joliet Illinois tomorrow morning.
Please take the time and comment a Happy 15th Birthday Greeting to Big Rig Travels as Steve would enjoy hearing well wishes from the BRT Road Crew.