Good evening everyone. We dropped our delivery this afternoon and bobtailed to the Flying J truckstop for the night. Our next trip is now posted for all to see. The reason we dropped and bobtailed out was because the next shipper happens to be the exact same building as where we delivered. No point in dragging out an empty just to turn around and bring it back!
The original routing for our trip would have taken us through the backroads of Missouri and Iowa and right through the middle of Winter Storm Harper and it’s 10 inch snow band. Not to mention that the broadcast quality signal would have been horrendous to nonexistent and limited truckstop parking for the storm. The current route shows us running Westbound in the rain band instead of the snow and will put us heading Northbound where the storm is already passing and less intense. By the time we get that way, hopefully the big Interstate will have been salted and plowed clear. This difference only adds 34 extra miles and when compared to the increased safety and less opportunities for trouble staying away from Harper, the benefits outweigh the cost of fuel and time. In this trip, we won’t deliver until Monday anyway, so absolutely no rush!