One of the interesting parts of tagging along with Mike on his Celadon deliveries is figuring out what the heck we are transporting hither and yon around the US. This morning while waiting to get the scheduled load in Lebanon, TN, I googled the name on the sign at the facility we had pulled into. When the company web page popped up displaying this yummy photo my stomach rumbled with hunger. What a temptation. Lee is always joking about us raiding what’s in the trailers we are hauling. I wasn’t at all tempted by the load of Bud Light we hauled up here to Tennessee but those baked goods sure look good.
Last night as we approached the customer site where the beer was scheduled this morning for the unloading, we encountered the same situation as yesterday where none of the nearby truck stops had open spots. Fortunately, by using Google’s satellite imagery Mike was able to see that it was possible to park a truck in the back of the customer’s warehouse. The warehouse was located in a quiet, suburban Distribution Park and proved to be a better overnight spot than most of the others we’ve had.
On the way in we had noticed a corner gas station and after parking the truck we walked through the bitter cold the half mile back to the station to see what provisions we could find. Just before we got there we saw the sign for a strip mall next to the station and one of the businesses listed was a Mexican restaurant. Our dinner there was a welcome reward after a long day of trucking.
The baked goods now getting loaded into the trailer are going to Indianapolis, IN. As cold as the weather is here, it’s even colder up that way. If I had joined Mike during the summer months instead of January, I’m thinking I might have had more trouble spending so many hours in the truck. A short time out of the truck at this morning’s fuel stop convinced me that the warm truck cab is a pretty good place to spend the day. And we’ve got enough food stashed in the cab’s storage bins that I shouldn’t have to raid those baked goods in the trailer in the back.