So we finally made it out of Oklahoma, but instead of them sending us to Mountain Grove, MO for our home time, they sent us to Emporia, KS to deliver a load. So now, after having delivered that load, we’re waiting again…hoping to get home to see his family soon.
I know we’re out on the road all the time and sitting versus driving doesn’t seem like a huge difference, but it is. We have no idea when we’ll be able to leave so it makes it hard to do anything outside of the truck.
I think I get rebellious when I’m bored and frustrated with things so our snack today wasn’t exactly healthy.
Anywho, for now I’ll take advantage of the time to hang out with Jacob and knit. He’s taking advantage of his opportunity to read some more.
Remember when we were sitting in Oklahoma waiting to get a load home so we could see Jacob’s family? Yeah…2 days later, we’re still here. Stuck. (supposedly freight is “slow”). We were planning on playing awesome games and eating awesome food with his awesome family…but instead we’re just sitting…waiting.
Jacob’s reading a book, I think this is his second now.
And I’m working on my knitting
We’re both getting a little antsy, but there’s literally nothing we can do about it at this point.
So, hopefully we’ll get a load out of here soon. Until then, I’m gonna make a hat.
So we’ve been running these part two weeks looking forward to finally getting back to Mountain Grove to see Jacob’s family. Went in and out of Missouri a few times these last few days and now we’re sitting in Nowheresville, OK waiting for a load that’ll take us back that way.
After being on the road for two weeks it’s going to feel really nice to sleep on a bed that doesn’t move, and eat yummy, hot, home-cooked, fresh food.
…if you can’t tell, I’m kind of hungry at the moment.
This weekend should be a blast. It’ll be our first opportunity to meet our beautiful new nephew Taten. We can’t wait.
So as you may know, we’ve been living in Mountain Grove, MO for the last few months. Jacob found a job working for Ready Transport, I haven’t had any luck.
As excited as we are that he has a job, we really miss spending all of our time together. So…we started brainstorming possible job opportunities in which we could work together. The other factor we were considering was finances. Jacob and I are trying to pay off all of our debt as soon as possible, which is made more difficult when only one of us is working.
So, Jacob had an idea one day…what if we were truck drivers? They have team drivers, where two people drive so that the truck can go longer distances in a shorter amount of time (a truck driver is only allowed to drive 11 hours in a 24 hour period), and very often married couples will drive as a team. Most of the negatives associated with trucking have to do with time spent away from home and family – but what about when your family is on the road with you? Well, then your family is just getting paid to travel. We liked the sound of that! So I started doing some research.
In order to drive for a truck company, you have to go to truck driving school. Cost for truck driving school ranges from $1,900 – $3,900, a person. BUT, we saw on some forums that some truck companies will pay for the schooling up front and then you have to agree to work for them for a specified amount of time (13 months). We found one such company and after applying were accepted to their academy 🙂 So off to truck driving school we go…
Speaking of which – our school is located in Phoenix, AZ. We’re excited! We’ll be doing training in Phoenix and then that will become our home base. Our current plan is to buy a camper and live in it the 3 days a month we’ll be home. 🙂 We’re equally excited about this fact. In regards to debt pay off, we’ll have ALL of our debt paid off in less than a year! So far it’s been impossible for me to say that without smiling.
So if anyone has any trucking advice for us, please feel free to give it!