01 September 2011

Day 243 (Still Going East, But A Different Destination)

As with the last trip through here (with Clint), Chuck and I shut down in Ellensburg, WA, about 110 miles east of Seattle. The weather was so cool last night that I didn't even turn on the APU (Auxiliary Power Unit). When we woke up this morning the temperature was 50° - a very good morning for the beginning of September. After I tended to my morning ablutions, I walked over to Starbucks for my grandé triple Marble Mocha Machiatto, which should start any trip off right.

I was unable to stop in Clarkston, WA to pay a visit with my niece and/or sister-in-law, but at least now I have a general idea of where I can park a truck, so it will make a possible rendezvous the next time a bit more accessible. We arrived in Lewiston, ID about 1330 (CT), and were loaded almost right away, and rather quickly... the loader, Don, even gave me a visor-style ball cap:

I gave hime a baseball cap, with our company's name on it, in return. Once we were loaded, we were on our way.

To back up a bit, when I went in to sign for the bills, I noticed that our final destination is NOT going to be Halfmoon, NY, but instead it will be Dayton, NJ, which is just north east of Trenton. That drop will be due next Thursday, though no time has been set as of just yet. Once we get to Missoula, MT, I'm going to call it a full day. After all, Tulsa won't be delivered until Tuesday. It would have been Monday, but, as you already know, this is Labor Day weekend. It still works out pretty good, since we will probably pull into Tulsa on Sunday night, and not have to deal with the traffic that will ensue on Monday. For those of you who will be on the road Monday, I hope you drive safely, and the madness around you doesn't affect you. If it does, deal with it the way I do... stop at a Starbucks!

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