The Patricks Low Cost Housing Adventures travel blog


109 is HOT! Even though it's a dry heat, it is soooo HOT! Then add a 50 mph wind and you feel like your in an induction oven. Going into California was pretty miserable with the heat; constantly watching the trucks gauges, stopping to give her a break occasionally. We had two drops in our delivery. Our first in Ontario, on the far eastern edge of Los Angeles area and our second in Oxnard, on the far western side of Los Angeles area. We left our first drop by 6:30 am, hoping it was enough time to get us the 99 miles to Oxnard before rush hour hit full force......WRONG. I really cannot fathom living and working here. Being in 2 hours or more of traffic twice a day just doesn't seem worth it. One poor young couple caused a bit of a back up in front of us.....their car had just caught on fire! Flames were shooting WAY up into the air! Poor kids! It took us about 3 hours to get to our last delivery and the air in the coastal city was refreshing. We found a parking place at a truck stop nearby and rolled down the windows to take in the cool air, enjoyed a siesta.

A couple hours later, we got our next load assignment. Fruit in the valley going to Pennsylvania.

Now fast-forward to Maine. We have been home 3 days. The first thing I did was move the pickup truck so we can park the big rig in the back of our gravel pad. Opened the door and whammed my head against the top of the door frame.........right.......this door isn't as big. Need to remember to adjust. Into the house to greet mom, unpack the big truck, Jim mows the lawn, run to the grocery store, but happy and exhausted by day's end. It's good to be home.

Peaches and plums are called stonefruit I guess. That's what's in season and what we hauled across Pennsylvania to the Giant Grocery Distribution Center. The poor reefer unit was screaming to keep the fruit at a cool 34 degrees. It's no wonder people flock to the mountain, beaches and Maine in this hot weather. We know we'd be returning to much friendlier temperatures. Mainers, however, are not used to temp over 85 and are quite uncomfortable. Most homes in Maine have no A/C. At least not in this area. Southern Maine is more of an extension of Boston, therefore not REALLY the REAL Maine. Come here to Downeast and you will have 70-80 degree summers, coastal breezes and some of the best seafood ever! :)

Anyway, we delivered our fruit, got a meat load to Maine and here we are. A busy month for sure. We averaged about 5000 miles a week.

I have a mountain of mail and paperwork to attend to. Want to forget about the truck and truck for a couple weeks and focus on more relaxing things. Have a great 4th of July and enjoy the summer months!

When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand. Luke 21:30



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