May 23, 2004 -- I ended up on a completely different load after I unloaded at Searcy, Arkansas. Saturday morning I had to get the trailer's electrical "pigtail" plug repaired and by the time I got to the place where I was supposed to reload at Russellville, Arkansas the loading crew there had gone home for the weekend. The company put me on another load that picked up at our Elm Springs, Arkansas yard, which is near where I live. I was able to meet my parents and youngest brother's family for supper, so it all worked out fine. The load I'm on now is going to Hazleton, Pennsylvania. Right now I'm at Spiceland, Indiana where I'm spending the night.

Normally, in this part of the country there are many, MANY trucks making the trip across I-70. By late evening normally the truck stop parking lots are either full or almost full. I'm noticing this evening that it's fairly easy to find truck parking in all the big truck stops, which seems sort of strange.

Normally I would be making the trip across I-70 fairly frequently. In the past few months I've noticed that I haven't been making the trip across here very often. I don't know what to read into that, other than perhaps the number of loads across this area is down. I know that Ohio and Indiana have lost a lot of manufacturing jobs so perhaps this has something to do with it.

In any case I'll still be going home in about three days to take a few days off.