So here I sit at Palos Garza Forwarding in Laredo, Texas. Not sure if this is my eighth trip to Nuevo Laredo, might be double digits by now. I got here at 7:00 a.m. for an 8 o’clock appointment. the first time I came to this receiver I had a 7 o’clock appointment and was out of here by 8:00. Ain’t gonna happen this time.
Laredo is one anthill busy kinda place. On the way in you see nothing but 18-wheelers. There are warehouse complexes everywhere and each one of them have seemingly hundreds of empty trailers parked and dozens of trucks waiting to get in.
Today for example, the street Garza is one was parked full, both sides with trucks. The lot inside the gate is parked almost full. I’ve been here for just under an hour and trucks are streaming in and streaming out. By rough count there are 180 trailers sitting on the lot and a couple dozen rigs waiting to be directed to one of the eight doors.
It really is like an ant colony. Only the ants each weigh 40 tons.
An astronomical aside: On the way in from the Loves at Exit 39 this morning I saw meteor. First I’d seen for a looong time. It was dawn, perhaps 50% light, and I saw a bright streak to the south. It flamed out very quickly. It only covered a distance equivalent to a few diameters of the moon.
A mechanical aside: I’m having more Auxiliary Power Unit (APU) problems. The system is beeping like it’s not charging the truck’s batteries. I’ve had the problem before, less than a month ago. It definitely makes life inconvenient when you have the air conditioning on, are trying to sleep, and you get beeped awake at 1 a.m. Had to lean way forward and start the truck so I didn’t wake up to dead batteries. Will call Stevens “Road Rescue” this morning and see if they can schedule me into a Thermo King dealer later this morning.
My next pickup isn’t until mid-afternoon – Interglobal Solutions (produce) – so there is a chance I’ll be able to get it fixed before I hit the road again.