We got on the road at 4:12 a.m. Our target to leave was 4 a.m so I decided I needed to get up at 3:25 a.m. (but I did not get to bed till after 11 because I was working!). So in the middle of the night I woke and looked at my Blackberry and it said 3:15 a.m. and I groggily thought “CRAP” might as well just get up. I got up, sent a text message to my brother saying, “I’m awake and ready when you are.” Then I went into the bathroom to start getting ready, washed my face, brushed my teeth, put on some makeup, and then realized, My Stupid Blackberry is Still on D.C. Time! It was only 2:15 a.m. So I sent Rob a disregard message and got back in bed for an hour. It really wasn’t much help.
As you can imagine with Rob driving we are nearly to Baton Rouge in just 3.25 hours. It is raining but the temperature is above freezing so there is no ice.
So we are going through Louisiana and Rob tells a story about one of his friends. They are all driving through Louisiana and Rob’s friend is just really impressed with the French creole influence. He says, “Look Rob, isn’t it great, French everywhere…even on the road signs…LA 128 and LA 5.” The boys all felt bad when they had to break it to him that LA wasn’t French, it was the abbreviation for Louisiana.
We have decided on a theme song for this road trip…its Convoy by C.W. McCall. (Since the truckers are hauling down I-10 and so are we!) We want to give a shout out to Lil Joe, who always pops in our mind when we hear Convoy…he, Burt Reynolds and Smokey & The Bandit. B.R. 549 Breaker…Breaker… over and out. (Got some video for you on this Convoy thing…just wait till we can post it. Also trying to find a link to the song so you get a feel for it…I have a feeling a lot of my Northern friends don’t know it!)
I want to provide you the meaning of the song Convoy so you can fully understand why we chose it for our Theme Song:
Setting the Stage:
The song consists of three different types of interspersed dialog: a simulated CB conversation, the narration of the story and the chorus. It is the story about a fictitious minor trucker rebellion that drives from the west coast to the east coast without stopping. What they are protesting (other than the then-prevalent 55 miles per hour speed limit) isn’t stated in the song.
The “conversation” is between two truckers, using their handles “Rubber Duck” and “Pig Pen”, but we only hear the Rubber Duck side of the conversation.
Rubber Duck (driving a Kenworth with a load of logs) is at the “front door” (the leader) of three eighteen-wheelers (Tractor and semi-trailer) when he realizes that they have a convoy. Following the Rubber Duck is an unnamed trucker in a “cab-over Pete with a reefer on” (a refrigerated trailer, hauled by a Peterbilt truck configured with the cab over the engine), while Pig Pen brings up the rear in a “Jimmy” (GMC truck) hauling hogs.
During the song, Rubber Duck keeps complaining about the smell of the hogs, so he keeps asking Pig Pen to “back off” (fall further behind). Pig Pen has fallen so far back that by the end of the song when Rubber Duck is in New Jersey, Pig Pen has only gotten as far as Omaha.
The convoy begins June 6th on “I-one-oh” (I-10) just outside of “Shakytown” (Los Angeles, CA, known by that name due to its frequent earth tremors). By the time they get to “Tulsatown” (Tulsa, Oklahoma), there are eighty-five trucks in the convoy and the “bears” (police) have set up a road block and have a “bear in the air” (helicopter) monitoring the situation. By the time they get to “Chi-town” (Chicago, Illinois), the convoy has been joined by a “suicide jockey” (truck hauling explosives) and “eleven long-haired friends of Jesus in a chartreuse microbus” and the police have called out “reinforcements from the ‘Illinoise’ (Illinois National Guard). The convoy crashes another road block when crossing a toll bridge into New Jersey, and by this time they have “a thousand screamin’ trucks” in all.