Line One Adventures - Expedite Expo 2013
This is our favorite show of the year and one we have not missed for ten years running. We are able to relax and enjoy the fellowship of other expediters who understand the concept of long deadheads, freight that feels like sail boat fuel, and the ability to drop everything and run like crazy then sit for a few days.
Expediters are a social group and the networking that goes on at the Expedite Expo is beyond belief. We compare notes check out each other’s trucks and decide what will work best in our own business. We spend a lot of time talking with prospective expediters who have flown or drove to the Expedite Expo from all areas of the country.
This year we entered our truck in the Truck Beauty Contest so much of our time leading up to the opening of the show was spent cleaning and touching up. We made plans to open our sleeper as well as our cargo box up so that other drivers as well as prospective drivers could see how we live and work on the road. This was a resounding success as we had dozens upon dozens of people look at the inside as well as the outside of our truck and ask detailed questions. We were thrilled to win first in the working truck show class.
Bob, Henry and I also presented a workshop roundtable titled "Everything you want to know about trucking". We never know what will happen in this workshop as the attendees ask the questions and we either answer the question or other attendees answer. We never know what will be asked and it can be from "How do you keep the carpet in your truck clean" to "How do you figure FSC".
While at the Expo we attended the Casino Night sponsored by Commercial Insurance Solutions (CIS), which is always a lot of fun. When time permitted we took turns walking around the 80,000 sq. ft exhibiter area talking with vendors.
The climax of the show is the Driver Sponsored BBQ held on Saturday when the show closes. Lawrence McCord, On Time Media provides the meat, huge tent, chairs, and BBQ grills and the drivers are the chefs and bring side dishes. This year the weather was perfect and we enjoyed sitting and visiting with our old and new friends.
We have marked July 25 - 26th 2014 on our calendar for the next Expedite Expo to be held in Wilmington, OH.