Yesterday I did indeed end up in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I didn’t have enough hours to run the rest of the way to Joplin so I stopped early and finished the rest this morning.
The good folks in the inspection bay at our HQ looked over my tires and sent me over to the tire shop. They caught an impressive gash in one of my rear tires but missed some worrisome marks on my left steer. The guy in the tire shop looked it over and quickly concluded that it was time to replace, so I ended up with two fresh steer tires and one used rear super single that matched the tread depth on the other side. The super single was one of the originals on the truck, having provided about 293,000 miles of service. Its opposite number is still doing well and will probably last another 20,000 or so.
I checked in to the local Holiday Inn that CFI has used as long as I’ve been a driver, only to find out they have changed the corporate account over to a different motel. Holiday Inn is still honoring the same rate for CFI / Conway drivers and I definitely won’t be changing over. The rooms, food and service here are superior.