The Move: Truck Packing Part 2

Today we finalized our truck pack. At the risk of bragging, I would say the truck is packed extremely well. So well in fact, that we beat the last move's pack by a foot, and our budget (as estimated by ABF) by 3 feet. And it's an extremely tight pack with evenly defined layers. We ended up with a perfectly straight back wall for the bulkhead. Again, we had some great help today and the rest of the house was in the truck in under an hour and a half.

That's right--16' was all it took! And yes, I tightened the ratchet strap before we left! That's right--16' was all it took! And yes, I tightened the ratchet strap before we left!Of course, even though we had 99% of the house packed and ready to go, the last 1% took 4 hours to wrap up. Not sure why that is, but it seems that little things multiply at the last minute and all require boxing. But we finally got it all wrangled and the house was clean.

Long-time readers of this blog will know that we did something similar just 19 months ago, when we moved from Rochester, NY to Minneapolis. Ever one for improving processes and making things better, I've been striving to make this move better than the last one. One thing we did better was book a hotel with a hot tub the last night in MN. So after a long 2 days of packing, we hit the hotel and immediately the hot tub. That was genius, if I do say so myself.

Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America. Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America.Afterward, we hit the Mall of America one last time for a little Famous Dave's BBQ and some Cold Stone ice cream. That too, was genius. Tomorrow we'll start our 1921 mile trek west. Our goal for Monday is Lincoln, NE. No particular reason, other than it's about 400 miles away. I don't expect there will be a lot of excitement between here and there (at least I hope not anyway!). So for now, we pray for safe travel, solid mechanical workings of automobiles and a successful pickup of our trailer by ABF. Seems they don't answer the phone or have any time of answering service on Sundays--even though they said I needed to call today. Go figure.

More tomorrow--hopefully from Lincoln!