Friday, January 23, 2015
Today I Whine and, Not the Good Wine
We are in the middle of nowhere and it is hard enough with limited, very limited cell phone coverage. Enough so that we do not make or receive any calls because they all drop sometime during the call. So we have reverted to emails and/or texts for all of our contacts.
Well, yesterday we were expecting a package from FedEx and I am a follower of my packages. Ever since they began offering tracking on packages I have been a stalker of my package. For some reason I love watching them travel, the roundabout way they go just to get to us, it always amazes me the path they take and this route was no exception.
On Friday, January 16, 2015 - It was picked up from Pensacola, Florida and sent to FedEx location in Crestview, Florida (53 miles).
On Saturday, January 17, 2015 - It arrived and departed FedEx location in Ellenwood, Georgia (340 miles)
On Sunday, January 18, 2015 – It was in transit to Las Cruces, New Mexico (1500 miles) and then to Desert Center, California (650 miles) by that evening.
Then it sat for 3 days in Desert Center, California just 103 miles north of our location.
Finally on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 it arrived and departed to Bloomington, California a 125 mile drive west past us and then made its way to the San Diego FedEx location, another 104 miles south before then getting on a delivery truck to us 100 miles east. But then…
I usually watch to see it change to the “Delivered” status then look for a signature and then go retrieve our package. Exciting life…right? When you only receive mail about once every 4 or 5 months it is a big event.
Yesterday afternoon we had still not received our package by 3pm so we poured a glass of wine and sat out on our patio to watch for the truck. We can see the road for miles, as I said we are in the middle of the desert. We watched all vehicles and had a few possibilities but none were a FedEx truck or van. Around 4:20pm I once again checked our status and it said “Delivery Exception” for incorrect address, zip/postal code. It was a bit confusing to me since there is only one Blu-In Café/RV Park on Highway 78 in Ocotillo Wells, California BUT then I noticed it also is listed on some of the paperwork as Borrego Springs as the city with the same zip code...NOT GOOD!
I attempted to call several times and the calls all dropped so I emailed them with the new city of Borrego Springs to use hoping this will get it to us today. The tracking today does say that it is once again out for delivery but will our package ever get here? The representative I spoke to said the address was corrected and it was on the truck for delivery today but the call was dropped before it could all be confirmed. Only time will tell.
It traveled over 2900 miles, not counting the back and forth yesterday which would add another 200+ miles if it makes it here today. If you travel straight from our location to Pensacola it is just about 2000 miles…Wow what an adventure those packages go through.
This is just another inconvenience of staying in the middle of nowhere but it will just be a little while longer before we head out and if nothing else our next location will be amongst the civilization and not so desolated. We have a few offers but at this time we are still waiting for confirmations to see where we end up next, we have our favorites picked out but we will wait and see before we announce anything.
Here’s hoping that all your calls get through and your packages get delivered in a timely manner, as for ours, well keep your fingers crossed.
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