Hobbies While Out On The Road

While Melissa and I have been out on the road trucking our life away, we have tried to decide what we could do for hobbies during our down time. Now our down time isn’t much, but when we have it we are stuck in the semi sometimes for half a day.

I have always liked video games, so naturally, I choose to play video games. Melissa loves to craft, so she crochets.

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I like videos games because the make the time waiting go by faster. Now if we were at home, I would have all kinds of systems hooked up to the tv (More on that later). We can’t exactly do that while we are on the road.

So I needed something that is portable, easy to pack, lightweight, and something I could fit in my pocket. Growing up I used to have a Nintendo DS. So the more I thought about it, the more I wanted one once more.

I decided on the one above. It wasn’t bad on on the wallet either. I got the system and game for less than $100.00. Now if you do get a DS they are plenty to choose from. I went with a Mid to late release of the system so I could play more games on it. So what do y’all do for hobbies while out on the road?

Our First YouTube Video


We took the plunge and dived into the world of Vlogging. We bought a Go Pro and will be filming our adventures while out on the road. It will be interesting to bring friends and family along on this crazy adventure.

A lot of friends and family have been asking for updates, so we figured this would be the easiest way to keep people updated and not have to repeat ourselves.

We are also doing this for us. We want to have something that we can look back on the memories that trucking has created for us. We are very blessed to be able to travel the USA for a living. Yes, it will have it’s up and downs, but every job does. What we love about it is we love to travel and we are at some place new every day.

Our training has been going smooth so far. We have been out on the road longer than expected, but that’s ok. We have seen 16 states. So far our favorite states that we have driven through have been New Mexico and Colorado. The drive from New Mexico into Colorado is absolutely stunning.

The video explains our first set back during our training. We might be exploring St. Louis, MO this upcoming weekend. Stay tuned for more updates.  God bless and happy travels.


Richie & Melissa



Trucking Adventure 

Our trucking careers have officially started. We have gone on the road for over a month now.

We have seen some pretty amazing views of the this great country of ours. One thing for sure is we are ready to be back home.

The best drive has been through New Mexico going up to Colorado.

We are blessed that we get to travel as a living and learning some new about trucking every day. 

So far we have got to stay in Texas for a week, and unfortunately our truck broke down near Quincy, IL. But on the bright side we got visit the boyhood home of Mark Twain. 

We will be starting a podcast soon and will be updating this blog more often. Stay Tuned. 

New Year New Plans!

2016 is now in the books. What a year it was. Melissa and I started new careers and moved across state lines. I was reflecting on what I would like to accomplish in 2017.


The top thing I would like to accomplish in 2017 is to read through the New Testament of the Bible. To help me with I found a great reading plan from Lifegate Church in Kansas City. You can find it Here. You will need to be able to read PDF.

(Sample of the first week)



The second thing I would like to accomplish in 2017 is to read more books. I found a great challenge to help with this. It’s called The Christian Reading Challenge. It has four different levels. Tim Challies posted it on his website. You can find his post Here.



Melissa and I are starting a new career in the Trucking industry. Yep, we are becoming truckers. We will be traveling a lot more in 2017. I hope to have an accident free year and safe travels. Once we get our truck, we plan on making devotionals from the truck.


What are some of your plans for 2017?


Hacksaw Ridge Movie Review

Note: Featured image was taken from hacksawridge.movie website.

What Others are saying about the movie!

Hacksaw Ridge” is a war film of the old school, celebrating nobility, courage and self-sacrifice in the tradition of “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “Paths of Glory” and “Saving Private Ryan.

Ann Hornaday: The Washington Post

Link to full Review: ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ celebrates a pacifist in the midst of blood and gore

Hacksaw Ridge is a grisly WWII movie that excels as an action/thriller, but has mixed success in realizing its loftier thematic ambitions.

Sandy Schaefer: Screen Rant

Link to full review: Hacksaw Ridge Review

My Take on the movie Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge tells the true story of WWII medic Pfc. Desmond T Doss ( Andrew Garfield ). Mr. Doss incredible story comes to life in Mel Gibson’s latest film. The story starts out kind of slow, but really picks up along the way and leaves you hanging on the edge of your seat. The best actor in the movie wasn’t Andrew Garfield which he did a great job.

Vince Vaughn did one heck of the job of playing a drill instructor. Vaughn is usually in comedy flicks, so it was nice to see him play a serious role. I believe this is Mel Gibson’s best film as a director. The movie kept you on the edge of your seat the whole time and had everything you could want in a War Movie.

One word on that. We all know that Mel likes to be realistic. So the gore is there. Plus there is some nudity ( Someone’s Butt ). I believe this was one of the best movies in 2016. So go out to the theater and take some tissue’s with you when you go see Hacksaw Ridge.


Next Week: We will review the Movie Bridge of Spies starring Tom Hanks.




What Now?

The 2016 Election has come and went. The people have spoken and now we know who will be the 45th President of the United States. President Donald J. Trump will take office on Jan. 20th 2017. This will not be a post about who I voted for, but rather a post about what we can do as Americans.

To the losing Party:

The people have spoken loud and clear that they are tired of the way things are going for the country. It’s time to regroup and try to unify and get things done for the American people. Hold your heads high and fight for what you believe in. That is what’s great about America. Also just because people didn’t vote for the party doesn’t mean they are the enemy, racist, or bigot.

To the winning Party:

Don’t be boastful about winning. There is still a lot of work to do. Hit the ground running and make a change for the American people. You need to unify the people like no other time in American history. There will be hard times and easy times. Be diligent in both times.

To the Hurting and Scared:

Voting is the greatest privilege we as a American citizen can have. There is always uncertainty about a new President. You need to unify with others and quit name calling. Do something about it in four years.

Presidential Reading: George Washington

I have started a huge undertaking. I will be reading one book about each of the Presidents of the United States. I will be blogging about my reading adventure. I will be keeping all blog post about the book in a single blog post. Updating the post as I go along.

For our first President George Washington I choose.


Amazon Link: Washington: A Life

Amazon Description

Celebrated biographer Ron Chernow provides a richly nuanced portrait of the father of our nation and the first president of the United States. With a breadth and depth matched by no other one volume biography of George Washington, this crisply paced narrative carries the reader through his adventurous early years, his heroic exploits with the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War, his presiding over the Constitutional Convention, and his magnificent performance as America’s first president. In this groundbreaking work, based on massive research, Chernow shatters forever the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods.

I will be providing updates on twitter and on Goodreads.


GoodReads: Richie D.