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If there is one thing I’ve learned while on the Loaf Love Tour, it’s to expect the unexpected. When you’re living on the road, there seems to always be a new challenge or an unexpected event to spice things up! Our stay in San Antonio, Texas, was no different.

At the beginning of each week, we rotate partners and prep our Baby Loaf Buses for the coming week of work. This week, my partner was none other than Dandy Andy! We went through the usual checklist (smile sticks, buttons, coupons, cheese, etc.) to make sure we were ready to share the loaf, and then we were on our way.  We decided that Dandy Andy was going to be the driver, and I was going to be the navigator.

The drive started off as usual with a few waves to fellow motorists, honking and smiling at entertained pedestrians, and even handing out a few coupons to people at stop lights. It wasn’t long after one of those friendly interactions at a stop light, when the unexpected happened.

Now when we drive these buses around, we are pretty used to cars coming up in our rear view mirrors at a pace much quicker than our own - due to the fact that they only go around 40 mph. Dandy Andy was the first to notice, there was a police car moving at a quicker than normal pace, pulling up behind us in our rear view mirror. He pointed it out to me and was curious if it seemed unusual how quickly the police officer was gaining on us. It definitely was, but I didn’t think much of it. After all, we’re driving a little orange bus that couldn’t speed, even if it wanted to!  What could a cop possibly want with us? As soon as I finished my thought, we heard a noise come from behind us. It’s the police car’s loud speaker. He barks at us “You Oregonians need to pull over, NOW!”.

All confidence that we had done nothing wrong went out the window. Dandy Andy and I quickly started going through every possible thing that could lead to us getting pulled over in the great state of Texas. We calmly pulled over into a nearby parking lot and started looking for our license and registration. As the officer reaches our driver side window, he says “Is this thing street legal?”  Still unsure what he was getting at, we start to show him our registration. When he saw the worried look on our faces, he cracked a big smile and said “I’m just joking with you guys, I just wanted to check out your car. This thing is AWESOME!”. Dandy Andy and I look at each other and couldn’t help but laugh at our panic from moments earlier.

We ended up joking around with the police officers, talking to them about how our buses were made, as well as the history of our cheese. It turns out, the officer had seen us on the news a couple days ago, and he had been seeing our Texas Meets Tillamook ads on TV. He asked if he could take a picture of our bus, and we thought it would be fun to capture the whole moment. We had him pull his car next to ours and turn his lights on. After we got a picture with them, they asked us where we were going. We told them it was an H.E.B. nearby. He said “Oh I know exactly where that is! Follow me, I’ll show you the way.” We gladly accepted the offer of a police escort and off we went!

As he was driving off, I couldn’t help but think how lucky I am to be a Tillamook Cheese Brand Ambassador. I have an amazing job that gives me awesome experiences like meeting the officers in Texas and each day I’m grateful to our police, fire, and military for their service. So this 4th of July I want to say “thank you!” to the men and women who serve us!

See you motoring down the road!

Cheddar Coy

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