So, I got loaded in Idaho yesterday morning going to Colorado. I stopped in Rock Springs, WY to get fuel. After I got rolling again on I-80 there was a digital sign across the road saying that it is closed 110 miles ahead due to snow & high winds. So, I found a truck stop about 60 miles further down the road in Wamsutter, WY & barely made it here. It started snowing & the wind was blowing so hard that you could barely see. I got here yesterday close to 4:00 I think & have been here ever since. Now I am hearing rumors that it’s gonna be closed another 48 hours.
They opened it up before I got shut down for like 2 hours & then there was a bad 60 car pile-up. The good thing is that the report says there were no fatalities. I don’t mind sitting from time to time because it gives you chance to relax, but man this is getting crazy. I have done watched 4 movies…that’s the bad part about sitting at a truck stop for too long, you end up spending way more money than you want to. It has snowed on me here three times since I have been here. So tired of that white shit & ready to just be able to drive & do my job without dealing with that crap. Here is a shot of some snow covered mountains behind our terminal in Salt Lake City that I got a couple of days ago. Til next time peeps…
Well, after 27 years of working I have finally found a job that I absolutely love. After 3 weeks of an 11 hour a day school, 5 weeks on the road training, now a month on my own….I am so much more happy with my career & life. I have a wonderful family & now a job to go along with it. I will be 44 in November & as long as my health & eyesight stays good, I can pretty much stay at this until I’m in my early 70’s. So it’s basically like starting over….building up new benefits & starting up a whole new retirement plan. By the time I’m ready to hang up the keys, my wife & I should be able to sit back, relax, & enjoy what’s left of our lives together.
Yes, it has been really hard being away from them for such long periods of time, but when I do get home, it makes it that much better for all of us from missing each other so bad. Plus, I know it will better for them in the long run. I have a chance here to make more money than I ever have & that has to be good for them right? I already have been bringing home $300/week more than I did at the job that I quit to pursue this. I should have done this a long time ago. I have been around this profession in some sort of way for a long time….I guess actually driving one was next & last on the list. I managed guys that loaded trucks for almost three years, I was a broker for about a year & a half, then I was also a dispatcher for close to two years.
It’s really hard, (which I like because if it were easy, you would get bored), you get to see all kinds of things & cities that you might not have ever gotten the chance to see otherwise. You don’t really have time to get out, enjoy, or do things, but seeing things you have always wanted to is really cool. There are so many things to keep up with & remember along with paying attention & driving safely. It’s always different each day even though you might go to some of the same places. Getting to a new place & trying to figure out how in the hell your gonna get this 53 ft trailer in there is always a challenge, but keeps you on your toes. Maybe someday something may hit me wrong & make me think (you dumbass, why did you get into this), but right now I am really loving it. I kinda see now how people can say “I love my job & enjoy getting up & going to work”, because I have sure never been able to say that before. Any of you out there that are truck drivers that might have stumbled across my blog, come check out the group I started on Facebook for truck drivers. Would love to have you as a part of it. The Truck Stop
Gonna leave you with a shot of my new hot rod.
Til next time peeps…
Well, a couple of weeks ago I had a good one….lol. It started with a load from South Carolina going to Indiana. About 30 minutes into driving while in a construction zone, I had a blow out. It took the guy about an hour to get to me after they called & asked where I was. He then gets my truck jacked up & realized that he left his impact wrench & tells me that he would be right back. Well, this goober then pulls out of the drive where I was parked & left his tailgate down, so he drops two truck tires in the middle of the road. All n all I was down about 4 hours.
That naturally made me late for my appointment in Indiana so they wouldn’t take my load (said it had to be rescheduled). Dispatch then tells me to drop it at our terminal in Indy, grab an empty trailer & go on to my next load. I get to our terminal & there were only 4 refrigerated trailers & they were all red tagged (needed something fixed on them). So I spent the night there & was able to get one in the morning. I head to my load (drop the empty there & pick up a loaded trailer). Well, the loaded one was missing a mudflap so I had to go back north to get one put on.
I got that fixed & headed on to Atlanta. These jokers take 6 hours to unload me. I was to then take my emptied trailer to Macon Georgia, drop it & pick up a loaded trailer going back to Memphis to get me home. I go to check in & the girl asked if I could wait a few? I said sure….it was loaded alright, on another company’s trailer. So, I had to wait until they switched it over to me.
I finally make it back to Memphis to deliver that load & these people tell me that it was supposed to have been there the night before & now has to be rescheduled. I dropped that baby at my home terminal & went to the house. See what fun this truck driving can be? I will tell you in all seriousness, after 27 years of working….I have found a job that I absolutely love. Just really miss my family. That being said, gonna leave you with a shot of our little boy since you all haven’t seen him in a while. Til next time peeps…