Well, I started this trip out last Friday. I had a load of ice cream that I picked up in Sikeston, MO going to Henderson, NV. I got on the edge of OK coming out of AR & got a call from my dispatcher saying that the system showed my load as a “southern route” ( certain items can’t go through the mountains in Flagstaff, AZ because of the altitude). So, I had to change my route up & started heading south which added a bunch of miles to the trip. I still had to deliver it the same day so I had to run pretty hard the next few days. Did between 500 & 600 everyday. That used up alot of my clock & now that I’m on my next load, have gotten to close to my 70-hour clock for the 7 days.
I got a load out of the same place there in Henderson going to MN (another long trip) so now I have to take a 34-reset (sit for 34 hours to reset my 70 hour clock so I can deliver this one & do a couple more loads before I go home next Friday). The shipper held me so long that I couldn’t make the 6:00am delivery this morning in MN so it got rescheduled for Monday. I ran really hard yesterday (650 miles) & made it to Miles City, MT & now gonna sit, relax until Sunday afternoon until I start on the last 550 miles to get this delivered Monday morning.
It’s kinda nice running into resets out on the road sometimes because you get to explore little towns that you never heard of & sure as hell never thought that you would get to see. However, now that I have my dog Ledger out with me, gonna have to wait til dark (when it gets cooler so I don’t have to leave him in a hot truck) to check this town out. Tell me some things you do on a reset away from home? Gonna leave you with a shot I got at a truck stop in ID. Til next time peeps…
I had a delivery up here in Portland, OR that took 6 hours for them to unload me. Not to mention it cost $405 for them to unload me. We have those from time to time. Yep, the trucking companies sometimes have to pay the place to unload your truck that is loaded with the stuff that they ordered. Crazy huh? The reason for this is that that hire an outside company (lumpers) to do all the loading/unloading & they don’t have to pay for the benefits because they are not actually employed there. Kinda like a temp service.
Alot of our loads are “drop n hook” which means I bring in a loaded trailer, drop it, pick up an empty one & roll on. Every now & then it’s a live one like this & sometimes it takes a while. What makes it take so long is that there may be multiple items & some of these same items on different pallets so it all has to be separated & counted to make sure they got everything before us drivers can get the bills to leave.
Now I’m sitting at our terminal in Portland waiting for a new load to get back to Memphis. I am supposed to be there Tuesday because we (my family & I) are in the middle of moving back to my hometown of Bartlett, TN from Mississippi. We have been down there the last 4 years & I am so glad to be going back home. We are actually gonna be about 2-3 miles from the neighborhood I grew up in. My parents are still in the same house. Anyway, just wanted to check in with you all. Here is a shot of me waiting in line at a mine in Blue Diamond, NV last weekend. Til next time peeps…
Tags: Bartlett Tennessee, hometown, lumpers, mine, moving, Nevada, oregon, Portland, truckers, trucking, unloaded
Ok, you all know that I had to spend the weekend in a casino hotel after delivering Friday morning. I decided to go outside Saturday & see if I could find anything to do to keep from sitting in the casino & blowing my money. You know how I love taking pictures & behind the hotel was lake Mead. I decided to walk back there to see if I could get some good shots. I found a fence at the edge of the parking lot so I was scared I would be blocked off from getting close. Well, I found a gate that said there was a trail with 5 tunnels. Keep in mind that I just turned 44 & am not in shape. So, I got on the trail & tried to find these tunnels. I finally found them & man were they cool. The sign said that were carved out in these separate mountains back in 1931 for this trail. I was thinking that surely they didn’t do all that work for a walking trail. I started noticing the direction it was going & decided to ask some others that were walking if this led to the Hoover Dam, they said yep & that’s what it was for. Awesome, have never seen it before & figured it would make for some great pictures.
Little did I know that the damn thing was 5 miles long, but I wasn’t turning around now. So, yes…..my old & out of shape butt walked 10 miles that day. By the time I got back, my back was killing me & my whole body was sore. I was thinking that I wasn’t gonna be able to get up Sunday. Here is the funny thing, when I woke up Sunday morning, the only thing that was sore were my ass cheeks…lol
I got a bunch of great shots, but don’t want to clutter up my blog so I’m gonna leave you with what I think is my favorite one. Til next time peeps…