I looked at this three times, the thing that stuck out the most? I’m pretty sure there’s an undamaged trailer in there.
Abilene Motor Express....A New Place To Call Home
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Got a phone call today from my newest DM. Don’t think it went quite as planned as he thought on his end. Explained to him I’m not training anymore , and that my short time left in the industry will be solo and not sharing a sardine can with another grown male. It was a very upfront and from the soul conversation about where my priorities are, and training is definitely not one of them. I then explained that these meet and greet phone calls are really getting old. When I told him about him being number 15 on the DM list for me, he was somewhat speechless. Just for the fun of it, I compiled my list of DM’s I’ve had the last 8.5 years and what the outcome was with all of them.
Kimberley…… #3 in charge in Richmond
Walter…….on sick leave
Kimberley see above
Wally…in charge of orientation
Walter see above
Of all the DM’s in my life here at Abilene, only 4 are still employed here, the others have either quit, or shown the front door with their personal belongings in tow. I explained to the new DM that all I want to do is enjoy my job, alone until I retire. I use to think it was me, but then I finally realized that a DM, here or at any other company is only one of two things in a drivers life, a babysitter, or a personal Secretary. I’m too old for a babysitter, don’t need to be woke up after 12 hours of a 10 hour break and know perfectly well how to do this job, safely, on time and problem solve on the fly. This industry sucks, it has for many years now, these companies, in my opinion, based solely on what I read, hear and speak with other drivers, are all the same, the only difference is the color of the truck. Thank god Abilene green is a unique color, It comes down to how much BS I as a driver is willing to accept. At the end of the day, my job is to deliver the freight on time and safe. Fortunately, I still enjoy this job, and am grateful for what I have at Abilene. The rest of it really does suck, again, it’s not Abilene, it’s the industry as a whole. I enjoy my job, I run where I am most comfortable, have made numerous friends here, and am very grateful that after 8 plus accident free years here, I still have it in me to do this job a little while longer, and haven’t been run off, which lends me to the idea that maybe I am appreciated here.
Back in the truck after a week at home. First load is a PDI load.
I have about 10 really good trucker stories. We're talking truly epic tales of mirth and woe in which a simple pickup/delivery turns into a grand adventure involving multiple quests to track down correct addresses, maneuver around narrow lanes and hazardous obstacles, and so forth. And out of those 10 or so stories, 6 or 7 of 'em involve PDI loads. So I am powerful excited.
Load delivers Friday morning in Edgerton, WI at 8:00am local. We'll see how it goes.
Every time I get into a loaner I'm happier with how the auto-trans is programmed and that I can actually engage manual mode, but at the same time every time I'm in a loaner I'm like "how did we ever drive without a cooling system to prevent swampass... this is uncivilized"
Short rolling hills like US 17 Fredericksburg to I-66 and the transmission just freaks out constantly shifting gears and racing the engine, and I can't figure out how to override that like I can in older trucks
Also if you're using cruise for the extra 3 mph to pass or climb hills, the thing shifts into neutral BEFORE you reach the top of a medium or big sized hill, and will stay in neutral until it reaches 67 mph, in anticipation to gain that speed back remaining in neutral going down the hill
So that and the fact that pressing the pedal turns the cruise off (and loses you the extra mph from the cruise) means it's usually rude or downright unsafe to pass, so I just don't pass in the majority of situations I would have passed. So much of what I do is 200-400 mile Hill loads that are extremely pressed for time... well we're just going to have to have them get those loads ready sooner, or we're going to be late more often. Trips take longer now in the new Cascadias, period. The adaptive cruise slows down even further away from vehicles in front of you, and you can't override it with the pedal anymore, and once you're in the left lane it takes a lot longer to build back up to top governed speed even if you're light, and you're slower accelerating on onramps than the older trucks even when light.Last edited: Jun 24, 2021
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