Good Night From II

Discussion in 'Swift' started by scottied67, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    So I was sitting in Cheyenne, WY because of high winds and slick roads yesterday.
    My load is very light, so I wasn't about to brave 50+ gusts in those conditions.

    Then two things happened at the same time.
    A blizzard warning was issued for an area just west of Laramie, and the winds died down just a little. This happened at around 1430.
    The blizzard warning was from 0400 to 2300 today.
    If I got stuck behind that storm I might be stuck for another 2 days.

    I headed out to get ahead of that upcoming storm, and I stopped in Rawlins. The wind was still hitting 45 and the roads were still bad, so I shut down as it was getting dark.
    There were 2 trucks in the ditch along the way, so I'm glad I decided to sit that long.

    I checked the WY DOT website tonight.
    Conditions were pretty bad in that area, yet I still saw some trucks in the pictures.
    That stretch of highway was closed to high profile and light vehicles, but they still went through.
    I'm wondering how many of them had a very bad day.
     
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  2. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    I hate when days start like today.
    Got a pplan at 0530 this morning, just about when I was due to wake up.
    Pick up in Stockton, CA at 2200, and a live unload on the 29th in Salt Lake City at 0400. Sears.
    I slept another hour before I really looked at it on the QC.

    No way am I going to pull an all nighter when I had been up since that morning, which is the reason I declined it.

    At first I though loads were scarce and that was the earliest one available. But it was only about 15 minutes before I got a better load that picked up at noon in Shasta Lake, CA, with delivery on the 29th at 0800 in Las Vegas.
    So the day turned out to be pretty good after all.
     
  3. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

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    Pick at 2200 do an 8 Sleeper at shipper or out on the street out front. In the morning run up to Reno or so and do your 2 hour break. Run out to Wells or beyond and do an 8 Sleeper again then run on into SLC.
     
  4. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Oh please!
    You know I don't run like that.

    And, I don't need to.
    I am not some rookie trying to impress someone, or myself.

    I run the hours I like, during the times I like.
    Trying to run hours like that would make me a dangerous driver, and I know my own limitations.
    Not to mention my own needs and wants.

    And look at the result of my turning down a load that I did not like.
    I was sent a better one.
    So why should I run hard with too little sleep, when I can simply say no and get something more to my liking?
     
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  5. jenziedk

    jenziedk Medium Load Member

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    Left out of Knoxville for Greer this morning with a wonderful reply from a Decatur planner in response to my mac10 request: We currently have no freight going in any direction. The terminal says don't expect anything until Tuesday. FML
     
  6. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    I lucked out with a load that delivers on the 2nd in Auburn, WA.

    After I turned down a load because the time was too tight I was sent 2 load offerings.
    Usually that message reads 'no load offers', or if it does contain anything I can't accept them because I am not Platinum status.
    But this time it kicked back the next load assignment and I was able to accept it.
    All the other pplans I was sent delivered on the 31st, with half the miles as the one I got.

    I also lucked out with my last delivery in Las Vegas.
    It was a load of insulation going to 84 Lumber, and I was supposed to tailgate the load. Nothing was on pallets and was stacked to the ceiling.
    When I got there they had me back up to the ramp so the forklift could unload it.

    My next load picked up this morning in Victorville, CA at 0800.
    As I was heading out of Vegas at around 1130 the traffic came nearly to a halt just before Primm. It was backed up as far as I could see up the hill.
    As my actual load assignment gave me a pick up window of 0800-2359 I stopped at the J in Primm and headed out at 0600 this morning.
    There was little traffic, and I had zero wait at the Yermo inspection station.
    Third time lucky.
     
  7. kakk86

    kakk86 Bobtail Member

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    Currently in Troy, IL headed to Romeoville, IL.

    Been with swift for about two months and haven’t been west of interstate 35. Not sure how normal that is, but was really hoping to be run out west some more.
     
  8. A21CAV

    A21CAV Road Train Member

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    Simple. Put in a hometime request to zip code 78045, Laredo, TX even if you don't really want to go there. Laredo is a cross border terminal and they have freight wherever you want to go. Call or go inside and talk to the planners about what part of the country you want to haul to and you will be on your way. Guaranteed!

    BTW, it was 74° here today and it will be a bone chilling 50° tonight. How's that compare to #### holes like Illinois in January?

    Frank
     
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  9. A21CAV

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    The lesson is this. Use hometime requests to move your truck to a part of the country you want to run and to get out of places you don't want to be. You can even sometimes use it to get home!

    Frank
     
  10. kakk86

    kakk86 Bobtail Member

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    Considering I was in Illinois a few days ago when they had wind chills of -20f a few days ago that sounds just fine. Just came from a nice sunny 70 degree day in Oklahoma.

    And I had actually considered gaming the system with home time requests but wasn’t sure how well it’d work.
     
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