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  1. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Somewhere in V-something.

    I lost all track when I had to get fuel.

    At my last empty call I entered a fuel level of 0.
    Zero, nada, I'm empty.
    So with my next load I am expected to drive around 160 miles before I fuel.

    So I get the load and head to a Flying J, and from there I park it and call for fuel.

    Once that happens (another story) I pull around to the fuel island.
    I get yelled at for sitting in an area that is marked 'No Parking' waiting to pull into a lane because every lane is 2-3 deep in trucks.

    So I pull behind a truck to take my turn.
    And I wait. And I wait.
    And, I wait.
    Not moving.

    Then I see a truck in the lane next to me pull in front of the truck in front of me.
    ???? WTF?

    There is no driver in the truck in front of me.
    It was then that I got out and checked. Yup, no one in the truck. The driver had gone inside.

    He came out just as the cut-in truck finished fueling, and he seemed upset that someone pulled in front of him.
    I had just gotten out of my truck to go inside to complain about a driver holding up the lane and saw him coming back to his truck.
    When I asked him about it he told me he had to get money for fuel.
    I said something about 'park it and do that, so you don't hold up the whole line'. He just ignored me.

    So he finally pulls up to fuel, only to get out again to go inside.
    I guess he had to use his Comcheck to pay for the fuel.

    He eventually comes back out and gets fueled, but the cut-in truck is still sitting there. So we wait several more minutes before we can move.



    I was only getting 50 gallons to get me to my real fuel stop.
    It took over an hour.
     
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  3. neal79

    neal79 Medium Load Member

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    Yeah he really disappointed me, he actually was a good driver and we got along well so I thought I was on easy street until we hit Colorado. He defiantly would not have like that hill coming into Lewiston. Maybe I'm strange but I enjoy mountain driving just for the challenge, going down I80 in NE is easy money but oh so boring. I also have a thing for heights too, I like em. I spent an enire summer once working for a carnival and I was always the guy that would climb to the top of the rides while they were being put together to secure pins and other stuff up there that had to be done. Imagine climbing 100 ft in the air up the side of a ride, not really a ladder but on the cross supports with no safety harness or anything. oh yeah in the rain and with about 50 locals watching cause they wanted to see how it was done. Guess they figured since I was not the biggest guy there I could do the crazy stuff then.

    Currently at Gary waiting for my ride, got here about 0330 so decided to just take a nap in the truck. Off until Wed, hopefully we head west from here, been up to CT 4 times in two weeks and not to happy about it.
     
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  4. scottied67

    scottied67 Road Train Member

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    Currently having a problem with delivery-- no bill of lading on file for the load. It (the loaded trailer) was originally put on a rail car and shipped then picked up by a Swifty and tcalled at the terminal. I made delivery around midnight last night but was refused due to no BOL. We broke the seal and looked inside, nada. So I just went around the corner and went to bed because I have another load to go get this AM. Received a message to just make out a handwritten BoL using all the pertinent information as there is nothing to fax in from Swift's end.

    As reported on my previous load, I had come close to running out of time so stopped at a place for trucks. All the spots were taken so I parked adjacent to the fire lane and went to bed after 10:42 hours of driving. Around midnight I hear banging on my door I figured security was kicking me out of my spot. Turns out to be a local Swifty from Fontana to repower my load. I had both my phone and qualcomm on silent so didn't know all this was happening.
     
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  5. blsqueak

    blsqueak Road Train Member

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    Jackson, MS. Still just plugging along. Now in the morning, big decision, go as far as Villa Rica or Temple for the afternoon, or take a chance and go all the way to Fairburn and hope that there is a parking place still. I know at the other two there will be no problem finding a place, and then only have 40 miles to drive in the morning. Still have until noon to get there. 390 miles or 350 miles, decisions, decisions.
     
  6. HwyPrsnr

    HwyPrsnr Medium Load Member

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    Westerville, Ohio...Good Nite All.
     
  7. MicaBay

    MicaBay Medium Load Member

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    Got to see Scottie for a few seconds in Hurricane UT, had to split for next load...

    Currently in Bever, Ut for the night. Going to Denver on a real tight time wise load... And of course they loaded it on a 14' tall trailer... Gotta go over Dwight's tunnel instead of through it...
     
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  8. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    Personally I'd choose the the one that would be a more sure parking space, and drive a bit more in the morning.

    I hate to push things too far when I need to shut down. It's too easy to push it too far and violate the log.

    I'm in Laurel, MS.
    I had just enough time to make it to Hattiesburg for my delivery tomorrow morning, but decided to stop ~40 miles short where there are 2 truck stops - just to be sure.

    I'll expend an extra hour of tomorrows time, but I was sure to not run into a log violation.
    Plus, I only have 13 hours left on my 70 with no hours rolling in for the next 2 days.
     
  9. fr8monkey

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    Columbus terminal.....got no hrs now 10.25 for tommorrow....them planners use all my time now usually with elogs...its great
     
  10. Moosetek13

    Moosetek13 Road Train Member

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    I don't like all my hours spent.

    I like a couple hours leeway.

    Plus-1 seems to always try to run me into a wall.
    I hate that.
     
  11. A21CAV

    A21CAV Road Train Member

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    Winnemucca, NV on the way to Montebello, CA then on to Phoenix. When I'm east I can't seem to get out of there but when I'm northwest where I want to be there isn't enough freight to stay. I'm going to head for Laredo so I can pick up my mail in SA, meet my new dm in person and get a load(s) to Ellensburg, Wa so I can take a few days hometime for trout fishing.
    Frank
     
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