Watkins & Shepard - The Adventure Begins October 8th

Discussion in 'Watkins & Shepard' started by BigRedBigRig, Oct 3, 2012.

  1. sherlock510

    sherlock510 Road Train Member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Happy New year guys and gals.
    Bbq' today, so still enjoying my hometime, on day 9 lol.
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  3. BigRedBigRig

    BigRedBigRig Light Load Member

    Sep 1, 2012
    South Bend, IN
    That's lovely! Congrats!
  4. Irishtrucker

    Irishtrucker Medium Load Member

    Jul 20, 2009
    Sacramento CA
    I have done the dock thing also, felt a little foolish at the time but heard so many other stories of it happening.
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  5. BigRedBigRig

    BigRedBigRig Light Load Member

    Sep 1, 2012
    South Bend, IN
    So I was finally able to pick up that load on the morning of January third. It wasn't ready yet when I got there, so I had to sit for almost an hour. It weighed in at 77-something thousand pounds. Much better. I will get $50 "detention" pay for having to wait more than 24 hours for that load to be redone. It sucks though, because I had to wait in Indianapolis all day Monday for the load to be ready in the evening and couldn't take it until Wednesday morning because it was way too heavy. Two days of waiting. $50. Not cool.

    A driver friend of mine texted me and reminded me to go through my permit book and see what expired on January 1st. I'm glad she told me because I wouldn't have thought to do it. I called Missoula and had them FedEx my new permits (and IFTA stickers) to the Myrtle terminal because I'd be going straight there after I delivered.

    I arrived at the delivery point in southern Mississippi at noon on Thursday. Only twelve hours past the original delivery window (we arranged a later delivery with them because of the delay in picking up the load). I'd delivered there before, so it was much easier this time around because I knew where things were. Took me less than ten minutes to drop and hook.... and the better part of an hour to move my tandems. I finally had to use my belt and a hammer for leverage to get the handle to pull all the way out.

    I drove up to Myrtle (where I'd been told my new load was ready and that my permits/stickers had arrived and they'd put them in my trip envelope in the mailbox). I dropped and hooked and drove about 30 more miles to a truck stop for the night. I didn't have enough hours left on my clock to get all the way through Memphis (and I knew that the rest area just across the border from Tennessee was closed) so I figured that's the best I could do. It'd been a long day.

    I have five stops on my current load, all of them WS terminals. Richmond, Kentucky was the first. I delivered there on Friday night, spent the night at a truck stop just north of there. I drove to Indianapolis early the next morning.... to discover that there isn't anyone at the Indianapolis terminal on Saturdays. In retrospect, it explains why no one answered the phone any of the times I called that morning trying to get ahold of someone to give the my ETA. I drove to a truck stop five miles away and sent a qualcomm to the weekend dispatcher. She replied that they did have Sunday morning hours, so I was able to deliver there this morning.

    My next stop was our Columbus, Ohio terminal. I didn't even know we had one there. It isn't on our phone-list card or in our list of terminals in the red binder that we are given in orientation. I sent another qualcomm message to the weekend dispatcher asking for the phone number and address of the Columbus terminal before I left Indy. She replied with the information when I was almost to Columbus (which was still very early in the morning Montana time). I pulled into a truck stop and called the number several times. No answer. Since I'm going to have to wait until Monday morning (24 hours) to deliver there, I'm turning it into a reset since I've pretty much used all of my 70 hours and wouldn't get any back until Wednesday. I was hoping to deliver in Columbus this morning and then drive north until I ran out of hours and do a reset then.

    So I'll deliver in Columbus on Tuesday morning and then head north.
  6. MontanaLongbow

    MontanaLongbow Bobtail Member

    Jul 3, 2012
    Billings, Montana
    Hi BigRed.
    How are the W/S terminals out there in other parts of the country? Do they have showers, lounge areas, wifi, clean?
  7. AXE

    AXE Road Train Member

    Jul 2, 2010
    Chandler, AZ
    The Columbus Terminal is new, explains why it's not on the list or in the book. Only terminal that has open wifi is Missoula, as far as I know. Conover, Lakewood, Helena, Missoula, Billings, Santa Fe Springs have showers. Most terminals are closed over the weekend, Missoula, Helena, and I think Conover have weekend access.
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  8. Shiftin

    Shiftin Light Load Member

    Sep 2, 2010
    Central-New Jersey
    Sayreville is 24hrs a day. Showers and short drive to many shopping and food stores. There is also a company pickup truck to use (black ford pu).
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  9. zmpart

    zmpart Light Load Member

    Nov 27, 2010
    You can access billings showers 24-7, michigan too
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  10. 3031

    3031 Light Load Member

    Jun 29, 2011
    Denver has 24/7 access with the security code (no shower, but there's a restroom). La Mirada has wifi. Modesto has a shower, but no after-hours access.
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  11. lonedragon

    lonedragon Bobtail Member

    Oct 24, 2012
    La Mirada has it all including a black hole that you can't get out of if you come from the east coast...lol. i feel bad for the drivers that got stuck here on the west coast but at least i had some different ppl to talk to while broke down for a week...lol
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