Whats the most tired you have ever been?

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  1. JoeyJunk

    JoeyJunk Road Train Member

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    My first oilfield job back in 2010 I was up for almost 3 days chasing rigs (no drug use lol) Drove an international 9900 sleeper stretched into a flatbed. Drove from Clarskburg WV to right outside Pittsburgh Airport. About a 2 hour drive. I don’t remember any of it. 3 guys were asleep while I drove. They had to help me out of the truck when we got back to the shop. I was completely zoned out and disoriented.

    I was old enough to know better but did the wrong thing anyways. Back then my stupidity controlled me lol.
     
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  2. JPenn

    JPenn Road Train Member

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    I fell asleep riding my motorcycle home from a warehouse job one morning. Don’t remember much past getting on the bike to leave, woke up at a stop sign over 50 miles away, at the bottom of an off ramp. No clue how I got there or what woke me, it was 3am. The ensuing panic after I regained enough consciousness to realize what had happened certainly kept me awake for the rest of the ride after that!

    At least I was headed in the right direction, and wasn’t dead. This was in the pre CDL days, but this and a few other scares have pretty much sworn me off driving more tired than a cup of coffee will handle.
     
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  3. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

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    In the 90s me and some jarhead buddies went to mardi gras from pensacola in my s10 blazer. We all got drunk but i the least and the other 2 incapacitated. The primary issue was wed been up at 3am friday for PT, then partied thru fri/sat and it was time to be back on base for check-in sunday morning. There hadnt been any sleeping the entire time save but for a driver seat nap here or there.

    I was soberish but basically dead behind the wheel getting back into pensacola at dawn of sunday. The streets were empty which is a miracle because i drove straight through a red light intersection .. Mentally concious that it was happening but unable to wake up and move my body to do anything. Think i pulled into a parking lot for yet another "powernap" as i curbed all the rims across that intersection.


    months previously, in that same vehicle headed to the same base from massachusetts... Id took a greyhound up to get the car at xmas. A buddy wanted to see some trails i knew that he didnt so we went wheelin and broke through some ice that took us until daylight to get it out. This got me caught in a big east coast snowstorm with 40mph visibility. I drove straight thru to avoid the brig, consuming 2 bottles of nodoze to make it and being very, very sick for about 3 days thereafter.

    I wrecked that blazer in pensacola on my birthday by my own sober, wide awake error and it was by gods grace that i did. I hope my kids arent as stupid as i insisted on being at that age.
     
  4. bryan21384

    bryan21384 Road Train Member

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    That's too drunk lol but I've been there
     
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  5. FoolsErrand

    FoolsErrand Road Train Member

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    Well, i did a lot of drunk driving 20 yrs ago. Praise the lord no one got hurt.

    It'd take me a year to drink a 12 pack now.
     
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  6. Tx Countryboy

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    Stopped one night to fill up thermos was so tired & about 2.5 hours away from receiver. Walked in to fill thermos lady at counter watching me. I told her I really needed the coffee. Walked to the counter asked her what I owed her . she said nothing for the Dr. Pepper to get some rest I filled thermos with DP.
     
  7. Tx Countryboy

    Tx Countryboy Road Train Member

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    Dr. Pepper instead of coffee. Lol
     
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  8. Harry Flashman

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    I once drove through Albuquerque asleep.

    Was about 2am, headed east on i40 into Albuquerque. Last thing I remember is that big downgrade going into the city from the west.

    Next thing i remember I am on on i40 in the desert east of Moriarty. I panicked and pulled into that screwed up rest area in Santa Rosa. It was full of coarse, and I ended up getting into a shouting match with another driver because he was parked illegally and was blocking the exit back onto i40. It was a CR England driver slumped over his steering wheel not caring nobody could exit the rest area. He eventually left and I headed back to i40.

    That kept me awake enough to get to the TA in Santa Rosa where I had to park in the fuel lane for about an hour before the lot started emptying out for the morning so I could get a real parking spot.
     
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  9. G13Tomcat

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    As I mentioned; 'dream driving' I got MI confused with Miami. Costly mistake. Paper, of course. They found me a load after a 34 that I pretty much SLEPT through. I can still remember the dreams, to a degree.

    Glad to have my 10's at home, and weekends off. AND if my company insists on a Saturday (like this upcoming one) I sure make sure it's within my legals. Learned the hard way, albeit safely. Never again. Young and gullible about 15 years ago; nope. I'm good. Staying that way.
     
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  10. HillbillyDeluxeTruck

    HillbillyDeluxeTruck Road Train Member

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    Whoa whoa whoa, we gotta here about that 1st part.
     
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