Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Hello fellow truckers! I gotta tell you I had a fantastic Easter weekend with my family. We also had a birthday celebration for my dad who just turned 80.
I have been busy and didn't get around to posting much last week, and for that I apologize. Today I am in Shreveport getting my out-of-round steer tires replaced. After that I'll be heading to Grand Prairie, TX to unload. I'll catch up from there.
Until then, be safe!
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
I emptied out Monday morning in Texarkana and reloaded a couple of miles down the road to go to Shreveport, LA. Emptied out, loaded in Mansfield then headed home to get my restart.
3385 miles for the week. This week may be less because I'm taking my time off in the middle of the week.
Btw, I'll be buying a truck soon, leasing on with Tango so the nature of this blog may change a little. Thanks y'all.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
I finally made it to Texarkana today. It has been one loooonnnggg boring weekend for me. Looks like I'm gonna be doing my restart on the road this week.
Our government is working day and night to destroy our industry, and we are sitting back letting it happen. I hope that some day soon we as truckers can figure out a way to get together on repairing our industry. I fear that day will never come though. It is sad.
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Hey what are you waiting for, give Tango a call. You'll be glad you did!
Friday, April 15, 2011
I finally got a call from dispatch to call a broker to get my load information. So I called the broker, and he told me everything I needed to know about the load except how to get there. He gave me the address and a number to call to get directions. I called the number but no answer.
I then punched the address into my gps only to find out that there was no 5500 Wooster rd. There is a Wooster pike, and a Wooster lane. I chose Wooster lane. Very bad choice. I ended up face to face with a 12 ft train bridge and only a neighborhood to turn around in.
I got turned around and tried unsuccessfully for the next hour to find this place. The broker finally called with good directions and I got there just before they left for the weekend.
While they are loading me I start planning my route. Tango was going to pay me 377 empty miles and 1119 loaded miles from Cincinnati to Texarkana. Actual driving miles is only 770. Looking over the route that the computer generated, I was going to have to go 197 miles one way out of route just to buy fuel, then drive on up to Cleveland for no reason and turnaround there to start my trip to Texarkana. Huh??
I called dispatch and brought it to there attention. They said just do whatever I wanted to do.
That's a wrap for now.
Y'all be good and God bless!
From there I drove over to Gary, IN for some of that $4 a gallon diesel they have there. I had a 4am appointment this morning at FedEx in Chicago Heights, IL. When I got there they told me that the trailer had been loaded since 2pm the day before. Very frustrating to find that out since I could have made it there before 5pm had I known that.
Anyway, I hooked to it and was on my way when dispatch sent me a message and told me to take the load to Indianapolis and swap it with another driver. I did, and was immediately dispatched on another load from West Chester, OH to Atlanta then preplanned on a load from Atlanta to Robert,LA.
Almost to West Chester I got a call saying that something has happened at the shipper and the load canceled.
So here I sit in St Leon, IN waiting to find out my next move. So far it's been a good week. I sure hope it's a good weekend too. Not a big fan of sitting over the weekend unless it's with my wife and kids. I'll let y'all know what happens next! Later!!
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Friday I was nailed with a level 3 DOT inspection about 35 miles from my house GRRRR! My log book was not current and there was no real reason for it but laziness. Because of failing the inspection I was given a "random" (lol) drug test on Tuesday. Go figure;)
So anyway, I unloaded Monday in Eunice, LA then jumped up to Natchez, MS for a load going to Shreveport. There I did my "random"(lol) drug test, then went to Hodge,LA and picked up a preloaded trailer going to Birmingham, AL. Dropped that load and headed down to Pine Hill, AL for a preloaded trailer going to Michigan. From there I am preplanned on a load from Chicago to Atlanta.
I'll check in with y'all mo'later!
Sunday, April 10, 2011
When I left Chesterfield, MO I was all set to drop that load in Coushatta, LA, but things really started getting a little strange at that point.
Once empty at Chesterfield, I got my Pre-plan for a load picking up in Jefferson City, MO. For those of you that have been around the trucking industry any amount of time, you know that the Qualcomm system of communication leaves a lot to be desired. Because of the sluggishness of the system I did not receive my full dispatch until I was nearly to Jefferson City. I had passed up my designated fuel stop by 50 miles by the time I received my full dispatch, so I had to buy "out of network" fuel costing the company money.
Once loaded I began my trek to Coushatta to unload only to be turned around near Harrison, AR. I was told to bring my load to Ft. Smith, AR and drop it at another customers yard, then hook to a loaded trailer there and bring it to a company in Simsboro, LA. I am leaving out many details, but let me just say that there were some severe miscommunications and I ended up having my trailer unloaded there, and then reloaded with another load.
After unloading in Simsboro, LA I headed to International Paper in Mansfield, LA for my next assignment, a load to Lafayette, LA. I picked up that trailer and headed home for the remainder of the weekend.
I emptied out Tuesday morning in Lafayette and pickup a loaded trailer at the same place going to Mountain Home, AR. From there I deadheaded to North Little Rock, AR and took that load to Mandfield, LA.
From there I picked up a load in Hodge, LA and took it to Ft. Worth, Tx. I then picked up a loaded trailer at our drop yard in Irving, TX and took it to Carrollton, TX. Then loaded six miles down the road at Lewisville, TX and currently have it on my truck to be delivered Monday in Eunice, LA at 4:30pm.
Thats all for now!