Who's Making It Home For Thanksgiving?

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Unholychaos's Comment
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I was skeptical at first, considering I was stuck doing a 34 at the pilot in North stonington CT (had about 1h15m on my 70 by the end of the day on Tuesday), thinking there's no possible way I'd be able to get back to Iowa in time for our planned thanksgiving dinner on Friday. But, to my surprise, the load planners found a way to make it happen. I relayed the load I was under to South Kearny NJ, then got dispatched towards Van Buren OH. Delivering that today starting from Brookville PA, with a pickup in Temperance MI, stopping in Gary IN tonight, delivering to Urbandale IA by early Friday morning, hopefully followed by a 100 some odd mile deadhead home. By my calculations, I should be home by 1000 Friday morning, assuming nothing terrible goes wrong and I'd actually be able to find a parking spot.

It's crunch time people! Who else is (safely) racing to get home in time? Is it even possible for you?

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

G-Town's Comment
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Good luck UHC, hope you make it home for your family dinner. Safe travels.

Turtle's Comment
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I didn't need to be home till sometime Wednesday, I told them. But they got me close enough Tuesday that I just dh'd from there. Happy Thanksgiving

Old School's Comment
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I'm home!

They dead headed me almost 1,300 miles from Miami, Florida just to make it happen. While I was headed home they put a pre-planned load on me so that I'll leave out from the house Saturday night with a 2,600 mile load.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

icecold24k's Comment
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I delivered to a little chemical plant in Chattanooga early yesterday morning and came home. I don't have to leave out until Monday so this year worked out pretty good. I remember last Thanksgiving being stuck in a truck stop in Wyoming half the day because I80 was closed so it sure beats that. Good luck hope you make it home.

Susan D. 's Comment
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I actually got home Tuesday morning around 0500, but my other half had a couple of runs in the region he needed to do so I rode with him and we returned home Wednesday evening.

Yup, we are home for Thanksgiving and I'm busy cooking. We both head back out Monday. A well deserved break since my latest "victim" aka trainee went solo Tuesday and was delivering her first load before she heads home to spend the holiday with her own family. I don't normally stay out 5 weeks, but because I didn't go home during her training, they allowed her to test out before the trainees who had trainers who took home time. Those poor souls were sent home (without pay) or stuck in a motel room away from their families for the holiday and won't upgrade til late next week.

Holidays sure put a twist on drivers who are in company training. I realized what would happen to her if I had gone home so we stayed out the whole time. I don't think they have another one for me this coming week, but if they do assign me another one, I'll stay out again to get them upgraded before Christmas. If you're in a company training situation during the holiday season, make sure you understand you may be away from your family sitting alone in a hotel room if your trainer or mentor goes home. Or if they drop you off at home, while home you probably won't be getting even training pay. Yikes.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
ChickieMonster's Comment
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We got home Monday afternoon and will be home until next Wednesday. I took my paid vacation time so we good enjoy some serious time off. We have friends here and I’m getting ready to get up and start cooking, or at least get eggs boiling while the parade is on!

We’ve got plans to do all kinds of stuff while we’re home, like go to some places we’ve always to but never had the time.

Deke's Comment
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Not me. I’m in a hotel. I think I am going to get dinner at Cracker Barrel....lol. The school I am at is only closed Thursday. They told me I could go home and miss class on Friday, but I just didn’t want to do that.

T-Rex's Comment
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Not so lucky here. Stuck at the Swift terminal in Jonestown PA doing a 34 hour restart. Got to have a nice video chat with the fam though. Sucks but I knew what I signed up for. I'll pass on thanksgiving if I get to be home Christmas day.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Unholychaos's Comment
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Not so lucky here. Stuck at the Swift terminal in Jonestown PA doing a 34 hour restart. Got to have a nice video chat with the fam though. Sucks but I knew what I signed up for. I'll pass on thanksgiving if I get to be home Christmas day.

Unfortunately that is part of the career path we've chosen. All I can tell my wife is that we plan on celebrating on the days I'm home and, if I can't make it home on time for one reason or another (traffic, soft freight, weather), I guess I'll have to miss out on this one.

But I'm on the right track now. Leaving out at about midnight, 6.5h to deliver 5k lbs, bobtail 1.5-2h home.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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