Sometimes Plans Change In An Instant. (Dang Fog)

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Big Scott's Comment
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I have just enough time left on my 70 to get to a Pilot two miles from my delivery, if I drive the speed limit. It's due Monday at 09:00. I get recaps 00:01 Monday. Get up this morning to dense fog. Glad, I have time to wait. I still have the option to reset here. However, that would mean I have to be rolling about 04:00 Monday morning. I would rather sleep until 04:30 then get to my appointment by 07:00. Good thing is, as long as I'm shut down by 21:00 at the Pilot I can roll at 07:00 to the delivery two miles away. So, the only change in my plan is when I leave here. I'll still get to the Pilot early today and things are still in my favor. This would all be different if today was Monday and not Sunday. Today there will be almost no traffic and parking won't be an issue. We have to be ready for everything. So many things can cause our plans to change. Be prepared.

Pianoman's Comment
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Good luck Big Scott! It's amazing how something almost always throws a wrench in our plans, however small. Two weeks ago I had a "perfect" week. Literally, everything went exactly to plan except for some wind that slowed me down about an hour in Kansas on the way back--no big deal. I think that was the first week I've had like that since I started at AFW two months ago. I've had lots of good weeks, but none perfect.

The very next week (last week), I slept through my alarm in the morning on the first day and almost was late to my pickup (made it 5 minutes early), made my delivery in Georgia later that week and deadheaded to Mississippi to pickup my furniture. The nice thing about hauling your own company's freight is that I represent not only the carrier but also the customer, so we're usually in and out of these furniture places in a half an hour. That was not the case this week. I ended up going to three different warehouses (one of them twice because the guard made a mistake, so technically four stops for me) to get live loaded at each one and ended up spending the night at the last one. It took me a day to get loaded. I didn't mind--used to haul reefer and do this stuff all the time--but it totally messed up my plans for the rest of the week. It worked out--I ended up running over 3700 miles last week--but unfortunately the kinks I had last week were more normal than not.

Sorry, that story turned out longer than I meant lol. Tldr--I understand your dilemma lol.

Deadhead:

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

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Big Scott's Comment
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Excellent story. After taking a nice relaxing shower and doing laundry, I remembered, I'm at my fuel stop. I don't have enough time on my 70 to fuel and get to where I want. So, I'm going to reset. The good thing is I'm in Eastern time outside Knoxville Tn., my delivery is in Cetral time, East of Crashville. I don't have to start as early as I thought. I'll have a fresh 70 and I go to LI NY to see family on the 14th. Now I'll have the hours to maybe get some good miles before going home.

Pianoman's Comment
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Excellent story. After taking a nice relaxing shower and doing laundry, I remembered, I'm at my fuel stop. I don't have enough time on my 70 to fuel and get to where I want. So, I'm going to reset. The good thing is I'm in Eastern time outside Knoxville Tn., my delivery is in Cetral time, East of Crashville. I don't have to start as early as I thought. I'll have a fresh 70 and I go to LI NY to see family on the 14th. Now I'll have the hours to maybe get some good miles before going home.

Good thinking. I like your plan. I don't know about you, but I don't drive well when I don't give myself enough time. I start thinking everyone on the road is in my way and getting angry at them.

Big Scott's Comment
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Excellent story. After taking a nice relaxing shower and doing laundry, I remembered, I'm at my fuel stop. I don't have enough time on my 70 to fuel and get to where I want. So, I'm going to reset. The good thing is I'm in Eastern time outside Knoxville Tn., my delivery is in Cetral time, East of Crashville. I don't have to start as early as I thought. I'll have a fresh 70 and I go to LI NY to see family on the 14th. Now I'll have the hours to maybe get some good miles before going home.

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Good thinking. I like your plan. I don't know about you, but I don't drive well when I don't give myself enough time. I start thinking everyone on the road is in my way and getting angry at them.

LOL. How about drivers who sit in the lounge blasting their phones. I think I was passed by one of your trucks a few days ago.

Pianoman's Comment
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LOL. How about drivers who sit in the lounge blasting their phones. I think I was passed by one of your trucks a few days ago.

Lounge rats? Haha, wouldn't know. I used to spend a lot of time in the lounges but I don't really go in them anymore. Not sure why, just prefer to spend off time outside or in the truck. I don't get lonely out here like I used to--not sure if that's a good thing or not lol.

Yeah I pass you guys all the time. I'm always looking for the "Big Scott" on the side of the truck but it's hard to read the letters when they're gone so fast! Lmao

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OtrEscapeArtist's Comment
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I prefer the trusty "Lumper Alarm Clock"®.....BANG BANG BANG, "YOU GOT PAPER WORK"...Is how it sounds....It just went off here in NY about an hour ago at 0300 hrs.... 😳

Big Scott's Comment
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LOL. How about drivers who sit in the lounge blasting their phones. I think I was passed by one of your trucks a few days ago.

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Lounge rats? Haha, wouldn't know. I used to spend a lot of time in the lounges but I don't really go in them anymore. Not sure why, just prefer to spend off time outside or in the truck. I don't get lonely out here like I used to--not sure if that's a good thing or not lol.

Yeah I pass you guys all the time. I'm always looking for the "Big Scott" on the side of the truck but it's hard to read the letters when they're gone so fast! Lmao

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LOL. When you go the speed of light it's hard to see anything. We'll meet up someday.

Unholychaos's Comment
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I'm always looking for the "Big Scott" on the side of the truck but it's hard to read the letters when they're gone so fast! Lmao

I saw a CFI truck a few weeks ago with "Mr T" just below his passenger side window. Are all CFI trucks like this? Is the name on both sides?

Big Scott's Comment
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I'm always looking for the "Big Scott" on the side of the truck but it's hard to read the letters when they're gone so fast! Lmao

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I saw a CFI truck a few weeks ago with "Mr T" just below his passenger side window. Are all CFI trucks like this? Is the name on both sides?

My name "Big Scott" is on both doors. Some have hubby's name on one side and wiffy's on the other.

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