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  • Location:
    Rocky Mountains, CO

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    7 years, 9 months ago

mountain girl's Bio

Hey

I guess I can say I'm experienced, now. Although my buddies still call me a rookie. I've been driving for 5 years. I now have 450,000 miles plus of accident-free driving, mostly in the mountains, across Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah.

mountain girl

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Driving East: Nervous as Hay-ell

Thanks, Old School. You always have pearls to share. I appreciate it.

—mountain girl

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My biggest issue with driving in NJ, NY (along I-95), CT, RI, MA is that I find it difficult to find parking later in the day. If possible, make sure you try and plan to stop early to ensure you can find a place to park.

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That's a great point about driving the Northeast. I have been driving there so much I have developed a few relationships with customers that will allow me to park on their property even though I may not have a delivery for them. Trucking is all about finding solutions and dealing with the issues that cause others extreme frustration. One of the keys to making a go of this career is making sure you can develop a few friends along the road that can and will help you when needed. This is mostly true within our own circle of people at our company, (dispatchers load planners, etc.) but it is also true within the customer base we deal with. I have several good customers in the Northeast who allow me to park at their locations. There are no truck stops in these areas or they fill up so quickly that trip planning in this area is really problematic. I have alleviated that issued with a little common courtesy and always making sure that customer is well served. People still appreciate great customer service. Some of them will reward you with perks you never dreamed you might need.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Driving East: Nervous as Hay-ell

THANK you! I will keep that in mind!

My biggest issue with driving in NJ, NY (along I-95), CT, RI, MA is that I find it difficult to find parking later in the day. If possible, make sure you try and plan to stop early to ensure you can find a place to park.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Driving East: Nervous as Hay-ell

That does not help my anxiety. Nope.

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Another one bites the curve, this angle highlights the problem drivers face when they're not familiar with the road.

Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Driving East: Nervous as Hay-ell

Oh, Dayam!

Navypoppop, you got that right about US60 from Sam Black Church to Smithers. Smithers will put you 10 miles from my house over on the other side of the Kanawha River on WV61. What kills me though are the number of drivers who attempt to run WV61 from Montgomery to Oak hill who bottom out their trailers at the foot of Deepwater mountain. I don't know if they're trying to avoid the tolls on the WV Turnpike or what, but by the time Hutch's Wrecker Service gets done getting them unstuck, that toll seems like pennies lol.

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Posted:  3 weeks, 6 days ago

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Driving East: Nervous as Hay-ell

No kidding! That’s just “up the street” from me! I’m north of Denver. How do you like it? I was a candidate for Walmart last year, out of Loveland, but couldn’t do it after having been sick with long hauler’s covid.

—mountain girl

I've been Walmart dedicated for Crete from the Cheyenne DC since the beginning of July.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driving East: Nervous as Hay-ell

Hi Pakrat! Been driving on mostly dedicated lanes. You?

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Where have you been???

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Posted:  1 month ago

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Have you ever spotted something scary and/or exciting while driving at night?

I-80, east-bound, middle of the night, Point of Rocks, Wyoming, 30-40 miles between towns in either direction, a woman was pushing a stroller on the right side of the road, westbound on my right. There was no vehicle or anything nearby, indicating how far she’d walked. I called Wyoming HP.

Posted:  1 month ago

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Driving East: Nervous as Hay-ell

I might be doing something I swore I’d never do: driving to IL, OH, NY, PA, and New JERsey? Seriously?!

I’d rather drive across Wyoming in a blizzard.

I’m terrified. I’m based out of the Rockies and I’m more comfortable out west. The furthest I’ve ever gone is Louisville, and that was easy, terminal-to-terminal.

Any and all advice would be appreciated... Roads to avoid, low bridges, western mountains of PA...? Hell, I don’t even know what to look out for...

Thanks,

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Posted:  2 years, 3 months ago

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YER NOT GONNA BELIEVE...

And thanks Errol. I will look you all up if I'm in the area!

Still haven't heard back yet, but that's not a bad thing. They haven't said "no" so I can wait.

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Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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YER NOT GONNA BELIEVE...

ERMERGERD!

IT WAS AWESOME! Omg, I forgot how wonderful it is to drive a manual 10 speed!

If nothing else, testing at the company where I first started and actually seeing the difference between my skills now and my skills five years ago was a major confidence boost. The trainer/tester said I was a "really good driver."

How can his set was not a problem at all. I remembered almost everything. Driving a manual was just like old school sake. Like riding a bike. by the time I had driven around the yard one time I already had it down. I alternated swing floating and double shifting, wherever it was comfortable and I had no problems driving in rush hour traffic with a set of doubles.

I got a second interview right on the spot. The terminal manager made me talk about Old Dominion quite a bit, which was really painful actually because I had so many boo-boos that company that got me fired. But there are no secrets now. They know everything about me, professionally. He had such a strong poker face that I couldn't tell whether he was interested in hiring me or not, but the trainer loved me. I did point out to the terminal manager that since Old Dominion, I have had over three hundred and sixty thousand miles a good road and a perfect driving record. Okay nearly perfect.

And I still love the culture there at XPO.

So, we'll see.

I'm in the yard at work right now. I have to go. Thank you everyone. I could not have done this without your vote of confidence.

--mountain girl

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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YER NOT GONNA BELIEVE...

Thanks Everyone.

I'm here at the terminal, getting ready to sign in at the gate.

We'll see how I do.

I got this.

Love ewes!

-mountain girl

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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YER NOT GONNA BELIEVE...

Oops.

Spelled "packrat."

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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YER NOT GONNA BELIEVE...

THANKS, Pacrat!

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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YER NOT GONNA BELIEVE...

Old School! Errol! Raptor! Auggie!

Hi GUYS!

Thanks for the encouragement! You're right. I GOT this. Thanks for the specifics, Raptor and Auggie. All good stuff. I'll have to do a full up pre-trip and possibly do some backing with a pup and a 48, as well. Those will be a piece of cake. I'll be able to hook the set. Auggie, what you described IS how I used to do it. Thanks for all the reminders. I'll get it. If not, I can't worry about it all weekend, either.

Thanks so much, Guys.

Just keep swimming.

-mountain girl

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Mountain Girl (Coloradans)

Dunno. But that's my handle here and in trucking. I live and work out of Denver. Drive in the mountains, of Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming every day.

--mountain girl

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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Half of us will be unemployed in 5 years.

HALF the drivers? No. I'd like to see these automated trucks drive through blizzards in Wyoming. Radar doesn't work in snow. It can't "see." And just navigating through construction areas will be a challenge for these automated trucks.

--mountain girl

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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YER NOT GONNA BELIEVE...

At the week of the 5-year anniversary of my trucking career, I did something I thought I'd never do --I applied to the company I originally started with but had to leave because I failed their road test --XPO, formerly Con-Way.

Fresh out of CDL school, I joined Con-Way and went through their 5-week course for new drivers. The road test was rigorous and having this new program in place, they didn't have a plan for re-testing a new driver if he or she failed on a couple of things and just needed another few days' more practice, like I did.

In my self-confidence, from the last three years with 400,000 miles of accident-free driving, I went ahead and applied last week and they called me immediately for a road test.

But in my enthusiasm, I forgot two small details...

1) I HAVEN'T DRIVEN A MANUAL IN TWO AND A HALF YEARS AND

2) I HAVEN'T HOOKED A SET IN OVER THREE --

both of which I have to do on Monday.

HELP!

Hooking a set: I'm not TOO worried about, except, getting that dolly under the back trailer can be a little tricky, if you're out-of-practice and it's a timed skill with XPO.

Am I just over-thinking this and maybe everything will come right back to me, no problem?

Has anyone ever done this? Gone from automatic back to manual? Did it all come right back to you, like riding a bike?

-mountain girl

Posted:  2 years, 4 months ago

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What have your learned about trucking from your dog or cat?

Those are awesome perks. I'm dog-sitting for most of the summer with my daughter's dog.

1) I cannot WAIT to get him shaved at the dog groomers.

2) I've learned, my next dog is not going to be a rescue dog because this one is vicious with men and I don't know his history.

3) He's vigilant, watching the road with me and his presence reminds me to stay alert.

Thanks for posting!

-mountain girl

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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How To Make More Money In Trucking

NeeklODN,

Nice note. It's very positive.

How it works out for you...

-mountain girl

Posted:  2 years, 5 months ago

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How To Make More Money In Trucking

Rob D.

If you're a former Marine, you can handle this. It's just not as orderly, and sometimes not as respectful as what you're used to. But you can handle this.

-mountain girl

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