Profile For mountain girl

mountain girl's Info

  • Location:
    Rocky Mountains, CO

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    5 years, 1 month ago

mountain girl's Bio

Hey.

I am a SOMEwhat experienced driver. I need to update this but I'm on my 34 right now. Later.

I'm a mom, a girly-girl, and a tomboy all-in-one, so I kind-of surprised my teachers who expected I might not be able to hang with the big boys. And honestly, in the beginning, I didn't even know what a bushing was, but I asked a lot of questions and the instructors were extremely cool, teaching me everything I wanted to know. I soon excelled.

I just finished school last week and am pretty sure I did really well, thanks to this site. As a veteran, I was able to obtain funding for a private school here in Denver, through the state workforce.

This site has proven to be invaluable in every way. Thanks, Mr. Aquila. Your site is famous around here. I came to school ready to take my permit test and was among the few in my class who passed on the first try. Since the class started (full-time, 2 weeks in the classroom, 2 weeks on the road and the range) I have been able to remain in the top rankings, most likely due to the resources I've found here... ...plus, I actually DO like big trucks. Tee-hee. They're fun to drive. Vroom-vroom!

I'm looking at hauling dry pneumatic tankers for a company just outside of Denver, (my 2nd choice of companies) home every night or whenever I'm off, and with long hours, I'm sure. My school has recommended one beer company and one soda company but I'm really partial to tankers. Anything that looks mean and tough sounds really good to me.

I just finished school last week (6/12/14) and had a great experience. Awesome. Hit me up, (once I figure out how you can do that) if you have any questions from a newly-graduated student.

B-)

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Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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HI EVERYONE! STILL TRUCKING

Glad to see you too, big Scott!

- mountain girl

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Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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HI EVERYONE! STILL TRUCKING

Great to see you, Danielsahn!

-mountain girl

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Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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HI EVERYONE! STILL TRUCKING

Just pulling a 53' van north to Wyoming, across I80 to SLC. I've chained up and downmany times and driven in some serious Wyoming winter weather, so I have some really great experience, now.

--mountain girl

Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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HI EVERYONE! STILL TRUCKING

Great to see you, too!

I've been on a dedicated route for two years. I drive from Denver to Salt Lake at night, take my 10, drive back the next night, take my 10hrs, then do it all over again.

It's been a nice, relatively low stress position that I needed, to recover from all the bad ju-ju with Old Dominion.

Now, I have 4 years under my belt with the last two of those years with a clean, accident free record.

-mountain girl

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Posted:  6 months, 2 weeks ago

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HI EVERYONE! STILL TRUCKING

Hi Everyone!

I've been gone awhile, but I'm still trucking. How's everyone been?

I've recommended two friends to this forum in the last month, so I'm hoping to see them here, too.

I've missed you all!

--mountain girl

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Houston Bound

Wipies, zip lock bags, ... The list is growing.

-mountain girl

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Houston Bound

ChickieMonster, you are awesome. Thank you for everything.

My company is going to fly me in to Houston from Denver. I will drive my company's tractor from the terminal, there. I will see how that goes and let everyone know. Tonight, my boss said there was a lot of planning going on and I didn't hear of plans to stop the operation, so as far as I know, I'll still be going, too.

I will definitely stock up on fluids and food, if I am able to check those through on the flight. If I can take my electric, plug-in cooler for the cab, I'm going to do that too. No kidding. I'll box and tape it up, if need be.

Thank you so much,

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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A new project!

Way cool.

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Public service announcement!!!

Condition of the chains: no more than 3 horizontal "ladder rungs" broken on any single-set chain.

You must have at least two drive tires chained when the chain law is up. I use the front two drives of my twin screw.

The mile markers and laws can change hourly during a storm, but generally, have chains ready in your tractor between C-470 and Utah, traveling in either direction, on I-70.

-mountain girl

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Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Houston Bound

THANK you, ChickieMonster! That's great intel. I appreciate it. I don't know what I'll be doing/hauling but I know, if I'm still going, I'll be working for an oil company.

I haven't heard from my boss since last night and he doesn't know any more than I.

It's all up in the air, right now.

Wait... Text came in...

Ok.... The remaining water is causing issues. Tuesday, Wednesday, or later.

Despite what you've told me, I still want to go.

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Houston Bound

Nah, Linden. Just learn your skills. I'm only going because my board of directors members (my kids) have dad-time and I'm at a point where I think my skills will be of help, not hindrance. I also trust my company and my current level of experience.

Thanks, Old School. It will be cool to be part of the recovery. I want to help. I'll keep you all updated as best I can and send back as much learning and info as I'm able.

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Houston Bound

Good luck, drive & be safe. Be wary of standing water (floodwaters), it's likely carrying a ton of harmful bacteria. Proud of you!

Ieeeeeeeeeewwww. So gross. You're so right. I forgot about that. Thank you.

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Houston Bound

I told my boss on Monday to sign me up, the minute FEMA called him requesting drivers for the relief effort. I got the call tonight.

Send me your pieces of advice, tips, experience. I'll keep everyone up to date, as well as possible. And I'll try to figure out how to post photos. LOL.

I have one more run tonight from Denver to Salt Lake, Denver sat morning and then reset.

I gotta tell you, my trucking brothers and sisters: I couldn't be more proud right now, to be an American trucker.

Much Love,

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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What would you tell your kid as they walked out the door for truck driving school?

"Wait! Don't forget your blankie!"

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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What would you tell your kid as they walked out the door for truck driving school?

First, I'd correct his grammar. Knowing me, he'd expect that.

"I'm proud of you. I love you. Drive like a man, even if you're a girl. Above all, be safe. Call me 24/7, for any reason whatsoever."

Oh, and, "Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming."

The second minute is for hugs and kisses.

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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To good to be true?

You came to the right place. Welcome to TT.

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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To good to be true?

I was salivating till I read the part about truck ownership. There was the "catch."

Don't go there.

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Application Denied

Don't sweat this at all. I am a prime example of someone who got very attached to her first (TWO) trucking companies and have found a good fit. The pay was much lower with my 3rd company but at the time, I needed a place that was a better fit on the stress side than the money side. I'm talking $6/hr pay cut.

Subsequently, I've been with them for over a year, driven across CO, WY, UT in some serious ice and snow with several chain ups, and had no stress-induced accidents of any kind. Then, last week, the company brought us up to a competitive pay rate with a $3/hr raise.

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

It all works out if stick with it.

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Taking a page from Old School's book

So cool.

-mountain girl

Posted:  1 year, 5 months ago

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Destination Limerick

Glad the fam is high and dry.

-mountain girl

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