Profile For Cwc

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  • Location:
    Norfolk, VA

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    4 years, 3 months ago

Cwc's Bio

Just started looking at a new way to fund life.

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Posted:  19 hours, 29 minutes ago

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Sobering Winter Weather

I was chased by that same storm yesterday all the way to Durham NY. With a nice load of glycerin, so I booked it all the way to the receiver by 1300-1400 for my 0930 appointment hoping they might take pity on me and unload me early. No such luck they were full but at least I didn't have far to go with it in the A.M..

Be safe and slow down!!

Posted:  4 days, 21 hours ago

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Turn on your CB!

I gotta get mine changed out. My new KW has a tiny speaker in the overhead that I cant hear a thing from.

Went out and bought a new small radio that would fit in the pull out slider so it would look all slick... Useless...

I'm thinking I'll just put my big radio in front of the glove box.😕 After having a good radio I can't stand not being able to hear anything.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Still learning!

Ready to sign up for food grade tanker? The gorge on I-40 just west of Asheville,NC is always fun with 45-48k sloshing around in the back.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Saying goodbye to Prime.

That is awesome news 🐢!!! Congratulations!

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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What's the most exciting thing you've ever seen or done as a driver on the road?

Waking up at midnightish from someone banging on the door yelling for me to move my tanker. Pulling back the curtain to see a truck on fire parked right in front of me. The truck to my left moved and I was able to pull out of my spot and away from the blaze.

Way more exciting than I wanted.

Fancy gap with fresh snow and an empty with supersingles is more than enough for me.

Never seen elk on Elk mountain... I had a buddy years ago.... He was pretty hairy, bet that is as close to seeing Bigfoot as I ever get.

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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Most cheapest/smartest way to obtain CDL A?

Can't blame you for wanting to go to a community college. That's what I did only I went on a major trucking companies dime and had a job as soon as I graduated the program.

Skip the out of pocket expense. Have a job lined up. Be ready to deal with new things cause well... Your new to driving and your going to make mistakes. With those mistakes comes lost earnings. Learn from them and make more from it.

Posted:  3 weeks, 2 days ago

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Secret to ontime delivery.

I could post a screen capture but I think letting you see for yourself is the better way.

Go to O'Reilly's auto parts store website and search for 121G

Enjoy!

Posted:  1 month, 2 weeks ago

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Does anybody have experience driving for CRST.

I started at CRST also. And I have mixed feelings on giving a new driver a yay or nah on them. As others have mentioned team driving in itself is pretty rough. But on the flip side to that I did alot of drop in hooks in large places with wide open areas. That's not to say I never went to some places with funky little hard to get into docks.

Also I spent most of the time going from coast to coast so 3k mile loads. I can't remember if they pay for the permit or not however I'm pretty sure if you were to speak to someone in recruiting they would tell you up front and just remember they will do cash advances even in school I believe.

Also if you happen to come into orientation and it's a really large class, you might have the option to go to the overflow school which a few years ago was in Waterloo at Hawkeye community college. I enjoyed my training. I also spoke to a few people that had completed training at both CRST and Hawkeye Community College. And made the decision to try and see what I needed to do to make it to Hawkeye.

Also winter is coming and one thing I do like for CRST/new drivers is that they will send lots of update messages for weather/road conditions. They will also impose lower speed limits in less than ideal conditions or make you shutdown in bad conditions.

After training I was brought back and introduced to my dispatcher. He informed me that money could be light for the first few weeks but I had been doing a lot of reading and had expected that until I got the first mileage goal.

Posted:  2 months ago

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Misdemeanor Who will hire me

I don't really see you having a problem getting employment. Just be sure and list it if they ask.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

0973591001567690230.jpg Taking a walk on my last trip out west. 0491306001567690324.jpg Well... Now thats over with.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Hurricane

Last I saw this morning, Dorian is not going to make landfall anywhere in Florida. Unless of course it turns again to the west, which is unlikely at this point. The east coast will still have some strong weather, but I wouldn't anticipate it being anything near what the Bahamas is getting hit with.

Just bought my first house near Columbia,SC... That thing can take it's butt right back out to sea.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Back in the USA and going to SAGE driving school in Muncie , Indiana

I grew up just down the road from Muncie in Anderson. Long since moved away. Although I occasionally deliver to Hershey's from Perdue farms in ?Delaware I wanna say. Which is right across the street from Carter's Anderson terminal.

Also as other might have mentioned home daily isn't as easy as it sounds. Often just long enough to shower, eat, sleep, and repeat.

Also keep in mind those home daily positions usually require really good time management skills and backing..

And since your in the area make sure you hit Art's Pizza for a roast beef sandwich. And Pizza King for a Royal feast with BBQ sauce .... Sounds horrible but you'll thank me while your eating it.... Not so much later that evening.

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Fatality Due to Apparently Improperly Secured Flatbed Load

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So, how do you three suggest a load like this be secured to prevent movement in a hard brake?

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Personally, I would make sure I was safe by pulling a dry van so someone else had to haul that.

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First thing I thought. Safest way to do it... Get someone else to do it. I'll stick to driving my tanker like granny.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Should I Request A New Trainer At Swift?

I forgot to add, he is on a dedicated route with about 4 warehouses. Do you think that is enough variety?

Sure, you need to learn to punch the correct macros on the Qualcomm, manage your time, and a little backing, route planning.

All backing is different and you just need to learn the jist. 1 don't hit anything, 2 go slow and get out and look. 3 see number 1.

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Should I Request A New Trainer At Swift?

The first load you talked about was 750 miles. A person with a bit of seat time can run a 65mph truck over 600 miles in 10 hours provided you don't run into any major snags. Giving the second leg 3-5 hours to run that last 150 miles. Giving a noob a little cushion and a less stressful time constraint seems like a pretty good move don't you think?

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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A moment of shear panic

Alright time for me to come clean in my moment of panic. I was trying to forget it but Packrats post reminded me. Couple months ago I worked an extra day and it resulted in me laying over in a hotel due to a 4 hour delay at backhaul. I laid down around 4pm and awoke at what turned out to be 730PM. I quickly got dressed, used the restroom and went downstairs to check out. It wasnt until I climbed into the truck getting ready to login that it occurred to me I still had 3 hours until I could get started! I was far too embarrassed to go back inside so i just slept across the seats in the truck (we have wooden crates between the seats in daycabs to store chemicals, etc). The lady at the front desk looked at me a little weird when checking out but didnt ask any questions. I paid out of pocket nearly $200 for that room (company reimbursed me) only to actually sleep about 3 hours. Yikes!

I've never sprang for a room but totally guilty of the rest. I find when I do the split sleeper for a couple of days in row I'll wake up after only a few hours thinking it's time to roll. If I'm not doing the split sleeper however, I find I probably don't need an alarm. Like I will wake up just in time to shut the alarm off without it ever going off. But strangely enough single digit minutes till it does go off.

Nothing worse than waking up startled your late to get moving, seeing the sun is up making you think it's later than that 0630 start time you had planned, only to find out it's 1930.

Posted:  3 months ago

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I Got Some New Wheels Today - Brand Spanking New

Old School with new toys!! Nice!!

Posted:  3 months ago

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Ordered a folding bike! Carry bag next!

Oh... I figure I should also mention... Dogs are evil.

My best encounter was after a rather nasty set of hills, on the final and steepest hill of my ride. While on my way back to the truck a pitbull minus the leash came to greet me.. Not good. No gas left in the tank and still traveling at 02mph uphill. That was a bad day.

My other encounter was... Self inflicted more than anything else... I have a set of Bluetooth ear buds. I were them to watch movies from the laptop while the engine/APU runs. I don't talk and drive as I'm not to big on talking on the phone to begin with.

On one of my rides I had the bright idea of wearing the ear buds and listen to music while riding.

I came around a corner,seen a dog running after me and grabed a fist full of really good disc brakes. Had I not had the headphones in I would have probably heard the chain the dog was on rattling.

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That was almost two years ago. And I just took that picture.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Ordered a folding bike! Carry bag next!

Bruce, as for storage... dunno. Guess I was thinking in a double sleeper... upper bunk. Does Schneider do doubles or just Singles like Hunt?

Cwc... you carried that in your rig???

Sure.. No passenger seat. I've also seen others take the front wheel off and stow behind the passenger seat vertically. Double bunk is the easiest. You can also buy an axle mount and bolt/screw it to a 2x4 or whatever really. Riding the trainer doesn't even take internet if you don't want to... I've downloaded several "maps" to ride different places and also different training reps... Hill climb days, sprints, recovery day strolls. And the multiple hours in and out of the saddle endurance rides..... Which are gruelling....in a fun sort of kill yourself waysmile.gif

Posted:  3 months ago

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You Know You've Been Waiting Too Long For Your Next Load When...

Old School better make sure the eggs didn't come from a bird on the Migratory birds act list.shocked.png

Just kidding... The only reason I know about that is when I took possesion of my new house I had squatters living on my front porch. Barn Swallows...

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