Profile For LDRSHIP

LDRSHIP's Info

  • Location:
    Clarksville, TN

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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  • Joined Us:
    2 years, 4 months ago

LDRSHIP's Bio

I am an Army vet that served 17 1/2 years. In the military I was a UH-60 Blackhawk mechanic / crewchief. I am a licensed Master Barber in the state of Tennessee. Now I am a professional driver with H. O. Wolding.

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Posted:  19 hours, 52 minutes ago

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I'm still shaky...

I feel for ya. I almost got me a work van Saturday morning in Minnesota on I-35. I was in the right lane about 600 feet behind a car. We were cruising around 60. The roads were mostly clear, but there was the occasional small slick spot. We come up on a panel van in the middle lane going about 10 mph with his right turn signal on. He was like that the whole time we approached him. As the car that I was behind passed him a car behind me, began passing me. When I was about 200 ft from him, he decide to move into my lane as the car beside me was drawing closer to him.. I about had a heart attack. I obviously didn’t get him, but it was close. The point is people do stupid stuff all the time. Cars will pull out in front of a semi before they will another car. Makes no sense.

Posted:  20 hours, 12 minutes ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

Not much happened here today.

Was supposed to go out for road test and the roads were horrible.

6 AM We started doing paperwork, finished and went for physical/drug test. Coming back in the company car ice was forming on the windshield faster than the defrosters could melt it off. Had to keep using the washers to melt it off.

When we got back they decided not to go out for road tests and start in the yard instead. The other guy has experience so they started with him but he wanted an automatic and they didn’t have one, so while they scrambled to get one, the day was shot.

Hopefully tomorrow goes better. I have to do a 7 mile road test, then work on road skills.

TBH, I went thru orientation during the Andy regime. I honestly not sure how Kyle is down in the yard. TBH, Jeff did the yard training for our group; because Andy & Fran were busy with a large train the trainer class. Did Kyle already go over the toe to heel pace count method of setting up for a 90 degree back?

Posted:  1 day ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

Since no one here on the forums that I know of works for Bison. Since Deb rarely gets on here anymore and the only “office” person that gets on here is Jamie, I doubt the anyone will find out until after whatever this business is, is concluded.

Posted:  1 day, 1 hour ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

Bison Transport out of Canada???

Yep!

Posted:  1 day, 2 hours ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

The way I look at it, what Bison and Wolding are doing can range from minor to major. The possible scenarios that I see possible are: Disclaimer: nothing concrete has been divulged to the employees at Wolding. These are purely my guesses at what possibly could be happening.

If it is simple as an investment, it could be something where Bison invests and in return we run freight for them in the U.S. not the biggest deal. Bonus for everybody all the way around. Injection of capital for upgrading equipment and technologies for Wolding and an increase in access to assets for moving U.S. based freight for Bison.

It could be a partial buyout. The Wolding family still own a portion of the company and it is more along the lines of a partnership. We still get access to more freight thru Bison and an initial push in rejuvenation of Tractors and Trailers. Still good deal for the drivers all the way around.

It could be a complete buyout. Bison buys the company. Based on what happened with Britton, Wolding’s left in management positions and run the company with oversight by Bison. Again little effect to drivers except maybe some policy changes. Possibly a different name at the top of the paycheck. Still more freight to move.

Last scenario I can come up with is that Bison does a full buyout and completely takes over including running of company. Absorbs assets under Bisons name. Probably wide sweeping policy changes and/or technologies used. Name changed at the top of the paycheck, name changed on the tractor and trailers. I don’t really foresee this one happening as it is not what happened with Britton Transport.

The first 3 scenarios are most likely or maybe something in the middle between them. Either way I am not really concerned. Bison has an excellent name in the industry and are supposed to be a very good company to work for. So even if the last scenario occurred it might not be a bad deal as a driver.

Again this is purely speculation on my part at this point. All that was told is that Bison would be a “Strategic Investor”. This makes the first scenario the most likely.

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

Patrick,

I was stuck in a top bunk last night. A guy just told me he cleared out of his bunk and I raced to snag it.

That ladder sucks!

Why do you think I refuse to stay in the bunkhouse. I’m fairly sure a jail is missing their bunk beds, lol. I did mention that the accommodations were Spartan in my “training diary”. Maybe I should of said austere?

I know if you don’t mind waiting when your truck is being worked on as long as the mechanics reach a stopping point to where the truck can be ran and moved outside, they will move it outside around midnight to let you sleep in it, then come kick you out to finish working on it around 7am.

Posted:  1 day, 3 hours ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

Think; “Bison Trucking Company”.

Actually they are called Bison Transportation. One of the largest trucking companies in Canada. The details of what is exactly happening is fairly vague. It is very early in whatever is happening. Our employee letter was your basic corporate info to reduce nervousness. Taking about investment, increase in growth, standing by founding principles, nothing is going to change kinda thing. However, rumors are rampant.

All I know is Bison is hungry to increase its footprint in the U.S. they bought Britton Transport around 7 years ago. Britton is a flatbed and reefer company. From what I gathered when they bought Britton, it was left intact. Management on down. The former owner still ran his company until he was ready to step down.

Like I said, whatever happens is still very early in the process. Bison is visiting to determine if they want to invest or not. Due diligence and all.

Posted:  1 day, 7 hours ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

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So have you heard what all the buzz at Wolding is about yet?

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Well....... don't leave us hanging LDRSHIP!smile.gif

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Agreed, can you talk about it yet?

Not really. We have some visitors at the yard this week, so if you keep your ear to the ground you will definitely hear something.

Here is a hint

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Posted:  1 day, 9 hours ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

So have you heard what all the buzz at Wolding is about yet?

Posted:  2 days ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

Glad you made it safely. I hope to hear more when you have time available.

What, no grey dog? Aren’t you just lucky. I left out of the yard at 12:15am last night. I am at home now I’m clarksville, TN. I don’t deliver until tomorrow morning.

Posted:  2 days, 2 hours ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

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Thanks everyone.

Two hours in and slow going. Ignoring the GPS telling me the road is closed. Lol

It is tiring being on high alert every second though. Just hit PA, maybe it’s a little better here.

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508 miles today. Not bad for an amateur. Was crappy roads from Buffalo to Just past Cleveland.

Must have been bad by Toledo, saw about a dozen crashed semis. One looked like someone picked it up with a crane and set it across the ditch. No tracks and no damage I saw but the ditch was at least 4 feet deep and 5 feet wide.

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I heard 80/90 tollway thru Indiana had a bunch of wrecks up and down it. But that was a day and a half ago. What route are you taking thru Indiana? Most of the side roads in Indiana are still all jacked up. If you don’t want to take the tollway thru, US-20 is your best bet. I would still take the tollway in Ohio though. After the toll plaza before you cross into Indiana is an exit. Just head north on that road and us-20 is the first intersection.

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I spent the night in Michigan City, IN

I’m headed to the Milwaukee bus station as soon as I can get packed up to rescue a stranded student. I think he is an experienced driver that was supposed to get in yesterday.

Don’t forget to have Jo add $50 to your check. That is the going rate for ferrying another driver, lol.

Posted:  2 days, 16 hours ago

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My update

Urban Dictionary says Truck Driver Syndrome is the need to tell the same story over and over.

i did that before trucking.

The dungeon thing happened after, lol

Posted:  2 days, 16 hours ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

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Thanks everyone.

Two hours in and slow going. Ignoring the GPS telling me the road is closed. Lol

It is tiring being on high alert every second though. Just hit PA, maybe it’s a little better here.

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508 miles today. Not bad for an amateur. Was crappy roads from Buffalo to Just past Cleveland.

Must have been bad by Toledo, saw about a dozen crashed semis. One looked like someone picked it up with a crane and set it across the ditch. No tracks and no damage I saw but the ditch was at least 4 feet deep and 5 feet wide.

I heard 80/90 tollway thru Indiana had a bunch of wrecks up and down it. But that was a day and a half ago. What route are you taking thru Indiana? Most of the side roads in Indiana are still all jacked up. If you don’t want to take the tollway thru, US-20 is your best bet. I would still take the tollway in Ohio though. After the toll plaza before you cross into Indiana is an exit. Just head north on that road and us-20 is the first intersection.

Posted:  3 days, 7 hours ago

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Packed and ready to head out to Wolding.

Good luck Grumpy, Safe travels. I’m doing a 34 at the yard now. I will be heading south tonight. I will probably be “stuck” in the SE for the rest of the week. Maybe I will catch you during upgrade after training.

Posted:  3 days, 9 hours ago

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Tractor Man is Back!

.where the hell is Tuscon...I've never been there either!

I think it is that place near Fort Huachuca where retirees migrate to during the winter.

Posted:  3 days, 21 hours ago

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Tractor Man is Back!

Welcome back. Sorry to hear of your trying times.

Posted:  6 days, 12 hours ago

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H.O. Wolding

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Yep, I know Jamie in recruiting read it, lol. She told me so. I did find something out. I guess there is an available bonus for student referrals. I don’t care about it. From what Jamie said, they have to stay so long to get it. Another reason not to worry about it. Students have the highest turnover rate.

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One thing I do know LDRSHIP, if Grumpy Old Man gets you as his trainer he will be trained by a true legend in this industry. You sir are one of the best and I would love to meet ya someday. Legendary Gratz Grumpy on obtainin your CDL. Sorry if I am a little late to the congratulatory party. 😀

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Thanks, million miler. I think Patrick's wife rides with him, otherwise, I would love to train with him. I think they try to get you a trainer near your home, not sure if that is for home time, or so they can train me on my specific region. Jamie did say if none were available in my region, I might have to train wherever, and I'm fine with that.

I do pity the poor soul that has to train me though, according to my wife, I snore like a freight train.

Patrick, Ashley called and asked if I was still in school Friday. When I told her yes, and my road test was Monday, she asked if I was still considering Wolding.

She seemed kind of shocked when I told her I hadn't even considered or even talked to anyone else, Wolding was always my plan. :)

They try to pair you up with a trainer that will run what you are going to run for both of those reasons. My wife don’t ride with me as often as she used to. After my last trainee bombed, I am kinda disheartened. I am really evaluating how I train. TBH, I tend to be more laid back. As long as you are not going to hit anything, I tend to let ‘you’ figure it out. In the end that is what you are going to be doing your whole career. Figuring it out. Even then most of my corrections usually come in funny sarcastic comments. Maybe I just need to be more hands on I guess. I do ask frequently if my trainee has any questions about anything. I just try to make it as low stress as I can. Training and starting out in this career is stressful enough. I do usually request loads to some of our customers with interesting backing situations. I try to get loads to a couple different places. Like a load to Chicago, a load out west. A load to the Carolinas from Cherokee. Just to get exposure to different terrain and areas. I especially love ST Paper in Oconto Falls, WI. The first time a trainee drives down the hill and looks at the dock area is priceless. That look of we ain’t going to fit is great.

Btw, we have a ton of trainers in the NE. Probably over half of our trainers are in that area. It is also our area of biggest turnover.

Posted:  6 days, 12 hours ago

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Passed my CDL

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Congratulations Grumpy. Sorry for being the last pint out of the gate. Trying to stay busy and all.

So when are you coming to orientation? Maybe I will get a chance to swing by the yard that week. I’m sure once you get here you will hear the buzz about the latest news here at Wolding. But, unfortunately, I can’t speak of it now. Still early in the process. Look forward to meeting you.

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Hey, man, ya gotta make money, no problem! LOL

I arrive Monday 21st, start Tuesday. As a Wolding driver, how often do you need to go to the terminal? And do you know where the NY drop lot is located? I know I'll find this stuff out next week, but I'm the curious type, LOL.

Hopefully it's good news. :)

I only NEED to go to the yard once a quarter. I usually drop by the yard every few weeks. Sometimes I am passing by so I stop for my 30 and a shower. Or I decide to fuel there or I decide to do my 10. Sometimes I am t-calling my load and grabbing an MT or a different load.

Posted:  1 week ago

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H.O. Wolding

Yep, I know Jamie in recruiting read it, lol. She told me so. I did find something out. I guess there is an available bonus for student referrals. I don’t care about it. From what Jamie said, they have to stay so long to get it. Another reason not to worry about it. Students have the highest turnover rate.

Posted:  1 week ago

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Passed my CDL

Congratulations Grumpy. Sorry for being the last pint out of the gate. Trying to stay busy and all.

So when are you coming to orientation? Maybe I will get a chance to swing by the yard that week. I’m sure once you get here you will hear the buzz about the latest news here at Wolding. But, unfortunately, I can’t speak of it now. Still early in the process. Look forward to meeting you.

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