Profile For IDMtnGal

IDMtnGal 's Info

  • Location:
    South Central , ID

  • Driving Status:
    Experienced Driver

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    IDMtnGal On The Web

  • Joined Us:
    3 years, 4 months ago

IDMtnGal 's Bio

Young old lady that drove OTR 1988 - 1992, getting off the road because the husband hated driving & wanted to work cattle. In 1996 he suffered 2 Traumatic Brain Injuries & lived with the issues of that for 18 years. I cared for him all that time except his last 2 weeks of life. Knowing that he would be going to a nursing home, I went to school, got my CDL, got a job & getting the husband settled in at the home when he fell. That caused his death in Sept 2014.

The company gave me time and several weeks later I started driving team with my brother 😝 That lasted 2.5 mths and for the first time ever drove solo. I have now been on the road for over 5 years. My driving partner is an 10 lb toy Rat Terrier guard dog.

Anyone want to talk or text when you're bored, my number is 208.293.6808

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Posted:  58 minutes ago

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Staying regular OTR

In fact, back in the 80's and 90's the food pyramid had "breads and grains" as the basis of our diet, and they said to avoid fatty foods. They created a generation of diabetics hooked on carbs and fundamentally lacking the critical fats your body desperately needs.

Not only that, but my generation (60s-70s) is 1 in 8 times likely to have Alzheimers. Our kids generation is down to 1 in 6 times. Our grandkids are now down to 1 in 3! This info came from the Council on Aging lady that puts on a Caregiver meeting monthly in Twin Falls county ID. She attends all sorts of meetings to learn about caregiver issues.

The meeting she attended was presented by one of the doctors that is studying Alzheimers. In the mid to late 70s, the "nutritionists" started in with 2% milk and before long skim milk. Then eggs had to be cut back to 2 no more than 3 a week. Red meat was bad for you, so only eat it a few times week and cut off the fat. Cooking with bacon fat was a no-no and was replaced with soybean, canola, corn, etc. They have pushed fat out of our lives and we need fat to fuel our bodies and brain.

Funny thing is, even tho I'm overweight, my cholesterol is low and I attribute that to the meat I eat. Now to eat more meat and cut out the carbs and drink more liquids.

Laura

Posted:  1 day, 19 hours ago

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Friday the 13th All Week!!

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Rock from an old pickup pulling an old camper. About a dozen spots was chipped down to the metal.

Tues: The Shop in Miles City, MT got the window at 10 a.m. the box said left side window and when they opened it a right side window was packed. The shop called Freightliner of Reno again, told the manager what happened and said to double-check before shipping. I got to spend a second night with a friend that lives outside of Miles City.

Wednesday The shop got the window at 10:40 a.m. Again the Box said left window but upon opening it was the right side window. So they called and raised Cain with Freightliner of Reno and I had him call the office to explain what was going on. The shop suggested that the window be put in without the gasket. It could not be opened and he didn't know how it would travel. The office had him do that and I took off for Freightliner of Fargo, where they had a left side window. It was a draft, noisy 465 miles!

Wednesday night late/Thursday early a.m. Pulled into Freightliner at 2:30 ND time. Got out to do a walk around and walk my puppy dog and found that my outside trailer tire on the right side was shredded. Climbed back into the truck and got a couple hours sleep before they were to put the window in.

Thursday a.m.

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Baling Twine??!!! The cab was so noisy with the window not fitting tight, I never heard it blow, if it did. Could have baled a bunch of 80 lb bales with that. Fired up the truck and the MIL engine light is on again. It went to Freightliner in Jerome ID last week for that.

Heading out to Portage, WI. Let's hope there's no more incidents.

Laura

Posted:  2 days, 4 hours ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

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Rock probably but hail ahead of me by about 9-10 miles out of the north. Sat 2 days in Miles City...Freightliner Reno sent passenger side window instead of driver side. So shop took out gasket, put in right side window (doesn't roll up or down) and I headed to Fargo where they are supposed to have the correct one. Get seen at 0830.

Laura

Posted:  1 week ago

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Manual transmissions in Illinois

Yes, other States have that rule....but it won't matter because manuals are becoming the thing of the past. I have driven for 2 companies since March 2017. The first company had 145 trucks with a dozen or so being manuals. I drove a manual for 3 mths and due to mileage, it was traded in for an automatic. By the end of 2017, 140 trucks were automatics. Now all are automatics. I changed companies in Sept 2018. All trucks are automatics. While I prefer manuals, I will probably never drive another one :-( Laura

Posted:  1 week, 1 day ago

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Happy Birthday Kearsey

HAPPY BIRTHDAY KEARSEY!! Hope you had a wonderful day!! All us good people are born in July! ;-) smile.gif

Laura

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Is this job a scam?

I'm sorry, they have trucks but no office?? RUN the other direction as fast as you can!!

Laura

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Is it just me?

We have numerous companies that deliver to our facility that do the slow crawl about half a mile from parking area to our docks to not trip it. I thought all ELD used the same criteria

My last company and this company has said it is the new rule that 5 mph will trigger it. Have a friend that was told that if he moved at all, it would go into driving, so had him do the 3-4 mph crawl....didn't trip ;-)

Laura

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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I got fired

You are entitled to one free DAC report a year....otherwise they are $10. Some incidents are reported immediately and show up the next month. Others don't show up for awhile and some companies wait til you are let go and then report incidents.

DAC Report

Report all incidents, even when not on your DAC. Your old company will have a personnel file on you and companies call each other all the time.

Let us know how it goes.

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Covid and Trucking

11,600 miles a month or dollars a month?

That's over $136,000 for a year.

11,600 miles/mth. I wish it was $136,000/yr!!! smile.gif

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks ago

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Covid and Trucking

I run a reefer and food hasn't slowed down but for 10 days it so in May. I haul other weird things and it helps keeping me going. Since I came back from having AFib (had to have my heart shocked) 26 Feb, I'm averaging $11,600/mth. I wouldn't call that slow.

As for getting the Chinese Virus, I'll be 69 end of next month, am overweight, have Multiple Sclerosis and my heart shocked....I refuse to wear a mask as it exacerbates my breathing. Am I afraid of getting it? Heck no. I don't get flu or pneumonia shots, I am in the sun daily or take D3 when it's constantly cloudy, I make meals to take on the road so I eat less truck stop food and now that my heart is beating regularly, I feel pretty healthy....even with my odd hours of delivering. While there is a virus, I feel it's no worse than other viruses we've seen and it's a "pandemic" only because one was needed by the Gov't.

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks, 3 days ago

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4 docks bumped in one day

Normally backing into a dock, even tight or odd ones, don't bother me much. Yesterday, in Calexico CA, I delivered to a UPS place and it was beyond tight with all kinds of things on pallets near where I had to make my move. It took me 25 minutes and a bunch of GOALs, but I finally made it! 10 minutes later they ask me to move cause the floor was too low. Easy spot.

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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Is 700 miles a day possible

I have heard some drivers go 700 miles per day. I did not think that would be possible, considering all the variables that can slow you down on the highway. Can somebody explain how 700 miles is possible? thank you

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For a supposedly experienced driver, you would know that it is possible to get 700 miles in an 11 hr driving day, if you have a higher mph governed truck.

When my truck was governed at 75 mph, I regularly got 720-740 mile days out west. Now that it's governed at 72, I can do 700-720 mile days....even with road construction.

Laura

Posted:  2 weeks, 5 days ago

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FNG With stupid Qestions

There's a reason why we tell people to go to companies with a school....you sign up to do a year and it costs you nothing but that time. It gives you a good deal of experience.

I went to an independent school 32 yrs ago to get my Chauffeur License and ended up learning by the school of hard knocks. I drove only team almost 5 yrs and got off the road for the next 22 yrs. Went to another independent school to get my CDL. Fortunately, being in my 60s, I have settled down and have more common sense now. While backing wasn't a problem when I came back, I realized when I went solo 2.5 mths after getting my CDL that I had a lot to learn with trip planning, logs (paper) and a bunch of other things. I ran those 2.5 mths with my brother and didn't learn much from him as he had 8 mths experience and no winter in the mountains. It took a good 1.5-2 years to learn and feel confident being by myself.

Laura

Posted:  3 weeks, 1 day ago

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The Power of Your Dispatcher to Make or Break You ...

I skimmed over this article, ID Mt Gal - this is such an inspiration to read.

Moe

That Mountain Gal is not me....tho I am an Idaho Mountain Gal (ID Mtn Gal). Cool that you are going to ID.

If you have to fuel at a Love's, there is one as you are coming into Ontario OR at exit 374. It's a stupid one to get into with trucks parking everywhere they shouldn't. If you have to fuel at PFJ, there's one in Stanfield, an affiliate one in LaGrande or exit 29 in Caldwell. All are easy to get in/out of. I'm not exactly sure where the Amazon place is but think it's on the east side of Boise near the WinCo DC I deliver at.

Enjoy the weather now, cause Cabbage will be a challenge....especially when you have to chain up before going up or down. Winter of 16/17 I slung chains (6 x2 & 4x 3) 5 times. By the 5th time I could do them in 30-40 mins. Not bad for an old lady ;-)

Who are you driving for? I'll have to keep my eye out for you. I'm in WA and OR about once or twice a month. From there I usually get a load back to the house down by Twin Falls,...unless like this one, I got a 2 dropper in Minneapolis.

Just take your time and ignore all the hotdoggers. Be safe!! Enjoy the scenery!

Laura

Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Going thru Bozeman MT today

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Posted:  3 weeks, 3 days ago

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Oxygen concentrator

What is the best oxygen concentrator for a truck? How much n where to buy?

According to what I read on WalMart's website, a prescription is required to have one:

Oxygen concentrators Your oxygen concentrator keeps you breathing easy by removing nitrogen from ambient air and delivering oxygen-enriched air through its tubing to you. Here's what you should know about oxygen concentrators.

A prescription is required: The FDA requires prescriptions for medical devices like oxygen concentrators. People with emphysema, heart disease, and other ailments need to be under a doctor's care. People with COPD must be monitored carefully to ensure they don't receive too much oxygen from their concentrators.

Posted:  4 weeks ago

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How is your year going?

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I'll be right over!!! smile.gif

Laura

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Nice and clean.

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Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Anyone have info on working for TTS/voyager out of NJ?

While there are a few owner ops here, I don't believe any of them have hauled trash....haven't seen any posts about it. Most everyone here are company drivers.

Laura

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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Postcards from the Road! (Post Yours Please!)

Getting a Bath in Lamar MO

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