Profile For Mike B.

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    NH

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    3 months, 4 weeks ago

Mike B.'s Bio

A Noob, Rookie, newbie, for Eastern Freightways. whatever you'd like to call me just not a steering wheel holder. I've been at the management level is multiple industries over the last 26 years, Raised 5 kids, went through a divorce and in the process of getting married in June 2018 .I've excelled at everything I've done in the past. Taking on the challenge of becoming a Professional Driver is something i'm serious about and have no plans of staying a company driver for long. There is a lot to learn about this industry and as the new guy I'm always looking to soak up any information I can.

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Posted:  3 days, 15 hours ago

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Day 26

Up and gone by 4:30. Headed for Cherryfield, ME. All in all a pretty good ride. Route 1 Cherryfield was rough as hell. Got to the 1st receiver and was a really quick unload. Retarped the remaining and headed up 193 to 9. If you ever go to ME avoid 193. Another rough road. I found out later that 199 was just paved and is a lot better. Reached Calais and another quick unload.

Something i've started doing in remote areas with no truck stops is scoping out future parking spots when my clock runs low. There was actually a lot of parking up there.

Got my Pre-plan picking up in Bradford, ME and dropping this load at the Concord terminal as it's going to Queens and I'm off on Friday.

The roads in that part of ME are crazy rough and tend to slope to the right. I spent half the time fighting the steering wheel to keep it on the road.

Made it back to the Portland terminal with about 15 minutes left on my 14. and logged 570 miles. Pretty uneventful day minus the race against my clock. That's always fun. But I'll take that over a breakdown any day .

Posted:  4 days, 15 hours ago

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Day 25

Dispatch rescheduled Mondays delivery for today. Up and on the road by 4:30. Nice easy ride to Cranston, RI. Got unloaded and had a pre-plan to go to Portsmouth, NH do a drop n hook and deliver in Auburn, ME. Easy Drop n Hook and the tarp job was actually pretty good. Get to Auburn figure out where they want me, unstrap n fold up the tarps. Waited about 45 minutes. The unload process took some time as well since most of the load was 14' sheetrock. Get unloaded and my pre-plan was to head back to Portsmouth, NH for a 2 stop delivery on the FAR east coast of Maine for Wednesday. Headed to Cherryfield and then on to Calias, ME. Left Portsmouth and headed for our Scarborough terminal. Got here with 15 minutes left on my clock. Found the shower and had some dinner. Definitely one of the cleanest terminal showers I've come across. Not a bad mileage day for the small runs and the crazy traffic coming back up I-95 during rush hour. Till tomorrow from the deep backwoods of Maine.

Posted:  4 days, 16 hours ago

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Mike

Sounds like the adventure is never ending. It was nice to read that the company found you another truck rather quickly.

Safe Travels Chris

Yes it has been. I'm waiting for the day to say that Nothing happened today but me driving. LOL

Posted:  5 days, 14 hours ago

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Day 24

Was heading to Cranston, RI with this load from last week. It’s only 2 hours from my terminal so I decided to leave around 7:00 to avoid the heaviest traffic and just deal with the tail end of rush hour. Things are going good until I get a few miles from 495 on I-95. I heard a loud pop on the passenger side front. The truck dives a little to the right. I thought I blew a steer tire so I hit the break and inch it over to the very narrow breakdown lane. Nope, the tire is good. But I hear hissing behind the tire. The damn air bag for the air ride suspension blew. Truck has a lean to the right. I watch the air gauges and It stays above 100. Call breakdown, they forward me to the shop in N. Reading. Mechanic asks a few questions. We decide to limp her the 10 miles down the road @ 30mph. Yup mechanic conformed and called around. Since it was a 2003 he said the part was hard to come by. Closest he found was in NY. It would be in Tues. at some point and then he’d have to fix. Out Of Service it goes. Dispatch finds me a ride to Pawtucket where several trucks are.. Sweet maybe I’d finally get a 2016. They had a 2012, 2014 and 2015 available. 2015 was the cleanest and newest so truck number 3 it is. Bobtailed back to N. reading and spent forever cleaning it and moving my stuff over. I must say I’m getting pretty good at both. Maybe I’ll just switch to recon. LOL

Posted:  5 days, 15 hours ago

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Day 21-23

What a crazy week last week..... Got an Early start like I wanted to 4:00 was the earliest I could Pre-trip and head out. Ended up coming over 80 and down 99 in Eastern, PA GPS says take US 22. I take a quick look at the map. Yea that looks like it makes sense. Definitely shorter. How bad could a US rt be? LOL yeaaa. Hills and more hills then a few more. I definitely lost time. Oh well it was a sight seeing tour and got to practice some downhills loaded with 50k. Finally got off that horrific route and ended up going to the receiver through the back way. Narrow and curvy. I remembered being there once before and coming in the other direction. Got unloaded and headed for Aliquippa. Heard stories about the gps sending you down this weird road on the other side of the tracks from the shipper. Yup exactly what it did. Stopped and went down the road a little to figure out how to get in. Google earthed it and found the road leading through a 1 way tunnel. Running short on my clock I had scanned the area for the last 45 minutes for a place to shut down near by. Saw a rest area that I had passed with several spot. So fixed the tarping job and headed there to shut down. 5 minutes later a tornado watch was issued. We had a heavy rain storm but that was about it.

Next day headed out to Norfolk, VA around 3:00 I believe. Was a good ride until the #### gps sent me up and over US 40 to I-68. I learned something valuable that day. I will never go over 40 again.. HaHa I thought 22 was bad. 40 was a 15mph crawl for what seemed like an hour. and of course what goes up must come down.. 68 was better but not by much. After all that 68 put me back on I-70 which I should have stayed on in the first place. Lost a lot of time there. Got to Norfolk around 13:00 drop and hook to a rescheduled load headed to Lewes, DE. 3:00 delivery which I could make if I shut down in Norfolk and leave at 1:00. But then I short myself on getting home Friday so I decided to cross the Chesapeake and run up 13. Looking for somewhere to shutdown close to the end of my clock. Rest areas are shut down at night. Gated. Hmmm Nowhere on the side of the road either. It's getting close 15 minutes left on my clock and I see 1 of many Royal Farms that I have passed along the way. This one in New Church, VA had truck parking for about 15 trucks and it was only half full. Perfect!!

So while sitting there my tablet goes off. Pre-plan cancelled, New pre-plan, new pre-plan.. What is someone screwing with me? I had a pre-plan to go from Lewes, DE to Baltimore to home. It would have been close but I think I would have made it. Now this new pre-plan says Lewes, DE to Baltimore for a live load and tarp going to Avenel, NJ then a pre-plan going from Avenel, to home... Umm NO. It will never happen. Not enough time on my clock. E-mail dispatch, then have them call me to have a chat. Well guess I'm doing it.

Next morning I get to Lewes at 4:45 the receiver took the load after some smooth talking. ;-) Get unloaded and notice my trailer tire is flat. There was a gouge in the tire. I don't remember curbing it or even being in any tight situations where I could have. But that is what it looked like. Call breakdown, tire service guys are being sent from somewhere but its going to take 1 1/2 hours before they arrive. ehhhh yup definitely not doing this live load and definitely not making it home Friday night. Guy gets there and changes the tire in like 15 minutes. Nascar style. Call dispatch, straight to Avenel will get me home Fri. night. Baltimore to home will be Saturday. Baltimore it is. hmmm ok. Get to the shipper. It's loaded but not at the yard yet. over 2 hours later it shows up. Quick fix and to the Elkton T/A I go. Shut down at 16:00 Friday night with roughly 2 hours on my clock. I'm not dealing with the Friday rush up 95 to get any closer. Got an early start Saturday morning at 2:00 made it to my terminal by 9:15.

2358 miles driven for the week. I've learned of 2 routes to never take and that we might not make it home every Friday but there's a guy in Dispatch that will take care of us for not making it.

Posted:  1 week, 4 days ago

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Day 20

Up and out by 6:00. Got to the 1st receiver in Torrington, CT at 6:45 and he said they didn't start receiving till 7:00. Plenty of time to unstrap and remove the 2nd tarp to access their part of the load. Today turned into a waiting game. Waited about 2 hours to get unloaded here as they were busy and definitely short staffed. Drove to the 2nd stop in Washington Depot, Ct . A few tight turns right in town but I snuck it in. Realized I didn't have service and my tablet wouldn't send an e-mail. After getting unloaded I headed west until I got service and pulled over. Next stop, Wallingford, CT to get a load of Slinkies. Got there around 11:45. Called to the scale at 14:40. Longest I've ever waited. I don't know how you live load guys do it. LOL Loaded and strapped by 16:15. Used most of my clock by this time. Had 3 hours left. Load is headed to New Salem, PA a nice 8 hour ride and I made it a little over 2 hours before I shut down. Traffic was crazy. Will get an early start tomorrow to finish off the remaining 6 hours, get unloaded and head to Aliquippa, PA.

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Day 19

My sons car broke down over the weekend so I told him if he gave me a ride to work at 4:00 he could use mine for the week. Trying to get a 16 year old up a 3:45 is a good time. lol I rolled out at 5:30 this morning heading down 495 to Bellingham, MA. Got to the receiver at 7:45 waited a bit to get unloaded and had my pre-plan ready to go. Back up 495 to Portsmouth, NH for a quick Drop n Hook. This load is a 2 stop in CT. 1st in Torrington then to Washington Depot. 49K lbs of Sheetrock. Back down 495. HaHa I've gotta say this little old Automatic does a pretty good job at pulling it. Not having to shift during traffic has been kind of nice as well. Never thought i'd like and auto but......

Decided I was going to stay at the T/A in Milldale, CT as it's only 30 minutes away from my 1st stop. Fuel up and go to park... Well I felt like it was my first day at school again. My set up was off and decided to try it anyways. Did about 10 pull ups before I finally got it straight. Had a guy watching me the whole time. I laughed it off and when I got out I asked if he got it on video because I needed a good laugh. Minus my set up being off the 5th wheel is all the way forward and I used to run my truck all the way back. Would that 1-2 feet really make that much of a difference? I read a few threads on here about it but seems like a personal preference. What do you think?

Posted:  1 week, 5 days ago

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Update: So I was going to catch a ride Friday morning with another driver who is based out of the Concord terminal to pick up a white 2012 Volvo. Around 10:00 both him and dispatched called about the same time. Dispatch had said that 1 of the students from my class just dropped a truck off 2003 Volvo. I remembered the truck from when we all were assigned trucks as I had checked it out. It was clean but it's an Automatic. Mine was a 10spd. This will be a little different. I checked it over and it was good to go. Transferred all of my stuff over to the new truck and just threw it on my bed. Figured I'd move in tonight when I shut down.

Picked up a load from the Meriden terminal coming from the Baltimore terminal headed to MA on Monday. Drove to the concord terminal, post tripped and took what I needed for the weekend.

I took some time this weekend to reflect. You guys are right. Breakdowns are part of the experience and should be looked at as such. Unless they get out of control then there may be a re-evaluation at that point. LOL. Time, Determination & Goals will help me get through those times. Everything is a learning experience and I should sit back and appreciate that. I know that no single company out there is perfect and I choose EFW's due to what they had to offer me at this time. I'm happy with that decision. New week, new attitude.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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MIke,

Good blog as always. If I can recommend something, never make a decision when you are upset or mentally straight out. Wait until you have a few days behind you to decide if you are going to look elsewhere. Maybe when you look back at today, in a week or so, you will smile and move on. As we all read here, you will have mechanical issues, so stay positive, and remember you can only control so much. I am sure other companies have the same problem(s).

Safe Travels Chris

Hey Chris. You're right! I'm thinking boredom and lack of a purpose for the day got to me. I hate not doing something. LOL

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Day 16-17

Head out at 6:30 to Staten Island. Traffic wasn't that bad and the first several miles into S.I. were decent. I've got this... Until about 2 miles from the receiver. Cars parked on both sides of the road, traffic coming and going, Tight turns around parked cars.. I just slowed down and took my time. Made it to the receiver, Unstrapped and folded the tarps on the load. Got unloaded and called dispatch. "system is down" They say. but we're sending you back to Baltimore. Set my GPS and head out. 1 1/2 hours into the trip I get a call. "Sorry you're going to Danville, PA not Baltimore. hmmmm Just crossed the Deleware bridge. Stop at a T/A and fill up. Planned on going to Danville then doing my 10 in Montgomerey which has a T/A.. Free Shower!!! I Had 1 hour left on my clock when I got there. Shut down and PC'd it to the T/A. I am headed to Boston MA in the morning.

Now we're up to date to today:

I had google earthed the receiver and walked the streets in street view to get familiar with the area last night. Not much traffic till around 5:30. Then I believe all the new drivers in 4 wheelers were released from the funny farm... I'm not sure what half these people were thinking but WTF.. I'm surprised no one was killed in a 50 mile stretch. Shortly before hitting 691 I smelled a familiar smell when I applied the brakes. Are you kidding me? Can't be again. I pull over and check the same wheel that I had the problem with 2 weeks ago.. Yup leaking again. 3rd time in 2 weeks.. Meriden, CT here I come. 10 miles to go. Make it here, give the mechanic the story he looks at it and says "Out Of Service" Something else is definitely wrong with it. Call dispatch...

Long story short here- After several calls to and from dispatch, a nap, lunch, a walk & Updating this blog I'm still sitting here 8 hours later. No truck, No Idea where I'm getting one or when. Was off to a good week. Now I'm just frustrated & Disappointed. All I want to do is run and make some $$.

Time can be a mental struggle. I've had several offers over the last month. 1 was driving Dump truck and equipment locally. Home nights, good money but is that what I want to do for the next couple of years then come back out with the wife? Do I want to get my experience out here and when the wife is ready to come out with me we're already set to go? Eastern doesn't have a rider program so something will have to change soon anyways. I hating sitting and thinking.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Day 14-15

Coming back from most of last week off I didn't have a load to deliver so I headed to Newington, NH to get a load that was headed to Beltsville, MD. Left Concord around 6:30 with some heavy rain. Got to Newington and it had let up. Dropped and hooked and proceeded to fix the tarping job and the heavens released the dam! Heavy downpour and I was 3/4 of the way done. Said screw it and finished it off. Got dried off and headed down towards NYC, Decided to stay at a service plaza in MD that had 1 spot left.

Planned on starting at 5:00 the next morning but ended up shutting off my alarms and falling back to sleep. Finally got going at 6:30 Got to the receiver and unloaded quickly.

Next load was in Baltimore, MD I've been there before when I was training and remembered that the lot was behind a store. I thought I was heading in the right direction until I ended up in a low income area sitting right next to the industrial park. Signs everywhere saying no trucks... Ehhhh Pull over, google earth and message my trainer and get a better idea of where I'm at. I took a right instead of a left and that's how I ended up there. I find a road to go down that trucks come out of and turned around headed back and drove right past it. HaHa 7 more miles I find another place to turn around.

Finally find the yard. Drop and hook and this one is headed to Staten Island. #### it, not sure if i'm ready for this one. I drive to our Plainfield, NJ terminal, get shut down and am looking forward to a shower... Nope not happening. I guess they turned that area into a driver training area so no more showers here. I could have gone 20 miles up the road to a truck stop, filled up with more expensive fuel and got a free shower. Oh well a baby wipe night it is.

Posted:  2 weeks, 2 days ago

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Congrats on the marriage!!

Thank you!!

Posted:  2 weeks, 4 days ago

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Day 11-12-13

It's been a week since I last posted. I don't remember if I had said it or not but I Am/Was/Did get Married on June 2nd. The days leading up to that were crazy! Summarized 11-13:

Decided to leave out on Monday afternoon, Memorial day. Headed to Jersey from Concord in hopes to get a jump on the week and be home early on Weds. I assumed there would be some holiday traffic heading back around 15:00 but not as much as I encountered. Took longer than I had hoped but stopped at our S. Plainfield, NJ terminal to park and sleep. This place was a lot bigger and busier than I thought it would be. Surprisingly after several minutes of the yard jockey slamming trailers around (I'm wondering how much was on purpose) I fell asleep.

Had a short 45 minute drive to the receiver in the morning. Got unloaded quick and got my preplan to pick up in Avenel, NJ headed to Portland, ME. Pick that up, fix the tarping job and head out. Drove straight through to our Portland, ME terminal! Saw I had a message from dispatch. Checked it out and never guess what it said?!

"Just drop this load in Concord"

HaHa We can't read our messages while driving sooooo. I sent a message back and said I was already there. Unloaded the next morning pretty quick called dispatch and headed home. Took Weds-Sun. off for the wedding and came back out Monday morning.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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Day 10

Alarm goes off at 1:00 errr.. Snooze till 2:00 decided I didn't want to walk to the terminal so I got an Uber. Found my truck talked with the mechanic. Yup all set he says. Hook to the load and head off for Portland. No traffic and smooth sailing.

Get to the receiver and start unstrapping and untarping. Notice a small puddle on the ground next to the same tire that just had the seal replaced. Hmmmm maybe some remnance? I look it over carefully. Looks pretty fresh.. Move into the building and get unloaded. Yup, another puddle. Come on, it's the Friday of a holiday weekend but what can you do? Call dispatch and get sent to the Portland terminal. 5 1/2 hours left on my clock. I explain the situation to the mechanic up here. He takes a look. 5 1/2 hours left you say? Headed to Newington then Concord? He asks. OK lets get it done. He says 3 1/2 hours later he's done. Come to find out the Mechanic from the night before never cleaned the rust from where the seal is supposed to seat. Well that mistake, oversight, laziness just cost an extra 3 1/2 hours of labor, 2 sets of brake shoes, 2 new drums and 4 hours of my early day lost. These guys up here at this terminal were great. Will come here if in the area and need anything done.

Got back to my terminal around 17:00 and started my weekend. Ended the week with the following miles: M-448 T-408 W-591 TH-550 Fr-429

2426 actual miles. (To bad we're paid Rand McNally. )Not bad for the North East. Wednesday is when I started getting on the road by 1:00 or 2:00 Definitely a big difference in miles.

Posted:  3 weeks, 4 days ago

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I must say I am really enjoying reading this thread. I truly hope you keep the updates coming. Do you guys happen to load at the Nucor in Wallingford Ct? I could of swore when I was flatbed here at Prime I loaded there with a couple of drivers from your company. Really helpful people also it was coming a blizzard and we all helped each other tarp and get out of there.

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Thank You IceCold24K. I plan to. It helps pass some time, keeps a diary of my day for my kids, future grandkids etc. Hopefully helps some other newbies get a feel for the life and struggles out there. Yes we do a fair amount of Slinkies at Nucor. I have found that most of our drivers are pretty cool and helpful. Yea I'm not looking forward to the future blizzards.. HaHa You still with Prime?

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Yes sir they were very helpful to me. I did appreciate it.. I am still with Prime however I am in the tanker division now hauling food grade liquid products.

Awesome. Hows the Tanker life treating you?

Posted:  4 weeks, 1 day ago

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I must say I am really enjoying reading this thread. I truly hope you keep the updates coming. Do you guys happen to load at the Nucor in Wallingford Ct? I could of swore when I was flatbed here at Prime I loaded there with a couple of drivers from your company. Really helpful people also it was coming a blizzard and we all helped each other tarp and get out of there.

Thank You IceCold24K. I plan to. It helps pass some time, keeps a diary of my day for my kids, future grandkids etc. Hopefully helps some other newbies get a feel for the life and struggles out there. Yes we do a fair amount of Slinkies at Nucor. I have found that most of our drivers are pretty cool and helpful. Yea I'm not looking forward to the future blizzards.. HaHa You still with Prime?

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Day 9

Up at 2:00 coffee and pre-trip. Headed for Jersey around 2:30 another nice morning with no to little traffic. Quick and easy unload then on to Danville, PA. Fixed the tarping job and got headed as far as I could to ME. I had a little over 3 hours left on my clock so I headed for Montgomery, NY to spend my 10. On the way I started smelling grease when I applied the breaks. I pulled over and checked it out. Wheel seal blew. #### it this truck just had them all replaced.

Message in and get the go ahead to drive the last 20 miles. Get to the shop at 15:00, drop the load and come to find out only 3 of the 4 were replaced previously. Really? why not just do the 4th the 1st time?

The night mechanic will be working on it and he comes in at 17:00 and was told it should (should) be done by 21:00 as long as nothing else pops up. OK so what to do until then? I remembered that either Kevin (the GM) or (Ray) the head of safety had said when they visited during orientation that they will take care of the drivers and will get them a hotel every now and then. I call dispatch and mass confusion. "hmm I've never heard of that" Long story short I was looking for a place to sleep and get another 2:00 start on my way to ME.

Sleep in my truck in the shop while its getting worked on or sleep in another OOS truck with who knows what is in there. I opted for option 3. Paid $86 for my own room down the road and will most likely be walking the mile back to the terminal at 2:00 to start my day. (EFW discount would have been $56 for the night)

I'll avoid adding the several things that I'd like to. But a great week so far (545 miles today with 1 1/2 hours left on my clock) and not impressed with this particular situation.

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Day 8

Finally an uneventful day. haha. Up at 1:00. Coffee and head down the road 6 miles to get my loaded trailer. Hit the road headed to Attleboro. It was a light rain and fog and at times it was tough to see. Does anyone have any tricks for seeing better at night? I get to the receiver around 7:45 and a Western Express driver was getting unloaded so I jumped at the chance to get my straps & tarps off and roll them up after all we don't get paid to sit there in line and wait. The quicker I can unload the better.

Get unloaded and head to Newington, NH to do a drop and (fix) They tarp and strap for us but we usually have to fix it to our specs. The drive Clock is ticking faster than my 14 today which was nice. So I had some extra time to narrow down my plan for a place to park. Sturbridge, MA Pilot is the spot. Slow traffic had me playing minute for minute HOS. vs. GPS. I got here with no time to spare. Fueled and parked. Crazy line at the pumps at 15:00!

I was looking forward to another hot shower tonight so I reserved one with the app. as I was 3rd in line. By the time I got my stuff together and got down there I had to wait about 10 minutes, Not bad. Planning on heading out around 2:30 tomorrow morning to get an early delivery in NJ.

Side note: I received my settlement for my 1st solo week via E-mail. 1st week rookie and I grossed $1202. I'll take that for being a newbie. I busted my hump for that one. This week is looking better than last at this point.

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Day 7

It was a nice quiet night until 3:00 when my alarm started going off. Made some coffee and finally got up. Did a pre-trip and the #### passenger directional light was out on the truck. No mechanics at 3:30 in Albany. I did find a spare in the truck that the last driver must have left. I replace it and nothing. Checked the bulb and it's not blown. Ehhh. Well I'll just stop in Montgomery on my way to PA. Well that didn't happen. Cruising down 84 and a message pops up. PSC or PCR performance issue truck will derate in 60 minutes.... Ummm what? I look it up and it had something to do with the regen. Well Meriden here I come again. Hooked the computer up and did a manual regen. The light that was out had some bad wiring. An hour later back on the road. I've got to say Meriden mechanics have been good to me.

Get into PA and it's pouring! Traffic was going really slow. Made it to my stop after figuring out that the road i thought i should go down was not the one! Way to narrow. Finally found the right way. Un-straped, un tarped and started folding tarp 1. Well all that rain decided to turn an 80lb tarp into a 300lb monster. I finally got it but ####. Cant wait till winter.. HaHa (Not)

I figured I was heading to Danville, PA for some sheetrock. Yup there it is. Danville, PA back to where this all started on Day 1. Attleboro, MA. A nice run and I've been there before and actually know the correct road to take. I only had 2 hours left and there wasn't much sense in going to far as the truck stops headed north already looked pretty full. So parked it at the Loves 80, took a shower and making some double cheeseburgers for dinner. Hoping to head out around 2:00 to MA

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Day 6

Had a great weekend. Finalized a majority of our final wedding details. 12 days to go. This will be my 2nd and her 1st. I'm never doing it again though I tell ya that!

Headed out close to 5:00 for Auburn, ME. I needed to get fuel so I told myself after pre-tripping to fill up. Old age, distractions or just the thoughts of the day I completely forgot. Deep into Maine I was like (hand to the forehead) I was low but not scary low yet. We have a terminal in Scarborough so I figured I'd grab it on the way back through. Got to my first stop which was Home Depot in Auburn, got checked in, unstrapped & untarped their portion of the load. They got me unloaded pretty quick. Another great guy to chat with. I think I could write a book with some of these stories I hear from receivers. Re-tarp the back of the remaining load and head to Waterville, ME. Another hour north. Same deal with them Quick and easy just not as talkative.

I notice that I am getting to the scary level on fuel now. Hmmm I park and do some calculations after I get my pre-plan. Going south to Casco, ME... Hmmm empty there, then loaded to Scarborough. I decided against chancing it and being the Idiot that calls dispatch and says he ran out of fuel. I had to take my 30 pretty soon anyway soooo. I fuel up. Make some lunch and notice that this place is a ghost town until I drive around the other side. It's a big terminal. Head up to Casco get checked in and the guy was ready with the first batch of lumber before I even started backing in. Man I love flatbed after hearing some horror stories of Dry van, Refers waiting hours.

Live load, strap and tarp. It's about 80* at this point and here I am wearing my jeans, boots and polo shirt. It was definitely warm. I start my trip plan at this point because it really depended on how long it took me. 3 hours and change left. Well the Montgomery terminal is out. Meriden terminal? Nope going to be rush hour and to much traffic, Worcester truck stop? I'd have maybe 10 minutes to spare if all went well... Home terminal and then go home for the night. Had the time but it really din't advance the load. N. Reading, MA it is. Nice easy ride down here with minimal traffic. Parked, post tripped, had dinner and now I'm finishing this up. Should be on the road by 4:00 I still have about a 5 3/4 hour ride to get to the receiver. It's starting out to be a good money week... Keep the miles coming!

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About Us

TruckingTruth was founded by Brett Aquila (that's me!), a 15 year truck driving veteran, in January 2007. After 15 years on the road I wanted to help people understand the trucking industry and everything that came with the career and lifestyle of an over the road trucker. We'll help you make the right choices and prepare for a great start to your trucking career.

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Becoming A Truck Driver

Becoming A Truck Driver is a dream we've all pondered at some point in our lives. We've all wondered if the adventure and challenges of life on the open road would suit us better than the ordinary day to day lives we've always known. At TruckingTruth we'll help you decide if trucking is right for you and help you get your career off to a great start.

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