Profile For Mike B.

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    NH

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    Rookie Solo Driver

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    2 years, 3 months 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:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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My Daily Experience With Crete Carriers

Mike, your best off avoiding the "chatter." It's basically meaningless. If you were an O/O you could be worried about what's on the load boards, but your not. You're getting paid for hauling "sailboat fuel" and that's really great!

Just do your job right and your company is going to do whatever they can to keep you busy. It doesn't benefit them at all sending you home. Keep turning the miles and they will have your back.

I'm still just as swamped as ever!

Oh.... And it's good to hear that you're still running hard. Be safe

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Mike, your best off avoiding the "chatter." It's basically meaningless. If you were an O/O you could be worried about what's on the load boards, but your not. You're getting paid for hauling "sailboat fuel" and that's really great!

Just do your job right and your company is going to do whatever they can to keep you busy. It doesn't benefit them at all sending you home. Keep turning the miles and they will have your back.

I'm still just as swamped as ever!

Completely understand. I may have problems. LOL I like to take in all the information I can and come up with my own opinions and observations. Crete has done great keeping me running. I do have a plan in 2 years to buy a truck, run under their authority for a bit then go on my own. So I like to watch the lanes. See how they adjust season to season etc.

Posted:  1 month, 3 weeks ago

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Still rolling.....

Alright soooo I've been lazy! More like exhausted.. I've been spending my downtime keeping up and researching how this industry is reacting to the pandemic and watching different states daily briefings. While on home time we've been getting all of those little house projects done. Man that to do list just grows to a point where you're like "why didn't I just fix that before?"

I did get a load home 2 Saturdays ago after a little bit of finagling. I spent the next week hauling "Sailboat Fuel" to several membership type stores. PA to MA, MA to PA wash, rinse, repeat.

Last week consisted of 4 days out and a lot of deadhead. Still did well $$ wise. Had 1 load cancel.

This week so far. Great start to the week then had 1 load into NJ cancel and am now doing 2 re power loads. New Kingston, PA to Taylor, PA and then Taylor, PA to Cherry, NJ. The first one has a date of 3/11/20 on the BOL.. Hmmmm the next one has 4/2/20

What are you guys seeing out here? I'm in several truck groups on FB and it looks like "The Cliff" has started to form. The spot market on 123loadboard still looks ok but many are heading home stating and some are posting screenshots of $1-$1.50 a mile offers. I've seen the truck traffic slowly dwindle on 81/78 in PA.

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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So I started my clock at 18:05, did my pretrip and headed to the receiver in Lancaster, 15 minutes down the road. Checked in at 18:45. Got the call for a door at 20:10. took 15 minutes to get to the door because the check in process changed and no one knew it. Walked into the receiving office, sent to the lumpers desk, "$255 please and we won't start unloading until we have the check" ugh.. Back to the truck. over 30 minutes later someone from Crete dispatch answers. Get the code and walk back to the lumpers desk. 5 minutes later i hand him the check, he calls it in, then tells me We'll call you when we're done. I know what this means... 1 1/2 hours later my light finally turns red. After dozing of a few times i get a call at 1:55. 7 hours later.. Well there goes my plan..

I decided just to go to Buffalo and do my D/H and back to Jim's Travel plaza for my 10. Roll in there at 4:00 and it was 1/2 empty.

Up at 11:00, I make some breakfast, clean up the truck and do my daily research on what's closed now.. Head out after my 10 is up. Quick D/H in Palmyra. I get a message saying that my load home was cancelled by the customer... WTF. So now I sit here at the terminal awaiting a new load. It's been 2 1/2 hours since I messaged dispatch who was getting with the planner... Still nothing. Funny thing is we haul a lot of essential stuff right now.. So we'll see

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Well I made it home Friday night around 21:00 with 5 minutes left on my clock. The only way this week was going to work was by heading out Sunday night and staying at the receivers for the 4:00 delivery due to my live load not being scheduled till 13:00. Lets just say that it worked great even got loaded in Leominster at 11:30. Took about an hour then I headed for Shippensburg. Talk about NO traffic in NY during rush hour. ####. I took 287 and went through around 17:00. No jams and traffic was flowing freely.

Delivered and picked up in Shippensburg Monday night and shut down at the terminal. Next problem. This load didn't deliver till Weds at 19:00 ugh.. Called Dispatch to see if I could deliver early or did they have something for me so I didn't have to sit in NY for 26 hours. They found me a nice little $200 puddle jumper from Milton, PA to York, PA. Even had enough time to drive up here to NY last night and stayed at Jims Truck Plaza. Where I'm currently 15 minutes away from the receiver and I'm waiting to start my clock as late as possible. This is a live unload and I'll gaurentee they will burn up 3 hours of my time. Hoping to do my pick up in Buffalo tonight and get to Palmyra at some point overnight. Flipped my schedule around to stay ahead.

Side note: PA shut down all rest areas including parking Monday night. Stupid move but I'm hearing they are going to open them back up. Truck stops are nowhere near the capacity they used to be. Pulled in here at 23:30 last night and at least 20 spots open. Others I've driven past are near empty most afternoons. A lot of non essential freight has stopped from what I've read.

My old job, who delivered 98% retail stores are shutting down for a couple of weeks due to the stores closing for at least 2 weeks.

Crazy times..

Posted:  2 months, 1 week ago

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Friday was a decent day. Got to the shipper a little before 6am. A little over 3 hours to load. Was a nice easy drive to Winchester, VA . Decided to stay at the welcome center 9 miles from my 8am delivery. The welcome center is a very nice spot vs the flying j up the road... 1 spot was left when I pulled in.. Currently 2.5 hours into my live unload of....... yea u guessed it.. 29k lbs of Toilet Paper. I heard it's all the rage these days. Lol

Picking up my D/H load in Shippensburg and headed to NH for my hometime. It's going to be another time sensitive trip. Delivering Monday at 4:00am in Danvers MA. After that a live Leominster, MA load to Shippensburg, PA

Posted:  2 months, 2 weeks ago

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Live load/unloads anyone....

Headed out for Maine Monday morning. a 3 hour deadhead to Hollis center. I had read the reviews previously and expected a bit of a wait. Got there at 9:43, checked in and awaited the call to a door. Finally got the call at 12:06 40 minutes later the first pallet went in. 14:00 I finally got my paperwork and headed out. Had to stop in Greenland, NH at the Tiny TA to fill up. Had some guy blocking the entrance for about 5 minutes while we all lined up the street.

I caught several areas of heavy traffic down 495 and 90. But not as bad as I thought. I made it to the Wallingford, CT rest area again and shut down for the night.

Headed out in the morning around 5:00 to Elizabeth. Traffic was good till about 5 miles before the GW. Got to the shipper and of course I drove by the entrance. Drive down the street and turn around in an open lot. I pull in the staging area, get backed in, go to the guard shack and check in. The call to the door only took 5 minutes.. "Sweet this is going to be a quick one" Because I didn't make the 18:00 delivery the night before I was fit in. Was told $110 for the lumper and they'd call me when they were ready for me. 1 hour to unload and another 2 hours before they called me in. WTH were they waiting for? myself and 3 others who got a door all had to wait..

Get to the next Shipper down the road in Linden, NJ around 12:00 4 hours late for the Appointment. Yup another live load of water.. Surprised me and was out within an hour... Shot off for the short drive to Bethlehem, PA. Knowing it was going to be a live unload It was going to be time sensitive... Yeaaa those words do not go together in the same sentence. 3 hours later and 2 minutes left on my clock.. Had to PC to the next available parking.. Well at 19:00 this is not an easy task.. Ended up paying for the horrid reserved parking. I've got to get to know some of these hidden gems for parking..

Today was a good day.. Drive to Shippensburg, do a D/H and head for Wilton, NY for another D/H. Nice easy drive up 81-84-87. I will say 84E is getting better. Around mile marker 21 to CT. Soooo The drop part went off without a hook. Seriously, No hook. LOL 3 trailers there and 0 empties. Ended up going up to Glens falls and grabbing an empty from another customer. I had to have one because..... Yup live load tomorrow in Saratoga Springs. 6-12:00 is the window. The reviews don't sound to promising.. We will see. This one is heading to Winchester, VA...

So far good miles and good pay. I'm still getting used to the schedule compared to local and when I was flattbedding. Going to try and get back on a daily schedule of posting instead of these long winded posts every 3 days.. There's not much up here in the way of truck stops but the Wilton Travel Plaza has a ton of parking. 6 showers and Scotty's restaurant

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Got up Weds. Made some coffee and cooked some breakfast. Awaiting that magical message that my load would be ready early. Shortly after eating it came. Fired up my clock, did a pretrip and headed to Shipensburg, PA to do a D/H Pretty easy DC to get in and out of. Headed to Johnstown, NY to deliver Thursday morning. On my 30 I was searching trucker path & found the Betty Beaver and TA truck stop right down the road from the receiver. Google earthed them and decided on the TA.

I got there around 5 and found a few spots on the left after the entrance all the way down. A little tight but doable. There was a Pete 379 sticking out and kind of crooked making it a little tougher. Made some dinner, grabbed a shower and called it a night.

My pickup on Thursday was in Rotterdam, NY for 12pm I didn't want to burn up my clock so I timed the delivery so that I would be at the pickup at 12. Both were easy in and out D/H's

This load was headed to Chambursburg, PA and I could deliver it early. So to get a jump on My load going home I delivered it Thursday night and got back to the terminal around 10:30 pm

Had a 10 am Appt for what I thought was a live load in Mechanicsburg, PA. I get there and it's a D/H.. Sweet i'm going to get home early Sat. am. one thing i've learned out here is that nothing ever goes according to plan. My load was actually loaded onto another carriers trailer and no one knew why. 4 hours later after emails and phone calls they finish transferring the load to my trailer. The load was headed to Raymond, NH for a Sat. delivery then home.

It was a time for a choice. 81 to 84 through the mountains and the radar was showing snow. Or over the Tappen Z during rush hour? Decided on traffic. Made it to Manchester, NH with 10 minutes left on my clock and decided on the Hookset rest area to shut down at. My wife even came down to spend her first night in the truck. Delivered in Raymond Sat am and got home for my 34. Headed out tomorrow for a water load in Maine going to Elizabeth, NJ Same day Live load and unload. This will be interesting as my calculations have me running out of time in Elizabeth

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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Tuesday 2:30am the damn alarms on my phone start going off.. LOL Planned on an early start to get over the GDub before rush hour. The plan was successful. It was a good drive in to Mechanicburg minus the heavy fog on 78 & 81. I arrived at 8:30 am. Dropped the load, turned in some paperwork for my wife to be able to ride with me and met with my Asset Manager (dispatch) .

The gave me what I thought was a little puddle jumper load to finish off my day. DC to a DC, Mechanicsburg to Breinigsville, Pa for a drop n hook headed to Pottsville, Pa 100 miles and then back to the terminal. The shipper was kind of an organized chaos. In and out in about 45mins. Got to the receiver at 2pm. Easy check in and drop. Just needed the hook portion. No empties to be found. I ask the guards and the say check all the trailers even if they are in the loaded section. Nope, nothing. So I head into the office. They say they have 4 and their all loaded and not sure of an et. to being empty. Dispatch?!?! "bobtail to this customer and grab an empty" Ehh ok.

Needless to say, My clock ran out sitting in traffic getting back to the terminal. I figured it was going to but with no place to "safely" park I PC'd the remaining 20 mins back and shutdown.

This should be an end to my NE Regional run that I've been doing for the last 1 1/2 weeks. Decent miles for the NE. If the dedicated thing doesn't work out then I do have that. lol

3/3- 483 miles 3/2- 557 miles 2/29- 519 miles 2/28- 378 miles == Buffalo to Palmyra (Blizzard warnings, winds) 2/27- 515 miles 2/26- 592 miles 2/25- 346 miles == 4 hour live load

Posted:  2 months, 3 weeks ago

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On the road again.

So Rookie mistake, mathematical mistake or me just being stupid. After shutting down on Saturday at 5:15 pm I counted out my 36hr reset. Yup, 36 not 34. No idea what I was thinking but the thought never changed. I had my son drop me off at my truck at 4:30am and I got my stuff in, organized and started my clock at 5:15am. It wasn't till about 8am that I realized I could have started 2 hours earlier.

So I bob-tailed 4 hours to Skowhegan & did a quick drop and hook. Did my 30 at Kennebunk Service Plaza. Large open space with plenty of parking. I got the call on my way out of Maine. No Lincoln, NE for me. I was to T-call the load at the Mechanicsburg, PA terminal. The reason being is that I was finally going to start my Dedicated account.

Stopped at my fuel stop for 60 gallons at the TA in Willington, CT. At which time I realized that my goal of making it to the other side of the GW was not going to happen. After running this area when I was doing flatbed for EFW I knew of a few spots that don't usually fill up to early. I went through the different scenarios as i'm going down 84. "service plazas on 95, if full then what? Pilot in Milford, CT? Well that's usually a cluster at 5pm. Wallingford,CT rest area? As I was nearing Hartford and the 84-91 interchange traffic was increasing and about 2 hours left on my clock. The rest area became plan A. Pulled in, got a spot no problem with only about 10 other trucks there. Close enough for me.

Enjoyed some good weather and reorganized the truck. Pretty much have everything but the kitchen sink in here. As previously stated i like to be self sufficient and I'm not out here to spend money, I'm here to earn as much as possible. I could be stuck in here for 2 weeks and be perfectly fine. I like it that way. Only need for a truck stop is fuel and a shower when I can't make it to a terminal.

Posted:  2 months, 4 weeks ago

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Spent the night at the New Kingston terminal Friday night. Free coffee, Free food and best of all A free shower!! They have 2 showers for women and 2 for men. About the same as a truck stop shower but maybe a little cleaner.

Got up around 4am searched for an empty refer trailer and only found 1 on the lot. I did start it and and left it running just in case. Got to the shack and he had me set it at 55* and turn it off. Easy check in with a quick inspection. Dropped in the spot they told me, went to the shipping office and got my paperwork and trailer assignment. Headed down the road to a weigh station. Almost had it. Drives were over by 500. 1 quick slide and we're good to go.

I knew the timing had to be on in order to get home. My main concern was 95 after NYC. It actually wasn't to bad except for 2 spots they had the right lane closed. 3+ miles of horrendous driving by others and that was it. Stopped for a ""30"" min"" ;-) at the TA in Willington CT. Dropped the trailer up the road at a drop yard. They're were no empties so the deal was to bobtail home. It's weird because I's much rather be pulling a trailer than bobtailing.. Got back and shut down around 5pm. Doing a 34 and headed out on my next Mission.

Picking up in Skowhegan, Maine. The load is headed to Lincoln, Nebraska. The deal is, as my asset manager told me, They may have me take it all the way or they may have me T-call it on the way. They won't know till sometime Monday morning after they get together and figure out how to get me on the account I'm supposed to be on..

Side note: My wife has finally read my Eastern Freight ways blog and this one. I didn't say anything bad about her did I? LOL just kidding.. Till tomorrow

Posted:  3 months ago

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Had a quick drive down to Florence, KY again. This load was heading to Buffalo, well just outside of Buffalo to Cheektowaga, NY. Was a little concerned with all the Blizzard warnings I was hearing about from Cleveland to Buffalo . Long story short, It wasn't to bad. A lot of wind. More than what I've dealt with before and some random, heavy snow squalls. Decided to see if I could find parking at Jim's Truck Stop which was 1 mile down the road from the receiver. Surprisingly there were about 10-15 spots open.

Headed out this morning for a 7am delivery. Live unload took about 1 1/2 hours. Next stop was downtown Buffalo for a drop n hook headed to Palmyra, PA. Short one setting me up for my load home, or so I thought. I stopped for my 30 and asked for the pre-plan to be sent. After looking at it further it was a Sunday pick-up LOL Yeaaa not going to happen. Sad part is it was 1 hour east of my Palmyra delivery and was delivering Monday in Raymond, NH which is only 1 1/2 hours from my house....

Delivered my Palmyra load and spent the next 30 minutes with night dispatch trying to figure out how to get me home by Sat. early afternoon. Another long story short.... Drove over to the New Kingston terminal to shut down, shower and await the plan..

Finally got it. Palmyra pick up, T-calling it in Holland, MA and then headed home.. It's a refer load.. 1st one ever for me. We'll see how this goes.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Scorpions!

I shut down in PA early yesterday for the high wind gusts, too.

They were crazy. Today wasn't much better till I got past the mountains in PA

Posted:  3 months ago

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So I didn't head out Monday. They had a load on me picking up in Skohegan, ME going to somewhere in PA. Was going to be a 1 1/2 day run for about $820. Well come to find out it picked up on Monday and didn't deliver till Friday.. Yeaaa that's not going to work. So I didn't leave out till Tuesday afternoon for a 4-6pm live load in Adams, MA. delivering to a live unload in Springboro, OH. Arrived at 4:30 and was told it wasn't going to be ready till after 6pm. Finally left around 8pm.

I had scoped out a few options to shut down for the night after fueling based on leaving Adams around 6pm. They were now not going to work. So I shut down after fueling. Dark, Raining night Around 1am I found a few spots open at the Loves in Binghanton, NY Circled around and pulled right in. After heading to bed at 2am I here a banging on my door.. WTF. What time is it... 6:30am I ignore it. 1 minute later.. Bang, Bang, Bang... I slide the curtain and a driver is standing there looking at me. "WHAT?!!" I need you to move he says... WHY? I need to go out this way.. NO, GO TURN AROUND OVER THERE.. You need to move. NOT HAPPENING. I'm going to go tell management.. OK. SEE YA. 15 mins he wasted until he finally did what I told him. Back into any one of the multiple spaces that are open and then pull out and leave. Literally took him 30 seconds to do so..

Drove to the receiver Weds. Got there at 11:30pm was able to park in their lot and slept for the night. Delivered first thing this morning.

I'll finish this off tomorrow. Sitting in Buffalo right now with Blizzard warnings and my truck is "Rocking like a Hurricane" (name that band) 23* out right with a reel feel temp of 0*

Posted:  3 months ago

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He's alive....

It was a crazy couple of days Friday and Saturday. Friday we did a walk around with the truck, got my locks and stuff needed, returned the rental and was finally ready to roll. Called and waited an hour or so for them to find me a load home so I could get the rest of my things. Went to log into People Net and had issues with it. About an hour or so later it was good.

Grabbed an empty and headed to Florence, KY to pick up a load (drop and hook) Load was headed to our Columbus terminal to be T-called. Columbus was packed! No place to drop the load. Searched and found and empty so I had to drop the load, move the empty, grab the load and put it in that spot then re hook to the empty. also snuck in a 30 minute break.

Headed off to Massillion, OH to do another Drop and hook. Was going to park at a Mc D's in Wooster, OH to do my 10 on my way. Bad Idea. Small town, Narrow roads and of course I ended up lost driving through the countryside.. 1 hour later.... Ehhh Finally get back on 30E and just drove to the shipper. Did the DnH and was able to do my 10 there...

Left the next day for Dayville Connecticut for another DnH. Long day of driving but good miles for the trip. Made it home early Sunday morning.. 34 hr reset and I'll be heading out tomorrow. Will have to spend the week doing Crete's General North East regional freight so they can get me on a normal schedule for my dedicated Account next week..

Posted:  3 months ago

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Congrats Mike looking forward to your journey. When I read your road test I chuckled, reminded me of mine at QC. My trainer was like yours, very experienced and old school. He told me lets go and had me drive. He said I could do a post trip. We went to a customer to drop an empty and pickup a loaded at Bush in downtown St Louis. It gets real tight in there. I was in his day cab. I got it done and in a day cab wasn’t too bad. He never said a word until we were done. He said he never had a driver get in and out so easy. What he didn’t know was I had been driving a 389 Peterbuilt in and out of cemetaries for 2 years before he got me. Bush was easy compared to that.

Thank you. HaHa. Yea I like the old school approach.

Posted:  3 months ago

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Thanks for posting these updates. Best with the next chapter! good-luck.gif

Thank you Rookie.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Day 4

Short one tonight. Checked out of the hotel (again) got to the terminal and went into the Defensive driving room. The instructor pulled myself and one other driver out and said come with me........ Into the office and yes... No DDC for us. We were finally officially hired. Bad news was that our trucks were in Indy. 530+ miles west.

Crete rented each of us a SUV to drive out here and get them as well as paying us .50c a mile to get out here. Much better than sitting through another DD class. Anyways I arrived around 7:30 pm, went into the shop, showed service my truck number. He gave me the keys and ran me through what we had to do tomorrow morning. Return the rental, Do a walk around and walk through on my truck, get my supplies and hopefully find a 1000 mile load home. lol

I ended up with a 2018 blue International LT with about 230,000 miles. Interior is in good shape, everything works so that's a plus. It was a little to dark to get a good view of the outside. As long as she keeps running i'll be happy. First time with an International so we'll see. Anyone have experience with one? Anything different to expect vs. a Freight?

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Day 3 of Orientation At Crete

We got everyone loaded into the vans, headed to the terminal and unloaded all of out stuff. Some drivers just came off of another truck from their old company so they had a lot. Stored it under lock n key and started our day. We covered Benefits & 401k. The head of recruiting came in and talked with us for a while. Then onto trip planning. 3 different routes using their fuel solutions program. Each route was increasingly difficult. We took turns in groups to go out to the yard and go through a pre-trip, the esbar heater and the opti idle.

We also went through a 1 on 1 with the head of orientation. At this time we found out that the Follicle tests had been delayed due to them not being picked up on time by a well known door to door carrier.. LOL Soooo another night in the hotel. We did get word that they were received and drivers were becoming hired as we left the terminal.

So today we go back and finish up this morning and find out if our trucks are here or we have to go hunting for them.

Posted:  3 months, 1 week ago

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Day 2 of orientation with Crete

If you are reading this and coming to orientation on day 2 make sure you drink your coffee and get some rest the night before. Full day of classroom. Reviewed everything from transflo to blood borne pathogens and everything in between. Several videos and a few tests. Pro-tip, Finish and pass the tests early for a quick 5 minute break. Lunch was an order out again. If you like a lot of food i'd recommend getting a salad.

Day 2 was a longer day but went by pretty fast. 1/2 of us are checking out of the hotel on weds. while the other 1/2 are staying 1 more day for Defensive Driving Class. (Smith system) 3 of the ones staying behind will be waiting for a trainer while those of us checking out will find out (officially) if we're hired and if our truck is here at this terminal or if we'll have to go on a hunt for it. Hoping mine is here so I can get to work, go home, gather the rest of my stuff and see my wife..

Anyways. I'm all packed up and have most of my stuff loaded into the van. Time to go find the others..

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