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Posted:  4 months ago

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Awwww Rainy, you know I will cook fo you too when you come through Charleston!!

I met Splitter last night!!!!! smile.gif

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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If I had still been on home time I would have brought you a home cooked meal. You were practically at my back door when you went through there, you passed within three miles of my house. lol

This running solo stuff is hard! shocked.png

Be safe out there!

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Hi and welcome CK! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed my story so far. It has definitely been an adventure. lol

As for the CPAP, Old School and Rob gave good info. I do know that Prime has a sleep lab right at Campus Inn so it’s convenient. With what you said, I don’t think it will be an issue for you. I was diagnosed three years ago and already had my machine when I was accepted to Prime so all I had to do was bring my machine and send Prime a 30-day compliance report. They monitor my compliance now remotely. That’s a whole lot better than me trying to get to a terminal every month and take my machine to them.

Good luck and if I can be of any help just give a yell.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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LOL No, I didn’t hit anything. It was probably one of the worst parking jobs in trucking history. rofl-2.gif Once the trucks on either side of me pulled out, I fixed it.

In my defense, this is a very small Pilot, there is only one way in and out of the parking area, and there isn’t enough room to turn around. So, if someone got a pic of my crappy parking and posts it online somewhere, more power to ‘em. LOL

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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Be sure to look for my parking job tonight on Twisted Truckers. LOL It’s reeeeeally bad. Oh well.

Posted:  4 months, 1 week ago

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I’m heading back out on the road after some much needed home time with my family. Funny thing is, I’m heading back to the place where I dropped the last load to pick up an empty. I’m hoping that cursed trailer I had is already gone. lol Fortunately, I’m heading north then west on this load so I’m not running into any storms...I hope. Fingers crossed that this will be an uneventful trip, unlike my last load.

Be safe and warm everyone!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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How do trucking companies get you home?

I just started with Prime and last night they had me drop my loaded trailer at the receiver in Ohio, grab an empty from there, drop it at a customer’s lot in Kentucky, then bobtail 80 miles home in West Virginia. It’s parked in my driveway right outside my front door and very close to my son’s bedroom window. Everyone around here knows him and knows not to mess with anything on our property so I felt comfortable bringing it home. With it being here it makes it easier to unload/load.

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Got my CDL back!

Congrats!!! dancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing-dog.gif

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Yes, we had to rock it several time to get it to finally release. It was definitely stubborn but I (and the guy that helped me) were more stubborn. I came to the conclusion that that trailer was cursed...it gave me problems the entire time I had it. I was so glad when I finally dropped it in Ohio and picked up an empty to take closer to home.

After a fight with night dispatch over the off duty/personal conveyance rule I finally got home around 0200 (EST) (I won). My son stayed up to wait on me so that he could shuffle the cars around so I could get my truck in the driveway. So, I’m going to kick back, do some Christmas shopping, cook a belated Thanksgiving dinner for my kids (homemade lasagna), and probably give the kids their gifts since I will be working through Christmas.

Have a great day everyone!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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Ernie, thank you for all of your advice and suggestions. I appreciate you so much!

Posted:  4 months, 2 weeks ago

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What a crazy first solo load so far! I had my alarm set for 0200 on 12/1 to start my day. Sometime after midnight a tornado decides to touch down close to Springfield. What a way to be woken up...tornado force winds while sleeping in a tractor with no trailer. shocked.png

Ok, so I stayed upright and I started my day. Arrived at the 01 a little before 0500, my load isn’t ready. I’m finally told to back into a dock. This dock...omg! It is extremely narrow with rails on either side of the tandems. When you back up and hit a certain point a bar pops up between the trailer tires. I saw that and thought I broke something so I pulled back up. The bar went back down, so I backed up again. And it did it again. Then I noticed there was a rail for the bar to slide on so I kept going back. Sure enough, the bar moved back too. I got to the door, pulled the parking brake, and shut down. I noticed a yard dog watching me so I went and asked him if I was in the door correctly. He laughed and said yes. He said those rails freak a lot of people out that hasn’t seen them before. *sigh of relief*

Several hours later I go to slide my tenders back and the pin on the passenger side won’t budge. I get my hammer. Nothing. A nice guy was watching me struggle and came over to help. We got them slid. Ok, forward I go. My 14 hour clock is running out so I had to park in a truck parking area. Not a problem.

The next morning I try to start the truck...and nothing. Seven hours later I have a new started. I get to my fuel stop and Comsata is down. Ok, no fuel. By this time it’s about 2030. I knew I was going to have a problem finding a place to park. I finally found one two hours later.

I don’t want nor need anymore stuff like that on this load. I deliver today in Ohio...is that too much to ask?? LOL

Oh the adventures of a newbie solo driver.

Have a great day everyone and be safe!

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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It’s a condo, lots of space. smile.gif

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Thanks everyone! My truck is now clean, the fridge has been bought and installed, all other things have been fixed. So now I have to go to Walmart and get some supplies, load them on the truck, and get a load heading home for a few days. I’m ready for some R&R.

PJ, mine is a nice truck but it will never, in its wildest dreams, be as nice as yours. lol

Elizabeth, welcome!

Ernie, it was nice talking to you this morning. Did you get a chance to check out Tamarack while you were in Beckley?

Thank you all for your support and encouragement over the last several months. I appreciate you all and this site so much.

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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There isn’t much damage outside but the previous driver had a dog and there is hair and scratches everywhere inside. Oh well. shocked.png

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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I got my truck today!!

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Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Congrats to Donna & Kim!!!!

Thanks everyone! smile.gif

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Congrats to Donna & Kim!!!!

Thank you everyone! This has definitely been a roller coaster ride and I’m looking forward to the next step. 😀

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Congrats to Donna & Kim!!!!

Thank you so much for everything, Rainy! From your encouraging words to your great advice to your listening ear and shoulder to cry on (at times). I am so glad you had dinner with us tonight, I had a great time. The other women in on our “girls’ night” think you are awesome and I have to agree. Good luck with your new student and please be safe out there.

Congrats to Donna on your upgrade! We did it! shocked.png

Thank you, Grumpy!

Posted:  4 months, 3 weeks ago

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Welcome DrumMum! I’m glad you enjoyed my story with all of the ups and downs. Walking away from a job/career that you’ve known so well to go into the unknown is very scary and intimidating. The people of this forum have soothed my fears, encouraged me, and laughed at/with me through the entire process. It’s great to have that support system both at home, online, at school, and on the road. One piece of advice that I was given that has been extremely helpful was, once you decide to do this, gather phone numbers of other drivers, even students, that you can call with questions once you go solo. Those numbers are a great resource to have.

As for not being able to reach your recruiter, it probably is because of the holidays. Keep trying.

Good luck on your new adventures!

Posted:  4 months, 4 weeks ago

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To all the ladies

Happy Thanksgiving, Donna!

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