I'm Still Alive And Still Loving It

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Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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HELLO!!!

Man I've missed you guys :) Sorry I fell off the map for a while there. I'm at my 50k mile mark and decided it was time to update you, my dear friends!

This career choice has made me so much happier than I ever imagined. Sure, there have been hard days, but what job doesn't? I've actually grown to genuinely enjoy tarping. I figured, it is what it is. No point in focusing on the negative. Instead, I try to focus on making it as pretty as possible. I did go through a horrific wind storm through AZ last week that demolished both tarps; something that made me very sad as I know they're expensive and I try to keep everything in tip top shape.

I did my first coast to coast turn around; that was a blast. 5530 miles, 10 days, 12 stops, and all on recap. I enjoyed driving through my old stomping grounds and got quite a different perspective sitting up so high. I was in Prince George, VA, during all those tornadoes. Luckily, I was not harmed and was able to carrying on and make all my deliveries on time, if not early.

Lately, I've been running back and forth between Colorado and Arizona. I'm a little bit over it, but that's ok.

Anyways, back to unloading :)

Hope all is well with everyone!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Scott M's Comment
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5530 miles, 10 days, 12 stops, and all on recap.

Syster- Neat post! 5530 miles in 10 days. That's 553 miles/day. What is your truck governed at? Seems like you might have to do around 70-75 mph on the interstate to do it on recaps.

About how many miles do you average per week?

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

The Persian Conversion's Comment
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Welcome back! I was wondering what happened to you! At first I was worried something bad happened and you lost your job or something, but then I remembered how tenacious and motivated you are, and I knew that was unlikely :)

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Ack!!! I oopsied! 12 days because I had to split two of my stops between two days! Sorry about that... 10 stops, 12 days...

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5530 miles, 10 days, 12 stops, and all on recap.

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Syster- Neat post! 5530 miles in 10 days. That's 553 miles/day. What is your truck governed at? Seems like you might have to do around 70-75 mph on the interstate to do it on recaps.

About how many miles do you average per week?

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Oh and we're governed at 65 mph. Because I burn my clock out most days, with a little finagling I'm able to run pretty long and hard if necessary on recap.

MPW vary; sometimes it's 2500 while other times its 3000. And rarely it's 1800 (that's when I start getting a little persnickety and pushy with dispatch).

Glad you like the post guys! And TPC, you're right, I'm too stubborn to give up or risk this job. I really do love it. :)

Brett Aquila's Comment
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It's always great hearing from you and super glad things are going so well! It's never easy for anyone, especially that first year. But easy is boring anyhow. I can't believe you're at 50,000 miles already! It's like you were just a baby not long ago! Time really flies.

Keep enjoying yourself out there and keep checking in as often as you can. Being a woman who started out in flatbed makes you really unique. Very few can say that so a lot of people will really be inspired to see your story and know that they have all sorts of options for getting their career underway. They'll also learn it takes fierce determination to make it out there and that's exactly the message we hope people will get.

Be safe!

Scott M's Comment
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Oh and we're governed at 65 mph. Because I burn my clock out most days, with a little finagling I'm able to run pretty long and hard if necessary on recap.

MPW vary; sometimes it's 2500 while other times its 3000. And rarely it's 1800 (that's when I start getting a little persnickety and pushy with dispatch).

Glad you like the post guys! And TPC, you're right, I'm too stubborn to give up or risk this job. I really do love it. :)

Syster- thank you for the details. I was using the 50 mph rule when trip planning. This makes sense now that you've written it was a 12 day span.

I've read your past posts. You've really persevered. Very impressive!

Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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Let's just be honest here, the woman is a bada $$

Michael S.'s Comment
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I'm happy for you that your absence was due to keeping that door closed rather than your quitting, or worse.

Stay safe.

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