Share Your Memorable Moments....

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Pat M.'s Comment
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Let's start a thread about memorable moments in trucking. They can be scary, funny or exciting. What was it like on your first solo trip? I will share a couple of mine. Daniel B. How about the first time driving a tanker?

My first run was 10' wide into a residential neighborhood. I was nervous as all get out. There was a right turn that I had to make and as I am attempting to make the turn, the guy in the pickup in the left turn lane actually leaned out his window to see how close my bumper was to him. I made the turn just fine but it is funny looking back at it now.

The next most memorable was just last month. I was hauling a 113' long concrete bridge beam and going through this town a kid was coming out of the side street with his head down, he rounded the corner and just before my front bumper pulled up even with him he looked up and his jaw hit the sidewalk. That was the most classic amazed look and I will never forget that one.

ChickieMonster's Comment
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I don't have much experience yet but two memorable moments definitely stick out to me so far.

The first was driving into Flagstaff and rounding that corner and there is a HUGE mountain in my view! Not sure what mountain it is but I did a little happy dance in my seat and just admired it!

The next was crossing Lake Eufala in Oklahoma. It was very pretty but the best part was the next exit after the lake. Lotawatah Rd... I've been laughing about that for days now!

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
Rainy D.'s Comment
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I was driving to customer thru dark industrial park with my hazards on.. was on shoulder in 6th gear to let others pass. Guy on cb says hey prime... why u got ur hazards on u need to speed up. I said back "cause I love the blinking lights remind me of xmas"

I went thru 55 mph construction with the jersey walls on both sides and shifting lanes. It was slanted also and scared me. Guy behind me on cb said "prime u can do 55 here" I replied I can do 45 here too so keep talking lol

MindFreak's Comment
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The next was crossing Lake Eufala in Oklahoma. It was very pretty but the best part was the next exit after the lake. Lotawatah Rd... I've been laughing about that for days now!

Chickie I am from Oklahoma...a little east of Lake Eufala so I know about Lottawata...and also in Oklahoma you will find..Nowatta. Thought you'd get a kick out of that.

When you went through Oklahoma and Arkansas on your way to Alabama if you were on I-40 you passed my hometown and my current place of residence. Love your posys..stay safe out there!!

ChickieMonster's Comment
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The next was crossing Lake Eufala in Oklahoma. It was very pretty but the best part was the next exit after the lake. Lotawatah Rd... I've been laughing about that for days now!

Chickie I am from Oklahoma...a little east of Lake Eufala so I know about Lottawata...and also in Oklahoma you will find..Nowatta. Thought you'd get a kick out of that.

When you went through Oklahoma and Arkansas on your way to Alabama if you were on I-40 you passed my hometown and my current place of residence. Love your posys..stay safe out there!!

We were on I-40 all the way to Memphis. I thought Oklahoma was very beautiful and different. And I saw one single lonely buffalo which was pretty neat.

Pianoman's Comment
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Man you start the best threads! One of my most memorable moments was driving through I-70 in western Colorado. I've lived in Colorado most of my life, but I couldn't stop telling my trainer how pretty it was and taking pictures.

Another was my first time driving I-84 through Oregon, where you drive alongside the Columbia River for hours. I thought it was one of the most beautiful, relaxing rides I've ever been on, and I thought it was cool how you can see trucks driving alongside the river in Washington on the other side.

On my first load, I got to the customer and picked up my preloaded trailer. I was about to leave when dispatch started messaging me. I forgot to get dispatched on the load! rofl-3.gif

Pianoman's Comment
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I forgot to get dispatched on the load! rofl-3.gif

*had forgotten* sorry

David's Comment
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Yah, complete white out was fun and very memorable while going down a 2 way road........ one point i had to stick my head out just to see the yellow lines.....

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JakeBreak's Comment
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I have 2 memorable moments. The first was when I took my first trip to the southwest. I was going from Wisconsin to Phoenix and I saw some really nice country out there. Las Cruces on I-10 and the white sands area was pretty cool too. The second was when I took the chance and drove the outside edge of snowmaggedon. I'd post pics of the storm but I can't figure that out yet.

Old School's Comment
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This will be fun Pat!

There are so many things that happen on the road. I keep a personal blog that my family, and some random readers, follow just to keep up with me. Here's something I posted just the other day in there about the things that brought me some small pleasures during just one day on the road going up through the smoky mountains of Tennessee and then on up through Virginia on I-81. All these things I saw in one day!

-The dogwoods and red-buds in bloom all along the I-40 and I-81 corridor through Tennessee and Virginia.

-An old simple white farm house and red barn pleasantly situated in a verdant valley in Virginia.

-A small flock of Turkey hens on the side of the road with a proud looking Tom, just concealed in the edge of the woods nearby, standing tall and looking with pride over his little harem as they feed in the grasses along the interstate.

-At least a quarter mile of Wisteria in full bloom hanging from eighty or ninety feet up in the trees and cascading all the way down to the ground along the edge of the roadway.

-A single blue bird perched atop a fence post, satisfactorily surveying an open field before her that promises a horde of insects that she can feed to her brood this year.

-A group of ten or twelve white-tail does grazing along the roadside with their heads bobbing up and down, looking for all the world like pop-corn popping in a skillet, and wagging their short little tails like ducklings who just can't seem to be satisfied with where God made it to hang naturally.

-The seemingly new invasion of grey hair I noticed as I was hanging my head out the window to catch a reflection of myself in my side-view mirror as I combed my overly long hair. (I need a haircut)

-Bright yellow daffodils, and intensely red tulips in bloom.

A couple of funny things that I have seen over the years have had to do with animals on the road. I posted about them at former times in the forum - take a look at these links to the piglets on the Interstate. And you don't want to miss the young buck stopped at a traffic light.

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