H.O. Wolding

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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Day 10 / 11

As I'm some of you read, I started the day on an impatient note. Today turned out well. We got going and went to SCA in Cherokee, AL. I like SCA. It is all drop n hook. You show up, slide your tandems all the way back. Check in at the guard shack. Mosey on down to the drop yard. Drop your trailer, jog over to the pickup lot. This is the only point it can get interesting. If the pickup yard is full and your trailer is not there. It is time to go huntin'. Your trailer could be 1 of 3 places. In the drop off lot, on the side of the dock area, or even still sitting in front of the dock. All you have to do is find your trailer, hook it, pre trip it, and away you go. Did I mention I like SCA.

Anyways, after we grabbed our trailer we got messaged saying we are now going to T-call with another driver. He lived in South Carolina and our load was taking him home. After swapping loads we headed back to SCA in Cherokee. Drop N Hook, then headed out bound for Knoxville, TN. The drive to Knoxville passed without incident. A nice pleasant run in the mountains. Got to the receiver and bedded down for the night.

I might as well write about today. Today I am actually going to be sleeping in my own bed by tonight. Once we are done at SYSCO, we will run over and grab some more scrap. The head for Nashville. My trainer is going to drop me off in Nashville. My wife is from there, so she is just going to be down visiting family while waiting for me to get into town. After dropping me off my trainer is going to turn south and run back to Cherokee, AL. Drop his load and head home for a 34 himself. So today should be easy peasy!

Drive safe Y'all and God Speed.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Final week of training.

Sorry I didn't post this week. We had to head up the terminal (My company only has 1) to have his truck serviced. He tried telling them I was already ready to test. They wouldn't hear of it; because I didn't have 5k miles. Our new plan, get me to 5k miles this week 1 way or the other. After the drive up I was sitting at around 2,900 miles.

We have run as hard as we possibly could the last 4 days. I am now sitting with 4,800 miles (roughly) and another 550 mile part of the trip back to the terminal. I will be well above the 5k mark by the time we roll into the terminal late this evening. All I have left will be the Qualcomm and Final Processing Road test. Then do a little more paperwork and get assigned a truck. By this time next week, I should be a solo driver home with my new truck (new to me anyways, lol) for the weekend.

Drive Safe and God Speed, everyone.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Qualcomm:

Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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I get the distinct feeling no one is reading this.. Oh well.

Drive Safe everyone!

Kanelin's Comment
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Lol I've gotten that feeling before. But just because we aren't commenting doesn't mean we aren't reading. Keep it coming!

Bryn J.'s Comment
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I'm reading it....

Tractor Man's Comment
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We are reading it. Just ignoring you! rofl-3.gif

Seriously....Congrats! I will give you ONE bananna now.........a whole bushel when you pass the "Final"

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Brian F.'s Comment
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I'm reading it. :)

I get the distinct feeling no one is reading this.. Oh well.

Drive Safe everyone!

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Thanks everyone for coming out of the wood work. I was just beginning to hear crickets, lol. A little update, my trainer decided not to run hard today. It wouldn't of done him any good; because, he wouldn't of made it back home in time before his run out west to do a 34hr reset. Since he will have to run next week on his remaining 70 and recaps. We took it easy on the way up. We stopped for the night about 6 - 7 hrs out from getting there. Will be in early tomorrow afternoon.

Maurice R.'s Comment
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Sounds awesome man! Keep it coming brother! I am looking forward to hearing more from you!

G-Town's Comment
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I get the distinct feeling no one is reading this.. Oh well.

Drive Safe everyone!

Not true...! Stay the course. Thousands of people hit this forum every day.

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