H.O. Wolding

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Deb R.'s Comment
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Ha ha! I better be in Ohio on Monday, or else I am way out of route!

Patrick C.'s Comment
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The last 2 days have been fairly busy for me. Monday ran from home (Clarksville, TN) to Lebanon. Got loaded then onto Chattanooga. Offloaded there. An hour or so jog up the road for another load. Shut down for the night at my fuel stop. Had another driver following an hour behind me. As I left every place, he was pulling in. He caught up with me at our fuel stop.

This morning left early and finished my run to Athens, OH. Had to deliver at a local newspaper there. Had only 1 dock. It was also the employee parking area. The shipping/receiving "office" was the sole forklift operator, lol. After I was unloaded drove an hour away to grab another load. This load is heading to Minnesota. Tomorrow I will get a full 11 hours of drive time in. I hoping to get close to my delivery location. I am currently 677 miles away. Yet again I stopped for the night at my fuel stop. Made it here with only 18 mins remaining on my 14 hr clock.

I am really enjoying driving. I forgot to mention, when I dropped my empty for my current trailer, I had to do a blind side 90. I only had to do 1 pull up. Felt really good. I did cheat a little though. After I did my initial turn, I stopped and crawled over to the passenger side to get a good look out the window, lol. It is great to be out on my own. I am definitely taking to this like a duck to water. Time to get some sleep. 4am comes early.

Drive Safe Y'all and God Speed!!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tractor Man's Comment
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I did cheat a little though.

That's not cheatin', That is just plain smart driving!

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Patrick C.'s Comment
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I got a call this morning on my way around Chicago. I got diverted to Tcall my load. Someone else is taking it the rest of the way. I guess if I had stopped to check the mail Icon on my QualComm I would of found out sooner. But every morning at 8 the pay summary for your last submitted load comes thru. It was about that time, so I did not pay it any attention.

After Tcalling my load I ran and grabbed another heading back south. I will be to the receiver tomorrow afternoon. The load isn't due until Friday morning. I am hoping they can take it early, so I can get me another load for Friday. I really want to keep up a average of 500 miles / day and 2,500 miles / week I had in training. After I am done with this load I will be sitting at 2k miles for the week so far. So I need 1 more decent run for Friday.

Drive Safe Y'all and God Speed.

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.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Glad to hear you are enjoying it so much. I loved every minute from day 1 solo and now as a team.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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Murphy's Law!!!!

Those that have read my other posts have a clue how my week has been so far. What a mess!!! I started this week with very high hopes. I had started with a very busy, very tight schedule. It was completely doable if Murphy would of just kept his fingers out of my pie. It started with the following plan. Leave home at 1930 get down to Cherokee, AL to drop my load before midnight. (4 hour drive). Pickup a load and run to Austell, GA be there by 7am (5 1/2 hr drive) do a live unload then pickup in Duluth, GA (1hr 15 min drive) do a 10hr then back to Cherokee. A tight window but very doable. All went well up until I got outside of Austell, GA. There was not 1 but 2 accidents. Back to back. I was aheld of schedule by 15 mins. Instead I was 15 mins late. No worries. The door I was put in was just vacated by someone else. Still feeling pretty good. I still has 2hrs and 45 mins on my 14hr. And 1hr 15 on my 11. Close but still doable. They start dragging their feet on my unload. Then one of the dock guys ask, if I can unhook from my trailer and give them a hand moving a trailer. I am like sure, but can you get me unloaded ASAP. He said he would put his best man on it. Needless to say I help them out. BUT, They end up taking 2 hrs to unload me. So now I don't have the time to make my next appointment. It gets cancelled. I do my 10hr at the receiver. I get a new load. Run 50 miles south to grab a load someone else Tcalled, then come back to within 10 miles from where I was at to do a 4am appointment. Cool.. I run down, swap trailers, run back and sit overnight. I line up the next morning and I am in the door by 0430. Gravy. Plus I got a preplan to go ahead and grab the load I was previously going to do. Just now it needs picked up and dropped off in the same day. No worries. I finish getting unloaded around 7am. As I am getting ready to leave, I get the call to come back in. They decide to reject 8 cases. All of which were "torn". They all had forklift marks in them. I ended up sitting for another 4 1/2 hrs waiting on the word. Luckily I hadn't started my clock yet. Finally get the word to pitch them. Sounds like a present for the next dock workers to me. So I run over to Duluth and get loaded. Run back to Cherokee and drop off. I grab my next load out of Cherokee heading to Shephardsville, KY. Drive on up to the Alabama/Tennessee state line and duck into a little local truck stop just across the state line in TN. The only thing is my delivery isn't until 6am Thursday. So I do my 10 and head out this morning. Shortly after passing Nashville, my QualComm decides to go all retarded. It starts shutting down and powering up over and over. Once I cross into KY it decides to produce a bunch of error codes and fails to load. I had to pull into the weigh station (of ALL places) so I could try and get it back working. So after rebooting it several times in a row as the DOT personnel eye me like a pack of wolves. It FINALLY boots up right and starts working. So now here I sit at the Loves off of exit 116 waiting until tomorrow morning to deliver my load. What a week it has been. Murphy just keeps kicking me in the junk. I hope the last few days of this week smooth out.

Drive Safe Y'all and God Speed.

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.

SAP:

Substance Abuse Professional

The Substance Abuse Professional (SAP) is a person who evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Tractor Man's Comment
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Patrick, Get used to it. In 4 months out here, I have found that those weeks/days outnumber the "Good" ones. They seem to be the rule rather than the exception. Take a deep breath and learn to be the "ball". Im sure it changes over time as you get more senority and the " Better" dispatches. Im learning that is part of paying our Rookie Dues. Stuff like that is what causes 90+ % of newbies to bail out.

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HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Patrick C.'s Comment
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I understand. I have been to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once. Bailing out isn't going to happen. But like any good soldier, I love the chance to gripe, lol. Last week was just such a smooth week. This week decided to smack me in the face.

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Tractor Man's Comment
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I understand. I have been to Iraq twice and Afghanistan once. Bailing out isn't going to happen. But like any good soldier, I love the chance to gripe, lol. Last week was just such a smooth week. This week decided to smack me in the face.

I usually "Gripe" to my Son over the phone once or twice a week. It gives me the opportunity to throw all of the F bombs and potty mouth stuff that this forum frowns upon, and replaces with@#$&*&$@+/!!!!!

TWIC:

Transportation Worker Identification Credential

Truck drivers who regularly pick up from or deliver to the shipping ports will often be required to carry a TWIC card.

Your TWIC is a tamper-resistant biometric card which acts as both your identification in secure areas, as well as an indicator of you having passed the necessary security clearance. TWIC cards are valid for five years. The issuance of TWIC cards is overseen by the Transportation Security Administration and the Department of Homeland Security.

Patrick C.'s Comment
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ROFLMAO. I try to gripe to my wife, but she starts complaining about my potty mouth.

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