First Year Solo

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Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Since I can't seem to wind down for the night, which is no good considering I'm doing an 8/2 and have to be rolling in 6 hrs for a delivery in Layton, UT, I figured I'd take a minute to say hello again. My official anniversary was actually October 7th, but time flies when you're having fun! I've driven over 115k miles, from one coast to the other. I can tell you exactly what road signs I down shift/up shift at on I 70 between Denver and Gypsum, CO, and where the best spots to stay are in 7 of the 11 western. I'm still running hard and loving it! I did switch from long hauls/OTR to short hauls and have found that I can make the same amount and have the luxury of being home every weekend. I have a good flow tarping/untarping, have little to no trouble throwing straps, and actually prefer running mountain roads than the interstates. Recently, I found that my short hauling has taken its toll on my backing abilities since I run mostly drywall and Lowes DC loads which deliver in open lots instead of dock areas. When I get down time, I've been sneaking in 30 mins to an hour of backing practice. I don't want to be the flatbed stereotype!! Anyways, all is well with your Lil' Syster/Sunshine!! Just checking in! Sorry I don't swing by more often. Lost of love to my trucking family!

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Interstate:

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

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Brett Aquila's Comment
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We're always thrilled when you stop by and congratulations on the anniversary!

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I took the liberty of updating your status from 'rookie solo driver' to 'experienced driver' - how great is that, right??? Very cool.

G-Town's Comment
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Congratulations!!!

Many on the forum have recently reached or about to reach their one year milestone.

It's wonderful, interesting and fun to watch how this unfolds for each rookie driver.

Again congratulations and best wishes for continued success.

Rick S.'s Comment
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Congrats - wish we heard from you more often...

Rick

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Congrats!! I've enjoyed reading about your journey since you first came around here. Well done.

Old School's Comment
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Congratulations little Sys!

You are a shining beacon that points the way for others to see that a strong commitment mixed with a good dose of determination, and a solid foundation of a positive attitude leads to success.

Haha, I still remember how crushed you were when you got sent home because you couldn't lift the tarps! Now look at where you are...

I have a good flow tarping/untarping, have little to no trouble throwing straps, and actually prefer running mountain roads

That's awesome!

It's really good to hear from you!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Bud A.'s Comment
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Congratulations Lil Syster! Might see you in the Denver yard Friday, which has been rarer for me since I like taking all those runs to Cali that others don't want. Glad to hear you're still having fun!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Serah D.'s Comment
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Congrats Miss Sunshine...keep up the good work.

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Thanks Brett! Please excuse the delayed reply.

We're always thrilled when you stop by and congratulations on the anniversary!

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I took the liberty of updating your status from 'rookie solo driver' to 'experienced driver' - how great is that, right??? Very cool.

Little Syster (a.k.a. Sun's Comment
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Old School - time sure has flown by! Last week was a good reminder that no matter how much "flow" a driver may have, the change of seasons will throw a wrench in things. I chained up more last week than all of last season!

Bud A. - Hey! Haven't seen you around lately. Hope all is well! Got a load headed to Cali out of Pueblo. Slinkies!!!! Wooohooo! Quite the line to get loaded today.

G-Town and Serah - Thank you! It's been quite the experience :)

6 string and Rick - I've been so horrible about posting :( I know...thanks for reading my stuff though! Hope all has been well with you both!

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