Game: Describe Your First Solo Load Experience

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Bump.

figured id bump some of the older game threads for the newer folks

^^^^^^ Exactly.

RE bump!!

Would be fun to read; thanks!

~ Anne ~

IDMtnGal 's Comment
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Bump.

figured id bump some of the older game threads for the newer folks

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^^^^^^ Exactly.

RE bump!!

Would be fun to read; thanks!

~ Anne ~

Was reading thru the comments and came across an older account of mine! I had spaces between ID Mtn Gal, so probably the reason why I didn't find it. I had not gone to school yet, which I did in July to August 2014. Interesting!

Laura

Jammer a's Comment
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My 1st load was from Fontana ca to fife Washington had to move 4 trailers to get to mine moved 3 no prob last one I had to move I dropped landing gear and forgot to unhook glad hands lol thought I was gonna be fired I never got out of terminal🤣🤣 I posted on here everyone talked me down then I took off on my rout I went over cabbage on over to fife on to Sennett and chained up on my 1st load

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.

Andrey's Comment
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Today I had my first solo load, so I think I am eligible to participate in this game :-) After getting a truck in Conley, GA I was dispatched to Fairburn, GA and picked up a loaded trailer with paper products from Georgia Pacific. This part was easy, and people were super friendly. This load went to Food Lion in Greencastle, PA, which is about 700 mi. A funny thing - the same miles that I didn't even bother to count while driving with a trainer are much more important to me now when each one of them had a certain monetary value :-) Delivery was OK too, it was a live unload, but the area was huge, and there was enough room for a good setup. The bad thing was that I waited 3 hours for the green light, and left with only 50 minutes on my 14 clock. My greatest luck however was one (!) available spot at the rest area! I parked with 18 minutes left...

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Funny. I forgot I replied to this. I was trying to remember my first load. Lol

Found a marker light out on pretrip and panicked thinking it would make me late. Got it fixed quickly

Left the terminal and went to someplace near Neenah, WI (Waukesha, maybe?)

Picked up the load and made it to Chicago and spent 3 hours to go 20 miles. Made it to The first rest stop in Ohio. Finished the next day and dropped it in Denmark, NY.

Fairly uneventful actually, though I was terrified I would screw it up.

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.

Jammer a's Comment
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3hrs wait isn’t it bad deal with capstone and they’ll eat your entire 14

Today I had my first solo load, so I think I am eligible to participate in this game :-) After getting a truck in Conley, GA I was dispatched to Fairburn, GA and picked up a loaded trailer with paper products from Georgia Pacific. This part was easy, and people were super friendly. This load went to Food Lion in Greencastle, PA, which is about 700 mi. A funny thing - the same miles that I didn't even bother to count while driving with a trainer are much more important to me now when each one of them had a certain monetary value :-) Delivery was OK too, it was a live unload, but the area was huge, and there was enough room for a good setup. The bad thing was that I waited 3 hours for the green light, and left with only 50 minutes on my 14 clock. My greatest luck however was one (!) available spot at the rest area! I parked with 18 minutes left...

Auggie69's Comment
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Today I had my first solo load, so I think I am eligible to participate in this game :-) After getting a truck in Conley, GA I was dispatched to Fairburn, GA and picked up a loaded trailer with paper products from Georgia Pacific. This part was easy, and people were super friendly. This load went to Food Lion in Greencastle, PA, which is about 700 mi. A funny thing - the same miles that I didn't even bother to count while driving with a trainer are much more important to me now when each one of them had a certain monetary value :-) Delivery was OK too, it was a live unload, but the area was huge, and there was enough room for a good setup. The bad thing was that I waited 3 hours for the green light, and left with only 50 minutes on my 14 clock. My greatest luck however was one (!) available spot at the rest area! I parked with 18 minutes left...

That Foodlion is huge - but they are slow. Good thing is there are places to go right up the street.

Auggie69's Comment
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Today I had my first solo load, so I think I am eligible to participate in this game :-) After getting a truck in Conley, GA I was dispatched to Fairburn, GA and picked up a loaded trailer with paper products from Georgia Pacific. This part was easy, and people were super friendly. This load went to Food Lion in Greencastle, PA, which is about 700 mi. A funny thing - the same miles that I didn't even bother to count while driving with a trainer are much more important to me now when each one of them had a certain monetary value :-) Delivery was OK too, it was a live unload, but the area was huge, and there was enough room for a good setup. The bad thing was that I waited 3 hours for the green light, and left with only 50 minutes on my 14 clock. My greatest luck however was one (!) available spot at the rest area! I parked with 18 minutes left...

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That Foodlion is huge - but they are slow. Good thing is there are places to go right up the street.

Oh, and I think there are places you can "hide" nearby if you don't want to go to the rest stop. Actually, I think Food Lion even provides a parking area. Ask the guard next time you leave.

David F.'s Comment
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I picked up my tractor in the Fontana OC on 03/10/2003. I had to wait 2 days before I received my first dispatch (truck inspection/cleaning, meet my STL, etc.). My first dispatch was to pick up a trailer in Riverside, CA, drop it in Fullerton, CA (I think at Kimberly Clark), pick up a loaded trailer there and then make two deliveries in Tucson, AZ.

I had to go back and look at my notes, but it seems that the main road out of Riverside to the freeway was closed due to emergency road repairs, and they routed me into the Ontario Airport! I was able to get turned around and went the other way to I-10. That was the only excitement on that run.

And now I'm working on getting my CDL again...just so I can go through my "first dispatch" all over again!

CDL:

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  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.
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