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T-Rex's Comment
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Literally... at 10 minute bathroom break before I left the truckstop cost me two loads lol. I arrived at the home depot dc out here in Luckey, Oh a moment before another Swift truck that they gave my load to out to PA. And because of that I'll miss out on the next run up to N.Y. So now I'm sitting here waiting on the planner to get me something else. An unfortunate yet kinda hilarious start to the day.

Errol V.'s Comment
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Don't you think maybe the loads just keep coming? Who knows, the next may be to Houston or Yuma.

There will always be the next load. Could be Toledo, or maybe Racine.

(I know the DC is more regional than I describe, but you get the idea.)

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

T-Rex's Comment
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Yeah I'm sure there will be something else. Trying not to stress over it. 5 hours into my 14 now and it seems Memphis is dragging their feet. Already called a couple times. All they told me was to head back to the truck stop and wait. So I went to the Petro down the street in Perrysburg and drowned my sorrows in a New York strip lol. Looks like a lost day but what can ya do?

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Looks like a lost day but what can ya do?

If that's the case, definitely try to make the best of it and have some fun. Having a career in trucking is a long term goal. I think everyone at times stresses over missed opportunities to make money, but it's just as important to have fun out there and keep a reasonable balance in your life if you want to stay in this game for the long term.

So if you do get a day off try to have fun with it.

Rainy D.'s Comment
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Had you stayed put you could have done 8 sleeper and froze that 14. so in 3 hours you would have the same hours you had when ypu parked.

you could start a new 8 sleeper amd since you already did more tha 2 hours before, hou would most of your 11 back in 8 hours rather than 10.

PackRat's Comment
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As posted, it may turn out for the better. Maybe you'll get a 2500 mile load, and maybe not. Get some rest, decompress your mind and body. Definitely eat some more steak!good-luck.gif

T-Rex's Comment
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Finally got another one. Picking up a multistop load out of the Target dc in west Jefferson Ohio and heading up to western Michigan (portage, Kalamazoo and grand rapids). Doesn't pick up until almost midnight tonight so I'm sitting regardless. Like I said, trying not to stress over it. One thing im quickly learning out here is not to stress over things that are beyond my control. Just makes life harder on me and doesn't accomplish anything. Trying to learn to roll with the punches. I know that's something that is said a lot on here by the seasoned vets.

Anyone know what the weather is looking like up in western Michigan? Hoping they haven't been slammed too hard by lake effect snow.

Also, this is my first multistop run so if there's any useful info out there I'm all ears. This will be a useful learning experience as I've considered getting into a dedicated route like this (walmart, target etc).

Dedicated Route:

A driver or carrier who transports cargo between regular, prescribed routes. Normally it means a driver will be dedicated to working for one particular customer like Walmart or Home Depot and they will only haul freight for that customer. You'll often hear drivers say something like, "I'm on the Walmart dedicated account."

T-Rex's Comment
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AND It's my first time running reefer so I'm actually kind of excited to expand my horizons. Funny how things work out. Was kinda ****ed about losing the load at first but it did lead me to this new adventure so I can't complain.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

Turtle's Comment
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I'm on a multi-stop SAPA flatbed load right now, and all I can suggest is to confirm with the shipper which product goes to which stop. I like to show up with a clear understanding of the contents of my load.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

icecold24k's Comment
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I'm on a multi-stop SAPA flatbed load right now, and all I can suggest is to confirm with the shipper which product goes to which stop. I like to show up with a clear understanding of the contents of my load.

Ohh i so remember those. Fun times but good stop off pay. I am happy we have no multi-stops over here in tanker. Always one pick up and one delivery.

Glad things ended up working out anyway for you T-Rex, be sure to update us and let us know how you liked doing a reefer load as opposed to the dry van I assume you usually do.

Shipper:

The customer who is shipping the freight. This is where the driver will pick up a load and then deliver it to the receiver or consignee.

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.

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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