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Don's Comment
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Started out from Millville, NJ at 245am and parked at a Love's about 25 miles North of Bristol, TN. Made 517 miles in 9:35 hours driving/12 hours total. We could have made 600 miles if not for the dreadful traffic in D.C.. I am glad to be out of NJ. Their road signage sucks, not to mention their exit ramps and merges are tight. Should be set to leave at 0100 tomorrow. Getting use to different rest times will be a challenge.

G-Town's Comment
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Yes Don I completely "get" how tight Jousey can be. Half of my driving is in that state. You were in the south; north eastern NJ is tighter. Aim high...really high when navigating off and on-ramps. Most of these ramps were engineeed before anyone ever dreamed 53' trailers would be reality.

I suggest if you ever return use Google Maps to help with trip-planning so you have a better idea of what to expect within a couple of miles from and up to the final destination. This also applies to most urban areas, where close quarter maneuvering is the typical.

Best of luck on continued success.

Don's Comment
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G-town, we did use Google maps to look at the area we we delivering and picking up. It is definitely a help. Yeah, those ramps were interesting. to say the least. I haven't hit a curb yet....knock on wood.

Yes Don I completely "get" how tight Jousey can be. Half of my driving is in that state. You were in the south; north eastern NJ is tighter. Aim high...really high when navigating off and on-ramps. Most of these ramps were engineeed before anyone ever dreamed 53' trailers would be reality.

I suggest if you ever return use Google Maps to help with trip-planning so you have a better idea of what to expect within a couple of miles from and up to the final destination. This also applies to most urban areas, where close quarter maneuvering is the typical.

Best of luck on continued success.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Don's Comment
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We made it to Meridian, MS today at 1150, but now are taking a 34 hour reset since the earliest I can run on recaps is Thursday after midnight. May as well get my 70 back since the times will be the same. In my first 7 days, I ran 3230 miles, so things are progressing well. We have about 800+ miles to get to Laredo. Our next stop is Breaux Bridge, LA for our fuel stop. Perfect! I'll be able to get some Cajun food (Boudin!) while we are there. My finisher is teaching me well, including changing lights, trailer lights, glad hand seals, etc..

Big Scott's Comment
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Excellent, I'll get our resident Cajun to jump on here and tell you where to eat.

Don's Comment
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Thanks, I appreciate that!

Excellent, I'll get our resident Cajun to jump on here and tell you where to eat.

Turtle's Comment
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You're kickin some butt Don! Keep it up!

I not a Cajun by any means, but I found a great place for boudin.

Don's Specialty Meats... 730 I-10 South Frontage rd. Scott, LA. Right off exit 97, and has room for a cpl trucks to park out front. Best smoked boudin I ever had, as well as many other specialty items.

The Riot's Comment
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I'm Cajun, my family is from the Breaux Bridge/ St Martinville area, even though I was born and raised in New Orleans.

And Turtle is correct about Don's in Scott, especially if you are in a CMV. You can see Don's from I-10, it's on the frontage road. There also Billy's Boudin at that exit, which is also good.

And Don's has good jerky. Buy some and you can snack on it for the next couple of days.

CMV:

Commercial Motor Vehicle

A CMV is a vehicle that is used as part of a business, is involved in interstate commerce, and may fit any of these descriptions:

  • Weighs 10,001 pounds or more
  • Has a gross vehicle weight rating or gross combination weight rating of 10,001 pounds or more
  • Is designed or used to transport 16 or more passengers (including the driver) not for compensation
  • Is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers (including the driver) for compensation
  • Is transporting hazardous materials in a quantity requiring placards
Don's Comment
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Been there (Don's Specialty Meats), done that while vacationing in LA. Yum! My mouth is watering. I'll strap my finisher in the trailer if he doesn't wait after fueling at the Breaux Bridge Pilot long enough for me to find some boudin close by so I

You're kickin some butt Don! Keep it up!

I not a Cajun by any means, but I found a great place for boudin.

Don's Specialty Meats... 730 I-10 South Frontage rd. Scott, LA. Right off exit 97, and has room for a cpl trucks to park out front. Best smoked boudin I ever had, as well as many other specialty items.

Don's Comment
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.......so I can grab a few links.

I was so excited about hopefully getting some boudin, I did not complete my post. Duh. I'm embarrassed to admit that I just drooled all over myself right now thinking about the possibility.

Been there (Don's Specialty Meats), done that while vacationing in LA. Yum! My mouth is watering. I'll strap my finisher in the trailer if he doesn't wait after fueling at the Breaux Bridge Pilot long enough for me to find some boudin close by so I

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You're kickin some butt Don! Keep it up!

I not a Cajun by any means, but I found a great place for boudin.

Don's Specialty Meats... 730 I-10 South Frontage rd. Scott, LA. Right off exit 97, and has room for a cpl trucks to park out front. Best smoked boudin I ever had, as well as many other specialty items.

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Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
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