7-5-18 What A Day So Far.

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Woke up this morning to a blackout. Zero power at the Flying J I slept at. So, no bathrooms or showers. So, I hit the road. For the past couple of days I have been having issues with my batteries not maintaining their charge. Not wanting to end up stranded somewhere, I called road service. They sent me to the next T/A in my path. Iowa 80. Now, I get to shower while waiting for the shop to call. I was trying to deliver today, early. Looks like it will be delivered tomorrow. Still early, just not as early as I wanted. At least I'll be clean and my truck will work properly. Just another example of how, in trucking, your plans can vaporize. Stay safe.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Update and more info. My scheduled delivery time is 7-6-18 at 03:30. I am 6 hours away right now. I had a wonderful shower and I'm waiting outside the repair bay. I'm next in line. I currently have 7 hours and 20 minutes on my clock. I'm on recaps, so that's my 70 and drive clock. I plan to stop closer to my load. We'll see how far I can get when I leave here. At midnight, I get back 7 hours and 7 minutes. So, everything is coming up roses.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Nice!

Yeah, if you're the type that's used to a rigid, predictable schedule and sticking to a plan then trucking is going to give you seizures. You have to go with the flow, think on the fly, and adjust in real time to everything.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Sucks about the issues, but great to hear that things are lining up again. I've come to view that shower as some sort of religious experience!

Safe travels!

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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Needed 4 new batteries and cost about 4 and 1/2 hours. Stopped with 2.5 hours to go to delivery. Had 10 minutes less drive time than it would take to get there. After the point I stopped, parking becomes sparce. I'll do an eight in the sleeper and get there early. If I wanted to make my life easier, I could have had my delivery time extended. However, I don't know how bad the customer needs this. I know we picked it up several days late.

Colin K.'s Comment
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I'm glad things are working out, Big Scott.

My trainer likes to be early and I'm finding that is best. It can leave you time to deal with the unexpected and still be on time or early.

Be Safe! Colin

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I always want to be early. To me on time is late.

Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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So, I made it by 03:00. No sign of anyone. Found the drop yard and contacted dispatch to see if they had any instructions. Was told to ring the door bell. So, walked back around to the door and wow a door bell had appeared that wasn't there before. Well, maybe I should open my eyes sometimes. Duh. However, now the door was unlocked and the nice woman in receiving told me we can drop any time and they don't need the bills as there are copies sealed in the trailer. When I got back to my truck there were several messages with instructions saying we could drop without a signature. It would have helped to have that ahead of time. So, now I sit down the street, at a Sapp Brothers, waiting for my next load. Have fun. I do.

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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.

Don's Comment
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Glad all worked out in the end. I am liking the idea of being early and hoping to deliver early.

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