Sometimes Easy Is Dumped In Your Lap.

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Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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I am scheduled to be home 7-13. On Friday, the 6th, I delivered in the early morning in Columbus, NE. After completing that delivery, I notified dispatch that I was going to the Sapp Brothers down the road, one mile from the customer. Got to the Sapp Brothers and took a nap. A couple of hours later I was awakened by my PeopleNet ding. I thought yeah a load. Nope, just a message to call someone. He was just polling drivers to see if there were any problems with their loads. Back to waiting. After a few more hours of watching my clock tick away, I called my dispatcher. He was telling me that everything he had was short miles and delivered Monday or Tuesday. He had another problem, I was stacked with loads to get me home. I said give me anything you can, I just want to make money. So, he found this one. Pick it up about one and a half hours away and take it 663 miles by 06:30 Monday. This is a retail store and they won't take us early.

Once I picked it up I drove to the furthest truck stop I could get to on my remaining time. I shut doun there around 14:20. Now I had one hour and 45 minutes to drive to my fuel stop the next day. So, I relaxed and didn't set an alarm. I slept for about 12 hours. I could have taken a 34, but I didn't need one and if I did, I would have had to drive all Sunday night to get there. I did not want to do that. I got to my fuel stop around noon on Saturday, fueled and decided to stay here and do laundry. I was parked next to another CFI truck and he knocked on my door to tell me I needed a right steer tire. I got out to see what he found. Some spots on the edge were missing some pieces of rubber. I had been keeping and eye on that tire because of how it was wearing. There is a shop here, so I messaged road service and they set it up. I did laundry, got a tire fixed and relaxed.

Today, after another good night of sleep, I will drive seven and a half hours to a truck stop that is 10 minutes from my delivery. After, I am unloaded Monday morning, I drive to 120 miles to my next pick up and take that 950 miles to NC. The earliest, I'll be home is Wednesday the 11th.

So, after a nice relaxing weekend, I will drive as hard as I can to get home.

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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.
Jeremy C.'s Comment
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Nice salvage and a nice line-up to get back to the Ponderosa! Hope the next few days are as easy and relaxing as this weekend has been.

We got dinged yesterday to take our empty and drop it (that's weird because there's supposed to be a company policy against dropping empties on weekends, but whatever, I do what I'm told.)

Supposed to take it to a Fed Ex lot for some reason. We drive two hours to get there and security tells us they're closed on weekends and there's no way he's letting us in, much less letting us leave a trailer there.

Okay, back to the DM to find out who's getting coal this Christmas... Shift DM says he doesn't know anything about it, that was from an afternoon DM, and there's nothing he can do.

So, find another truck stop. Almost 3 hours wasted and now day 2 of empty and sitting.

Sorry to dump all that on a post about good news. Just had to vent somewhere.

Hey brother, I hope your easy days stay easy and you get home safe! 👍

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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.
Big Scott (CFI Driver/Tra's Comment
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No problem. Recently was sitting next to a guy at a truck stop, he was complaining about having 5 days to do a 4 day load. It's all money to me.

Jeremy C.'s Comment
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No problem. Recently was sitting next to a guy at a truck stop, he was complaining about having 5 days to do a 4 day load. It's all money to me.

LoL! Yeah, but there was no money in this run.

And 5 days for a 4 day run? Sounds like a sit-down dinner, a shower, laundry, and still a day early! I don't understand some of the complaints like that. But I guess some drivers will complain if the weather is great and the highway is empty! 😁

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