Me And My Trainer

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Old School's Comment
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Hey Raptor - how was Donner's pass?

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Old School

The pass was clear all the way down to Rocklin. Though I didn't get to go all the way down. I was out of hours at the Truckee weigh station so that was where switched. I had like 17 minutes left and my mentor didn't want me to risk a violation. And neither did I. But thank God for the Jake it sure has come in handy on this trip.

Glad to see that you have recovered and are back at work. I looked for your truck the other day when I saw a Sapa truck going east bound when we were heading west. But it didn't look like you unless you gained a bunch of pounds recovering. Plus he had a baseball cap on and not your Indiana Jones hat.

Well to continue my diary. We have been at the shipper since 12:30and the guy says we won't be loaded until 5pm. What a wasted day. Though I will be driving out here at least I got a couple of hours nap.


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.


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.

Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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Well the product we was supposed to pickup in American Canyon and at 4:20 and tell us that they don't have enough product so they are canceling the load. Well now back to Lathrop for the night and a well deserved shower. Hope tomorrow will find us a load.

Marc Lee's Comment
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Well showed up on Sunday afternoon and met my trainer. He is very informative and is easygoing. We supposed to take a short run to Modesto, but dispatch changed it which was good. We had two pickups one at American Canyon and one in Rocklin. After the second pickup It was my turn to drive. Drove for 8 and a 30, and drive for another two. So we are bushwhacked at one of these truck parking only of the freeway and when our ten is up (8:30 in Nevada and drop it off and another driver will take it to Denver) we'll continue to Utah. Learning the Qualcomm is going to take some getting used to. I used my com data card to fuel last night. That was not much different than when I drove before. This tyranny is an 8speed with a second splitter which works on upper gears only. Very ingenious idea. Using the second splitter instead of actually shifting gears. I was so used to a Eaton 10. But I'll get it down. My trainer is still sleeping and I've been awake since 5:30. Just under 2 hours left. I had wanted to do eight in the sleeper, drive to a place go off duty for 2 hours to clean up and then get my 11 hours back. The Qualcomm says I have 3 hours left from last night. But my trainer doesn't know if we would be legal.

Anyway, that was day 1 and day 2 of my training.

Hope all have a Happy New Year.

I do hate using my phone to do things on TT. But the Wifi stuff is expensive to use my laptop. I'll have to wait 'til I get a few paychecks under my belt.

Will continue my journey diary later.

Raptor, can you do Mobile Hotspot on your phone for laptop? Could solve data input issue. $50 bluetooth keyboard can work with the phone too. Can be kludgy but not all bad. Voice input also not ideal but could help. Think out of the box!


Omnitracs (a.k.a. Qualcomm) is a satellite-based messaging system with built-in GPS capabilities built by Qualcomm. It has a small computer screen and keyboard and is tied into the truck’s computer. It allows trucking companies to track where the driver is at, monitor the truck, and send and receive messages with the driver – similar to email.
Robert D. (Raptor)'s Comment
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I'll try that. I tried to get a mobile hotspot Sunday before I met my mentor but they were sold out by my house. And my new phone has been acting up as far as mobile hot spot. It says I have 10GB but I have been hard pressed to activate it.

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