Get Out Of The Truck And Explore

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Turtle's Comment
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Got to Visalia, CA Saturday morning for a Monday delivery. Hmm, what to do on this reset?

A quick look at the map, 1 hour and a $43 rental car later, we're in the Sequoia National Park. Getting in the park was free since I already have the park pass that grants me entry into any national park in the country. An unplanned, inexpensive, impromptu little adventure that would have probably never happened were it not for being a truck driver.

Take advantage of opportunities while you're out on the road. You never know where it'll take you.

Swimming in Lake Kaweah

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Exploring the Giant Forest with Mrs. Turtle

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Me at the base of some smaller Sequoias

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"General Sherman", the largest tree in the world.

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And a hike to a spectacular vista

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Sure the money is great, but this is really why I do this.

Rob D.'s Comment
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Great pictures. smile.gif

I am adding America the Beautiful Annual Pass to my shopping list of things for the truck.

Turtle's Comment
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Great pictures. smile.gif

I am adding America the Beautiful Annual Pass to my shopping list of things for the truck.

It's a must if you plan to be OTR. Well worth the $80.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Thanks for sharing the great pictures! That's awesome that you guys were able to go there. Its definitely a wonderful perk of being an OTR driver IF you're willing to just get out of the truck for a bit

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Jeremy's Comment
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Awesome thats on my bucket list

Rob D.'s Comment
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Turtle,

I understand that Prime home time requests are by zip code. Can you pick any zip code, no matter how remote?

And do they just find the closest delivery and then you are on your own to either 1) drive the truck to the home time zip code or 2) rent a car and drive there?

Rob.

Junkyard Dog's Comment
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I've been there before pretty darn cool. Great pictures turtle.thank-you.gif

Turtle's Comment
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Turtle,

I understand that Prime home time requests are by zip code. Can you pick any zip code, no matter how remote?

And do they just find the closest delivery and then you are on your own to either 1) drive the truck to the home time zip code or 2) rent a car and drive there?

Rob.

It really comes down to something we so often talk about here. If you're out there kicking butt for your dispatcher , he/she will practically bend over backwards to give you what you want.

I'm able to pick anywhere I want for home time, and yes they find the closest available delivery, then let me deadhead the rest of the way. The run I'm on now is a perfect example.

As you know, the wife is back on the truck with me now for our anniversary trip to Yellowstone. I made my home time request for Idaho Falls, ID. Why there? Because that's the nearest major truck stop to the west gate of Yellowstone. The truckstop is also near an airport where I can easily get a rental car. I'll take the car over to Jackson, WY to rent the motorcycle from Eagle Rider for a day, thanks to you haha.

Anyhoo, I told my dispatcher there's no time crunch on getting me to Idaho Falls. I'm flexible, so whenever he can get me there is fine. Will make it there this weekend via NY, Minneapolis, Tacoma, Denver, LA, Vegas, SLC.

I'm on a load delivering in SLC, and I'll deadhead the few hours from there up to ID. Do good by them and they'll get ya where ya wanna be.

Deadhead:

To drive with an empty trailer. After delivering your load you will deadhead to a shipper to pick up your next load.

Dispatcher:

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.
PackRat's Comment
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Good for you two! “The harder I work, the luckier I am”, comes to mind. Great pictures of the scenery you were able to enjoy. Those trees are something else to behold. I’ve been cutting them down and messing with firewood for well over 50 years, and those giants still are breathtaking. Greatest country on Earth!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
RealDiehl's Comment
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Great pics! Enjoy Yellowstone. I hope to visit there someday.

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