Western Express Journey

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Victor C. II's Comment
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Okay update where we are....we are in Pompano, Florida from Orlando, Florida and we got to Orlando, Florida from West Rock, West Point, Virginia. We decided to stop at a rest stop, and wait till a little bit before 23:59 and then we head to Connecticut. Here are some photos.

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Victor C. II's Comment
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Being able to have 4 days home is so nice cause I got to spend it with family! Feels so nice and relieving to be with family off the road and to rest and get up to date with family😊.

God bless you all! Happy Thanksgiving!

Bird-one's Comment
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How's it going out there Victor?

Victor C. II's Comment
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Bird-one it is going well I am so sorry I have not kept you all up to date. So my training is going well. My trainer and I have had a few bumps in the road and butted heads occasionally but we are working through them and I am learning how to back a lot better although it is tough trying to relearn something you thought you already had a decent grip on. Oh well I am making the best of this as possible. I have 97.46 hours to go and I am really happy about that, though I want to make sure I get as many backs in as possible. I might once I get a reliable truck even go and do a lot of backing up in parking lots and terminals to get my practice in even more. Safety first right!

Im pretty sure I have driven over 2000 miles here already. I need to add them up.

Im going to get with Tennessee, and see if they can switch me to flatbed as soon as I get done with training. My recruiter would not let me do flatbed right out the door cause I would not have gone out with a trainer as rapidly as I have with the two trainers I did. She was looking out for my good it looks like.

Thank you for your prayers and help!

How's it going out there Victor?

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Victor C. II's Comment
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I am really happy cause we are in the midwest in Tennessee!

Victor C. II's Comment
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We got to our shipper/reciever and waited 5 hours till 10:15am to leave. Traveling since then to New Jersey!

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Shipper:

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.

Victor C. II's Comment
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So I know I haven't updated you guys in a little while, so here goes one big update! So I have been doing a lot better on my backing, and my driving. I have not added all my miles together since I've been out my trainers but I'm guessing it's over 3000 miles. I have been to all of the continental United States now says coming to Western Express. All I have to do is go to Alaska and Canada and Hawaii and I'll make it do all 50. I have been struggling 2 really stay awake during my night travels. Otherwise I'm good I mean I can drive during the day just fine. I'm not sure if it's because I'm not sleeping well while the truck is moving or if it's something else. But I am getting checked out just to make sure it's nothing big and I'm good to go cuz I'm a responsible CDL holder. My trainer and I both want to own our own trucks it someday soon. I already started looking cuz I can do stuff on the side like a friend of mine does and keep my CDL moving well. I know once I get this year under my belt, it will all be worth it. I'm going to do flatbed and being an overachiever Lord willing. I'm excited to see what happens. I'm not sure how I'm going to make my appointment on the 30th at 9:20 a.m. but I'll have to figure that out with my terminal. I'm going to have to call Nashville Tennessee terminal to see what they want to do but they want me to come down and graduate and take my truck home with my flatbed or just wait until after my appointment. This appointment is not negotiable it needs to happen. I will keep you all updated as for now goodbye and have a great day!

CDL:

Commercial Driver's License (CDL)

A CDL is required to drive any of the following vehicles:

  • Any combination of vehicles with a gross combined weight rating (GCWR) of 26,001 or more pounds, providing the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of the vehicle being towed is in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any single vehicle with a GVWR of 26,001 or more pounds, or any such vehicle towing another not in excess of 10,000 pounds.
  • Any vehicle, regardless of size, designed to transport 16 or more persons, including the driver.
  • Any vehicle required by federal regulations to be placarded while transporting hazardous materials.

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Anne A. (G13MomCat)'s Comment
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Still WAITING, @Victor ~!!

(you PROMISED~!! ;) )

Be safe; update us with the good, the bad, the indifferent, wouldja? Inquiring minds wanna know~!

TTYS~~!! Anne smile.gif ...

Victor C. II's Comment
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Hey yall, missed you all. I found put last night that with good rest and drinking more water with good pch levels, helped me tremendously. I was able to drive 9.35 hours. I was told that I needed to do more night driving or safety would put me out with another trainer for another 100 hours. Go figure lol. Well I did 5.11 hours the first night and 9.35 the second night. I ended today at 12:54pm. Im happy to see improvements. I only have 2 more days of driving to complete training and only 2.5 hours left minimum to be able to be released and graduate. The prayers have really been a big help in time of need. Thank you all for your advice and I will be working those suggestions into my daily life as a trucker. See yall sooner than before! thank-you-2.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
Victor C. II's Comment
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Hey yall, I am DONE with training and getting ready to test out after a nice weekend with family here in Pennsylvania! Though right now, I am trying to deal with a pay issue. See I worked 43.59 hours last week. I never got my settlement for last weeks work. Now I had just come back from the break during the Christmas and New Years day weeks. I just found out that they are putting the payment off till next weeks pay settlement on Friday. Sheesh. Livin in bread lol. Its fine at least everything is good. Praise God! I thank you all immensely for your support and I will keep you posted as to how I do. I am going tomorrow for testing out and getting my flatbed training!

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