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PackRat's Comment
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Noob, it's been so long since I've been there, I'll need photos to refresh my memory.

What company is it?

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Day 10. 3/4

Started my clock at 4 am with a pretrip and after double checking my tires got rolling. Headed west on 90 to 271 then south on 71 to my fuel solution in Burbank Ohio at a Pilot. Made it to my final stop at 0930. Checked in and was told there are 2 people ahead of me so i drove around and waited for a door. Got a door at 1019am and was unloaded by 1115am.

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Pulled off the dock slid my tandems back up and hit ready for dispatch on the QC after sending my empty message.

New load is a pickup from our atrenton Ohio terminal about 20 miles away. I head over there and fuel up and hook to the new trailer. Its a paper roll load originally from Cedar Springs Georgia heading to Georgia Pacific in Mogadore Ohio for a 3/5 Delivery at 11am. Grabbed the paperwork from inside and sent my loaded message and after inspection of the trailer and sliding the tandems forward 4 holes i rolled out. (When picking up relays always check your tandems ans dont assume the other driver scaled the load. Whoever picked this up in Georgia had the tandems in the 11 hole which is totally illegal in every state they drove through except GA.)

Made my way to I71 again but this time headed North.

Stopped for the day at 1630 in Burbank Ohio at the Loves.

10hrs on duty

9hrs 16 min drive time

509 miles driven

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Noob, it's been so long since I've been there, I'll need photos to refresh my memory.

What company is it?

1600 lexington avenue Rochester Ny the pictures in my post are there indoor docks. north american breweries.

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Noob_Driver's Comment
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Day 11. 3/5

Looking at reviews of my reciever i find that they are first come first serve starting at 7am so at 0600 i start my pretrip and head that way.

Arrived at my final at 0700 in Mogadore Ohio and check in. 3 people ahead of me so i go park in the staging area. Finally got a door at 930 and was unloaded at 1030. Pulled out closed my doora and slid my tandems. Sent my empty messages and a ready for dispatch message as well. Parked for a few minutes in their lot to write down my new load info and got my gps setup and headed out.

New load picks up in Glenwillow Ohio about 20 miles away and goes to Ashley furniture DC in Arcadia Wi for delivery tomorrow 3/6 anytime.

Got to the shipper at 1145 and got a door right away. Loaded at 1230. Pulled out slid my tandems into the 6 hole closed my doors and made my way to I480 then the Ohio Turnpike heading east. Light load of furniture coming in At 19klbs so i didnt scale.

Made it to the final service plaza on the Indiana Toll road at 1740. 7 hrs from my final stop on Arcadia Wi, going to head out at 0330 for my drop and hook.

8hrs on duty time

7 hrs drive time

395 miles .

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.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Guy B.'s Comment
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Great road journal! Really educational, looks like you're on your way to a heck of a career!

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Great road journal! Really educational, looks like you're on your way to a heck of a career!

Thanks for the feedback!

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Day 12. 3/6 Started my day at 345 in Lake atation Indiana heading West. Took 80/90 to 294 then hopped on 290 to 90 west and finally met up with 39 and made my way into Wisconsin.

I skipped a fuel stop in Gary Indiana because my 2nd fuel stop is at our Terminal in Black River Falls and i had over a half a tank which was plenty.

Took a 30 min break north of Madison on I90 at a rest area and hopped back on 90 and thwn onto 94N and made my way to our terminal to fuel.

Made it to the reciever in Arcadia Wi at 1100 and checked in with security who directed me across the street to drop my trailer. While setting my landing gear i heard a few messages come through on my qualcom. That usually means a load has come through! Sure enough i got a load coming out of the Ashley Dc heading down to another DC in Mesquite Tx.

Headed back across the street to the shipping office for my paperwork and to hook to the new load. Got underneath the trailer and did my inspection and sent all my empty/loaded messages. Got a message from dispatch saying its a drop and hook in Texas and get there when i can. Sent a message back saying ill push for Sunday if all goes well with my hours ill make it but it might be Monday.

Its an 18.5 hr trip and I have 19 hrs over the next 2 days so with pretrips itll be tight. Left the DC and headed for 90 and made my way into Minnesota. Stopped for the night in Albert Lea on I35 at the Petro.

9.18 hrs on duty

8.39hr drive time

490 miles driven.

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.

Drop And Hook:

Drop and hook means the driver will drop one trailer and hook to another one.

In order to speed up the pickup and delivery process a driver may be instructed to drop their empty trailer and hook to one that is already loaded, or drop their loaded trailer and hook to one that is already empty. That way the driver will not have to wait for a trailer to be loaded or unloaded.

Andy Dufresne (a.k.a. Rob's Comment
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Great road journal! Really educational, looks like you're on your way to a heck of a career!

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Thanks for the feedback!

Noob

While I haven't commented yet I have followed this thread and agree this is a great journal of your travels.

Noob_Driver's Comment
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Great road journal! Really educational, looks like you're on your way to a heck of a career!

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Thanks for the feedback!

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Noob

While I haven't commented yet I have followed this thread and agree this is a great journal of your travels.

Thank you sir!

Pete E Pothole's Comment
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Nope still haven't been to anywhere in Rochester. Only loads I have picked up for there ended up being relays to get me home or to get someone up there home. On a side note, picked up at Miller Valley today. Went down to Oak Creek to scale and tandems were at 37700, but the rework was only 2 hours.

Tandems:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

Tandem:

Tandem Axles

A set of axles spaced close together, legally defined as more than 40 and less than 96 inches apart by the USDOT. Drivers tend to refer to the tandem axles on their trailer as just "tandems". You might hear a driver say, "I'm 400 pounds overweight on my tandems", referring to his trailer tandems, not his tractor tandems. Tractor tandems are generally just referred to as "drives" which is short for "drive axles".

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