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Harvest's Comment
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Hey everyone, things have been going pretty good with me being solo. Been running as hard as I can. I accepted a load to NYC the other day because I wanted the experience. It was a little outside of the actual city but the turns were tight and traffic was heavy. I think the experience definitely helped teach me some skills I need. Today hasn’t been such a great backing day. My hours were running low and it is pretty late so I decided to pull into a TA. I found a spot but it was rather tight. I had to pull back around to set up again because I botched the first attempt. I also got a cb radio yesterday and the other truckers were brutal when I was trying to back. I was getting called every name under the sun. I’ll be honest so far I haven’t heard any helpful things through the fb except name calling and other bs.

PackRat's Comment
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Glad you picked up a useful tool for your truck.

The first thing I do when I take the exit ramp for a truck stop is turn the CB off.

SRJ's Comment
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OTHERS words only hurt, frustrate and/or bring us down if we allow them to. Keep up the great journey and I am glad things are going good for you.

Rob T.'s Comment
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You're doing great. You took a load without complaints that many drivers would make an excuse to not do, AND you got into that spot without hitting anything. Who cares what other drivers think. We all have our days where we struggle to back. Keep up the great work Harvest.

Rookie Doyenne's Comment
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Hey everyone, things have been going pretty good with me being solo. Been running as hard as I can. I accepted a load to NYC the other day because I wanted the experience....... I think the experience definitely helped teach me some skills I need.

Hey, Harvest, that sounds so positive, like you've got the "challenge" aspects of new things and being new held off where they can't bite you, yet you ARE new in the midst of new things and progressing, even enjoying, I hope, from the way that reads....

Today hasn’t been such a great backing day. ..... I also got a cb radio yesterday and the other truckers were brutal when I was trying to back. I was getting called every name under the sun. I’ll be honest so far I haven’t heard any helpful things through the fb except name calling and other bs.

Lol, you got great feedback above; I only hope when it's my turn out there, to receive the same. I'd especially second PackRat's advice to use the "off" switch on the radio. Among

some skills I need

could be "selective attention". smile.gifgood-luck.gif

Rob. D.'s Comment
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Harvest endures the wrath of toxic truckers:

I also got a cb radio yesterday and the other truckers were brutal when I was trying to back.

Don't let the *******s get you down.

Brandon Kitts mentioned in the thread about OTR Addiction that he finds peace OTR. Find yours in your own way and forget about the toxic super truckers. Obviously, they haven't found their peace. If they were at peace with their lives, they wouldn't feel the need to try to bring others down.

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.

PJ's Comment
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Keep the CB on, and squelch it down while on the road, that way yo get what is close to you and relevant. I do the same as Packrat. Hit the off ramp and turn it off. It is like any other tool. It has its purpose.

Turtle's Comment
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You may go days, weeks, or months without hearing anything useful on the CB. But when you do it'll be golden, and you'll be so thankful you had it on.

Bird-one's Comment
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As I always remind myself out here Harvest "let go, or get dragged". Ignore the nonsense on channel 19. Its shiz talk. That's all. Don't think its just you getting it. We have all probably gotten alittle bit of it directed towards us specifically at some point. I know i have. And for no valid reason either. I think its funny. But some drivers will literally threaten lives over it. Its like playing a video game against 6 yr old on xbox live. I kinda felt the same way in the beginning until on I was on i-24 going through logansport Indiana on a curve and a driver coming from the opposite direction warned me that there was a box spring in the middle of the 2 lanes. Wouldn't of seen it until it was to late otherwise. And I could go on but give it time. You are doing good just keep on keeping on.

Rob T.'s Comment
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Don't think its just you getting it. We have all probably gotten alittle bit of it directed towards us specifically at some point. I know i have. And for no valid reason either. I think its funny.

I definitely agree. I find it funny how someone can get that upset that they start spewing hate on the CB. A while back someone asked if I got my CDL out of a crackerjack box. I told him I got it as a blue light special from Kmart and didnt hear another peep from them. The children usually stop if they aren't getting you upset. The only time I've gotten upset over something on the CB was about a month ago. I called the guy an A-hole and that was the end of it. What did he do? About 2am driving past a rest area " wake up time M F" then proceeded to lay on the air horn.

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.
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