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87Wrangler 's Comment
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Such a beautiful morning...makes me happy to be alive and a part of this big beautiful world we live in. It is sometimes easy to forget all we have been given. The simple joys in life like this are something money can never buy!

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Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Gorgeous pic !!!!!

Now THAT'S the 'you' we want to hear from!

Go have some fun, fishing & what nott'ing with your new pals; YOU deserve it!

Always,

~ Anne & fam ~

87Wrangler 's Comment
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Hello Everyone, just a quick update.

Had a pretty good week and scored the weekend off. I needed it, trucking is great but exhausting. One time I turned around because I was reading the directions coming from the west and the directions were from the east. So wrong turn, but did not panic just looked around for a few seconds chose a spot a couple yards down the road and turned around. I am still very aware of all that is around me, how big this truck is, but the anxiety is starting to leave and it is becoming more of a challenge!

I still have so much to learn, but swapped out dry van to flatbed several times meeting drivers the last couple days I am starting to get a routine that I am starting to follow each and every time dropping and hooking. I can for the most part do both in around 10 to 12 minutes now with a good pretrip. The maps are becoming easier to understand and sticking in my head better, plus have hammer on the phone now, gps and a hand written list of turns with average miles to exits. Helps so much. Still do not like it when Gordon Rd. cannot be found because it is now HH but was Gordon when I got there in an old green barely visible sign, but HH was huge??? I still made the turn, I just slow down hit the flashers and find it when I know I am close to exits that are in question.

Also blind sided off the highway into a small road cutting back into me with only two pull ups. One of the guys showed me how to open the small window in the sleeper to help you see better! Woohoo

Still struggling when I just ride up to hit a spot without doing the 12 to 9 to 45 or like coming from the wrong side but have room out front. I seem to always hit the middle??? lol Also l hitting the S pattern into truck parking at rest areas better. Also coming onto ramps at a better speed and timing than before. I am still liking it very much, but appreciated being able to get away from the truck a couple days. Pay was very good as well!!!!!!!! What a blessing!!

Dry Van:

A trailer or truck that that requires no special attention, such as refrigeration, that hauls regular palletted, boxed, or floor-loaded freight. The most common type of trailer in trucking.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
87Wrangler 's Comment
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Even splurged and purchased a new pair of work boots this weekend.........usually try to spend extra on family when I have it, but they were 4 years old and absolutely worn out and needed to be replaced a couple years ago!

Glenbob's Comment
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Keep the faith, I’ve been following your post. You are a true inspiration! Sorry, to hear about your split up. Been though a couple myself. I wish there were words of comfort. One of the things I use for directions (and my nerves) is post it notes on the top of the windshield. Write big:) Generally, I review my next days travel, p/u and delivery before calling it a day. A lot of our addresses are to the front of the building not shipping or receiving. Had one last week where the company provided directions and my Garmin Dezl GPS both carried you through a truck restricted area of town, through a residential section ultimately to a entry that was unaccessible. Luckily, I’d done my trip planning the night before. Don’t beat yourself up over backing and parking it will come to you. Each situation calls for a little different approach. As you gain experience you’ll automatically adjust your setup for the situation. In the beginning anxiety would almost paralyzed me with the thought of parking at a truck stop. I spent most nights in rest areas to avoid them. One day it clicked and the intimidation was no more. Even the most experienced have trouble parking, miss a turn, from time to time. Wrong addresses and road construction are just one of the joys that keep it interesting. I was serious about the inspiration. You have meet adversity with the best. Keep your faith, believe in yourself, you have the hard part behind you.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Anne A. (Momma Anne) & To's Comment
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Even splurged and purchased a new pair of work boots this weekend.........usually try to spend extra on family when I have it, but they were 4 years old and absolutely worn out and needed to be replaced a couple years ago!

Same here; it's an essential. Hope you got GOOD ones. They last longer!

Good on YOU, man! Glad to hear all is workin' out for ya!!

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~ Anne ~

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