Out Overnight

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Rob T.'s Comment
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As a home daily driver its quite rare I'm overnight. Tonight is one of those nights. I had 2 stores in the Twin Cities with a pickup in St Michael MN, about 560 miles. I sat there for 8 hours (I did get out and walk quite a bit) waiting to get loaded. Had I been in a sleeper no big deal I'd have logged sleeper and rolled back using the 8-2 split. However I'm in a daycab and was at a little over 16 hours by the time I could roll out. Had to PC to the hotel ill be staying at for my 10 hours. We have a corporate lodging card that has an app to show us what's in network and I can filter it to truck parking available. While sitting there and it became clear I'd be laying over I began searching for where I'd stopped. Original plan was to stop at Diamond Jo Casino just over the IA border on 35. I prefer casinos due to often times lots of parking and decent food options. Then i figured Owatonna. Sure enough I kept needing to change what the plan was as my clock kept ticking. The best option I found was the Hampton Inn in Rogers MN, half a mile from the TA. Its not the most spacious but I didn't have much of a choice after calling to confirm they have truck parking and available room.

0976860001622326213.jpg I pulled in off Commerce and hooked my 2nd right, was able to loop through the lot due to hardly any cars at 345pm when I arrived and got myself situated in the corner of diamond lake and commerce.

0914841001622326316.jpg its hard to tell but I have my trailer bumper taking up about half of that parking spot while being close to the curb on my passenger side, and the front of my truck taking up just under half a spot in front of me while also angled to ensure I can get out. ill be going out the same way i came in as it looks too tight getting out directly onto diamond lake.. I'll be hitting the road around 245am and who knows how the lot will look. Always have an out. I'm used to barely having any time to take a breath when I get home but I've been logged out only an hour, already ordered and ate a pizza, ready to jump in the shower and amazed I very well may actually get the 8 hours of recommended sleep. This is nice, however I'd still rather be home with the kids (and maybe the wife depending on her mood today 😉).

I'm not expecting to get back until about 7am tomorrow morning so they're making me take the remainder of the day off as we have nothing that I'd be able to take without it being several hours late, as well as likely being out overnight again.

Also had an interesting thing happen today. I have this bad habit of always keeping my parking lights on. Batteries in this truck today must be going bad as they drained and I couldn't get the truck started. Thankfully the driver next to me had some jumper cables so we used my reefer to get the truck started. It beat waiting on roadside and saved my company some money. I don't have an assigned truck so I don't carry my own cables. When I have a truck I will. All the accessories are turned off so I SHOULD be ok getting the truck started. I plan to run out and start it up before I start my clock just in case.

Reefer:

A refrigerated trailer.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
PackRat's Comment
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Enjoy your Bachelor Night out!

Bobcat_Bob's Comment
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Sounds like a fun filled day!

The guy I used to do a meet with had to get one on his way back due to a accident was able to fit a set in a Holiday in lot but got boxed in so ended up being there like 14 hours.

I've lucky its been awhile since I had to get a hotel.

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