Driving East: Nervous As Hay-ell

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Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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It is an imaginary problem, just another urban legend waiting to be debunked. Other than names, all roads are the same. There are some minor differences, but they are so tiny that can be safely ignored. PA has some nice Amish food, by the way, check out some of their smorgasbords. In my opinion, this is where the good food ends - travelling NE farther towards Maine is sad, sometimes I have an impression that people in New England don't eat at all :-)

Andrey, one of the perks of living in Ohio, as well. Sharing roads with the buggies IS a challenge, but we'll TAKE it, haha! (Then again, sure wouldn't mind some N/E seafood with our grits, greens, and asparagus, haha!!) Walleye and Perch are just as good, IMHO...anyway.

PackRat' suppers are still in 1st place, imho!

Navypoppop, you got that right about US60 from Sam Black Church to Smithers. Smithers will put you 10 miles from my house over on the other side of the Kanawha River on WV61. What kills me though are the number of drivers who attempt to run WV61 from Montgomery to Oak hill who bottom out their trailers at the foot of Deepwater mountain. I don't know if they're trying to avoid the tolls on the WV Turnpike or what, but by the time Hutch's Wrecker Service gets done getting them unstuck, that toll seems like pennies lol.

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Thomas D., I sure hope all is going well with you and that awesome 'LIL'MAN'... (ie: Mini YOU!)

Re: The pic: OMG.....That guy had SO much room to correct his predicament, omigosh, haha!! OOPS!

Someday, I'll tell you my Parkersburg, WV story. . . . (it AIN'T PRETTY, but I wasn't in a CMV , just on my way to rescue one...and fell short. Very.) Me & WV and 77 ain't friends....sadly. Nope!

It sure cheers me & my boogered up left shoulder when ya post, haha!

~ Anne ~

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Thomas D.'s Comment
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Another one bites the curve, this angle highlights the problem drivers face when they're not familiar with the road.

RealDiehl's Comment
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My biggest issue with driving in NJ, NY (along I-95), CT, RI, MA is that I find it difficult to find parking later in the day. If possible, make sure you try and plan to stop early to ensure you can find a place to park.

Old School's Comment
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My biggest issue with driving in NJ, NY (along I-95), CT, RI, MA is that I find it difficult to find parking later in the day. If possible, make sure you try and plan to stop early to ensure you can find a place to park.

That's a great point about driving the Northeast. I have been driving there so much I have developed a few relationships with customers that will allow me to park on their property even though I may not have a delivery for them. Trucking is all about finding solutions and dealing with the issues that cause others extreme frustration. One of the keys to making a go of this career is making sure you can develop a few friends along the road that can and will help you when needed. This is mostly true within our own circle of people at our company, (dispatchers load planners, etc.) but it is also true within the customer base we deal with. I have several good customers in the Northeast who allow me to park at their locations. There are no truck stops in these areas or they fill up so quickly that trip planning in this area is really problematic. I have alleviated that issued with a little common courtesy and always making sure that customer is well served. People still appreciate great customer service. Some of them will reward you with perks you never dreamed you might need.

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mountain girl's Comment
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No kidding! That’s just “up the street” from me! I’m north of Denver. How do you like it? I was a candidate for Walmart last year, out of Loveland, but couldn’t do it after having been sick with long hauler’s covid.

—mountain girl

I've been Walmart dedicated for Crete from the Cheyenne DC since the beginning of July.

mountain girl's Comment
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Oh, Dayam!

Navypoppop, you got that right about US60 from Sam Black Church to Smithers. Smithers will put you 10 miles from my house over on the other side of the Kanawha River on WV61. What kills me though are the number of drivers who attempt to run WV61 from Montgomery to Oak hill who bottom out their trailers at the foot of Deepwater mountain. I don't know if they're trying to avoid the tolls on the WV Turnpike or what, but by the time Hutch's Wrecker Service gets done getting them unstuck, that toll seems like pennies lol.

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mountain girl's Comment
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That does not help my anxiety. Nope.

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Another one bites the curve, this angle highlights the problem drivers face when they're not familiar with the road.

mountain girl's Comment
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THANK you! I will keep that in mind!

My biggest issue with driving in NJ, NY (along I-95), CT, RI, MA is that I find it difficult to find parking later in the day. If possible, make sure you try and plan to stop early to ensure you can find a place to park.

mountain girl's Comment
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Thanks, Old School. You always have pearls to share. I appreciate it.

—mountain girl

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My biggest issue with driving in NJ, NY (along I-95), CT, RI, MA is that I find it difficult to find parking later in the day. If possible, make sure you try and plan to stop early to ensure you can find a place to park.

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That's a great point about driving the Northeast. I have been driving there so much I have developed a few relationships with customers that will allow me to park on their property even though I may not have a delivery for them. Trucking is all about finding solutions and dealing with the issues that cause others extreme frustration. One of the keys to making a go of this career is making sure you can develop a few friends along the road that can and will help you when needed. This is mostly true within our own circle of people at our company, (dispatchers load planners, etc.) but it is also true within the customer base we deal with. I have several good customers in the Northeast who allow me to park at their locations. There are no truck stops in these areas or they fill up so quickly that trip planning in this area is really problematic. I have alleviated that issued with a little common courtesy and always making sure that customer is well served. People still appreciate great customer service. Some of them will reward you with perks you never dreamed you might need.

Dispatcher:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

The primary person a driver communicates with at his/her company. A dispatcher can play many roles, depending on the company's structure. Dispatchers may assign freight, file requests for home time, relay messages between the driver and management, inform customer service of any delays, change appointment times, and report information to the load planners.
PackRat's Comment
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No kidding! That’s just “up the street” from me! I’m north of Denver. How do you like it? I was a candidate for Walmart last year, out of Loveland, but couldn’t do it after having been sick with long hauler’s covid.

—mountain girl

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I've been Walmart dedicated for Crete from the Cheyenne DC since the beginning of July.

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I like it most days. Extended trips around the 50 mile radius of Denver get old after the third time in a row. The maintenance shop here at the DC is hit or miss.

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