Still Alive Out Here

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Adam J.'s Comment
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Sorry I have been off the radar for a while. I passed my CDL test last January, and started the second phase at Prime, Inc in Feb. completed that in April and got my own truck. Been on the road since and running hard. Only been home a couple of times since leaving for PA in January 2021. I have been every where and have been able to cross one thing off my bucket list (see all lower 48 states) and completed that this last trip. I know the first year is toughest as with any job, this being no different. Knowing that I said "if I make close to what I made before trucking....I will be fine with it. Anything above is just a plus" Well.....I passed that by a long shot. This is the most I have made, but also perhaps the hardest I have worked or at least most. I hustle and bust my butt, manage my clock tight and don't make any wasted moves to burn my time. The hardest thing is being away from the kid, but she is 22 and taking care of the house for now, but looking to move out of state. She has been with me for 13+ years so it is hard for me not to be there but she is ok with it. I am not sure what my next adventure will be yet as I have a couple of options on the table and am weighing out my options. Prime, Inc has treated me very well, so I am pretty sure I will not be going much of anyplace. My one year commitment with them is completed so that is not an issue. This last year has been a heck of a ride, seen a lot of new cool things and have experienced things that I never would have otherwise. I want to thank everyone here and Brett for stating this site. This site has helped a lot with my studying (passing all tests first time) and there is a lot of great advice for everyone here. I hope to be more active in the future and be able to help others looking to totally up-end their life and start something new. Thank you all, travel safe.


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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Mr. Curmudgeon's Comment
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Adam. thanks for updating us. You've sure made a lot of positive statements about a job and a company that many say is the worst thing in the world. Congrats for being one of the survivors. No - one of the ones that have excelled and mastered a career choice.

Stay safe and let us know what the next chapters look like, even if they are in the same book!

BK's Comment
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Adam, great story. Very upbeat and positive.

Keep posting your adventures and bucket list stuff.

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