My Prime TNT Progress Updates

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Dennis L's Comment
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04/18/22 wrap

I arrived at our fuel stop & driver switch out at 00:03 CDT at the Pilot on I-80 in Minooka, IL. We have fueled here multiple times.

Drove a total 361 miles in 7h 7m (50.7 mph avg speed).

Was at this stop <30 minutes. Robert is driving on. We are basically driving I-80W to Salt Lake City now.

My next driving shift starts at Noon.

P & D:

Pickup & Delivery

Local drivers that stay around their area, usually within 100 mile radius of a terminal, picking up and delivering loads.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers for instance will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

Dennis L's Comment
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04/19/22

Robert has stopped at a Petro at York, NE at 10:00 CDT. We will switch drivers here. I will start driving at 12:00, so a couple hours at this stop.

Dennis L's Comment
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I’m finishing up a hearty breakfast at the Iron Skillet at 11:00 CDT. Soon as I get back to the truck I’m ready to take off.

Have a fuel stop at Big Springs, NE about 3.5 hours ahead. Will turn that into my 30 mins DOT break. Then head on to Wyoming.

DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

PackRat's Comment
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Pack Rat was right again!

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Remember: My 2 cents are worth 4!

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G-Town's Comment
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Inflation is rampant...

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Pack Rat was right again!

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Remember: My 2 cents are worth 4!

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Dennis L's Comment
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04/19/22 Start driving at 11:15 CDT at York, NE.

Had constant 30-35 mph S-N crosswinds. Wind speed reduced below 10 mph past Big Springs.

Stop at 15:28 CDT in Big Springs, NE for fueling/vehicle inspection plus 30 minutes DOT break.

Start driving at 16:00 CDT, stopped again at 17:52 CDT for short 11 mins bio break.

Drive from 18:03 to 20:29 CDT. Stopped for break to switch drivers.

Drove 491 miles in 8h 28m. Avg speed 57.9 mph.

Beautiful View from Wagonhound Rest Area, Elk Mountain, WY. I got last parking spot.

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DOT:

Department Of Transportation

A department of the federal executive branch responsible for the national highways and for railroad and airline safety. It also manages Amtrak, the national railroad system, and the Coast Guard.

State and Federal DOT Officers are responsible for commercial vehicle enforcement. "The truck police" you could call them.

Dennis L's Comment
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04/20/22 Robert is up at 23:54 CDT and starts driving at 00:23 CDT.

Robert stopped at Bliss, ID to switch drivers. Before I started he gave me three directions.

1. He reserved a parking space at the TA in Troutdale, OR at I-84, Ext 17. 2. Stop at the Flying J at La Grande, OR at I-84, Ext 265 to wake him up before I do Cabbage Hill for first time. 3. Weigh stations in ID and OR do not use Pre-Pass, so stop at them.

I start driving at 11:30 CDT.

Stopped at 16:13 CDT in La Grande, OR for 30 mins break and to wake Robert prior to Cabbage Hill.

Start driving at 16:44. The decent of Cabbage Hill in good weather was thankfully uneventful. Went down at steady 34 mph with cruise set at 29.

Made a fuel stop at 19:43 CDT Wasco (Briggs Junction).

Drove on at 20:25 CDT towards our reserved parking space at the TA in Troutdale. Arrived at 22:04 CDT. Had a tricky 45 alley dock to get backed in.

Will park here for the night. We are 24 miles from our Loc 90 delivery customer with a 09:00 PDT appointment tomorrow. Robert will drive in the morning departing by 07:30 PDT. I have to get up and move to the lower bunk.

I drove 511 miles in 9h 21m (54.6 mph avg).

This was a beautiful drive today through both Idaho and Oregon. The Columbia River Gorge along the Lewis & Clark Trail was absolutely gorgeous. I’m thankful it was still daylight when we passed through it.

One of my favorite books is a biography of Meriweather Lewis called “Undaunted Courage” by Stephen Ambrose. It is an excellent read about the Voyage of Discovery. Contains a lot of details about both Lewis and Jefferson.

Dennis L's Comment
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04/21/22

Getting up at 06:40 PDT (08:40 PDT).

Robert driving to customer at 07:25 PDT (09:25 CDT).

Arrived 08:11 PDT. Docked at 08:29 PDT for live unload. Now wait.

Now that our docked macro has been submitted our next pre-plan should be coming in soon.

BMI:

Body mass index (BMI)

BMI is a formula that uses weight and height to estimate body fat. For most people, BMI provides a reasonable estimate of body fat. The BMI's biggest weakness is that it doesn't consider individual factors such as bone or muscle mass. BMI may:

  • Underestimate body fat for older adults or other people with low muscle mass
  • Overestimate body fat for people who are very muscular and physically fit

It's quite common, especially for men, to fall into the "overweight" category if you happen to be stronger than average. If you're pretty strong but in good shape then pay no attention.

Anne A. (G13Momcat)'s Comment
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Always an excellent read up here in your diary, Dennis! I love your 'swap' system. It really IS pseudo similar to a 'super solo' set up! I LIKE that!

Speaking of 'Excellent Reads ... ' I'm going to look INTO that book. I'm an odd duck for a female; history buff! Probably why Tom keeps me, besides being his biggest driver fan, haha! I bet that's a book that Turtle would also like, and Chief Brody, too. Good find.

Keep on, good sir.

~ Anne ~

Dennis L's Comment
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Thanks Anne. I enjoy reading American history. The Civil War in particular because my great-great-grandfather fought on the Union side.

This completed load puts me at 25,838 TNT miles. My personal miles logged are 14,718 as of 04/20/22. I’ve driven 57% of TNT miles to date.

Still waiting for next load assignment.

TNT:

Trainer-N-Trainee

Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

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