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Bill M.'s Comment
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Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted. I'm on month three driving solo and doing well. However, I picked up a load yesterday that presents me with my biggest challenge to-date.

It's a live unload in Northern Vermont along the Canadian border next week. I can't span the distance on an 11 hour drive clock. The pickings appear slim once I get past Syracuse. In fact, there is a message in my que to top off in Syracuse before proceeding any further. I'm traversing route 11 across from rt 81. I've checked several websites and can't find anything except a small truck stop on route 87 just south of 11, but I won't make that on 11 hours unless it's a perfect drive with no lost time.

If I can't find anything between Waterloo and Champlain, I'm considering leaving a day early and breaking up the trip into two short driving days and arrive early for the live unload. For added excitement, I have a live load two hours away from the consignee and have to drive out again. So, I'm trying to get as close as I can the day b4 the live unload.

Grateful for any help.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Matthew P.'s Comment
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Use Google Maps satellite view and search around the area near the consignee. We flatbedders have to get creative about parking. This is one of my techniques. I will use street view to "walk" the area and look for no parking signs etc

Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted. I'm on month three driving solo and doing well. However, I picked up a load yesterday that presents me with my biggest challenge to-date.

It's a live unload in Northern Vermont along the Canadian border next week. I can't span the distance on an 11 hour drive clock. The pickings appear slim once I get past Syracuse. In fact, there is a message in my que to top off in Syracuse before proceeding any further. I'm traversing route 11 across from rt 81. I've checked several websites and can't find anything except a small truck stop on route 87 just south of 11, but I won't make that on 11 hours unless it's a perfect drive with no lost time.

If I can't find anything between Waterloo and Champlain, I'm considering leaving a day early and breaking up the trip into two short driving days and arrive early for the live unload. For added excitement, I have a live load two hours away from the consignee and have to drive out again. So, I'm trying to get as close as I can the day b4 the live unload.

Grateful for any help.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Yep. That's how I found the small truck stop near 11 and 87.

Thanks for the advice. Still searching...

Use Google Maps satellite view and search around the area near the consignee. We flatbedders have to get creative about parking. This is one of my techniques. I will use street view to "walk" the area and look for no parking signs etc

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Hi everyone,

It's been a while since I've posted. I'm on month three driving solo and doing well. However, I picked up a load yesterday that presents me with my biggest challenge to-date.

It's a live unload in Northern Vermont along the Canadian border next week. I can't span the distance on an 11 hour drive clock. The pickings appear slim once I get past Syracuse. In fact, there is a message in my que to top off in Syracuse before proceeding any further. I'm traversing route 11 across from rt 81. I've checked several websites and can't find anything except a small truck stop on route 87 just south of 11, but I won't make that on 11 hours unless it's a perfect drive with no lost time.

If I can't find anything between Waterloo and Champlain, I'm considering leaving a day early and breaking up the trip into two short driving days and arrive early for the live unload. For added excitement, I have a live load two hours away from the consignee and have to drive out again. So, I'm trying to get as close as I can the day b4 the live unload.

Grateful for any help.

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Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Turtle's Comment
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The Walmarts at Watertown, Potsdam, and Malone all allow trucks to park. Just keep it clean and they will continue to do so. The latter two are east of 81 on 11. There are also a few pull offs along 11 where you can park, but they are small and might already have a truck or two by the time you get there. Beyond that it's the RT. 11 truck stop when you get to I-87, which is also small. I wouldn't push it much further if your drive clock is at risk.

Bill M.'s Comment
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Clean I am! Thanks for the info on Walmarts on 11. It's helpful. But I think I'll just leave tomorrow and split this up into two short driving days and work an extra 1/2 day next week. I can overnight at the consignee the night b4 unload - just not able get there in one run. I don't like the idea of putting myself out there in that neck of the woods. All risk, no upside.

Thanks again!!

The Walmarts at Watertown, Potsdam, and Malone all allow trucks to park. Just keep it clean and they will continue to do so. The latter two are east of 81 on 11. There are also a few pull offs along 11 where you can park, but they are small and might already have a truck or two by the time you get there. Beyond that it's the RT. 11 truck stop when you get to I-87, which is also small. I wouldn't push it much further if your drive clock is at risk.

Consignee:

The customer the freight is being delivered to. Also referred to as "the receiver". The shipper is the customer that is shipping the goods, the consignee is the customer receiving the goods.

Klutch's Comment
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Where are you crossing into VT? Down near glens falls, Plattsburgh NY ferry crossing or Rouses Point bridge?

There’s a truck stop in Plattsburgh off exit 36. VT is slim picking, there’s some off the Berlin VT exit near Montpelier. And of coarse rest areas along the way.

Once you get into the Northeast Kingdom there’s not much of anything.

Klutch's Comment
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I see you mentioned Champlain, so crossing the bridge I take it.

There’s route 11 truck stop and another small one in Champlain.

71 W Service Rd, Champlain, NY 12919

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Download the Trucker Path app.

There are truck stops on 81 at exit 32, 34, and 36, pils a lot of parking areas. The one at exit 34 is the only one I’ve stopped at and it has a really good restaurant. Mexico, NY

Exit 33 has a restaurant with a large parking area

Small truck stop at rt 12 & 81 in Watertown

A small truck stop and a Dunkin’ that allows parking right before 781

A weigh station just after Watertown on rt 11

Parking area on 11 in Dekalb

There are a few restaurants and Walmarts along the way.

3 truck stops in Champlain and an old one that is closed you could probably park at, but the one on the east side of 87 has always had open spots.

In Vermont there is a truck stop in St Albans.

Other than that I would need to know exactly where you are going and where you think you’ll have to take your 10.

But definitely get the app

Bill M.'s Comment
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Wow. That's a lot of good info. Champlain is about as far as I'm willing to risk. It will near max out my clock for the day and put me withing the driving time I want to be under for the second day. I'm pretty sure the truck stop I identified off of 11/87 is the one you're talking about, there's about 35 spaces from what I can tell.

Thanks again. Everyone has been really helpful and I'm feeling more comfortable about my trip planning right now.

Download the Trucker Path app.

There are truck stops on 81 at exit 32, 34, and 36, pils a lot of parking areas. The one at exit 34 is the only one I’ve stopped at and it has a really good restaurant. Mexico, NY

Exit 33 has a restaurant with a large parking area

Small truck stop at rt 12 & 81 in Watertown

A small truck stop and a Dunkin’ that allows parking right before 781

A weigh station just after Watertown on rt 11

Parking area on 11 in Dekalb

There are a few restaurants and Walmarts along the way.

3 truck stops in Champlain and an old one that is closed you could probably park at, but the one on the east side of 87 has always had open spots.

In Vermont there is a truck stop in St Albans.

Other than that I would need to know exactly where you are going and where you think you’ll have to take your 10.

But definitely get the app

Bill M.'s Comment
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Yep. Just following the load plan. I've never been to this area but I am looking forward to raveling through upstate New York and Vermont. I saw the trucks stop on 11/87 when I was scanning my route using google mapping earlier today. Man, when you go in there you better have what you need and be ready for anything. You still have to turn around and come out of there. lol.undefined

I see you mentioned Champlain, so crossing the bridge I take it.

There’s route 11 truck stop and another small one in Champlain.

71 W Service Rd, Champlain, NY 12919

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