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Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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I haven't been here in a long time. It's been a rough and exciting time. I ended up driving for a time with US Xpress on the Dollar General account but hated it. I got a better deal and route from Werner and loving it. It took some time getting used to the new lifestyle but once you taste it, it's addictive. When I'm home for a few days I get anxious to get rolling again. I was unfortunately suspended from Werner pending a court case from my divorce. During that "break" I drove for a small company in the Chicago land area. I drove day cab and containers from Union Pacific terminal in Joliet, IL to Indianapolis. They then started routing me into downtown Chicago, which sucked big time. Now I'm back in Ohio and waiting to be cleared to come back to Werner in a week! I'll be driving a regional routed from Chicago land to east coast and back and home on weekends.. or so they say.. lol

Going solo was pretty stressful. First day my Rand McNally routed me onto a back road that ended up being closed. I still don't know how I got that rig turned around. Then heading to Union Pacific terminal in Joliet, IL, and my gps was way off due to lots of construction in that area. Once I finally made it and picked up my trailer, the tail light was missing completely, of course. I had to yank one from a nearby trailer so I could get rolling. I had no time to get it repaired. Next day I had to drop the empty in a container re-distribution yard in downtown Chicago at 1am. Once I finally found it, no one was there, just an empty dirt lot, so I couldn't leave it and had to go back home.

My relationship got ruined in the process. Starting a new relationship with this kind of job takes a special kind of woman and I guess she wasn't it.

I hope all is doing well and I'll be on the road soon!

Union Pacific in Joliet, IL.. and the wait begins! truck driver waiting in long line to get loaded at Union Pacific in Joliet, IL

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Regional:

Regional Route

Usually refers to a driver hauling freight within one particular region of the country. You might be in the "Southeast Regional Division" or "Midwest Regional". Regional route drivers often get home on the weekends which is one of the main appeals for this type of route.

Day Cab:

A tractor which does not have a sleeper berth attached to it. Normally used for local routes where drivers go home every night.

ButtonUp's Comment
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Yeah, looks like you were stuck at Global 3? I've been there. Spent a long time in that line. Be sure your bills are faxed in or the wait stinks! They won't let you turn directly to it, and you're not allowed to u-turn. Was quite the experience trying to find that place. I tried following the GPS as well and ended up in the middle of nowhere! Luckily, I found a truckstop somehow and asked a driver if he knew the place, and he told me how to get there. I still had to make a u-turn in the front of some other yard, but I high-tailed it out of there before they could say anything to me.

Sorry to hear about the relationship, man. I had a couple wives myself. Stressful. Sucks. But, maybe you'll find the right one someday, who knows?

Thanks for checkin' in!

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

ButtonUp's Comment
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Oh, before the ladies tear me a new one, let me just say, marriage to the right person is AWESOME!

It's just when it's NOT AWESOME that it is stressful.

Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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Yeah, looks like you were stuck at Global 3?

It was Union Pacific in Joliet, IL off of 55. I passed it once and you could only turn right into the terminal. There was nowhere to turn around so I had to get back on 55N and turn around at the next exit and head back. Once you find it once it's okay but the first time was a real pain.

Six

Terminal:

A facility where trucking companies operate out of, or their "home base" if you will. A lot of major companies have multiple terminals around the country which usually consist of the main office building, a drop lot for trailers, and sometimes a repair shop and wash facilities.

Woody's Comment
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Nice to see you post Kip! I've just started posting again recently. Can't believe it's only been a year since we started. Feels like much longer lol.

Woody

Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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Nice to see you post Kip! I've just started posting again recently. Can't believe it's only been a year since we started. Feels like much longer lol.

Woody

It sure does feel longer. I'm sure this winter will feel a lot longer..

ButtonUp's Comment
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That is the same place. You can only go in the one way, and they don't want you to u-turn. I actually saw a cop come in and catch a guy that had turned left in there while I was waiting to bobtail out. It's over by the Home Depot distribution center. The GPS had me out in the middle of nowhere, saying the empty field was my destination. And, it's a long walk to get the restroom key and back if you need it lol.

I run over to that area quite a bit sometimes.

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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That is the same place. You can only go in the one way, and they don't want you to u-turn. I actually saw a cop come in and catch a guy that had turned left in there while I was waiting to bobtail out. It's over by the Home Depot distribution center. The GPS had me out in the middle of nowhere, saying the empty field was my destination. And, it's a long walk to get the restroom key and back if you need it lol.

I run over to that area quite a bit sometimes.

Union Pacific Global 4.. yeah only one way in and I came from the other direction.. you can't turn around anywhere. It's by BNSF Logistics..

Bobtail:

"Bobtailing" means you are driving a tractor without a trailer attached.

Pat M.'s Comment
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Welcome back... BTW someone stole the deck off your trailer....wtf.gif Maybe you already caught it on your post trip...rofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif

Kip Brown (aka Six)'s Comment
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Welcome back... BTW someone stole the deck off your trailer....wtf.gif Maybe you already caught it on your post trip...rofl-3.gifrofl-3.gif

Maybe it's late but you lost me.. lol

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