Route Question (South OR To Reno)

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Matt M.'s Comment
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Howdy, sorry to bother but I was wondering if CA89 to CA44 to US395 is good for loaded trucks. Taking the i5 down to i80 across Donner will add some miles to my trip.

GPS and Primes directions suggest the former route, but then again I was in Arkansas on the AR27/28 the other day following that and felt like I was rock climbing in my jeep (1st gear and praying I didn't roll over).

Got two months solo and it's amazing how much you learn in those first few weeks. To anyone struggling in training, it does get better! I didn't feel ready at all and while I've been laughed at a few times I still haven't hit anything! Ha.

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Raz's Comment
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Howdy, sorry to bother but I was wondering if CA89 to CA44 to US395 is good for loaded trucks. Taking the i5 down to i80 across Donner will add some miles to my trip.

GPS and Primes directions suggest the former route, but then again I was in Arkansas on the AR27/28 the other day following that and felt like I was rock climbing in my jeep (1st gear and praying I didn't roll over).

Got two months solo and it's amazing how much you learn in those first few weeks. To anyone struggling in training, it does get better! I didn't feel ready at all and while I've been laughed at a few times I still haven't hit anything! Ha.

I have a brother in NorCal that runs that country for Walmart. Sent him a text and he replied that he uses the route you have in mind. Go for it, and drive some beautiful country.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

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HAMMERTIME's Comment
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Howdy, sorry to bother but I was wondering if CA89 to CA44 to US395 is good for loaded trucks. Taking the i5 down to i80 across Donner will add some miles to my trip.

GPS and Primes directions suggest the former route, but then again I was in Arkansas on the AR27/28 the other day following that and felt like I was rock climbing in my jeep (1st gear and praying I didn't roll over).

Got two months solo and it's amazing how much you learn in those first few weeks. To anyone struggling in training, it does get better! I didn't feel ready at all and while I've been laughed at a few times I still haven't hit anything! Ha.

I take that route always when I'm going to Reno from Oregon but only in the Summer months. It's a very fun scenic route and you can speed all you want unlike I5. There are some tight turns but nothing you can't handle by just slowing down. When you get to Susanville there is this really steep quick downgrade and almost turns at the same time into the Downtown area, make sure you read that sign telling you to slow down.

HOS:

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OWI:

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Raz's Comment
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WATCH OUT FOR DEER !!!!!

Matt M.'s Comment
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Thanks fellas. Thanks for the tip about Susanville, I'll watch out for it. I checked and looks like weather there will be fine tomorrow when I head through.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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I also agree with all the above. You'll obviously have mountains and curves but going the Interstate route just adds too many miles.

As a side note from a Prime Instructor. Try to always follow the fuel routing as a rookie. Without having proved yourself, you really don't want to push anyone's button by not following the companies directions. There's no problem changing your routing if you think it makes more sense, but just take it through your DM first because you're technically not authorized to make that type of decision. Once your DM knows and trusts you and you've made a name for yourself you can pretty much do what you want without anyone caring but until then follow those macros.

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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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.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Matt M.'s Comment
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Thanks for the advice Daniel, I think I'm just a little paranoid about state highways through mountainous areas after my experience in Arkansas.

I generally follow the macro although I have deviated from them before as I like to plan using different tools. Might have just been lucky to not raise any flags. "Easier to ask forgiveness than permission" is my usual mantra :P.

Daniel B.'s Comment
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As long as your route isn't adding a ton of miles it's fine. At the end of the week they can actually see your dispatched miles and actual miles, it's best to keep them identical.

You should forget about that bad experience in AR. State Highways/US Highways are some of the best country you'll ever see! They are always beautiful and a fascinating ride.

Ernie S. (AKA Old Salty D's Comment
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You should forget about that bad experience in AR. State Highways/US Highways are some of the best country you'll ever see! They are always beautiful and a fascinating ride.

That is true most of the time Daniel. The US 71 north going through LA & AR is a nice ride if you are doing it in a 4 wheeler. In a semi it's another matter. Been there done that, don't want to do it again.

Ernie

Daniel B.'s Comment
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You should forget about that bad experience in AR. State Highways/US Highways are some of the best country you'll ever see! They are always beautiful and a fascinating ride.

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That is true most of the time Daniel. The US 71 north going through LA & AR is a nice ride if you are doing it in a 4 wheeler. In a semi it's another matter. Been there done that, don't want to do it again.

Ernie

I meant in general those state highways seem to be a lot more scenic than the interstate.

And I think I remember you telling me about that road not long ago on the phone.

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Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

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