Georgia Highway 26

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Errol V.'s Comment
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Today I drove on Georgia highway 26 from near Macon to the Alabama line. I was just plain struck by the countryside. Rural America! Some small towns - you know they saw some of the Civil War. Pine tree farms growing pulp wood. A commercial tree nursery (it's winter - no leaves on those sticks). Some acres of electric generating solar panels. Of course, farms for miles. I passed near Andersonville. I didn't hear much about Andersonville when I was studying the Civil War in school, but the place should be remembered. No time to stop, even for a minute. I saw abandoned shacks I wanted to think were sharecropper homes 90 years ago. There were hills of Georgia's red clay.

This was the best ride of my (short) trucking career. Dang! And I got paid to drive through it! This is a benefit no company can offer you. But it truly is a benefit you get as a trucker.

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Deb R.'s Comment
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Sounds wonderful. There is a lot of history out there. I have already experienced the urge to "stop & see" - something I always do when traveling in my car. I like to go down all the little dirt roads and check out the historical markers, odd little shops, parks along the way. Well, needless to say, I can't be doing THAT with a 53' trailer!

One place that made quite an impression on me was Hwy 231 in Indiana, south of LaFayette. There are acres and acres of wind turbines all lined up as far as the eye can see. Driving through there at night was quite a sensation, all the turbine's red lights blinking on-off-on-off in unison. It had a surreal, sci-fi quality to it. Very cool!

Mike S.'s Comment
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Sounds wonderful. There is a lot of history out there. I have already experienced the urge to "stop & see" - something I always do when traveling in my car. I like to go down all the little dirt roads and check out the historical markers, odd little shops, parks along the way. Well, needless to say, I can't be doing THAT with a 53' trailer!

One place that made quite an impression on me was Hwy 231 in Indiana, south of LaFayette. There are acres and acres of wind turbines all lined up as far as the eye can see. Driving through there at night was quite a sensation, all the turbine's red lights blinking on-off-on-off in unison. It had a surreal, sci-fi quality to it. Very cool!

On interstate 39 just north of Mendota Illinois it looks pretty much like it does in Lafayette lol

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Department Of Transportation

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

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Robert B. (The Dragon) ye's Comment
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I know the area you're talking about and yeah, when you're coming up to it at night it looks surreal and almost a bit confusing lol.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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Some small towns - you know they saw some of the Civil War

I always thought about the history of our country and specifically that of any place I happen to pass through. As with most everyone, my appreciation of history has grown over time. I'm endlessly fascinated by American History and I always think about the lifestyle people lived in the 18th through early 20th centuries. Incredible! The Revolutionary War, The Gold Rush, The Civil War, the wagon trains, the iron trains, the big rigs. Amazing.

AJ D.'s Comment
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I have always been a big history buff. Every time I see an old house I think, "if only that house could talk" . Driving up in the NE for the first time in my life, you see VERY old buildings. The homes and businesses are very close to the street, like you see in a 1700's period piece in the movies... You can tell we were born of Europe.

This is why driving at night is hard on me. I keep thinking of all the cool stuff I'm missing. !!

I have driven by the Indiana turbines at night also ! amazing to see... they are equally surreal during a hazy day, also ... It looks like a sci-fi movie ...

Just think of how many things we still have to see !!! I have never been west of the Rockies... but it's calling !

Jopa's Comment
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I have always been a big history buff. Every time I see an old house I think, "if only that house could talk" . Driving up in the NE for the first time in my life, you see VERY old buildings. The homes and businesses are very close to the street, like you see in a 1700's period piece in the movies... You can tell we were born of Europe.

This is why driving at night is hard on me. I keep thinking of all the cool stuff I'm missing. !!

I have driven by the Indiana turbines at night also ! amazing to see... they are equally surreal during a hazy day, also ... It looks like a sci-fi movie ...

Just think of how many things we still have to see !!! I have never been west of the Rockies... but it's calling !

Aj D.

You haven't even seen the best of the country yet, the "West!" It's true, I'm a Western Man (California born & bred) and so I'm prejudiced, but, having been to 47 of the lower 48 and traveled across the USA 16 times (all in the last 6 months) I can testify that while ALL of the USA has a beauty about it, the West has the grandeur you just don't experience anywhere else . . . and you know what strikes me as I motor my 500+ horses along the pavement, up & down and all around? Out fore fathers did all of this ON FOOT! They kept cresting the next hill or mountain, not knowing what was waiting on the other side . . . and what was usually waiting was MORE MOUNTAINS! Talk about sheer force of will, I don't think my generation begins to stack up to the ones who went before (I'm a "Baby Boomer - Late Version") and I know the two generations that have come after me don't have a clue what it is like to work hard and hang tough . . .

I know that's a broad statement and I shouldn't indite a whole generation,sorry.gif

but I think you will agree that the fortitude our pioneer forefathers (and mothers) had is worthy of all of our admiration . . .

Jopa

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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.

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Stevo Reno's Comment
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Yes History is cool. I have binders filled with family tree info, as far back as 1345 A.D. in Norfolk England. In 1750 my 6th great grand pa came here settling finally in N.Carolina. Amazing to read the huge chunks of lands they bought for bear and deer skins! Now all them 1000's of acres are long gone to developement, and time. And to read which relatives served in the Civil War, and different skirmishes...But yes it was a very Rough period in time. Kids today couldn't handle a 10th of it

Errol V.'s Comment
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Jopa, you're correct. The west has a grandeur anything EAST of Colorado can't touch. (You hear me talkin', Appalachians?) I grew up & lived in Southern California most of my life. At one point I was on a first name basis with many of the rocks along I-10 out to Phoenix.

But admit it - westerners don't live in our history like Easterners do. LA was founded in 1781. But even with Olivera St, you can't find anything that old. In the East, on the other hand, you literally drive through the history.

I live near Memphis, TN, now. I'm "dying" to get my first load heading west, just to be there again. (I'll even go to Sparks, NV!)

Dm:

Dispatcher, Fleet Manager, Driver Manager

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.
Jopa's Comment
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I live near Memphis, TN, now. I'm "dying" to get my first load heading west, just to be there again. (I'll even go to Sparks, NV!)

Did you know Reno is so close to Hell that you can see Sparks?? Hey, Nevada is one of the most beautiful of the western states . . . so stark and colorful . . . and there is much more water running in the mountains than one might imagine, due to the snow that collects up high during the winter . . . but you are right about the age . . . I remember first time I was on a project in New Jersey & New York . . . I went for a Sunday drive and was amazed to see the township signs with "Founded 1674" and such . . . really blew my mind . . .

Jopa

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