Did not get enough miles last week, noticed that on my paycheck today. I was pretty much sitting the whole weekend and Monday. The load that was supposed to be picked up at 10am Sunday from JBS in Phoenix. It was 28 hours late and ready Monday at 15:00.
The load has four deliveries. Two in San Antonio and two in Houston.
Had a terrible night of sleep, truck ran out of battery. I started to idle then went back to bed, but 5 minutes later the idle alarm goes off and I have to get back up from the bed to either disable it or shut off the truck. Did this probably 3-4 times thru the night. I should just have let it idle thru the night instead. Woke up around 0800 more tired than before I went to bed.
Drove about 7 hours straight to Erick OK to fill up fuel and get some quick lunch which consisted of a danish pastry with raspberry and some kind of cream and a bottle of lemonade. The rain and thunderstorms were with me all the way from Springfield and down to Amarillo wherer I got tired and just wanted to shut down. I pulled of on exit 74 to Loves and parked. Now just sitting here, dont feel any tired of course so I might as well watch some Netflix before I finaly hit the bed.
Been a while since I posted, I've been quite busy with late loads and short trips, and I was hoping to get west this time. I finally got a load to Temple TX which is west, but home time is soon here so I need to get back as soon as I got here.
Delivery was at Walmart in Temple, TX. Now I'm at the Shelby cold storage in Amarillo picking up a load going to Forth Smith, AR.
Pickup time was 7 according to the message, but they don't open before 8. Good thing I drove up here last night after my sleeper birth and not waited until after midnight as suggested.
On my way back west now to Fontana California with a load I picked up in Amarillo from another driver. We just switched trailers, he didn't wanna go west and I didn't wanna go east just yet.
Now having my break at my watering hole here at the Flying J in Kingman AZ. I've got about 5 more hours to drive today. No stress, it's still early.
This week started bad with a trip to Walgreen in Windsor WI. I had an appointment at 1230 which of course destroyed the rest of my dat. This place sucks cause no matter when you get here your day is over. Took the rest of my night at a TA just two miles down the road. Next day I went to pick up a load from Kraft foods in Aurora to Dot foods in Mt Sterling.
After spending all Thursday afternoon and night at Dot foods I went over to the local gas station next morning to spend the whole Friday there. Later that day I got a load from JBS in Beardstown going to Fort Worth Texas with delivery Monday at 1600.
I drove down there which was just 15 miles, but the load was not ready and I waited for it about 12 hours.
Now I'm in Anna TX waiting for my 1600 appointment. This completes a week full of shit.
It's been a while since I updated my blog now. I've been home a couple of times since last update. My last trip was more than 2700 miles from PA to WA which lead to a pretty nice paycheck. Now I'm in northern CA on my way with ice cream to Laredo TX. Been struggling with my 70 hour limit the last few days, but don't wanna do a reset yet. I will make my delivery on time too. Had to park early today cause I feel like shit. Hopefully a little better tomorrow.
Was almost out of hours yesterday and no idea where to park, both Loves and a TA down here in Forth Worth on I35 were packed. All the reserved spots were taken too. I managed to find a pretty nice independent truckstop where I paid $10 for parking, but it's worth it. Actually a great place to stop if I'll be back here again. It's called the drivers truckstop. Located on exit 53A on I35SW
Now it's 6:30am and I have arrived at my first stop about 30 minutes early, waiting on the street. It's a small family owned business with no parking spots except from the ones in front of the docs. I see people are coming, but the ones in the shipping/receiving/reception is not here yet.
The load was done earlier than expected, so at 10am I had allready picked up the trailer and was on my way south on I94. Fueled up a few hours later in Troy IL and kept driving for a couple of more hours until I decided to park at Flying J on exit 226 on I44.
I will have about 590 miles to drive in the morning, my first out of four deliveries is at Keen Meat in Fort Worth TX. The next three deliveries are in Houston.
Will be watching a movie here at the truckstop tonight. :)
Waiting here at the Speedway, the closest place I could find to the shipper. My short trip load I wrote about yesterday got cancelled and I got a new and better going to Texas with three deliveries in Forth Worth. Much better and more miles, maybe I can save the week anyway.
My load appointment is tomorrow at noon so there is no rush and no need to go bed early or wake up early. Will be sitting here watching tv and read a book.