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.
Started out from Yuma AZ this morning with very little sleep due to Netflix watching and smartphone mania last night. Made my way almost to San Diego then I ran into some really slick roads, lots of melted snow that turned to ice and wet pavement that was frozen. It was the pass about 50 miles east of San Diego that was bad. Traffic was stuck and four wheelers where all over the place, but mostly in the ditch. Trucks were going slow and alot were stuck in the right lane so we passed them in the left. Traffic was probably moving around 10 mph at the most and it took forever. I was allready about 30 minute late for my delivere, but ended up with an additional hour.
Finaly down from the pass I ran into traffic, didnt really matter what route I picked from here cause it was traffic on all of them anyway. When I reached the customer things went pretty fast, checked in with receiving and waited a few minutes until they called me and gave me a door.
Unloading was a little slower, but its okay. Guess I was done after three hours or so, then I went down to the Pilot and parked.
Woke up at 0500am this morning for my first delivery in Houston, but was told to wait in the truck and they should let me know when they wad ready. At 0900am I was given a door. Couple of hours later I was empty and on my way to my next stop on the other side of the city.
I was of course late now, but got a door as soon as I got there. A couple of hours later I was done and headed to my third and last stop. No way I could make that appointment either, but I got there about 1,5 hour late. They were nice and friendly and got me at door immediately. Did my empty call and headed for the Katy yard to pick up a tcall going to Wal-Mart.
This load unfortunately didn't have many miles, but a little later they called me and asked if I wanted to go pick up a load at Del Monte in Galveston yo Columbus OH. Much more miles, of course I wanted that.
Now I'm at the harbor in Galveston waiting to enter the gates at 1100pm. So I have a few hours to kill. I've never been this far south in Texas before and it's beautiful down here.
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. :)
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