Finally here at Del Monte Columbus OH delivering my last load after 4 week's on the road. I stopped at home last Saturday for a few hours. This load of bananas is coming from Del Monte in Gloucester City PA.
They seemed pretty busy here today, but I hope they can get me unloaded fast. Then of to the truck wash and home.
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.
The pineapple load got me home after delivery at Kroger. They unloaded me pretty fast for a change and I was home around 1400. Had a good hometime as usual. Also got to see the whole third season of Bates Motel and was watching halfway through Helix season 2. On Sunday we celebrated Easter with our neighbors.
Monday morning I went back to Columbus, picked up the same trailer I left on Friday and headed over to Richs and loaded up a load to dunkin donuts in Westhampton NJ.
I delivered the load in NJ on time then headed down 95 and 70 to pick up a load for Nestle at Saputo Dairy in Frederick MD.
I arrived at Nestle tonight 30 minutes before my appointment time. At the door now with less than 10 minutes drive time left, but they have overnight parking here so I'm good.
Pine apples from Costa Rica to Columbus OH. The ship came in around 2200 and I checked in at 2330. Since all the pine apples has to be unloaded and inspected by US government its needless to say I was too early and my midnight appointment were going to be rescheduled. I went back to the truck parking lot on 33rd street which was a big unorganized mess, to sleep a few hours while I waited.
At 0400 they called me and I could come back and get loaded, sitting in line now waiting for a door at Del Monte.
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. :)
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.
Looks like the punishment for changing jobs have started, even before I've told them about my decision. Obviously they been contacted by my new employer. This week I've got lots of unpaid hours and just 5-600 miles. Delivering a load tomorrow morning at Walmart at 0800. Then loading at 1600 from Fort Wayne IN to Burlington NJ with delivery appoinment on the 22nd. Sounds great huh? 4 days to travel 650 miles.
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