Woke up this morning at 6, got breakfast, talked to the hotel staff. Asked if I could just stay in the room instead of checking out and having to spend the whole day doing nothing at the terminal, only to check right back in again afterwards. They said they would look into it. Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 19: Seeking Mr. Right, Pt. 2”
Woke up at 6 this morning after a restful sleep at the hotel. My roommate was a trucker who’d driven 500,000 miles in the same truck. That truck was his home and his livelihood. But when he came to renew his DOT physical, he was disqualified from driving due to health issues. So he was pretty disappointed, being unable to keep driving the truck he’d had the last four or five years. Thankfully they’re likely to give him a job with the company as a dispatcher so he doesn’t have to quit, but being chained to a desk instead of rolling down the highway isn’t something he’s thrilled about.
I’m going to be searching for a Phase 2 partner today, and I’m hoping there are some good candidates. The man I spoke with yesterday is going to take his re-test today, so we’ll see how that goes, but I still want to “shop around” some, see who else might be available.
10:20am. There aren’t any great candidates yet. In truth, there aren’t any candidates at all. The guy I spoke with yesterday is still waiting to take his test, and since there aren’t any other candidates, I’ve been spending the day sitting around waiting. I’m considering returning to the hotel until I get word that there are more people to choose from.
Well, nobody is taking their upgrade test today. It rained pretty hard and the yard’s a mud-pool. I don’t see how it’ll be much better tomorrow, but that’s when everybody is going to be taking their tests, so I’ll check into the hotel for another night and see what happens tomorrow. I’ve talked to a couple other guys and found some good potential, so if they pass their tests tomorrow then I might have a decent pick of the litter.
2:15, I’ve been sitting around all day talking with other trainees and truckers, waiting to return to the hotel. We’re on our way back now, and I’m looking forward to sleeping, eating, and giving it another go tomorrow.
After lunch, I returned to the hotel, then swiftly fell asleep until well past dinner time. I had intended to pick up another free buffet pass, but I was too late to attend the safety video required to get the ticket, so I wasn’t sure if they’d give me one.
When I approached the front desk, I said “when’s the next safety video? I think I slept through the last one,” and the lady didn’t even reply, she just tossed me a meal ticket. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who’d come in begging. So I made my way to the Sirloin Stockade for dinner. I tell you what, I hope I get paired and hit the road soon, or all this free buffet will start to show, namely around my waist and my face.
Dinner was good, as always, but I’m getting restless. I want to get back on the road and start making money again. I’m not getting paid when I’m waiting for a partner, but there’s nobody available yet. We will see what tomorrow brings, and Monday after that. Hopefully I’ll be on the road again Monday… wish me luck!
I’m going to wrap this up for tonight, pick it up tomorrow. Until then, goodnight!
Today I woke, packed my bags, spent two hours on the practice range, then turned in my paperwork to upgrade to Phase 2. Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 17: The Day of Reckoning”
Well, today is the day! We are heading back to Murray, Kentucky, where I’ll unload, take my test and start my next phase of training. Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 16: Onwards and Upwards”
I woke this morning to my trainer moving the truck to the drop location (which was only a couple hundred feet from where we parked for the night). Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 15: Seeds of Change”
We woke this morning at 7:30, when the glass people came to fix the windshield. Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 14: When It Rains, It Pours”
After leaving Tennessee today, we encountered some heavy rainfall, and during the storm a dump truck passed beside us and kicked up a pebble which struck the windshield, causing a six-inch crack to form. Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 13: Little Pebbles, Big Problems”
I spent the entire day today parked at a truck stop, resetting my clock. (Drivers can only drive up to 70 hours in an 8-day period, but if you go off-duty for 34 hours, your clock resets.) Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 12: 34-Hour Reset”
We arrived at our next pick-up at 9:00, after an early-morning unload. I gotta say, it’s gonna take some time before I’ll be used to sleeping in a moving truck. Continue reading “Phase 1, Day 11: The View Outside My Window”