Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Showers part 2

I love my new trainer. He tries to take a shower everyday if we miss a day we definately do it the next day. I have been with him for 4 days and have had 3 showers. I also get to brush my teeth at least twice a day. He has braces so he brushes a lot. So needless to say I am well groomed and feel really good about the second part of my training.

Saturday, March 28, 2009


This is my new trainer Mike. We will be spending the next 2 months together. He is really young but has done very well for himself. He's fun and has a great sense of humor. We have been sitting at a truck stop for 2 days now in Amarillo Texas because they closed all highways due to a blizzard. Yes I said Texas and blizzard. It seems that no matter where I go I can not escape the snow. We are headed for the southwest border of Arizona. I bet there is no snow there. Hopefully!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

On the road again

I got a trainer today thank God. I leave at 4am and will be on the road for the next 2 months. The guy I am with is on a dedicated run from Illinois to California. It will be nice doing something different other than over the road.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Sad day,happy day

This is my friend Nader. He is really cool. He tells me great stories about Venezuala.We have a lot of fun together I think it's because we both share a great love for starbucks. He left today with his trainer and I have been sad because the hotel experience is not the same without him. It's also a happy day because after Nader left our friend Reggie showed up and I am looking forward to hanging out with him and getting his picture.

Thursday, March 19, 2009


It has been 30 days since I have had Starbucks. My friend Nader and I have been trying to figure out what to do. We found out the bus runs free to Walmart and we got very excited. We went and bought a coffee pot and a bag of Starbucks Sumatra. We knew that we were going to get pretty caffinated so we bought a ball and a frisbee to run off the energy. So far it looks like we will be up all night. Oh well! it has been a really fun day.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009


Finally I have finished all my tests. I passed everything so I get to go on another truck and finish out the second phase of my training. I am once again sitting in a hotel waiting. I'm not getting on a truck for at least a week. Guys are going home for a few days to wait. It's tempting but I'll wait here. Maybe I will get on a truck faster if everyone else is at home.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Back in Hammond

Saturday night at 1am we arrived in hammond Indiana. It was 2am by the time we got into our hotel room we were wiped out. As soon as I layed in my bed I was asleep and did not wake up or move until 10:30am the next morning. I have gotten good sleep and a shower everyday. I am back in Indiana to do testing on the stuff I have learned over the past 30 days. Today I had my backing test and driving test which I passed. Tomorrow I have more classroom time and I will be done with my upgrade and ready to go onto my next trainers truck. I found out today that I may be able to get some home time during my 2 months of training. I hope that happens. I miss my girlie and my home oh so very much.

Friday, March 13, 2009


My training with Chuck is over. We are headed back to Burns Harbor. We picked up a load in Washington yesterday to get us back to Indiana. We picked up washington apples. I spent my whole day in apple orchards. It was pretty neat. If you have seen Cider house Rules that is pretty much what it looks like. I am burned out from being on the road so I am totally looking forward to staying at a hotel for a few days even though I will be getting tested on all that I learned this month. I have to pass all the test to get on my next trrainers truck. So hopefully after some rest a shower and a good meal I will do really well. Wish me luck!

Monday, March 9, 2009

outing with Cindy

This is Cindy and I at Vertical.

outing with Cindy

This is our friend Cindy and this is the restuarant she took me to its called vertical. Cindy is rubbing her belly because it is full of goodness. It should be after 3 entries and 2 appetizers.

No signal

I love going into the mountains. It's so beautiful, but there is no wireless signal. I was not able to blog for 2 days. I could not even talk to my girlie. We got into Chicago late last night and I am up and running once again. While I was in Utah our friend Cindy (who is awesome) came and picked me up and took me to the best vegan restuarant ever! She also let me take a shower at her house. It was so nice taking a shower and not have to where shoes. I have some pictures of our outing.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009


We are coming up the hill towards the arch


Missouri at sunrise


The barn.


I was hoping to get into Wyoming to get more pictures of these trains. It's the coolest thing, they are so long I have not seen the end of one yet and they run right down the center of the prairies.


It was hard to get this picture. These horses were running wild.


This is a pond. The white specks are birds. I could not see the water because they over take it. You can see miles and miles of these bird ponds.

More pictures

We have been travelling to the south from Nebraska. I have a few pictures of Nebraska and Missouri. I hope you all enjoy.

Laundry day

We were a day early arriving to our customer so we got to do laundry. Doing cleaning stuff two days in a row is a plus. As soon as my laundry came out of the dryer we got a message that we were swapping trailers with another guy who ran out of hours to run. The extra sleep we thought we would be getting got shot down. We picked his load up and started heading for South Carolina. I really enjoy being in the west but I am really looking forward to going south. In the west as soon as we hit the prairies and the mountains I lose signal on all my electronics and that can make for a pretty long day when your just riding along. I am doing really well. I have gotten 100% on all my tests, my trainer has given me excellent evaluations. He says I have a natural talent for driving and he is impressed with how well I am doing. He has high hopes on me becoming a trainer. I don't know we will see!

Sunday, March 1, 2009


I love showering. It has become a luxury for me, they are few and far between. Today I was able to shower and I feel like a brand new person. I am energized and ready to get back on the road. We are in Iowa right now heading towards Wyoming. Who knows when the shower will come again, but for now I am going to enjoy all my cleanliness and the cleanliness of my truck mates. It smells good once again in our tight living quarters.