Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Well folks, I have been in laredo all day. This morning at 8am it was 95degrees. by 11am it was 130degrees, yes, I said 130. I could not stay cool enough,our truck has air and we had it blasting it still felt warm in here. The people who live here had on jeans and long sleeve shirts it made me feel even hotter looking at them. It has cooled down and is now 102 which actually feels good. We headed further south today to pick up a del monte load going to Illinois. I think we are as far south as we can possibly go without going straight into Mexico. It really feels like I entered another country. No one speaks english, and all the radio stations are either spanish music or spanish talk radio. My team mate and I got lunch and I was trying to tell the lady what I wanted and she did not understand me and she was asking me questions and I did not understand her so I just said yes and she would put something on my plate. I just didn't want to hold the line up any longer. That is the cool thing about being down here you can get really good Mexican food. It does not matter where you get it, a roach coach or a resturant , you can't go wrong it is all good.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Well folks, I am on the road again. I have a team mate, her name is April, she is 35 and she has two kids. I am excited about being teamed up because we will make more money. Today we are headed for Laredo. We are dropping a load off at the border. A trucker from Mexico will come to the border and take the load on into Mexico. That should be fun. I did get to deliver some turkeys earlier this week. So, if anyone buys a butterball think of me. Last week I made a friend from Trans Am. We both were spending the night at this industrial parkway. We could not figure out where there was a truck stop. I needed water and something to eat really bad. He knew where there was a grocery store, so we went shopping together and I got lots of water and food. He has been out on the road for 30yrs. He was talking to me about being out on the road. I don't know if anyone knew but Jack that I always wanted a portable DVD player but Chelle did not see a purpose for it. Well, my Trans am friend gave me one because he just bought a new tv with a dvd player. I know that I don't need one since I have my laptop but I don't care I have it and I love it.
Monday, June 22, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I made it to Indiana late last night. It was after midnight when I arrived at the hotel, I was so excited to lay down somewhere and go to sleep. Early This morning my dm(driver manager) called and told me that he came in early to start working on getting me a truck. It looks as though I may be starting out as a solo driver, because he has two truck possibilities and they both are empty. I am excited because I get to set the truck up the way I want it and get all my stuff organized in it first. I am really really really scared thinking about picking up that first load all by myself, getting it to its destination on time and not get lost. But, today all I have to think about is getting the truck. I'm sure God will work the datails out later. I am off to get coffee. I'll keep everyone updated on the truck situation.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Hello everyone! As you can see I am getting back on the road. I am headed to Chicago, hopefully to meet up with my team mate. I am sorry I did not get to say good bye this was a very last minute decision. Thanks to Jack he was able to book me a flight out of Rochester for 6am today. I enjoyed my time at home and with all of my friends. I'll see you all when I get back in a couple of months.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Michelle has brought it to my attention several times that I have not blogged about my home time or even coming home. I would love to say that it is because she tied me up and would not let me have access to the outside world, the truth is I just got lazy once I came home. I got home May 29th and was planning to be home until June 1st but my time has been extended because the woman I am teaming with was in Washington state waiting to get a load to New York. She has finally been routed my way but is coming from Washington so I should see her sometime between friday or saturday, sunday at the latest. Her name is Dana, she is 57, non-smoker and a christian. We have spoken a few times in the past week and we both are excited about meeting each other and working together. I am so glad that I will be with someone older. It will be a nice change after being around a bunch of 20 year olds for 4 months. My first few days at home were weird. The first day I woke up and did not have any thing to do or any where to be. I could not figure out what to do with myself. Driving my car was strange. Michelle kept making fun of me. My driving skills have definately changed. I am use to looking about a half a mile ahead, when I see break lights coming on I start to slow down so that by the time I get to the traffic I can come to a slow stop. One revolution of the truck tires is 500 feet. So you need to give yourself plenty of time and distance. It looks pretty funny when you are doing this in a little car. I would start slowing down When I saw cars stopping about 5 to 6 traffic lights ahead. That is just one example. Michelle thinks that I am to cautious and I now think she is not cautious enough. Speaking of driving, My car did not get drivien for 4 months so when Gloria (our stepmom) came I thought that would have been a great opportunity for them to drive my car. But that did not happen I don't know if it's because Michelle did not ask or Gloria did not want to drive. So Gloria the next time you come If you want to please drive my car! When I leave out I will be headed to Jamestown New York Then who knows after that because I will be back to driving all 48 States again.