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Old 10-21-2019, 11:56 PM
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

Lots of great reading here! Fascinating to follow the inner workings of a new (to me) profession!
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Number one required trait for a successful driver is probably flexibility/adaptability, being able to think quickly, calmly, and oftentimes outside of the box/rules. You do this job long enough you are going to be placed in unbelievably high stress situations, put in positions where there is no resource guide or how to book, and there is literally no one you can turn to for help, your on your own. I have trained lots of people over the years how to manage logbooks, perform pre trips, handle a truck on flat ground, mountains, breakdowns, and backing into some real stupid places. The ones that I have always seen do the best afterwards are those who are self motivated, result oriented, able to independently cope with high stress situations, and consider solitude and loneliness good things. Don't get me wrong, there are plenty of rewards to this job, I've seen things that the vast majority of Americans (and many people not from America for that matter) will ever see, I have been from the Canadian border to the Mexican border, from the Atlantic to the Pacific and everywhere in between, I have seen the Vegas lights, the Chicago and NYC skylines, seen many historical things in Boston, partied in Nashville with some bigger country acts, met some awesome folks everywhere you can imagine. I have camped in the Rockies, survived subzero blizzards in Montana, seen the stunning scenery in northern Idaho near Coeur d'Alene, had encounters with wolves, bears, bald eagles, alligators, and had the chance to listen to bull elk bugle, I have experienced fast city living, southern hospitality and everything in between, this life has been an adventure with every connotation of the word, personally I doubt I would have done it any other way, it certainly is not for everyone though, you will miss birthdays, children's first days of school and milestones, you will lose friends, not be there when family members pass and will experience a level of isolation that few humans will ever know. It has been a wild ride, and it's a challenge every single day. It has of course been modified a bit by the addition of my feathered codrivers, they keep the level of insanity in check to a large degree, of course I am sure that slowing down a bit is natural as we age as well, I am glad they get to experience this lifestyle, they are tough as nails and generally stoic about interruptions to promised playtime and sleep schedules. These amazing little critters are not delicate little flowers, they are unbelievably adaptive and resourceful and a constant source of inspiration and positivity, they are great additions to the crew.
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Old 10-22-2019, 07:46 AM
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Quote: Originally Posted by 18WheelsOfSteel View Post
It appears the linked image is too large...imgur have any way to compress photos?
Remember you're not actually downloading the pics from Imgur to here. You're only copying the BB Code link optimized for message boards and forums (2nd to last option to the right of your selected pic) and pasting it into your reply window. The only limitation you would have to consider is how many pics allowed per post. (I believe it's around 10 images per post.)
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http://imgur.com/gallery/6gRFMMr

Yeap, this imgur thing is evidently smarter than I am, not sure if we are going to have pictures for quite some time
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Old 10-22-2019, 12:45 PM
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So I gather that you are an owner-operator? After 30+ years I got off the road,mostly because of health reason's,but also because of the idiots that abound on the roads these days. I'm not even current on the new DOT laws. Are you running with paper logs still,or were you forced to go with the electronic log?




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Old 10-22-2019, 01:40 PM
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So I gather that you are an owner-operator? After 30+ years I got off the road,mostly because of health reason's,but also because of the idiots that abound on the roads these days. I'm not even current on the new DOT laws. Are you running with paper logs still,or were you forced to go with the electronic log?




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I am indeed an O/O, did the company thing for several years but they just couldn't get "No NYC/NE runs" through those thick skulls of theirs, the idiots on the road are an ever present and increasing hazard, from my perspective it is a benefit, life is never more sweet than when someone is constantly trying to take it away, tends to make you value it just a little more. As to the DOT, you are guilty until proven innocent these days, it is not uncommon for the first question they ask to be "How many violations am I going to find on YOUR truck today?" And the days of paper logs are long gone, it's e-logs for all these days. Personally I think it's great, no more cheating to hide hours, those 70 clock hours are now very precious and finite, you want them, you are going to be paying for them. There are of course certain things that I wish could be different, drivers are often forced to drive when tired to make a living and have few options other than risking the O/O path, and that can work very good, or unbelievably bad, but personally if I can't make a living and still have the ability to pull over and rest when tired, I am doing something wrong. Many company drivers don't get that luxury unfortunately.
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Old 10-22-2019, 03:55 PM
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So I gather that you are an owner-operator? After 30+ years I got off the road,mostly because of health reason's,but also because of the idiots that abound on the roads these days. I'm not even current on the new DOT laws. Are you running with paper logs still,or were you forced to go with the electronic log?




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I am indeed an O/O, did the company thing for several years but they just couldn't get "No NYC/NE runs" through those thick skulls of theirs, the idiots on the road are an ever present and increasing hazard, from my perspective it is a benefit, life is never more sweet than when someone is constantly trying to take it away, tends to make you value it just a little more. As to the DOT, you are guilty until proven innocent these days, it is not uncommon for the first question they ask to be "How many violations am I going to find on YOUR truck today?" And the days of paper logs are long gone, it's e-logs for all these days. Personally I think it's great, no more cheating to hide hours, those 70 clock hours are now very precious and finite, you want them, you are going to be paying for them. There are of course certain things that I wish could be different, drivers are often forced to drive when tired to make a living and have few options other than risking the O/O path, and that can work very good, or unbelievably bad, but personally if I can't make a living and still have the ability to pull over and rest when tired, I am doing something wrong. Many company drivers don't get that luxury unfortunately.
My last driving job ended in 2014 due to health reasons ( heart attack! ) It was the writing on the wall so to speak. I pulled 53' reefer trailers,trailers and truck(s) were ALL less than two years old. Did regonial from Maine to Maryland home on weekends and once-in-awhile during the week. Single bunk Freightliner with APU,bunk heater/ac,in-truck fridge,meticulously maintained. When I left they were still fighting the e-logs ( The company had about 50 cabs and 80 trailers..trailers with gps)
I left to be a yard jockey for a major paper product company ( Kimberly Clark) 12 hour days...3 days on,2 off,2 on,3 off..was nice to have a 3 day weekend every other week! but it was also a 60 mile ride from my driveway to theirs! Turned into a 15 hour day most times

Off topic here sorry! Your imgar pic worked we need to see more budgieness!


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Re: The High Road of Adventure

No need to apologize at all! I want y'all to be involved in this too...community is better this way. Did you say more budgieness? Your wish is my command

http://imgur.com/gallery/wfIpn4F
http://imgur.com/a/q6hYU5X
http://imgur.com/gallery/UfqrzYv
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:03 PM
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

Loving the videos, nice surprise!

Is that your truck? I was hoping for a truck pic. It looks extra long, is it longer?
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Old 10-22-2019, 08:21 PM
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

OMG Southern Belle!!! So playful, really trust you!!! Great job!! They both absolutely look so very happy and engaged. I can see Southern Belle does indeed rule the roost!!!!
I'd suggest getting one of those twisty rope perches as your main long perch instead if the dowl. Better for feet, better for grip. And if your other short perches are the rough sand ones get rid of them. They also need one really wide , the let's the foot open almost flat. This helps prevent arthritis, and bumble foot.
My budgies often perch on my crepe myrtle log branches!!
Also Petco had a very nice budgie book that's more current a e talks about enrichment. One thing they mentioned , that I want to do, us to take a small plant saucer and full it with sand for them to walk around on. I'm going to do that soon.
Anyway I love these pictures and videos!!! Seriously happy budgies!!!! I'm smitten with the Southern Belle!!
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