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Old 10-22-2019, 08:34 PM
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

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Object lesson for those who dream of doing this "professional tourist" thing as a career, here is how this morning is developing.

0600CT reveille, out of the rack, cold this morning and the half mile walk across the lot to the latrine was brisk to say the least. Personal hygiene and dishes conducted, return to truck, wake up birds, fresh food and water.

0645CT begin pre trip inspection, ensure proper tire inflation and tread depth, ensure all lights and markers are functioning as designed, test air brakes, air horns, ensure presence of emergency equipment, test all belts, fluid levels and visible hoses/motor components for safety, log starts today at 0645, on the road by 0700, approximately a 1 hour trip from the truck stop to my delivery, upon finding the appropriate entrance (second one, new building under construction with no signage to indicate which, entry off a busy road) I manage to get into the construction area to be unloaded, at 0800 I have still been treated as though I am a carrier of the bubonic plague and no on site personnel want anything to do with this load, it's always "someone else's stuff" and phone calls begin, approximately 1 hour of phone tag ensues and I finally get ahold of the woman in charge of getting trucks unloaded, let's call her Lisa, I am informed that this load was not supposed to ship until tomorrow at the earliest, and that they will try to find time to unload me today, but it might not be until tomorrow or possibly Wednesday.

Side note, these types of delays are relatively frequent, and as the more observant will recall, I have a load scheduled in Russellville Arkansas tomorrow, and a 350ish mile deadhead to get there, we are beginning to have a serious complication on timelines.

Around 1000 hours I am called by the broker and informed that this delay is not going to be paid for by either shipper or receiver and that there is nothing that can be done to speed this up, as it is out of their control. I really am not looking forward to potentially living in a parking lot for 2 days, pretty sure I am better than that lol...maybe McDonald's is hiring.

It's not all roses and sight seeing out here, hopefully the delay will be relatively short, in the meantime, I am feeling like it is playtime for the birds, of course Belle is more interested in her mid day snooze, it's hard work being that good looking let me tell ya, Beau is chatting up a storm with me and I believe he is in full agreement with the condition of the daily developments.
Your Beau, and my Ta-dah are a lot alike. We have our special time right now, no other birds allowed, ( they are all asleep). She spends a lot of time ranting and stomping around telling me all the things that didn't go her way during the day. She stops mid mumbling and looks at me, that's my que to say I totally agree. Then she storms around some more making peeved off sounds. Then it's time for head scritches , kisses.
If she was there this morning all those people who delayed you would be bit, and given an ear full of angry mumbling. Lol she thinks she's talking .
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:51 PM
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Loving the videos, nice surprise!

Is that your truck? I was hoping for a truck pic. It looks extra long, is it longer?
Um, I don't think so, the cab may be a bit bigger than what you are used to seeing, but much of the trucking in your part of the country is done in daycabs to help mitigate the tight quarters drivers have to deal with. My combination is around 70 feet long, truck and trailer combined.

As far as videos, they are easier to video than to photograph, budgies don't sit particularly still, they are high energy birds that are on the go pretty much any time they are awake and not munching on food, lots of photos I tried to take ended up blurred beyond use because the little turkeys just won't sit still lol
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Old 10-22-2019, 09:55 PM
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

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Object lesson for those who dream of doing this "professional tourist" thing as a career, here is how this morning is developing.

0600CT reveille, out of the rack, cold this morning and the half mile walk across the lot to the latrine was brisk to say the least. Personal hygiene and dishes conducted, return to truck, wake up birds, fresh food and water.

0645CT begin pre trip inspection, ensure proper tire inflation and tread depth, ensure all lights and markers are functioning as designed, test air brakes, air horns, ensure presence of emergency equipment, test all belts, fluid levels and visible hoses/motor components for safety, log starts today at 0645, on the road by 0700, approximately a 1 hour trip from the truck stop to my delivery, upon finding the appropriate entrance (second one, new building under construction with no signage to indicate which, entry off a busy road) I manage to get into the construction area to be unloaded, at 0800 I have still been treated as though I am a carrier of the bubonic plague and no on site personnel want anything to do with this load, it's always "someone else's stuff" and phone calls begin, approximately 1 hour of phone tag ensues and I finally get ahold of the woman in charge of getting trucks unloaded, let's call her Lisa, I am informed that this load was not supposed to ship until tomorrow at the earliest, and that they will try to find time to unload me today, but it might not be until tomorrow or possibly Wednesday.

Side note, these types of delays are relatively frequent, and as the more observant will recall, I have a load scheduled in Russellville Arkansas tomorrow, and a 350ish mile deadhead to get there, we are beginning to have a serious complication on timelines.

Around 1000 hours I am called by the broker and informed that this delay is not going to be paid for by either shipper or receiver and that there is nothing that can be done to speed this up, as it is out of their control. I really am not looking forward to potentially living in a parking lot for 2 days, pretty sure I am better than that lol...maybe McDonald's is hiring.

It's not all roses and sight seeing out here, hopefully the delay will be relatively short, in the meantime, I am feeling like it is playtime for the birds, of course Belle is more interested in her mid day snooze, it's hard work being that good looking let me tell ya, Beau is chatting up a storm with me and I believe he is in full agreement with the condition of the daily developments.
Your Beau, and my Ta-dah are a lot alike. We have our special time right now, no other birds allowed, ( they are all asleep). She spends a lot of time ranting and stomping around telling me all the things that didn't go her way during the day. She stops mid mumbling and looks at me, that's my que to say I totally agree. Then she storms around some more making peeved off sounds. Then it's time for head scritches , kisses.
If she was there this morning all those people who delayed you would be bit, and given an ear full of angry mumbling. Lol she thinks she's talking .
I have found that while it is easy to grow irate with people, yelling at them is not terribly effective, if you can find a way to hold them over a barrel about something (like being incapable of getting around your truck to do anything else) you have a bit of leverage, which if your audacious enough, can be parlayed into them doing what you want, which is how my situation was resolved, I just couldn't remember how to drive the truck while that pesky load was still on the trailer, turns out unloading it was all the cure I needed, who knew?
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Old 10-23-2019, 11:17 AM
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

Do a fair number of long-haul truckers travel with dogs or cats to relieve the monotony? Imagine you are rather rare with birds, though they are ideal in many aspects. Don't have to walk periodically, no need to carry large quantities of specialty foods.
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Old 10-23-2019, 11:31 AM
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

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Do a fair number of long-haul truckers travel with dogs or cats to relieve the monotony? Imagine you are rather rare with birds, though they are ideal in many aspects. Don't have to walk periodically, no need to carry large quantities of specialty foods.
Lots of drivers with dogs, a few with cats, one had a Shetland Pony, met a couple guys from a tribal culture in Africa that kept chickens and a goat on the truck, was unusual to say the least. I find the birds are just great, I plan on some day adding a bigger bird, IRN/Senegal/Conure or something in that size range, that could be harness trained and generally allowed permanent free reign of the truck, and only having a cage for sleep, but that's not going to happen until I get things down to a fine science with Belle and Beau.
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Old 10-23-2019, 12:22 PM
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

Great videos! Your blue Budgie reminds me so much of my Wally when I was a young teen. As Laura stated,they both look so happy! You're doing a great job Driver!



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Oh my, long day again, had a brake light go out, delayed my delivery by about 2 hours, which added to the tollway that my Rand Mcnally didn't identify as a tollway really screwed me up...it ought to be a hangin' crime to put tollways in, seriously. Anyway, got that steel delivered, it's getting cold and I think the shorts are about to get put away for the year, was 40, wet and windy, yeah, definitely thinking it's time for proper trousers. Little bit of mac'n cheese for dinner, listening to the Nat's clean up in game 2, and then bed, the babies are playing contentedly upstairs and chattering away like mad
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Old 10-23-2019, 11:38 PM
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Oh my, long day again, had a brake light go out, delayed my delivery by about 2 hours, which added to the tollway that my Rand Mcnally didn't identify as a tollway really screwed me up...it ought to be a hangin' crime to put tollways in, seriously. Anyway, got that steel delivered, it's getting cold and I think the shorts are about to get put away for the year, was 40, wet and windy, yeah, definitely thinking it's time for proper trousers. Little bit of mac'n cheese for dinner, listening to the Nat's clean up in game 2, and then bed, the babies are playing contentedly upstairs and chattering away like mad
Sleep like a baby tonight!!

Do you keep a toolkit and stock basic parts to fix simple items such as brake lights? Any restrictions against you performing truck maintenance?
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Old 10-23-2019, 11:45 PM
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

I keep basic tools yes, this light was a trailer light, I lease my trailer for an hefty sum each week, and therefore do not do mx on it, not a fan of paying for the trailer atnd then helping them out with footing the bill on maintenance too, hoping things settle down a bit, 3 days in a row at around 14 hours of work is draining, ready for an easy 10-12 hour day doggone it! Lol
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Re: The High Road of Adventure

There has been a few times I've seen a Big Truck go by...( there is a Cowan drop yard two minutes away from me) and I keep thinking.."oh boy...how I miss being a "steering wheel holder"....then I come to my senses!!

I hope you aren't out west ( DFW area) or in the area where all the terrible weather has been!



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