Saturday, February 17, 2018

So, I drove all day long, got back to the  yard, unooked the truck, hooked back up to another trailer, went home. Started laundry, ate dinner, contemplated having to go right back out at 3:45 am to get loaded and drive to a place just short of Chicago.  And have to be there by the next morning at 8 am.  I get a 14 hour work day with 11 allowable hours of driving.  At 65 mph, I can drive 715 miles.
That's at a continuous 65 mph.  No allowance for slower speed limits, stop lights, etc.  The place is 750 miles from here.  I'm to load tomorrow morning at 5 am, it takes minimum 2 hours to load and that's if there aren't any issues and then drive clear there?  Okay. If I get on the HOS clock at 4:30, am I can be on duty until 6:30 pm.

I just have no idea how that is going to work out.  Manager says most guys say they make it there by 9 am. 

It's going to be a long day tomorrow, I can say that for a fact. 

But the problem is worse with this company. They really don't seem to have a clue what they are doing.  In some areas, yes, but in many others, no.  If you know you need more drivers, then get more drivers.  If you know you need more trucks to accommodate for that, then get more trucks.  I really don't get all of this.  I have great paychecks, that's what's keeping me there, so far. 

Well that's my scenario tomorrow. Get  the truck loaded and drive as many miles as I can before the HOS clock runs out.  Take the mandatory 10 hour break and finish the trip - probably starting around 4 am - and try to get there on time.

I'm tired.  Bedtime.

The biggest question for me today? To go way around Houston or to attempt driving through it with that tropical depression Emelda lingering...