Sunday, February 18, 2018

I made it to a TA truckstop north of St. Louis.  632 miles driven today and damned tired.  That alarm went off this morning at 3:25 am and I was not liking it.  I dragged my butt out of bed, got in the shower, got dressed, said bye to my dogs and left.  I was sooo tired, I tried to sleep at the driver's room at the plant, but it's just not a place for sleeping.  I did finally doze off just before the dude came in and handed me the keys to my truck - lots of safety precautions here, including having to give them the keys to your truck before they will load it - and off I went. 

I kept thinking, I am going to stop and sleep for 30 minutes. Another part of my brain: you do that and you'll have a lot of make up driving to do tomorrow morning. I fought sleep for 5 hours until my mandatory 30 minute break came up.  I went straight to the sleeper, set the alarm at 28 minutes and fell asleep. That thing went off, I popped up, got my shoes back on, drove until I was out of hours. I mean, within 15 minutes of having to shut down.

I figured if I did that, I would be able to get a full 8 hours of sleep and still have time to get dinner, fuel up the truck and hang out for a while on the internet.  And yes, I got my laptop out and that's what's putting up this post. 

Tho, I didn't know this TA was here.  I was going to go to Love's, another 20 miles up the road, but when I saw this place, I immediately exited. I wanted to eat a real dinner, not some junk from McDonald's or whatever.  Love's has a good thing going - except - for what it chooses to put in for food. Many truck drivers want a real restaurant after 14 hours of work, not fast food junk.

Anyway, even at 632 miles driven today, I'm still 2-1/2 hours away from the plant and have to be there no later than 9am.  So, another early day tomorrow, but not near as early as today. I really do not like this first loads.  I tried to get it changed to a later load time, but no go on that one. 

Lots of other stuff going on, but I think I'm going to go to sleep earlier than I first decided to. 

Alright, bound and determined to get this stuff done, I went to the courthouse today, presented them with all the paperwork and - got busy. ...