I need a hat, a chain for my wallet & a can of snuff.

Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by dpkimmel2001, Mar 5, 2019.

  1. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Done for the day.....

    Looks like I'm taking a local load from Charlotte to High Point tomorrow returning to Charlotte. Thursday's load will be taking me back to Central Pennsylvania allowing me to return home Friday.
     
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  2. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    Sounds good and like you'll be able to enjoy a weekend home, sleeping in your own bed and eating home cooked meals. That was the worse part for me was missing the home cooked meals and my own bed.
     
  3. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    I bring a lot of leftovers with me. ;)
     
  4. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Delivered an empty tanker at one of our railroad yards. They'll fill it for some other lucky driver.

    I then picked up a preloaded hazmat load to the Winston Salem area. Taking my time getting there as I passed on an extra hour to take it slow.

    After I offload it'll be back to Charlotte to get a load that delivers in PA on Friday. I hope it's preloaded and I can leave extra early but I have my doubts.

    Went close by Rockingham Speedway yesterday and past Charlotte Motor Speedway today.

    Question..... Is there an auto dealership in Charlotte that doesn't operate under the Hendrick Badge? Whew, that guy has his hand in everything.
     
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  5. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Good thing I planned ahead!

    So, knowing that I was going to have to drive from Charlotte to South Carolina to get loaded before heading back North into Pennsylvania, I decided to reserve a spot at a Pilot Truck Stop they was along my route. About an hour before reaching my exit, both my GPS and phone alerted me if I'm accident ahead. 9 miles beyond my exit I81 was shut down northbound. By the time I was reaching my exit I came up on stopped traffic. It was stop and go for those last 2 miles before getting into the truck stop where my reserved spot was waiting. I left an hour to spare this morning and used 49 minutes of it. I quickly did my post trip inspection and went off duty for the day. It's going to allow for me to leave early in the am for my destination.

    Right now the truck stop is gridlock. Lots of drivers running out of time on their clocks with nowhere to go. It could have been me but it wasn't..... this time. I don't know where everyone's going to go. Hopefully they are not in my way in another 9 hours when I pull out of here. Time to hit the DQ in the truck stop and then an early night to bed. I'll unload in the am hours and get back home early to celebrate my 27th anniversary with my better half. Today is actually the day but tomorrow will do.
     
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  6. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    Congrats. Have a great day tomoro with your bride. :cheers:
     
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  7. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    I should feel like I'm going on vacation because I'm leaving southern Ca tomorrow heading to Brainard MN, Indy, Reading PA, and then St Louis...but there is a week off between each race.:D
     
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  8. Magnethead

    Magnethead Admin & Resident Techie Staff Member

    You left the hauler among all those zoologists? Brave. Haha
     
  9. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    No way.;):)
     
  10. Whizzer

    Whizzer Retired entrepreneur

    Congratulations on 27 years of marriage. A milestone considering many unions do not get past ten or less years. Hope you and your Bride see no fewer than 57 more years together.
     
  11. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    It was a local day yesterday hauling a load out to the Cleveland area. While local, it was a long one with 5 hours alone in loading/unloading.

    Today's trip is to Kentucky. I'll be loading at 8am and then heading to my reserved parking spot about 8 hours away. Looks like today's travels are going to be through scattered storms. At least I'll get my windshield clean.
     
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  12. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Just under an hour to my destination. Of course it's time to take a 30 minute break. :mad: Been kicking butt till now.
     
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  13. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    So..... I got to my destination last evening. The product that I hauled was at 250 degrees during transport but they need it to be 300 degrees to offload. They do this by pumping steam through a series of tubing that surrounds the tank under the skin you see when they're traveling down the road. It apparently takes about 6 hours to bring the temperature up those 50 degrees. The plan is to offload at 8am. So, at 2am this morning they came out and woke me up to let me know they were starting the steam process. At 2:10am they told me there was a problem. The steam was leaking. It was not going to get to the temperature that they wanted. Eventually it was decided to try to perform the offload anyhow which fortunately worked. Crisis averted. I thought I may have to haul this stuff back home. That wouldn't have been good. Bottom line..... This tank wasn't tested properly. It will have to be tore down, fixed and re-skinned.
     
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  14. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Through no fault of the driver which is a good thing. :D
     
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  15. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    So..... Now I'm east of Columbus Ohio heading home. Again, the mandatory, 30 minute break. A break that is pushing me ever so closer to not being able to start on time tomorrow after a mandatory 10 rest. Will probably have to break posted speed limits just to stay on time. Not a good thing but I am running empty.
     
  16. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Made it back in time yesterday with about 10 minutes to spare. It allowed me to get to my load point, where I'm at now, right on time. Another Hazmat load today that is going to the Cleveland area. The exact same run I made three days ago. Familiarity is good. It makes it look like I know what I'm doing. :D
     
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  17. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Preload Day. All local. 3 to be exact. It'll take all day. A lot of sitting around. It'll be a nap day. I've got a ton of time in this week and I'm tired.
     
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  18. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Time for a weekend break. :D

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  19. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    Am empty to Baltimore in the morning. Loaded there, then heading north to upstate New York for a delivery in Tuesday. Already reserved a spot to park in New Jersey tomorrow night. Afterwards I'll be dispatched out of Springfield Massachusetts for the remainder of my week.
     
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  20. Clutch

    Clutch Team Owner

    It's becoming apparent that reserving a parking spot is a necessity
     
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  21. Nitro Dude

    Nitro Dude Hauler Driver and Cylinder Head Maintenance

    You are definitely getting to see a lot of the east coast. How far west does your company operate? I'm staying at the track in Brainerd MN to watch some of the other teams test on Mon and then I will head to Indy Mon night for a week off before the US Nationals. I figured there is no hurry since I don't check in to my hotel and pick up my rental car until Wed. I'm going to race slot cars in Indy on Thur night then go to a sprint car race in Kokomo In on Fri night and then go to the Iron Man motocross race in Crawfordsville In on Sat. It's going to be a pretty busy week off.:) Keep the sunny side up dpk.
     
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  22. Johali

    Johali Team Owner Contributor

    Busy and fun. :D
     
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  23. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    It sure makes for peace of mind knowing you've got a place to park. Just pulled into my spot for the evening. About the only spots left are empty reserved spaces. I'm sure they'll fill soon enough.
     
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  24. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    We have terminals in California and Washington State. I'm looking forward to heading to Washington some day.
     
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  25. dpkimmel2001

    dpkimmel2001 Team Owner

    I'm heading out at 3am to beat the morning New Jersey and New York City traffic. I should be able to hit my delivery point at 7am.
     
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