I've got four options that I'm looking at to stay within an hour of my delivery point. The closest places charge $25 for a reserved spot. Money's not an issue as the company pays for it. Even so, the reviews on those two spots are not too favorable. Tight spots and mostly gridlock because of backups at the fuel islands. There's a brand new Pilot close by that I may give a chance but there's not a lot of information to go on for that location. Another option about an hour away looks decent. A bunch of spots to park with a lot of room to maneuver. I'll decide in a couple days and then reserve a spot.It has probably changed a little since 1980. Give yourself plenty of time to drive anywhere you go and make sure you stay in the right two lanes in a truck. There are a lot of truck stops and truck washes in Barstow.
This run is 1844 miles. I'll be working off of a fresh 70 hour clock so that won't be an issue. Because of the later load time on Monday, I plan on only driving around 300 miles. 600 on Tuesday/Wednesday. 300 on Thursday. That'll put me in a good position for Friday morning. They're doing all the work both loading and unloading. I've just got to hold the wheel.
After delivery I should get dispatched out of one of our Arizona terminals. Who knows where I'll end up going next. I hope to stay South for a while.