So we got into Phoenix and dropped our load at the Amazon.com facility and then picked up another Amazon load heading to Hebron Kentucky. So nice to unhook one trailer and grab the one next to it and head out. Like all Amazon loads, it was a High Value Product (HVP) load which means we are not allowed to leave it unattended….ever. One of us has to stay in the truck at all times. It is also OK to both be out of the truck as long as we can see the truck, such as in a restaurant. It is really a pain in the butt but a load is a load and it keeps us moving. I have no problem with HVP loads really but I look on the bill of lading for this one and it is 4200 EMPTY plastic totes being returned to Hebron. I call our FM and ask him to take the HVP designation off of us and he tells me he cannot as all Amazon loads are HVP. This is just stupid, I tell him so and he agrees. So I tell him “I am going to send in each Macro (message) that I am required to send in” He laughs and says he understands. There is no way I am babysitting a load of empty plastic totes.
We drop that load in Hebron KY and run empty to Indianapolis to pick up a Fedex load heading to Mira Loma California. As we are rolling through the Mojave Desert, I call our fleet manager to tell him we are running out of hours and need a day off in California. Since we are running way ahead of schedule on the load, he tells us he will just leave our PTA for 10:00 AM the next day. We ask if we can take the truck up to Palm Springs to see Anne’s Mother and Johnathan says “no problem”. An hour later we get the pre-assign for the next load and it is a Fedex load out of Mira Loma heading to Kent WA. So now we can Bobtail to Yucca Valley instead of hauling an empty trailer since we are coming back to the same facility. Sweet.
We had an awesome time with Anne’s Mom as we met her for a Sushi lunch, a nap and shower for me, Anne went and got a pedicure. This morning we had breakfast on the patio and then Anne got some gardening done while I did some work on her Mom’s computers. It was a very nice but very short break. On the way back down to the Colton terminal this afternoon we stopped and did some shopping at Trader Joe’s and picked up our favorite burgers at In-N-Out. Tasty. So we get to the terminal and finish up our last load of laundry, Then head over to Fedex to get our load for the 10:00 PM pickup. We get the trailer and it has issues. A bald tire and a missing marker light. This is California and I am not about to roll the dice with the DOT. Any tickets we get are paid by us, even on company equipment so we are waiting on a service truck to come to Fedex and fix us.
Here a few pictures from this week
Great miles again this week, 6236 miles.