Holy crap are we tired. We are running Christmas loads for the postal service. Round trip from Portland OR to Anaheim CA. and it is getting old. On our last round trip before we head East from Los Angeles to go home for Christmas and a month off. Kinda funny because we are not actually working any harder than we did as company drivers back in the day but we are not used to it anymore. We keep looking at each other saying “screw it, let’s just go home” but the money is just too good to pass up.
We will be home on the 21st about noon and I have tickets to see Star Wars that afternoon at 4pm. We did take a day off last week to drive up to Snohomish Washington to see my parents. Awesome visit but we took 24 hours off and had to drive for 7 hours of it.
Thanks to Amazon, all the Christmas shopping is done and we put up the Christmas decorations before we left. Just going to put on some Christmas music, make a couple of hot buttered rums and trim the tree.
Oh, and hang out with all the grandkids. Life is pretty wonderful.
Speaking of “It’s a Wonderful Life” I also need to watch “Die Hard” because it is not Christmas until Hans Gruber falls off Nakatomi Plaza.
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I have to say I am exhausted. Craig and I have been running old school after a $$$$$$ repair on our truck. The good news is the truck is running well and we have been moving constantly. I forgot how hard trucking can be. When we were company drivers we would go out for weeks and weeks. Never really thought about it but being an owner operator you are spoiled. You run where and when you want. We have been blessed because we have been doing round trip loads out of Chattanooga. Run a few days and then home for a couple days. But running old school we are following the high paying loads and being a team definitely helps.
I say we run constantly but even saying that we have stopped and had lunch with my mother and Craig’s father. Tonight we are spending the night with Craig’s parents since we had to drop our trailer and it won’t be ready till tomorrow. Today we arrived at the parents house and they weren’t home yet. We did laundry and took showers. Then we both passed out for a few hours. I couldn’t keep my eyes open. The good news is we are going home next week for a long weekend. I am going to enjoy our time off for sure.
Rates have been amazing the past couple weeks so I’m enjoying booking our loads since we can be picky about where we go and how much we will accept for a load. I’ve had brokers say I was asking for too much and then had them call me back to see if my truck was still available. We know what we are worth and won’t accept cheap loads.
We did have a first this week. We have never have had a driver assist. What that means is the driver assists with loading or unloading the trailer. We picked up a load of dry ice heading to Amazon. When we got there they told us they were unable to enter our trailer and we would have to unload it onto the dock. Have no idea why. We had 17 bins that weighed 2200 lbs a piece. I was sitting in the truck when Craig called me and wasn’t sure he was able to do it alone. He had done 6 by himself with a pallet jack. NOT FUN. I went in to help and we were able to get them all off. The trailer slanted slightly uphill which was why it was so brutal. It was a good work out and way easier with two people.
We have driven 13,500 miles since we have come out. No wonder I am so tired LOL
Yesterday, we were on I-82 in Southern Washington on our way to Seattle and we watched this lady sideswipe a pickup as she came onto the freeway. I watched her in my mirrors for a minute and she was obviously drunk and all over the road. I called the Washington State Patrol and over the next 15 minutes or so talked an officer into an intercept. This woman was so wasted it is a miracle she did not kill herself. Most of the action was behind me but near the end she sped up and passed me so we got this. This was about a minute before the trooper caught up to her.