Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Good news for me
So there I was hauling for Target en route back from Memphis Tn to Madison Al. Madison Al?!?! Dont bother looking it up, it's as my bride would say tee-nine-nee... aka very small. So again im headed east in nowhere northernmost Mississippi and my trainer Ron tells me that of the mandatory 275 hours I need to complete training, I have driven 77 hours. Ok, now that doesn't sound like a lot of driving time right? Well to put it in to perspective, I got on the truck Friday morning the 17th of June. Now, I have had 4 days off and one day with only 5 hours of drive time. Figuring out the the average milage I came up with just about 638 miles a day. Still doesn't sound like a lot to most huh? Well my drive day is 10 hours and 45 minutes. DOT doesn't allow for anything more than that. Now this also includes traffic `drop and hook` the trailer and drive through cities. Now my `home`is just about 200 square feetof shared living space. Including sink less kitchen, and a bunk bed. At least the commute from work to home is short. Bbbaaaahhhhhaaaaaaaa. But yesterday the size of the of the truck came into perspective. I parked on the side of a store and a Dodge Ram pulled along side. Well it went from being a full size, to a Tonka toy. Damn, what a wake up call. 80 feet long and 80, 000 pounds is a LONG and HEAVY vehicle. Now after careful consideration and deliberation I have named this beautiful beast Monique. Idk why but it seems appropriate a name as ever. Im getting ready to stop and shower at the Love`s truck stop in Falkville Al, again do not look for it on a map. Its not but a one horse, 45 truck type of town. I must bid you a good morning/evening, and close encounters of the 4 wheel kind is a preview name of the next blog.