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    Glad to hear you've made the best of a bad situation.

    I'll be keeping an eye out for a Celeste big rig toodling on down the roads around here...
    I'm not pokey, but I'm certainly not speedy... sorta half-fast, I guess...

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    Sorry to hear the news, but am glad you have something to fall back on. Italumunim beat me to suggesting a Bianchi folder!

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    Grats on finding an acceptable solution to a bad situation! That takes guts.

    I, too, encourage the acquisition of a stylish folding bike. Surely you can find somewhere to fit it in a truck equipped for OTR trucking.

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    By the way, I believe "over the road" means long distance trucking, right? I think I've heard that short distance pays the same, and the life is much easier. I recently walked by a neighbor's house, and his brother was visiting from upstate New York, an area we love. He said he drives a truck and does only short hauls. He says life is good. He gets to see his family, and the pay is enough to live in the area where cost of living is fairly low. It's a beautiful area.

    Also, public radio said that trucking is one of the few jobs where there is a shortage of workers and it doesn't take too long to acquire the skill. Even I'm considering it.
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    I went through a lay off two years ago. Yep, unemployment or trying to live off it is a challenge at best. I came to the realization that I HAD to do something so here I am back in my old career.

    Congratulations on figuring that out sooner than I did!

    Do they make bicycle racks for your rig? All the best in your new (old) career!

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    Sorry to hear about your situation, BG, and good luck on the road! A lot of us are struggling these days. I've found I can take enjoyment now just from appreciating other people's new bikes, it doesn't have to be about possessing them, which is probably a good thing. You definitely did the right thing to come off the ropes swinging, rather than going to the mat.
    My bike is cooler than me.

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    Sorry to hear of the tough changes, BG. As for the long haul industry, I've seen a few guys hang bikes on the back of their headache racks. It certainly works, but I'd be worried about the elements unless you can rig something up to keep it covered/protected.
    Speaking of, I'm in the long haul industry but I'm not a driver. I work in the grant sector toward reducing emissions and increasing fuel economy on tractors/trailers. If you are ever in the market for an APU or a truck replacement, let me know. There is funding out there for drivers. For more info on that, check out my companies website at www.cascadesierrasolutions.org and if you are ever in Portland, please drop by our shop! We are next to an enormous truck stop/fuel island so there is incentive.

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    I would start making a list of every good co-op in the country, and do some parts scavenging. Good move going for the job now, versus waiting for something later, much later....

    +1 To iphone ap. I can see some serious C/L finds coming in your future!

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    If you make it to Sacratomato, PM me and I will feed you, get you
    drunk, show you the farmer's market and the bike coop.........hell
    we can even go out to Davis and you can tour the Bike Museum.

    Life on the road is not an easy one, as you already know.

    Take care of yourself and don't take any **** from the good ol' boys.
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    If you make it to Sacratomato, PM me and I will feed you, get you
    drunk, show you the farmer's market and the bike coop.........hell
    we can even go out to Davis and you can tour the Bike Museum.
    I just might take up long haulin;-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by randyjawa View Post
    I just might take up long haulin;-)
    You, like anyone with an ounce of sense, are panicked at the thought of enduring
    another winter in the vast frozen wasteland you call home........offer's open though.
    Quote Originally Posted by Cheshire Cat
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    Glad you landed on your feet. Good luck! Happy roads ahead!
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    Having worked OTR for 5 years I can only say, stay sane. I hated not being home and never got madder then when I would have a dispatcher tell me I'm having a day off and to enjoy it when I was in TX, OK, or NM and I lived in CA. I know you will end up out here in CA at some point because Ontario CA is a huge distribution center. Keep in touch and if you get stuck in CA I'll drag a bike down for a ride. You ride a 57 right ??? Good luck, I know your first 2-4 weeks will be with a trainer. I never could sleep in a moving truck. My heart goes out to you.
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    Sorry to hear about the layoff. It's good to hear you have a plan though. Been There. I drove team with my wife back in 2000. I just used the experience to land a sweet local gig hauling fuel though, so it worked out great. Look on the bright side, you can make some extra money and fondle some sweet rigs freighting vintage rides for forum members. If you are wanting to move to Phoenix, my company is there too, hiring like crazy all over AZ. and west Texas. I don't drive any more, wishing I would have stayed with that division now. My department is slow and transportation is blowing up (not literally though). They won't let me transfer back after sinking money into specialized training for what I do now.

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    Best of Luck! And yes, make space for a bike in the back of that cab. After those long-haul drives you'll need a way to stretch out and limber up.

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    **sniff**

    Hello Everyone XOXO thank you for your wonderful sentiments and words of encouragement!! and the offers to visit and food and drink. I certainly would love to meet some of you given the chance but hoisting a pint is out thanks to the DOT

    I carried a bike years ago and unfortunately it did not see much use. It is hard to just stop at a truck stop and take off on a bike 1 because of all the trucks, 2 you have no idea where to go because you just got off the interstate, 3 it may take 2+ hours to get cleaned up and rolling again. with the new service rules it is just not worth the hassle of having the bike taking up space in the sleeper. also there is not quite enough space behind our cabes to stow a bike.

    Tom yes OTR is long haul. I have done some regional and even local with a medium size dump and personally I would rather be OTR. it is a great adventure, never knowing where you will go next and sleeping somewhere different every night.

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    Good luck in your new endevour. I love to hunt through co-ops/Craigs list when I am traveling about. Picking up a bike elsewhere and riding in a new place is fun for me. I have become an expert at boxing bikes for airline travel, but the room in the shop has suffered accordingly. At least you should have more room ton a truck to bring home treasures.
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    and where you are ain't no good unless you can get away from it."

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    Good luck can relate, about a month ago i went back to otr driving, been thru moab, over wolf creek pass several times,thru the twin cities, and over to elko nv., i catch myself making mental notes of places that are beautiful and might want to revisit on a bike lol,also wonder sometimes if the cyclist i just passed might be a forum member, and the bikes at the small flea markets always catch my attention as im rolling by in a hurry to a delivery location lol. Good luck and god bless on the road, keep your logbook current all the time the dot really big on that & all your marker lights working lol, and your brakes adjusted and u be fine. See u on the road

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    In that case, instead of a bike, do pack a good camera to document your travels. It'll be like the 'where'd you ride today' thread, instead it can be where'd I roll into today.
    If you're in town, you can always borrow one of my bikes!
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    Others but still loved,; '80 RIGI, '80 Batavus Professional, '87 Cornelo, '86 Bertoni (sold), '09 Motobecane SS, '98 Hetchins M.O., '09 K2 Mainframe, '89 Trek 2000, '?? Jane Doe (still on the drawing board), '90ish Haro Escape

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    very shamless bump
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    Hello Everyone!!!!

    I hope you all missed me . my absence this week was simply due to technogoly failures and simple fatigue. my powercable for my laptop picked my first day on the road to crap out! . secondly I have been running my but off trying to make a good showing out of the gate. after alot of paperwork hassles my new employer let me loose onto the road Friday the 221st and I have not had much time to catch my breath.

    I left our terminal near Carlisle Pa. headed to York Pa to pickup. then after a 5 hour wait I was off to Trenton NJ to unload, and short trip up to Carterette for another load and break. after my required break I hit the road for No. Vernon In., and rolled in there sunday around noon. I got lucky and got another run out of there (for Lowes) to Joplin Mo., for monday.

    I did my extra best to get down to Joplin in a timely fashion. on Tuesday I saw some of the houses and other things damaged by the tornado a few month ago, just awful .

    So anyway tuesday morning I got a load, out of Joplin, for Pageland (aka nowhere) SC and was off again, back across the Ozark mountains. I staggered into Pageland early wednsday evening and was soon off to Columbia SC to pickup again. early thursday I took off with that load for West jefferson OH (just west of Columbus) and rolled in late in the evening. I ran up to Lima this morning to grab a load delivering saturday up in the Badger.

    WHEW!

    in my first week I turned just about 3000 miles, crossed some part of the Appalachain mountains ( the Ozarks are part of the Appalachains yes?) 5 or 6 times, and the Missippi twice, in a truck that barely does 62mph! I saw lots of bikes on cars but only one that looked like a nice old classic, and one newish Bianchi.

    I really need to learn to set up a blog and try and remember to use it. if you all want I'll update this every few days.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bianchigirll View Post
    So anyway tuesday morning I got a load, out of Joplin, for Pageland (aka nowhere) SC and was off again, back across the Ozark mountains. I staggered into Pageland early wednsday evening and was soon off to Columbia SC to pickup again.
    That area of SC is where I grew up! It is the middle of nowhere, for sure! My grandparents bought all their Fords from the dealership there back in the day. Not sure they're still in business, though.
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    Hi BG,

    Sorry I did not notice your post right away. Very glad you found work right away.
    It's fortunate you can fall back on driving during these hard times as jobs are so scarce in almost every field. At least there will always be things to haul/deliver, no matter what. Everyone out there is on the guard with companies we work for shrinking constantly because of the bad economy. The bad thing is, not everyone will have the fall back job to go to like you had and it's kinda like a dark cloud constantly hanging over our heads.
    Good luck on your travels all over the country with the new job and enjoy the adventure, keep us posted on how you are doing and cool things you might see and experience along the way, but please do keep safe while you are out there.......we are thinking of you.

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