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Teon 10-28-11 02:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Zaphod Beeblebrox (Post 13425202)
Get a camera and blog the cool C&V Bikes you see on people's roofs. That would be cool to read.

+1!!!

Best of luck in your new career, BG! Would love to see you set up some sort of blog about your adventures.

lotek 10-28-11 03:25 PM

BG,
if you're in Dallas and have an hour or two to spare let me know,
no beer (thanks DOT) but I can find some damned good BBQ.

yes please do start blogging etc. would love to hear from you.
keep the shiny side up.

Marty

bibliobob 10-28-11 03:31 PM

Good luck BG! Drive safely!

Bianchigirll 10-28-11 03:55 PM

2 Attachment(s)
I am not certain just why I haven't taken any pics yet. perhaps I am just not comfortable enough with the truck just yet, and have not had alot to time to stop and look around.

I did however the other day simply have to stop along US 60 somewhere just west Fremont Mo, I think I was right on the summit of Green Mtn at 910ft, to stretch and get some lunch from the fridge.

OK I took these with my Nikon D3000, the first pic was on with a 18-55mm lens. the first of course was at 18.

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...7&d=1319838626

http://www.bikeforums.net/attachment...8&d=1319838645

pastorbobnlnh 10-29-11 09:05 AM

BG,

Glad to hear you are adapting well to the new-old career. What an adventure heading to parts of the country where you have never been, plus not knowing where you will end up until 24-48 hours in advance.

A few posts ago you asked about the Ozark and Appalachian mountains. They are two separate geological features formed by two different processes and at different times. The Appalachians are completely east of the Mississippi River. The Ozarks are just west of the Mississippi.

The Ozarks

The Appalachians

Kobe 10-29-11 09:45 AM

Good luck with the new job BG. I for one would love to hear about your tales of being on the road. being at the same job and also the same office for the past 24 years I need a little escapism. Dang yellow walls are driving me crazy.

gaucho777 10-29-11 10:41 AM

Missed this post the first time around. So, belatedly, good luck with the new job. I recall you had a daughter living at home with you. Being away from her must be tough. I know being on the road for such long stretches can get lonely. Stay safe & just remember you've got friends everywhere!

Bianchigirll 11-03-11 06:56 PM

Hi Everybody, what a busy week! well when last we spoke (last friday) i was cooling my heels in Columbia City IN (just west of Ft Wayne). i got on the road early Sat. and dropped that load in Ocomonowoc Wi, but had to spend the night just down the road in Johnson's Creek Wi., since i was out of hours again!

Up earlish Sunday I headed up towards neenah to pick up a load headed for Grove Port OH (just so of Columbus). I made a brief stop at a walmart in Watertown, which is a very beautiful little town, and I think I saw some cranes flying past as I was leaving. I got up to neenah and had to wait about 3 hrs for my load which is a real bummer, first because it waste my time and second because had I known I was going to be delayed my Sister would have met me. anyway I finally got loaded and headed for the Buckeye. I made it through Chicago, which to my suprise had alot of traffic for a Sunday evening and a 45MPH limit on I90/94 which people were obeying! So I eneded up spending the night in Lebanon In about 45 min north of Indinapolis. I finally made Grove Port about 2pm.

After unloading there I went just down the road to Lockbourne to pick up headed right back to Ocomonowoc Wi for anythime on tuesday. I spent the night in Lebanon IN again and the next afternoon dropped in Wi. after that I went up to Random lake (about 45 min No of Milwaukee) to pick up for McCook Il for the morning.

I must say at this point that in the past my experience with driving in and around Chicago were always filled with long traffic jams and road work. however now even at 8AM there is very little through traffic snags on the I294 with the new "open road" tolling. because of that I was ontime for my delivery despite getting a late start from the truckstop in Oak Creek Wi. After emptying out in McCook I went out to West Chicago for my lext load which was headed for sleepy sounding place in Georgia called Society Circle.

I made it down here this afternoon at about 5pm local just in time for the computers to shutdown! there was 12+ trucks in the que when I pulled up. So after a long wait I finally got checked in dropped my trailer and got a new assignment. with a bit of luck I will be off early tomorrow for Lakeland Fla!

and now the rain is pounding down on the roof and it seems like a perfect time to try and get much needed nap. I'll check in again with an update ina day or two.

auchencrow 11-03-11 07:28 PM

OMG BG! That was what I'd call an intensely busy week!
I'm a little awed by your itinerary. As for me, I have this tendency to get lost. :rolleyes:
(The upside to that is I'd never wait for them. They'd wait for me :))

jimmuller 11-03-11 08:48 PM

BG, that is impressive!

balindamood 11-03-11 10:46 PM

Wow! They have you running.

+1 on the car-top bike blog, assuming you are allowed to take pictures while you are driving.

WNG 11-04-11 12:00 AM

Wow, quite a week. Rest up and be safe!

icemonkey 11-04-11 12:15 AM

All the best, hope your rig gets to be painted celeste... Where ever you end up, keep the bikes in your heart! I know how you feel Im on my third job this year, I just keep joining companies that go bust.

wrk101 11-04-11 05:39 AM

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Originally Posted by noglider (Post 13380536)
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.

Tom, in my experience, the local stuff is really hard to get, and tends to pay less. I ran a small truck fleet for a number of years, where our hauling was all local (no weekend work, home every evening). We were able to pay well under market (compared to the OTR folks), and had our pick of drivers.

pastorbobnlnh 11-04-11 05:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll, my OTR Heroine
After emptying out in McCook I went out to West Chicago for my next load which was headed for sleepy sounding place in Georgia called Society Circle.

BG,

I'm pretty certain you were actually in Social Circle, GA, just off I-20 east of Atlanta. I used to live not far from there. The next time you stop there, ask about the Blue Willow Inn if you need to find a place to eat. Southern cooking at its finest! Many episodes of In the Heat of the Night were taped in Social Circle and nearby Covington, GA.

treebound 11-04-11 06:50 AM

You were driving circles around me, Oconomowoc is about 10-15 miles from where I work, and Random Lake is about 10 miles from where I live. Shoot, you probably drove right past me on the road.

I think we all need to get little license plates for our bikes that say "Hi Bianchigirl" on them. Or one that says Bikeforums on the car bike rack so she knows when she passes one of us.

Bianchigirll 11-10-11 06:01 PM

Right again PastorBob! it was Social Circle.

OK it has been awhile since I filled you folks in on my travels. I seem to stuck in the southeast for some reason but I am still keeping busy. so after dropping that load at Social Circle last week, I actually picked in the same place in the morning and headed for Lakeland Fla. I got down to Polk City in the early evening and delivered the early 0600 even!! the next day.

I asked about a follow on assignment and was told it may be a long wait, then suddenly I had to hurry up and get my empty (mty) trailer to Plant City and there was a hot load there for me too. well I got over to the customer, along with about 6 other Crete drivers and got my load for McDonough Ga to deliver between 0100 and 0800 Sunday. I ran up to Jackson and spent the night there. I was a bit uncertain about the actual hours of operation for this customer owing to some details in the assignment and directions, but not getting clarification from the home office I arrived at 0500 to deliver. the place was quiet as a tomb. after a few terse messages with the home office it seems someone forgot to make arrangements for someone to be there to unload the 8 Crete trucks that were comeing in to deliver! after waiting until about 6pm I finally got to drop my trailer and head for reload in Marietta Ga.

The load in Marietta was bound for Orlando on Tue morning so I was off and running. delivered my big mac and mcrib wrappers and got a new load out of Palatka FLA headed up to Salisbury NC. after a painful wait to unload that last evening I jumped up to Kernersville (in the Triad area?) and got a load headed back to Georgia. I left up there and ran my bum off to get down here only to come up short. I unloaded about 3 but can't pickup until 11am :(.

My next assignment is a longish one but I have way too much time to deliver it. after I pickup just down the road here in Hotlanta (which I have always hated Atlanta, as nothing good evers happens when I am down here) I have to stop off in Calhoun for the second part of the load. then take it up the road to someplace called Breinigsville Pa. for very late in the day Sunday.

depending how fast I get this loaded and headed north dispatch may work with me to either deliver it early, or relay it somewhere so I can run a few more miles before I go home Monday for a much deserved break.

jimmuller 11-10-11 07:06 PM

Wow, BG, you have been busy.

Can you stuff a bike into your cab and roll around a bit while you waiting for un/loading?

auchencrow 11-11-11 07:27 AM

BG - If ever the thought had crossed my mind to become an OTR trucker, you have convinced me otherwise. Still, it gives a deeper appreciation of how practically everything we touch comes to us.

pastorbobnlnh 11-11-11 07:30 AM

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Originally Posted by Bianchigirll
...and got my load for McDonough Ga to deliver between 0100 and 0800 Sunday.

And if it had been 11 years ago, this would have given you time to pop in at my church for a good southern breakfast before Sunday School and worship! You could have parked your rig alongside the cemetery.

BG, I'm with you about Atlanta. I don't miss it at all. When I'm back to visit family, I'm always ready to come home, even if it is in the dead of winter or a lousy wet spring here in NH. Too many people, too much traffic, and way too much air pollution.

Bianchigirll 11-11-11 07:50 AM

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Originally Posted by jimmuller (Post 13479277)
Wow, BG, you have been busy.

Can you stuff a bike into your cab and roll around a bit while you waiting for un/loading?

I tried that years ago, but these with the new rules i9t is hard to sneak in a ride. plus if you are at a customer you never know if it will be a 20min wait or several hours

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Originally Posted by auchencrow (Post 13480611)
BG - If ever the thought had crossed my mind to become an OTR trucker, you have convinced me otherwise. Still, it gives a deeper appreciation of how practically everything we touch comes to us.

the life style is not for everyone, but I really enjoy it (for the most part). one of the first things I learned about the trucking industry was, even that lowly roll of toilet tissue on the store shelf was on at the very least 3 trucks from the time the tree was felled.

Kobe 11-11-11 07:56 AM

Sounds like you are doing a lot of hurrying up and waiting.

We have a warehouse in Social Circle run by the nicest most laid back people. Nothing seems to bother them.

Bianchigirll 11-11-11 08:05 AM

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Originally Posted by KOBE (Post 13480685)
Sounds like you are doing a lot of hurrying up and waiting.

We have a warehouse in Social Circle run by the nicest most laid back people. Nothing seems to bother them.

Being paid by the hour will have that effect (affect?)

fortunately most of the time it is simply a drop and hook (changing trailers) but when you get stuck with an live load/unload it can be really frustrating

WNG 11-11-11 10:12 AM

That must have been frustrating as hell waiting all day to unload. Too bad they screwed up.
What a schedule! Enjoy a deserved rest next week.

JReade 11-11-11 03:57 PM

Shoot, I'm in lakeland often. They have really good trails around there. What size do you ride again? I probably have one in my bike storage that I could swing over.


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