Posted by: fringe62 | March 6, 2013

Maiden Voyage – August 10th & 11th

Tuesday – AM

Stopped at 2:: this AM in Ohio about 15 miles west of Toledo.  I was up at 8:00.  We had breakfast at 9:00 and then left at 10:10 via Route 20 East to bypass the expensive Ohio toll road.  There are many, many trucks on this road.  Heather says if we were in a hurry it would be worth paying the toll (around $25.00) but since we’re not and the speed limit for trucks is 55mph it’s not worth it.

Had supper at the Green Shingle near Erie area then headed for Schenectady, New York.  Took Route 17 all the way across as again, to pay the toll on Interstate 90 is very expensive for trucks (about $60.00).  Fueled at a tribally owned station on Seneca Nation reservation on Route 17 – .98 per gallon at 160+ gallons it was a good deal.

Rained most of the way.  Also most of this afternoon it had been raining off and on.

 

Wednesday – AM

Wake up at 5:00 after in bed by around 12:30.  It rained most of the way across Route 17 and Interstate 88.  A miserable driving night Heather said.  Heather had checked in at the guard shack and parked for a nap.  She had set her alarm for 5:00am and got up to turn on her CB radio.  They start assigning docks at 5:00 and if you  miss the call you won’t get unloaded until they get through the list.  A lot of guys talking so hard to sleep.

A loading dock at a grocery warehouse.  Side bumpers keep cold air in the trailer and building for refrigerated loads.  Flashing red light means trailer is locked to the door (hitch thing just below dock plate) and dock plate is in the trailer - don't try and pull out.  Green flashing light means it's okay to pull out.  Once trailer is backed in a button is pushed inside to lock trailer to the door using the trailer's back bumper - it's hooked by the dock lock.  Then inside at the back end of the dock plate is a recessed chain which when pulled causes the dock plate to raise straight up and as it comes back down the kick plate (you can see it just below the orange stripes) pops out and lays flat into and on the floor of the trailer.

A loading dock at a grocery warehouse. Side bumpers keep cold air in the trailer and building for refrigerated loads. Flashing red light means trailer is locked to the door (hitch thing just below dock plate) and dock plate is in the trailer – don’t try and pull out. Green flashing light means it’s okay to pull out. Once trailer is backed in a button is pushed inside to lock the trailer to the door using the trailer’s back bumper – it’s hooked by the dock lock. Then inside at the back end of the dock plate is a recessed chain which when pulled causes the dock plate to raise straight up and as it comes back down the kick plate (you can see it just below the orange stripes) pops out and lays flat into and on the floor of the trailer.  The signs are usually written backwards so the driver can read them using his side mirrors while sitting in the driver’s seat.

About 5:10 am the call came for dock 39.  Heather opened the doors – backed in – positioned the ramp into the trailer and waited.  Lumper (guy who unloads trucks) boss said $70.00 for unloading her trailer.  Heather told him she’d only paid $60 a couple weeks ago for basically the same load.  He told her the price today was $70.00 or she could unload it herself.

You can see here how the yellow bar is locked in the upright position and holding the back bumper of the trailer to the dock.

You can see here how the yellow bar is locked in the upright position and holding the back bumper of the trailer to the dock.

The lumper took a few pallets off and the inspector came and went through a few cases – one by one.  He laid a few aside and made a call – then said they were okay.  Another man from the grocery store came by and checked the temperature measuring device that was placed in the load in California – a “tattletale” Heather called it.  The tape from that read an even 35 degrees for the whole time since we’d left California.

After the inspection we went back out to the truck to bed.  It was after 8:00am until the load was unloaded.  A restroom stop – another stop with the inspector at the gate – after they look into the trailer Heather gets out and closes the 2nd door of her trailer.  We’re on our way to Syracuse, New York to pick up her next load.

12:45pm

Arrived in Auburn, NY area.  Backed into dock and was loaded in about 20 minutes – air conditioners for Chicago.

Heather is still tired and decides to sleep for an hour or so.  I have lunch and read.  She says we are five hours from home.  It will be around 7:00 when we arrive.

It’s 2:00pm

Heather had her nap and we’re about ready to roll down Interstate 81 to Lewisburg, PA.

MILTON TRUCKSTOP – at 6:00 pm – we made good time.

6406 miles in nine days!  Average just over 700 miles per day.

Home sweet home!  Petro truckstop in Milton, PA

Home sweet home! Petro truckstop in Milton, PA

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