a “trip” as a trucker. PART 2

So now that everything is in order, next stop ISssssss

THE TRIP.

You look at the paperwork for the address to where your going and plot the course on a MAP lol. Now me, i just use a newly released / not in stores yet truckers GPS. Like any GPS before it, add the starting/ending address and thats it. Now a truckers GPS ( picture below)

is the same thing as a regular 150$ GPS except it costs about a 1000$ bucks, its BIGGER…and has features for tuckers including ‘truck ROUTES’ for the trip. BIG trucks cant go every where a car can so if you follow a regular GPS….your SCREWED. you will either HIT something, crash…get stuck under a low bridge if your not careful or SOMETHING…So with this GPS unit, it tells me nearby TRUCK STOPS, TRUCK ONLY ROUTES, etc… all the goodies. Anyways once done plotting course then thats when the “trip” REALLY begins.

This is where it gets interesting…ill let the pics do the talking.

Now, after a couple of hrs of driving, youll go through many of these…

ME going through TEXAS (below)

this one is through NEW MEXICO….ALBUQUERQUE if im not mistaken…or somewhere around there (below)

These are going through ST LUIS i think…. (below)

These ones are in CALIFORNIA (below), now CALI was GORGEOUS but i couldnt take too many pics…it was like NYC…BUSY and as u can see, i got stormed by a bunch of bikers…almost SQUASHED on while trying to take a pic….

These are in LAS VEGAS ( no pics )…………YYEEAAAHHHhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

i SWEAR to god i was trying to take some pics of VEGAS when i was passing by and i almost dropped my iphone, attempting to pick it up, i swerved like 3 lanes……..i was LUCKKYYYYY!!!!! the highway wasnt TOO packed but still….i got so scared that i put the iphone down….

SO…

Now after a few hrs of driving, either for fuel / food or rest, i pull in to the truckers sanctuary… THE TRUCKS STOP lol. I pull in, fuel up if i need to, then when done, find a spot and just CHILL.

After my break / nap or food intake…i continue on. Once my LEGAL drive time is over, i pull into another truckstop, find another spot and onto washing up………. YES….WASH UP!!!!! There is NO reason for some of those drivers to be as FILTHY as they are!!! absolutely NONE….

anyways, so when im parked, i go inside and tell the clerks that im interested in taking a shower,

this is the process…

i hand them my CARD for what ever truck stop im in ( i have a few )…..for now lets say im in a flying J truck stop, i give em my flying J card which has coupon points for free showers on it ( they get added for free when you fuel up X amount of gallongs in diesel… ) and then they hand u a paid receipt and a shower receipt… you take the shower receipt and walk to the truckers waiting area (has tv, radio etc) and theres a little tv above the hall where the showers are located. Now if you look at the receipt, it has 2 sets of numbers, ( pic below )

the first set of numbers ( 325 ) is the # u look for on the tv screen, when u see that number on the screen, therell be another number on the right hand side of it, thatll be your shower door number, in this case shower number 5…. From there, you go to the appropiate door, and use the second set of numbers on the receipt…thats the keypad code u need to open the door (pic below)

Now once inside, this is what it generally looks like …. P.S, this IS generally a flying J bathroom…clean and nice…ive been to some places that id rather stay dirty than to use em…..anyways moving on lol, (pics below)

Now once your clean, then you go to sleep…….when your time is up and its time to move, you re-do a PRE TRIP INSPECTION again to make sure youre still good, get some food etc…UPDATE the LOG BOOK and thats it…back on the road with mother nature.

Now lets assume youre now done driving and youve reached your destination. You pull in and go to speak to dispatch or whomever u can find, give em you paperwork and thats it, Theyll now give you a LOADING door, you back in, dock the truck, and wait until your unloaded. In that time you can rest / sleep, watch tv or in my case…ANIME lol…..or gaming, either or…but thats it. These are some of the places i end up in…( pics below )

These one is in EDINBURG TEXAS..one of the more unusual places ive been for a pick up order…i swear it looked like i was in a plantation…i had to take these on the LOW cause they didnt allow cameras lol…

This one was in um….Kansas next to a military base / airport

oh and HEY! dont mind the belly…its the food!!!

And thats it my fellow friends…once the drop has been done and confirmed, then u UPDATE the log book, call YOUR dispatch and see what cargo they have coming back form where ever you are in the nation back home, for example, if i had a trip from NEW JERSEY to um…..texas, then when done, i ask my boss to find me cargo from texas to NJ etc…. once i have the necessary information, i go to the pick up LOC, dock again, redo the Log Book, and wait…when done, i repeat ALL this stuff ive mentioned above lol.

hope yall had fun and um…..until next time!!!

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