Yesterday we did get loaded but it was a bit of trial and error to get the job done. The first problem that arose, was the two machines were alittle too long for what the permits would allow so the shipper took the torch and cut off some of the fittings etc. that just didn’t need to be on the machines. For example: overhang on the front of the trailer with the trailer being stretched out all the way on the fifth wheel, was 39″. States will only allow 36″ so something had to give. Then with the last machine bumped up against the front machine, the overhang over the back could only be 4 foot and it was 5′, so they worked to get that machine closer to the first. Eventually, it all went on. About 45,000# together making the load about 78,000# total which is fine. 80,000# is legal. I eased out of the driveway and scaled out at the local truckstop ($10.00) and we were on our way. About 130 miles into the drive, the permit dept called and said Ca, would not permit this load because it was multiple pieces and they wouldn’t permit the overhang on the back so it took about 1 1/2 hours to figure out that when I get to Nevada, the agent would have to get another truck to haul the last machine thru Ca. and then they would release a permit for one machine. By that time , it was getting close to late afternoon and I was looking for the place we would stay for the nite and figure about how far I could make it today and still get it off on Thurs late afternoon or early Fri, morn and still be able to load the next load before Fri. afternoon so we don’t have to sit for the weekend. The deadhead (unloaded miles) will be about 150 miles so that’s 3 hours at best in LA traffic alone……. I know of a place in Mt. that will work for the nite. And there was a good watering hole right there too!!!
About 250 miles—Happy Trails1
Today is going to have to run like clockwork if I am going to be at the Nevada border by nightfall. I am still 60 miles or so from the Idaho border, then Utah, and i’m heavy. It’s pitch dark out yet but I have to get started and get 25 or gal. of fuel just to get me down to Idaho Falls where I can fill and aquire points for showers etc there. I need to have this done by twilight. It’s time to hit the super slab then. Daylight only travel!
It is early morning cool out and we have the valves turned off for heat under the hood. Air conditioning works better when no heat can penetrate from the engine. Fleece is in order for awhile. I better enjoy it for i know how it will be later.
As I rumble up over the overpass and onto the interstate, there isn’t much traffic yet and its a good time to plan my day to a tea so that I end up where I need to be tonight. Daddy-o is drinking his coffee and checking the map one last time , making sure we know how many miles from here to there. The sun is just starting to appear from my left and its doesn’t take too long before my jacket comes off. All the alfalfa fields are so smooth and brilliant true dark green in the valleys where that is mostly whats grown around these parts. Its trucked all over the Western Us from here and another crop starts. About 9am, I get so sleepy that I have to park and take a 10 minute nap. thats it! No more! I need to be at that border by nightfall! Logbook regulations changed a few years back and at that time, drivers used to be able nap and continue on with 8 hours sleeper time til the next duty start. Now, you have 14 hours from the time you log on in the morning till you log off duty with 10 hours sleeper time. So—for example: if you start at 6am–you have until 8pm to stop and must log 10 hours sleeper time til next day. Now, that sounds like a long time but if under an oversize for example, it goes quick because of daylight and in winter its really short. Thats where taking a nap like you should do, gets shortened because you don’t know how your day is going to go and your under that time restraint (Govt. thinks that drivers should be more like 9 to 5ers) but we work thru the nite sometimes or strange schedules, always thinking ahead of how we can get loaded over the weekend or unload before payday to get paid for that freight. We don’t operate in those terms . Time is money!!
Construction is unbelievable in the Salt Lake City area. And of course, I need to get thru this area because of the curfew for oversize loads.( No travel between 3:30 and 6pm ) I manage to get south of this border for the curfew and keep going .I make contact with the other driver that will be taking the other machine and we agree to the place that we can get this task done as quickly and safely as possible. He has to unload in the morning and we will meet him after that and unload that one machine and we will be on our way to the destination. I have the ramps so I need to get there first and there are 4 trucks now.
6:30pm The temperature is getting very warm now as we are going down in elevation. I pull thru the Az/nv port of entry. I get the red light and I have go in and show them the permit Always some questions, but they bid me farewell. I only have 35 miles left and I will be at the border!
I made it. I find a place to park, do bookwork, send some paperwork to the office and now it time for supper. Thank goodness, so far I’m in line for tomorrow,
683 miles—–99degrees——-Happy Trails!