Visions of The Road

Moonrise I watch through my windshield as the moon rises… while the sun sets in the mirrors.  Two very separate wonders,each visually stunning in its own right.  Two very distinct instances, occurring at the same moment in time.  A brief juncture… a pause in time, I witness as the road whispers, beckoning me to follow.  Where it will take me, I know not.  Yet I feel the anticipation with each mile that slides by.  Miles, marked not by poles or signs, but by esthetic visions of beauty.
Sunset_mirror
The sights, are sometimes hard to describe… so striking, individual, and momentary.  I am privileged to view sunsets from all over the states and it still amazes me.  One day I see the sun rise over the Appalachian mountains, the sunset in Salt Lake City that evening.  A mystically vibrant moon, hanging low over an Arizona Desert mountain, draped with shadows.  The ominous storm shrouded moon of the Wyoming wilderness, seemingly veiled in steamy lace.

I spent the last few weeks, crisscrossing the United States.  Starting from North Carolina, across to Salt lake City, then off to Pennsylvania and Ohio.  We had a brief pause there, just long enough to do our laundry, then we’re rolling again.  Southern California was the next destination, not necessarily of choice.  We had actually been set to visit Colorado, but got sidetracked and had to swap loads.  After a quick visit to Yuma Arizona, we were off once again to the north east, and the area of great lakes.  Anticipating a short run to the south, we were disappointed to find ourselves navigating a winter wonderland in Wyoming and Idaho.  Then finally a fast run south toward the border and home again.  All within the time period of just over a week. 

Needless to say, boring the job is not.  In a little over 7 days, we managed to put more than 8000 miles behind us. I do believe it would have been more, except for the fact we got caught twice by road closures in Wyoming.  Two days it took us to cross Wyoming into Idaho, and back again.  The weather and roads, made me feel very much at home, for it was just like a good old fashioned blizzard in South Park.  My trainer was blessed in that he had two trainees with previous experience who knew how to drive.  I even taught him how to put tire chains on the truck, a feat he had successfully avoided for many years. 

I made it home for Thanksgiving, just barely.  Now I’m once again in classroom training for a few days.  Then I’ll be assigned a phase two driver and have to spend some time making them some money.  Eventually, I will get into my own truck and have a chance to take a breath, perhaps even enjoy some of the scenery I travel through.  I’m still enjoying the ride, and making the best of everything, biding my time until it’s my turn to make the cash.

The adventure is still fresh

This is a False Sunrise, a very particular kin...

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Life behind the wheel, has turned out even better than I remembered.  Of course right now, the money is not all that great, but the mobility sure is.  In the past week, I’ve managed to catch a sunset or sun rise in seven different states.  What other job allows a person to do that?  I spend a lot of time sitting behind the windshield, gawking at the scenery, both natural and man made.  Not to mention the spectacle that is humankind in general. 

I am certainly having fun with this, and I think it can only get better.  To give a quick little breakdown, I spent a couple of nights in Laredo, Tx.  Then we were off for Fort Smith Arkansas, via Oklahoma.  Surprisingly enough, we headed back to Laredo once again, and ended up spending two days there.  Amazing at times, just how long it takes to get a truck unloaded and then reloaded.  The  next adventure led me across five states in a 24 hr period.  We headed east, to Florida, and traveled through Louisiana, Alabama, Mississippi, and Then Florida.

Surprisingly enough to me, Florida was pretty darn cold.  I woke up to 34 degrees, and was shivering in the bunk.  After two days in the sunny state, we’re now off toward Georgia.  Can’t wait to see what sights await my viewing pleasure.

A Laredo Sunrise

Misty Sunrise #2

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My first trip was a quick little run down to Laredo, Tx.  We left late in the evening, and I drove a short while from around 11:30 PM until 2:00 AM, arriving early.  We sat and waited for the 5:00 AM appointment, sleeping a little and for me, walking around a little to see what little there was to see.  Of course the 5:00 AM drop time turned into a 9:00 AM drop because they didn’t have the room for more trailers.  I did get to watch a Laredo sunrise, even if the scene was slightly obscured by warehouses and semi trucks.  Maybe next time I’ll find a better place to park where I can get a much clearer view. 

After dropping the trailer, we went down the street to the company drop lot, and picked up our next trailer to head north.  The load was bound for Wichita Falls, Tx.  Funny the first few days, and a I’m still in Texas.  We should be getting some loads going elsewhere soon, but I think I’ll end up back in Laredo Wednesday.  I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what comes our way. 

One of the interesting things, I noticed, is just how well the new trucks run, and quiet too.  It’s nice not having to shout just to hear yourself think, like the older trucks.  They ride very nice, almost to nice at times, making it a little to easy to get comfortable.  Of course it helps that the truck I’m in is brand new, with less than 20,000 miles on it.  Pretty sweet for a first ride.

There is an interesting cross-section of the population in the trucking industry.  You can see people from all over at the warehouses and drop yards, not to mention truck stops.  This is going to be a very interesting ride.

Quote of the Day:
Pessimist: One who, when he has the choice of two evils, chooses both.
--Oscar Fingall O’Flahertie Wills Wilde

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