Going going back back to Cali

We picked up our trailer on Monday morning.

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James is lifting the landing gear and getting ready to connect the trailer to the tractor.

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James is connecting the glad hands.
We then had to go back to a truck stop and wait for our first load. It took a couple of hours, but our pre trip came through; pick up three Pods in Aurora, CO.

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Once they loaded our Pods, we had to pull onto the side of the road and put the straps on. I asked James if I could help and he said “sure”. He handed me his gloves to wear, but I found them to be too cumbersome,  so I barehanded it! I am very proud of how much I was able to be of help and that we worked together so well! It only took us 45 minutes to tie down 9 straps in very windy weather,  I might add.
Our Pods were scheduled to be delivered to Hayward, CA on Thursday. Being the management minded person that I am, I enjoyed helping James plan our trip back. We hit some pretty ornery weather,  which surely had my blood pressure skyrocket. It was mostly winds at first.

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The next morning, we woke up and headed into Utah, to which we were welcomed in with rain and a light dusting of snow.  Power lines were damaged overnight by the high winds Utah had gotten.

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We experienced more rain and lots of clouds through Utah and into Nevada.

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James did an amazing job driving for the conditions.  Unfortunately,  because we had to drive so slow through many areas, out load was going to be a little bit late. James’ dispatch manager told him that a couple dozen other drivers had encountered bad weather on their routes as well.

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Had to stop for fuel in Nevada and saw this guy!
When we arrived at the Pods location, there was another driver from the fleet waiting for his Pods. He was told one of his Pods would not be ready for 6 hours. And the poor guy had run out of driving hours, so when his Pod was ready, he had to creep out of the Pods yard and park on the side of the road for the night.
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He was so nice, helped James undo all of his straps and helped roll them back up. He is a veteran trucker who used to do heavy hauling, so it was nice for James to be able to get some tips and feedback about flatbed trucking.
Once our Pods were unloaded, we had to sit around for nearly 2 hours for our next load assignment. We had to pick up 3 Pods and take then to Chino Hills, CA for repair. I was hoping we’d be back on the road to another state, but we will see after our load is dropped off.
We decided James had just enough driving hours left to make it to the Love’s truck stop in Santa Nella, a place we have frequented while on the WalMart fleet. But Murphy’s Law kicked us in the shin when we came to the truck scales in Fremont; a disheveled sticker on the windshield caught the CHP officers attention and we were invited to their parkinglot for a mandatory inspection. While the gentleman who performed the inspection was quite nice, it did put us well behind schedule and James’ hours were dwindling. We had to stop at a WalMart in Fremont for the night. Another day of no showers and our laundry pile is growing, here’s hoping for a fantastic Friday!

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