The Waiting Game

Over the last couple of weeks we have had runs up and down California and Nevada. After having the taste of truly driving OTR (spending a couple of weeks trekking through the Eastern side of the US), it seemed almost tedious.  Plus, both James and I have most of our immediate family in California but we were never able to have enough time to stop and see them. We had one particular run into Sacramento that took nearly a full day. We had spent a few hours driving to get there and upon arriving at the given time for our drop off,  we were told it would be a delay because maintenance had to be done on their one and only forklift. We arrived at 9am and did not get unloaded until 3:30pm. This is the life of a trucker. Because we were offloading and our next destination was several hours away we could not leave. Thank goodness we were in a truck though. We closed the curtains around the windows to shield us from the midday sun and I cooked chicken quesadillas in our Aroma cooker for lunch. We both got a bit antsy but knowing there wasn’t anything we could do to change the situation,  we just had to make the best of it. I remember James looking over at me with a smile and saying “at least you’re here with me!”
When James first began driving (and before I had gotten on the truck) we had arguments because I just didn’t understand how a company could keep a driver at a yard for hours waiting to be loaded or unloaded,  but that is what happens sometimes. Luckily we get detention pay when having to wait for a certain amount of time (not all companies off this). But that also puts them behind for their next load, and after so long, it eats into the amount of hours they have left to drive for the day. I am still learning the ins and outs of this field and while sometimes it can be frustrating,  it’s sure worth it once the wheels are turning again!

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6 thoughts on “The Waiting Game

  1. I like what I see so far, but I do need to make a comment regarding your “The Waiting Game” blog. Not all drivers get paid detention time while waiting at shippers or receivers. They should, by all means! However, that’s not always the case. Some companies might pay a driver $10 an hour AFTER the first 2 hours. Some get more. Some get less. And it happens more often than you think! Have a safe holiday weekend and I hope you get some visit time in with family!

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  2. Just wanted to let you know I think your blog site is extremely well put together!! I also accompany my husband in our semi. We are Canadians but are contracted to Landstar.

    We stay out on the road for usually 3 months at a time. It’s rough being away from family and friends for sure. It’s definitely a lifestyle and you have to make the most of it for it to work.

    We’ve traveled through all of the lower 48 and every province in Canada. If you have any questions on anything feel free to send me a line.

    Keep on truckin & blogging 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much Wanda! I’m always happy to hear when another wife has joined her husband on the truck. It is definitely a lifestyle unlike any other lol.. Safe travels to you and your husband and thank you for reading my blog! 🙂

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  3. i am also a truckers wife and have been for 25 years. I am currently back driving with my husband. So i am not only a truckers wife but also a truck driver and I love it, I don’t do much cooking in the truck due to not having a refrigerator, but hopefully that will change soon. I love to drive and I love to be with the husband, and you are right this life is not for everyone, but there are more and more women on the road today then there was 10 years ago, as a driver and as a passenger. I am glad that i found your blog.

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    1. Thank you very much Treasia! I’m also glad to hear when a wife has joined her husband on the truck, but super glad to hear when she’s a driver! My husband and I talk about me getting my cdl every once in a while but I’m still just enjoying the ride for now 🙂 And thank you for liking my blog!

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