No matter how many times we do this, it never gets easier. Yesterday, after running errands and restocking the truck, we parted ways again. As much as I enjoy our little house on the river, I love being out in the truck just as much. But when we learned that Craig would once again, take a stab at training a new driver, well you know what they say......two's company, three's a crowd, especially inside a truck, and I was kicked to the curb.
His new trainee will not come on board until Monday, so until then, Craig was given a dispatch for three different pick ups, in Brewster, Wenatchee, and Yakima, WA to pick up apples. Those will be made today and tomorrow, and then he will head down to the dreaded Ralph's, in Compton, CA. That is, unless he is swapped out with another load on his way down, in order to be back in Spokane to pick up his trainee on Monday.We don't know much about him, other than he was originally hired on as a flatbed driver on the System side. He was only out on the truck three or four weeks, when he asked to be switched over to the TWT, because it offered him better opportunities to be home more on a regular basis. We all know that is one of the main reasons new drivers quit, and we are also all too familiar with how hard it can be. I'm hoping for Craig's sake, that this second try at training has a better outcome than the first time.