Friday, August 06, 2010


It was a sad morning.  Not only did we have to wake up at 4:30am to head into the yard, but Craig would be leaving without me.  We get torn over the decision, when I stay behind, and he goes out and trains.  I enjoy the chance to putter around our home to paint and decorate, and we both enjoy the extra income that training brings us.  What we don't like is the being apart from each other, but we have decided to have Craig come in for a couple of days of home time after Labor Day, before heading back out again until our vacation time in October.

As far as his trainee goes, he is without one for now.  Word on the street is that there is a slew of trainees coming out next week sometime, so Craig will probably have time for a run south before heading back north for a trainee.  I had to smile to myself as I watched Craig put away all of his provisions and personal items when we got to the truck this morning.  Usually that is my job, but when he goes out by himself, he likes to put things away the way he likes it, so I just sat back and enjoyed our last moments together.

He was given an assignment right out of the gate this morning.  First he had to bob tail into Spokane and pick up a trailer that was being repaired.  From there he drove to the Tyson Meat Plant in Wallula, WA to drop the empty and pick up a loaded trailer of boxed meat, which he will take into LA for two deliveries on Sunday, and one delivery in Oxnard, CA on Monday.

He is now fully operational on the electronic logs, and if the last two weeks we were out using both paper and electronic logs are any indication, he'll actually get more driving time using electronic logs as you are not limited to the minimum 15 minute blocks to complete a task.  It seems that Craig is in the minority of the drivers that are embracing this new system.  But then that is how my husband rolls......he is a "can do" type of person.

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