One of the greatest things about trucking, is that truckers are so willing to pass on little gems of knowledge to one and other. We were the recipients of one such trucker driver's wisdom when it came to picking up a container at the Tyson Meat Plant in Wallula, WA. Craig had checked in at our appointment time at 6am, and was told not to expect the loaded container for at least 3 or 4 hours. Doing the quick calculations in our heads, we knew that 10am was basically the cut off time for us to make it to Seattle by our 3pm appointment time.
We made an agreement that we would follow him, since he was so familiar with the best way to get into the Port, and where to park to stage, and as we quickly fell in behind him, after scaling, we went about relaxing and enjoying the drive, that is until the QualComm started beeping. Simultaneously, we both received the information to call into dispatch, so we zipped into the company yard in Pasco to make the calls. We were told that the ship was leaving by 6pm, and there would be no way to make it there in time, so the next best thing was to beat the ship to it's next destination in Oakland, CA.
We parted ways at that point, with new assignment details in hand, and we headed south, with a new appointment time of 8am on Wednesday at the Port of Oakland. Since he was a local driver, his load would remain at the yard until another driver could be found to relay it to California. There are a couple of things I have noticed about this container versus a reefer unit. It is much quieter when running than any of our reefer, and the overall length is much shorter than when hauling our normal 53 foot long trailer. I can't say that we would look forward to another one of these container loads, but it's nice to add a new experience to our trucking resume of different loads we have hauled.