Donner Party Kitchen Staff -- Cookin' up something different...
The Big D 
Sunday, April 15, 2007, 15:52 - Junk
Posted by Administrator
Hangin' out in Dallas, TX. Our load can't be delivered till 0800 tomorrow morning. Finally getting my laundry done. :) It's good that we keep moving, that's how we make money. Every once in a while you need to stop for a while to take care of business.
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Long trip 
Friday, April 13, 2007, 7:30 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
My friend Christina sent me this.
Try it, you'll like it, everybody's doing it...

1. Go to www.google.com
2. Click on "maps"
3. Click on "get directions"
4. Type "New York" in the first box (the "from" box)
5. Type "London" in the second box (the "to" box)
6. Scroll down to step #21

Or you can just CLICK HERE & scroll down to step #23.

Almost forgot...HAPPY FRIDAY THE 13TH!!!
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It's been a long time 
Thursday, April 12, 2007, 18:13 - Junk
Posted by Administrator
Started this run back on February 27th. On April 19th I'M GOING HOME!! :mrgreen: :mrgreen: 8) :mrgreen: :mrgreen: The camera will be up again April 26th. About 7.5 weeks out. :shock: That's TOO long!
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Big Storm 
Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 20:25 - Misc
Posted by Administrator
This picture was taken by the truck cam at 0258 in the morning! :shock: :shock: I was on I-55 in southern Missouri. It wasn't the only blinding flash of lightning last night. It was raining so hard I almost couldn't drive.

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Some pictures... 
Wednesday, April 11, 2007, 19:20 - Wrecks
Posted by Administrator
...don't need a smart comment. They speak for themselves. (That's a smart comment, isn't it?) :P

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Flying high (in a truck) 
Monday, April 09, 2007, 23:11 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
Sitting at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport picking up a load of air freight. A significant percentage of domestic cargo shipped by air freight companies never sees the inside of an airplane. It's called diverted air freight. With the time involved in loading & unloading aircraft, a truck can frequently make the run as fast as, if not faster than shipping by air. It is also cheaper & burns much less fuel. Diesel fuel runs about $2.75/Gal, Jet fuel is about $5.35/Gal.

By the way, there is a mystique about jet fuel. I'm going to dispel it. Jet fuel, diesel fuel & home heating oil are different blends of the same thing. In fact it is a very common practice at most airports to fuel the diesel powered tugs, carts & other ground equipment with jet fuel. The only drawback is that jet fuel produces less power.

I love these air freight loads. :D If they'd let me, I'd run nothing but air freight :mrgreen: I get to sit and watch the planes take off while listening to them on my air band radio. 8) As I'm typing this a cargo plane just started it's engines and taxied away right in front of me. I'm close enough to smell the exhaust! 8) :shock:
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It takes a Toll... 
Monday, April 09, 2007, 9:44 - Complaint Dept, Stuff
Posted by Administrator
Some states are well known for being notoriously unfriendly to business. For example, this is from one trip into New York City:

$30.00 Goethals Bridge
$48.00 Verrazano Narrows Bridge
$2.65 4.3 miles on the New Jersey Turnpike
$13.75 I-78 Delaware River Bridge, leaving New Jersey
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$94.40 in tolls for NJ & NY :shock: :shock:
Getting out of NYC......Priceless

And I thought California was bad. :roll:
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Going to Jamaica, Mon! 
Saturday, April 07, 2007, 23:42
Well, we got rid of the reefer. Now we're going to Jamaica. 8) Jamaica, NY. :wink: That's where JFK airport is. Picking up an air freight load there in the morning for Charlotte, NC. The broker on this load is 'Gimme The Cargo, Ltd' Great name, huh?

New York City... If any city is not truck friendly, it's NYC. I stopped and took out an extra $100 to cover tolls, I hope it's enough. :shock: Some trucking companies pay a bonus for NYC, CRST isn't one of them. :roll: Others advertise 'No NJ/NYC' in the recruitment magazines.

Why are New Yorker's so depressed? Because the light at the end of the tunnel is New Jersey. (This joke was shamelessly stolen from Cow Boss Jim) :P
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Reefer Madness 
Wednesday, April 04, 2007, 11:56
We picked up a reefer yesterday morning, got loaded & now we're a mile high! :shock: :shock:

A reefer is a refrigerated trailer. CRST only carries dry freight, not refrigerated. For whatever reason they had us pick up a brand new reefer, pick up a load with it, drop the load in Denver -The Mile High City- and shuttle the empty reefer to a trailer rental yard.

Don't you love the way I use words sometimes! :wink:

Now you can clean up the coffee you just spit all over your screen. :P :P
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Going to Disneyland! (Too cute not to post) 
Monday, April 02, 2007, 13:42 - Rebekah
Posted by Administrator
Nothing to do with trucking, but I couldn't help it. This is my niece Rebekah on a recent trip to Disneyland.
:mrgreen: :D :mrgreen: 8) :mrgreen: :D :mrgreen:

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My new ride 
Friday, March 30, 2007, 21:43
Hung out for a little while at the Mother Ship, CRST headquarters in Cedar Rapids, IA. Used my one year safe driver coupon, worth $120 at the company store, to get a bunch of shirts to replace my ratty ones, a pair of CRST bibs for Rebekah (really cute) :D, and a ***** as a gift for ***** who collects those things. (sorry, he might be reading)

I met my dispatcher today. He seems like a nice enough guy. I guess I'll give him a pass on what he said the other day. At 525,255 miles this tractor (5306) is just a few weeks away from it's 550,000 mile retirement party. Not bad for an '05 Freightliner! :shock: At 18 months I'm eligible for a brand new truck! 8)8)8) I don't know if it'll be an '06 or '07 model, but it will be new with no tree hits, bent cab extensions (from not paying attention & turning too sharp :roll: ) or engine abuse.:mrgreen:

Can't wait for that new truck smell!!
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Biscuit Bliss (The Joy of Yeast) 
Friday, March 30, 2007, 11:34 - Stuff
Posted by Administrator
Truck drivers can usually find good food on the road. If you ever find yourself in New Johnsonville, TN on US-70 during the day you must stop at the shell station! It's not a real truck stop, it just has a big dirt lot next to it. Good place to take a bio-break. :shock: I bought a corndog and some biscuits for lunch at the deli counter.

Forget the corndog, these were the best biscuits I have ever bought anywhere at anytime in my life! :mrgreen:

If I had known how good the biscuits were I would have bought the whole case!
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Anatomy of a cross-country trip... 
Wednesday, March 28, 2007, 10:15
Picked this load up at 1745 (Local) 03/26/07

I spent all day driving around delivering our last load and picking up this one: 96 miles
Ontario, CA - Gallup, NM 608.1 Miles - Mike
Gallup, NM - Weatherford, OK 614.7 Miles - Me
Weatherford, OK - Jackson, TN 623.2 Miles - Mike
Jackson, TN - Greenville, VA 623.5 Miles - Me
Greenville, VA - New Jersey 369.8 Miles - Mike

2935.3 Miles total
Delivering by 0800 (Local) 03/29/07
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Nothing to do with trucking... 
Sunday, March 25, 2007, 19:01 - Funny
Posted by Administrator
I just thought this was funny:

A lot of Christians are kind of afraid to laugh at 'God jokes'. Maybe we're afraid of being struck by lightning. :shock: I think this one is free of static discharges. :wink:
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Quick update 
Sunday, March 25, 2007, 18:00
I'm sitting in our Fontana yard right now. I've got a city-work load Monday morning. Kinda hard to get a load out on a weekend, even in the LA area. The new co-driver is working out great. He actually knows how to drive a truck & even has a sense of humor. :P He's very easy to get along with (critical for 2 guys living in a truck) All but one of my previous co-drivers have been right out of training. The trainers do their best on their 28 day run with new drivers, but how do you release a student who can't read a road sign? :roll: Had one of those.
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