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Log: Day 363

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Andrea waves to her friend “Cathy” for a text message… from an Oregon rest area.

Okay, this is the first post in a new category called “Log”.  Really… this is a daily journal and you can be in on it …if you like!

I do wish I had started this 363 days ago! But hey, it’s never too late to start. So here I am.

To make sense of this first post, I have to go back one day. To yesterday.

Yesterday we picked up a load out of Corvallis, Oregon. A heavy load. In fact, the heaviest load we’ve ever had so far.

When I left the shipper to weigh the load and move the tandems to balance… I discovered we were 360 pounds overweight. Our “gross” weight was 80,360.

Some drivers will run an overloaded trailer. We won’t. It can turn out to be a costly mistake. While I have heard different reports, basically it’s $1 fine for each pound overweight… and each state can exact that fine.

In the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Baker City, Oregon

In the Wallowa-Whitman National Forest in Baker City, Oregon

Since we’ll be going through 7 different states to get to our delivery, it’s not an option. That meant going back to the shipper to have them fix it.

We did that. The shipper was closed by the time all this was done.

This meant we had to stay the night and wait until morning to get the load below DOT regulations.

Jai took over at midnight. In the morning he took care of business.

By noon today – Day 262 – I was up and asking how things went… here’s what he told me.

The load was fixed BUT… we’re still only 120 pounds below 80,000. This means we’re nearly 48,000 in the box.

Can you say h-e-a-v-y?

When he went to weight the load, it turns out it was only 120 under 80 grand… and …after moving the tandems 3 times, I finally got everything to DOT regulations. And personally, I have to give Jai a big gold star for his effort!

So, here we are almost 500 miles down the road sitting in a TA.

Why?

Trying to get air in the tires.

We’ve been to 5 different truck stops to get air since leaving the shipper… only to find, broken hoses, broken compressors, excuses, which all essentially has meant, NO AIR.

At this hour… at this TA in Idaho, we’re told their hose was damaged yesterday (this story sounds oddly familiar to the ones we’ve heard all the way here!) there are no air hoses at the pumps and they can’t let us use the shop air hose because of insurance concerns.

What gives?

Shouldn’t every truck stop have available air hoses for trucks to air up trailer tires?

Doesn’t that just make “common sense?”

Tires are on of the easiest safety issues to fix by making sure they’re aired to spec!

Have to tell you that I’m surprised the truck stops are pulling this kind of thing out here. Or… am I? Hmmmm….

Otherwise, I had a great day driving. Other than the squishiness of the tires on this trailer, which was minimized by the fact the Oregon truck speed limit if 55, I enjoyed my day behind the wheel.

Now, it’s time for Jai to take over.

After fueling, he’s now concerned we might be overweight. He was shooting for 3/4 of a tank… but may have gone over in his effort at guessing when to stop putting fuel in the tank. So off to a scale we go since a weight station is 12 miles ahead. Don’t want to be overweight if they pull us in… and by the way …if they do pull us in, it will be the 3rd time today!

Fun, fun, fun… it’s always something new and different on a daily basis.

Oh… BTW …we just talked to Con-Way Road Service, they allowed TA to air up the tires. THANK YOU CON-WAY!

On a load of 10,000 or 20,000… I might not be too concerned about tires at 80 pounds of pressure. Even though that is lower than optimum, it wouldn’t be a deal breaker, going over mountains ranges all across the country.

With nearly full pay load at 47,880… I’m definitely a little more concerned. These are just the realities.

– Andrea



Andrea Steward

Andrea Steward

Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a professional photographer/musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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Before driving professionally for Con-Way Truckload, Andrea was (and still is) a professional photographer/musician/singer/artist/writer and serial entrepreneur. She has written and produced 5 albums (available on CD Baby). Now... she's driving in a husband/wife truck driving team and LOVIN' IT with passion. "Life in America depends on truckers... my Grandaddy did it for 45 years, it might be in my blood!" - Andrea
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