Closer…

We are pretty much as close to our first delivery as we can get, only about an hour away. The delivery is scheduled for delivery first thing in the morning but I am trying to get approval from the customer to deliver today. So far it is difficult to get a straight answer, so we are waiting for special permission beforehand since there is limited parking and no overnight parking at all.

Watch the cameras to see if we roll early or we keep staring at the fuel islands today!

Cheeky!

Morning to ya! We begin the second trip in the new truck this morning. We got stuck with this load but the delivery times were rescheduled about four times to make it work with my available hours. The good thing is no dumb rush overnight driving!

Rainy day today and it’s getting chilly and breezy here. Fall has officially arrived and the trees are turning yellow and some have even lost half their leaves already!

We are loading right now then we will mosey on over and get in place for our first delivery tomorrow morning. And for the folks that asked about a closeup photo of the guages…
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What a mess!

Good morning! Well last night did not go all too well. Nope, no accidents or anything major just alot of different things happened…

I tried to do a short trip from Syracuse, NY to Rochester, NY but since we did another delivery earlier in the day, I figured it might cause problems with our 14 hour limit. Well, it did. We were forced to leave the property and look for parking elsewhere. Nothing close of course, and no street parking either. They finally finished unloading about 3:15 AM and they charged $600 to unload!! I have never seen any lumper service that high priced before! The most ever paid for unloading previously was out in California and it was closer to $350. I had to get special permission to pay that amount but did get it done. I knew it would be trouble…..

Earlier in the day I stopped for food because I knew dinner was going to be hard to come by. I bought a spaghetti plate and salad at the travel center. I about choked to death when the bill came to $30.57!! For one plate of sketties!! Since I had to get to the delivery ASAP, by the time I got to finally eat it was stone cold! I could have gotten a ribeye steak dinner for about half the price at the truckstop!

Be patient with the snowman images and GPS information as they might be giving me trouble now and then. The phone that runs both programs is finally giving out and dying. The phone restarts about every 15 minutes or so now….. It used to be once every week or two, but now it is purely stupid what is going on with it. I am going to try to bring another phone into service to get things working properly again….

The trip posted may or may not happen. It is what we are going to do for now, but I am going to do some heavy talking. It is a night trip and once again probably will interfere with the 14 hour rule. I will let you know what happens.

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New Berlin

We just completed our delivery in New Berlin, New York! Nice easy trip accomplished in the new truck. I am parked on the side road shoulder waiting for the bosses to tell me which way to head because either direction, North or South, the closest truckstop is 70 miles away!

Tire

Afternoon! We are taking a break in Kingsville, Ohio and getting a tire replaced on the trailer. They say it should not be too long of a wait…
Good day so far and right on time for our delivery tomorrow afternoon:)

Welcome to New York! We will call it a day and will continue on in the morning!
OOOO! I monkeyed up the blog trip banner!!! Dangit!

Dinner…

Real quick, just letting you know I am going to dinner with a buddy for an hour or so then we will continue driving the rest of the day…update to follow..

Update…well we went looking for a place to eat in downtown Morris but they had the Corn Festival! So, we walked around some, and even walked along the I&M canal towpath and old railroad bridge. I hated to leave, but it was a nice break in the day for me! We did drive on into Indiana and covered 494 miles today. Close enough to call it a day!

Hope you enjoyed the CD collection I played today! I have never played CDs in any of my trucks before. See you in the morning!

Wings again!

Welcome back to Wings of America again! Seems like we were just here…

Good day today with a variety of weather! We started out just before the sun woke up. Then it rose above the horizon dead center ahead of us in one big bright orange ball! A few miles into Nebraska we rolled up and down the hills and the fog and mist just appeared. The fog got thicker and the sun blinding us was not a problem anymore! Then an hour later the fog gave way to gloomy and grey clouds. Rain here and there as we continued eastbound. Finally in Omaha, Nebraska the sun and blue skies showed up.

We covered 534 miles today so we hit our ideal goal of 500 a day, plus a little more! Right on target and all at a decent pace. See you in the morning for another 500 miles or so as we continue the drive to New York!

Day 2!

Evening ya’ll! Well today was day two in the brand new truck. I sure love the extra room with all the cabinets and enough room to put all my junk! I still have yet to fully unpack everything and put things where they belong yet but I will get there. I do enjoy driving this truck even though it does require retraining of my brain…..

Here is some information about this truck that I know so far:

2016 Freightliner Cascadia Evolution, Date of Manufacture 8/15.
Detroit DD15TC Motor
Detroit DT12 Auto-manual transmission

Basically, it is a manual transmission that automatically shifts through the gears. It has Auto-economy mode which selects the best gear as you drive down the highway. It also has Auto Ecoast which means it automatically coasts if you are going downhill. And finally, I can take full control and drive manually and shift the gears myself with the push of a button. I am learning it is best to use manual for climbing the bigger hills and mountains as well as going downhill. For the general flat highways, I use the automatic. The fastest I can go using the pedal is 60MPH. If I want to go the full 62MPH, I must have it in cruise control and raise it up to 62 by controls on the steering wheel. It also has Pass Smart which means I am allowed to drive up to 5MPH faster (up to 67mph) to pass another vehicle if needed, but only for up to 30 minutes every 24 hours. The Jake Brake is pretty nice since that also is on the transmission stalk on the steering wheel.

This truck also has Lane Departure warnings and camera. That means if I drift to either lane lines without my turn signal, it mutes the radio and then sounds an alarm. If I drift to the right line, it sounds the alarm on the right side speakers. If I drift to the leftside lines, it sounds the alarm on the left speaker. I am sure you have heard it a few times during the construction areas where they placed cones too far into in my lane!

It has alot of cool things such as a digital section of the dash that gives me readouts of everything you could possibly want to know such as MPG, outside temperatures, temps of “everything” from oil to water to axles and everything in between. Lots of lights to warn if anything should go wrong….

This should give you some idea of what we have to drive now. I like it. I will take photos etc when I can, but first comes the important things such as driving, planning, eating and sleeping! We are doing pretty good with the schedule so far and tomorrow we will see how I feel about getting closer to 600 miles for the day. Today we hit 531. If you want more detailed and real specific information about anything I mentioned, I am sure you could find everything out if you Google it! See ya in the morning as we finish Wyoming then start Nebraska and possibly into Iowa a bit.

New…

Good morning! Well we did the first part of our trip OK. It sure feels funny because my foot won’t keep trying to mash the clutch and my hand has nothing to grab onto! Guess I will have to lay them off the job… Wait, no, I still need them to walk to the coffee maker and carry it to the truck!

I expected our load to be a live load but it turns out it was preloaded and ready for us! I will try to write more about it at our break later today but I think we will be OK. It just feels different and I have to adapt to it. This truck does drive incredibly quiet and smooth! So far, our mpg is 10.7! It will go down now since we are loaded and we will see what it is then. Love the room in here with no low ceiling, no step to fall down, and no gear tree to wiggle around! It’s like a roomy hotel on wheels!

Let’s get coffee then head on out.

Empty

We looked and looked but no empties could be found in the yard. I sat and waited and watched for trailers coming in that might be empty. Just five minutes of waiting the shop yard dog pulled up in the space next to us with an empty trailer that just came from the shop! How cool is that?

It was an okay sleep last night in our new home. I think I was too tired to sleep if that makes sense. I kept thinking if there was anything that I didn’t do for the new truck or if I left anything in the old truck! The new truck came with a yuckie spring mattress but I dragged the mattress we had from the Kenworth! It is wider than the Cascadia bunk…but I just put it on top of the spring one and it was the perfect size!

This really is the perfect first trip in this new auto-manual truck. I get to practice on hills empty on the way to the shipper then lots of flat highways and then more hills on the way to delivery! I guess you don’t get to hear me grind gears anymore, but no telling what kind of noises and alarms you will hear now since this thing has lots of warnings and sensors!

OK, lets get going in a few minutes for the first big adventure. All permits, decals, etc are clear and ready to go! Climb in! No pushing or shoving (TK!) as you find your new favorite spot on the dash!