The two old codgers and I are getting tired.

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These trips from Tracy, California to Las Vegas, Nevada are a little over 500 miles each.

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The deadhead back to Tracy is the same. Daytime temperatures are steadily rising into the triple digits. Working in the hot sun for three hours is not fun at all. In our haste to get unloaded and delivered we often forget to purchase water. We end up getting dehydrated and headaches. Even so far as to get nauseous at times.

This will be our fifth trip and will have delivered 25 trucks and three trailers later this afternoon. We have started working smarter instead of harder. Let me tell you, it has taken a few temper tantrums on my part. I’ve almost resorted to flinging myself to the dusty ground to kick and wail as any good three year old can do.

There is a two hour time difference between our home time in Oklahoma and Arkansas and the California – Nevada time. We take advantage of that time difference by leaving the hotel long before the crap of dawn.

Yes, indeed folks, I did say the “Crap” of dawn. You know, like, “Oh Crap! It’s dawn”.

Rising out of bed at 4:30 each morning (2:30 local time) this part of the world is still sound asleep. We get our trucks moving on the highway by 6:30 (4:30 local time) and we get a good hour of pre dawn driving done. The air is chilly and the roads are mostly populated by other truck drivers getting a head start on the day.

Our route take us on several two lane roads that are heavily traveled. CA 46 to CA 99 is two lane then some of CA 58 from east of Boron to Barstow is two lane. Once we get on I-15 in Barstow we have several altitude changes passing through Baker and beyond. The elevation rises from sea level at Barstow to 4000 feet just before the 16 mile downgrade leading into Nevada.

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We have been arriving in Las Vegas, Nevada around 5:30 in the evening (3:30) local time. Just as the temperatures are making their way upward to the daily high of 102.

The blinding sun and merciless heat make us get our butts in gear to get the work done. The three of us are working as a team now and can get the delivery time down to 1-1/2 hours.

The early morning hours in Tracy are when we get the hooking up done. We are getting better. It took us 2 hours and 20 minutes yesterday morning to be ready to roll. The longest it has taken has been 4 hours.

After delivering the trucks we head to a hotel in Las Vegas or at the Nevada/California border town of Primm. 4:30 in the morning once again we are up and leaving by 6:30. We arrive in Santa Nella, California that same afternoon and fall down in the air conditioned rooms.

Next morning it is off to Tracy, about 54 miles from Santa Nella to begin work. Once that is finished we drive back to Santa Nella to the Love’s Travel Center for lug nut torquing then back to the hotel room to recuperate from the demanding schedule we have.

About 45 trucks and six trailers have to be delivered in Las Vegas for the June 12th auction. We have to be done by June 8th – as many as we can possibly move. So far we are doing pretty well the line of trucks is dwindling. We took five more yesterday from this string.

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We reward ourselves with eclairs and fruit tarts on the trip back. A sugar buzz is just as good a motivator to us old farts as it is to the young kids 😀

Hope your work week is going well.

Leslie

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About Message In A Fold

I am an over the road truck driver in Drive-Away Transport part of the year, and the sole bookkeeper of this operation the other part of the year. I do a lot of whining until I can get in my craft room and play with paper and glue. View all posts by Message In A Fold

8 responses to “The two old codgers and I are getting tired.

  • Ed From

    Looking at the top pic I can see why you get sick. I would to if I had to look at those ugly legs with black socks.

  • Jann Gray

    Oh Leslie…I am worn out on your behalf! *whew* That is harder than HARD! Sounds like you are making the best of it – but wow…know you can’t wait to be done with this job! Hang in there sweetie! Praying for your health and safety! Hugs and love!

    • Message In A Fold

      Thank you Jann. Your prayers are appreciated and your cyber hug is even more appreciated. The end is in sight, even if only by the calendar.

      If my daughter can hold off long enough on delivering her twins I will be in a giant scrapbook store in Las Vegas 😀 before I go spend a month with my newborn granddaughters.

      Love you my friend – Leslie

  • healthfulsave

    Safe travels out there. I went to college in Fresno but have never made that drive to Las Vegas. Lots of altitude change and crazy drivers!

    • Message In A Fold

      Thank you for your words of safety. They are appreciated. You are so right about the crazy drivers. The monotonous landscape of dirt, rocks, and cactus can lull a driver into making a mistake.

      Leslie

  • gardenpinks

    Not long now Leslie, just hang in there and soon you will be finished. It has been a hard slog for all of you though so you deserve the eclairs and fruit tarts 🙂
    Hugs and love
    Lynn xx

    • Message In A Fold

      If Carissa’s two precious little girls can wait a little longer I am going to reward myself with a day of shopping in Las Vegas at their giant scrapbook store. Then I will be ready to love on my two newborn grand babies.

      Love you – Leslie

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