The third stop in the Denver area complete and my trailer empty, I sat around. I really wish I had been preplanned for a load since my 14-hour clock had been running for five hours by this time, so my available driving hours were draining away with each passing minute.
I queried my dispatcher and he was “getting together with the planner.” A while later, I eventually received a plan that would take me to nearby Aurora, Colorado to pick up a load of Budweiser products heading to Osage City, Kansas. Unfortunately, the shipper in this case is notoriously slow and I complained that my hours would run out by the time the load was aboard and sealed up. Our HQ team shifted the delivery back a day, which basically means I lost a day in the process.
Now, if I operated like most drivers this would be a serious financial hit. If they don’t maximize every available driving hour in every workweek it hits them hard in the pocketbook. Since I concentrate more on the efficient use of my time (and the efficient utilization of my truck) the hit is a bit less stinging.
In any event, the load was, indeed, six hours in coming and I was out of hours at the shipper. A night spent nearby turned into a beautiful driving day and I crossed over into Kansas and made my way to tiny Osage City without incident.
Of course, when I arrived at the Bud distributor that I had been to before, the building was vacant and they had relocated. No problem, I tracked them down via my GPS and drove to the new location. No dice, a vacant lot. This, interspersed with some very harrowing driving along narrow side streets with sharp turns and prominent stop signs to knock over.
I used my satellite to ask for better directions and the ones that came back were a joke. Finally, using my pair of Mark I eyeballs I spotted the Budweiser sign on a building and made my way there, where I’m parked tonight.
I would include a Google map of my journey but the internet connection here is about as spotty as I’ve ever seen and sites take ages to load.
Tomorrow I have not one but two preplans… and I’m going back to someplace I’ve videoed before that includes a very difficult back. Yay me.