13 January 2012

Year 2, Day 13 (A Full Weekend)

First, allow me to apologize for this post going live so late... this has been a busy 24 hours. Last night I picked up Lou (my new student) in North Little Rock around 2045. We loaded up his things, then I continued on the road to Ponca City, OK. We made a stop in Conway, AR (yeah, I made it to Starbucks before they closed) for about 15 minutes, then pushed on. Once we crossed the state line into Oklahoma, I pulled into the Welcome Center to do (and show Lou the procedure for) the required load check: 2-3 minutes, back on the road.
I drove us into Tulsa, where - because my hours had become scant - I had Lou get a little time behind the wheel. I had him drive the remaining 100+ miles into Ponca City, where we shut down for the night, arriving at 0440 this morning.

Just before lunch, I received a pre-plan which had us going to pick up a load in Tulsa (which is what I wanted) delivering Monday in Brampton, ON (which is Canada, just not the part of Canada I wanted to go. Oh well. We got unloaded, fueled and re-loaded in Tulsa (also making a stop at a Super Target), then Lou took over when I pulled off into the service plaza in Vinita, OK. He is going to try to get us to our employer's terminal in Madison, IL (just outside St. Louis) before we call it a night. Tomorrow, if all goes according to plan, we are hoping to make it all the way to Brampton, ON by tomorrow night, which means I will have to do a double post, as I won't have any cellular access while in Canada. I will keep you posted.

Have a blessed and joyous Sabbath!

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