I got going about 2am this morning. After locating the empty trailer in Beavertown, PA I headed to Clearfield, PA to get loaded. I made it there about 9:30 AM and as luck would have it, they weren't going to be able to get to me for a while. This is usually a drag, but this morning it was welcome - I was muy tired. The three hour nap I got to take was quite nice. Hit Lodi with about an hour left on my driving hours for the day and decided to call it quits. I'll head out a little after midnight and finish up the drive to Richmond, IN.
Any of you who have visited my picture gallery in the past couple of months may have noticed that it looked like shit. That's because while I was off with the broken leg I made a half-assed attempt to clean it up and make it all purdy with a java-based gallery maker I found last spring. Today I'm finishing that job... uploading right now are the 5,000 some odd HTML files and jpegs that comprise the Official Soopageek Photo Album. I know you're impressed.
One thing nice about the TA here in Lodi is they have a Starbucks inside... I can get a decent cup of coffee and some Krispy Kremes for my wakeup-and-go chow and get on my way. I think right now though, a shower and some Popeye's chicken is in my immediate future, followed by some LJ reading and maybe a nap.
I'm having a blast reading tundraguy1979's journal. He just started his journal and incidentally, he just began truck driving school. His daily entries have been about his woes learning the skills he's going to need. If one of the reason's you read my journal is you like the inside scoop on the truck driver routine, you might want to consider checking out his journal and see what it's like to start at the very beginning. He's only got a few entries so far, so it'll be easy to start from the beginning and maybe by having an audience, it'll motivate him to write about it more frequently. So if you want to know what it takes to get a Class A CDL and drive OTR (pre-trip inspection test, yard test, road test, and HazMat endorsement).... check out his journal.
Speaking of writing about trucking, I'm thinking about starting an LJ community dedicated to detailing road life. I figure I would cross-post my phototravel journals there and, off the top of my head, invite kaseymoe to do the same with is wonderfully detailed accounts of life as a slip-seat driver.
Maybe I'll get that going tonight.