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i'm going up going over to Montana
n Friday evening I finally went back on the road, picking up a load in Logansport, IN bound for Tacoma, WA. It's nearly identical to the trip I went on back in January when I crashed, in fact I drove by my accident site yesterday afternoon.

I am enjoying the new company I work for. They're very laid back folks and yet, so far, have been fantastic with logistics. They're keeping me busy with all the work I could want, but with sensible parameters that don't require me to work myself to death trying to meet the demands of the load. After I deliver in Tacoma today, I back-haul with a load that's waiting for me in Wallula, WA this evening, due in Dakota City, NE by Friday morning. I'll take Friday off and part of Saturday to reset my 70 hour than try and knock out another 70 before I take a couple of days off next weekend with Welf in PA.

You know the type of people that, no matter what your problem is, they always have some bigger sob story than you? Like if you told them you were just diagnosed with cancer, they'd tell you about how they got cancer AND had to have a limb amputated in the same day? Ordinarily, those folks annoy the ever-living bejeezus out of me, but there is one instance in which I am that person. You can not complain to me about how expensive gas prices are and how it costs $80 to fill-up your SUV, because fucker, I will always win the bitch-fest in that department.

Photo of a diesel fuel pump showing the following:  price of diesel, $4.17 per gallon, total gallons, 208.860, total price, $872.83


Holy hell? Do you get a company card to cover that, or does it come out of your wallet?

Yes and no. It does come out of my pocket, but I'm using a fuel card owned by the folks I'm leasing the truck from (with a usage fee). Basically, they cover the fuel cost for me, then deduct it from my settlements before cutting me my paycheck. I hope to, down the road, squirrel away enough operating capital to do my own fuel purchases so I can avoid the extra cost of using someone else's fuel card, but at the moment, it's a necessity.

jeez, you could have almost bought one of these:

I don't think I'd have much luck pulling 43k lbs. of frozen chicken with that.

Is that photo actual size?

Soop's in Ellensburg? You should stop at the Red Horse for lunch!

Wow! How far does 208 gallons of diesel take a truck, anyways? I suppose it's based on the weight of the load you're carrying, but can you give an average?

To be fair, about 30-40 gallons of that particular fuel purchase was for the reefer trailer I'm pulling, to keep the load refrigerated in-transit.

You'd be correct that the weight of the load plays a large factor as does average speed, terrain, and weather conditions (especially wind and its direction). On this particular load, I'm essentially at the maximum gross vehicle weight. I weighed the sucker with full fuel tanks Saturday morning and was a little over 78,000 pounds. Heading to the west coast is a lot of climbing, especially across the plains which is a mile high climb over the course of 1,000 miles typically in high winds which I'm sure you well know... so it's particularly hard on fuel consumption. I've been fueling daily on this trip, to answer your question. With lighter loads and more forgiving terrain and winds, that can sometimes go down to every other day. It cost me over 2 grand in fuel getting out here. It's par for the course: fuel costs typically run about 40% of gross revenue. To answer your question, I get somewhere between 800-1000 miles on a full tank of fuel, depending on the above factors.

Edited at 2008-04-29 07:45 pm (UTC)

How far will a tank get you?
Also, are you going to take students now?

I gave a much more detailed answer to betawriter in the comment above about how far I can go.

As for students, the company I'm now pulling for doesn't do any training, so no.

Edited at 2008-04-29 07:50 pm (UTC)

Time to install a fusion reactor in that sumbitch.

I need one of those food processor thingies like Doc had on the Dolorean at the end of Back To The Future.

yup - i think you win that one...

Holy shit. I worked at a gas station years ago and remember being shocked when those RV campers would come and fill up and it would cost them nearly $200 and that was in the days of $1.54 a gallon. But I've never seen that kind of number.

I should've waited until this afternoon to make this entry. I filled up the tanks and the reefer tank. Final bill: $931.16

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because fucker, I will always win the bitch-fest in that department.

I AM that person with cancer and limb amputation problem :P I look forward to busting your ass with a photo of an equivalent fill up with Canadian prices...

equivalent fill up with cost more in canada so over-unity would win the bitch-fest for sure. got to love canada

I suddenly feel a LOT better about the $38 I put into my little 4-cylinder Corolla this morning. HOLY CRAP THAT'S A LOT OF GAS!

Haha, yeah, I often cry over my wimp-mobile Cavalier and having to put $40 worth into the tank, too. And my car runs good on gas.

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How far does that get you?

I got my answer, I should read the comments first.
I;m glad you're on the road it makes for interesting reading.

Start writing more again!

OH YEAH?! WELL... UH... HMM. Nope. Got nothing that tops that gas tank picture.