I’ve been on the road for the most of the past month and things are looking very good!
I learned a new trick this week that I sort of really like… pulling tie-together horse trailers. Easy work, no strapping or messing with chains, much higher fuel mileage, and quick trips out and back.
I knew this was an option when I started working with my new boss. But for some reason I hadn’t gotten my doubles endorsement on my CDL while at school, so I had to wait for an opportunity to run and get that done first. On Tuesday this week the boss called and gave me the morning off to do just that, so I ran over to the local DL office… only to find it closed. So instead I called the next town up and found they were actually open, so jetted up there and got it done.
Amazingly, I actually remembered enough of the doubles/triples material to pass. Whew! It was a little bit of a rocky start on the test as I got the first two questions wrong (and yes, I was being a ditz) but I took a deep breath and started concentrating and got the rest right, so, viola’, I now possess that little T endorsement on my license.
That afternoon I ran over and picked up my first tie-togethers and headed out to Tucson. I was amazed at how easy they are to pull! I guess after dragging my 40′ skateboard around just about anything is easier. Just hadn’t considered doing it until the moment the boss really needed someone to jump in and get it done. Now I’m glad I did.
So anyway, for the next few days that’s what I’ll be up to. Then back to hauling truck beds for a while. Looks like it’s shaping up to be a busy and productive summer! This isn’t hot shot work, it’s just normal loads, but that’s fine with me as long as it stays steady. These regular paydays are a big relief after struggling to get started!
Only one thing bugs me, and that’s the fact that I haven’t been taking any pictures, so maybe this week I’ll break down and get a little digital camera and start shooting some of the places I go. I think this will be a good time as I’m headed off to Florida tomorrow.
Should be interesting!