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A Rainy Night in Georgia!

By Dale
Posted Oct 12th 2009 6:14AM

           Wow, what a difference a week makes!  A week ago, I was kicked back, my feet buried in the sand, sea gulls soaring over my head, and waves crashing inches from me!  The sun was shining, the air was warm...... sigh...

          Last night I drove overnight from Ohio to Atlanta.  Let me tell ya, the rain came down.  In just 4 hrs, they had 2 inches, and were predicting another 2.  I'm sure glad I left early, because it took me over an hour to go what should have taken 15 minutes near Atlanta.  About 6 am, I hit the beginnings of rush hr traffic.

That's right, 6 lanes of traffic, sitting still... wipers on high, type of rain!  And cold!

Well, anyway, long story short, I left 2 hrs early from what I thought I needed, and arrived only 10 minutes early for my delivery.  There's a lesson there somewhere!  Made it back out thru the traffic, and headed up to Dalton, GA for layover.

Dale is a van owner operator with FedEx Custom Critical, and can be reached at otrvan@expeditemail.net.

6 Comments

  • - October 14, 2009
    Scott Thayer-=|=-Sounds like a fun day. Well, not really but hey, it's an adventure. Have you been getting steady runs lately?
  • - October 14, 2009
    Scott Thayer-=|=-Sounds like a fun day. Well, not really but hey, it's an adventure. Have you been getting steady runs lately?
  • - October 14, 2009
    Jan and Dennis Ryan-=|=-We're glad to hear you made it safely through the rain, and made your delivery on time. But have you noticed rain isn't the only thing slowing us down out here? Road construction at night can really throw a schedule off. A few weeks ago a trip across I-80 in Pennsylvania added three hours to our trip to Rhode Island! We were lucky and had four extra hours built into the trip and so we still made our delivery on time. But three hours was totally unexpected!Soon we're afraid we'll be complaining about the snow delays! Always something...
  • - October 14, 2009
    Jan and Dennis Ryan-=|=-We're glad to hear you made it safely through the rain, and made your delivery on time. But have you noticed rain isn't the only thing slowing us down out here? Road construction at night can really throw a schedule off. A few weeks ago a trip across I-80 in Pennsylvania added three hours to our trip to Rhode Island! We were lucky and had four extra hours built into the trip and so we still made our delivery on time. But three hours was totally unexpected!Soon we're afraid we'll be complaining about the snow delays! Always something...
  • - October 15, 2009
    Dale-=|=-Scott,
    For about 3 weeks there I was really hopping. Last week was slow, this week would have been good, but I had to go out of service for 2 days for van repairs so that hurts. I've had some good weekend runs lately, delivering on Monday that still let me be home for the weekend. Gotta love that.

    Jan and Dennis, yes, some of the construction is crazy lately. It doesn't seem to matter what direction you go, they're tryin to get the roads fixed before winter I guess. Hard to guess how much time I'll need that way. You think you have plenty of time for a break, and still make del, and then you gotta creep along for 5 miles!

    Dale
  • - October 15, 2009
    Dale-=|=-Scott,
    For about 3 weeks there I was really hopping. Last week was slow, this week would have been good, but I had to go out of service for 2 days for van repairs so that hurts. I've had some good weekend runs lately, delivering on Monday that still let me be home for the weekend. Gotta love that.

    Jan and Dennis, yes, some of the construction is crazy lately. It doesn't seem to matter what direction you go, they're tryin to get the roads fixed before winter I guess. Hard to guess how much time I'll need that way. You think you have plenty of time for a break, and still make del, and then you gotta creep along for 5 miles!

    Dale

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