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Frustration

By Dale
Posted Nov 12th 2009 2:19PM

          Well, this week has not been the most profitable LOL.  I was home for the holiday, and other than that, actually had two dry runs in a row! One I deadheaded 214 miles for, the other 124... to find out there was a misunderstanding with the freight. What's the odds? 100% LOL>

           Today was the second one, and then I got a nice load over to Terra Haute, IN.  Decent miles, nice load over 1500 lbs that made my van ride nice. It was a transfer load, and when I got to the transfer point, it was nice to see a guy I've transferred with before.  The business has been good to him lately, and he traded in his old van for a really sharp Sprinter.  I'd like to get one, but for now, my old faith Ford Van "Grace" is still chuggin along.. and it's PAID for!   Sitting at a Pilot in Brazil, IN tonight, and just got dispatched on a short airport run over in IL after midnight.  Just a small package, but someone needed it enough to charter a plane just for 2 little boxes, and I'll go drive it 10 miles from the airport!   That's the case sometimes. We haul a lot of big stuff, but it always amazes me to get some of these 'true emergency' loads, where the cost of chartering an airplane for a small package is less than what NOT having those items will cost the company.

         So, relaxing for a couple hrs, then heading out.

Dale is a solo van owner operator, leased to FedEx Custom Critical, and based out of the Columbus, Ohio area.  He can be reached at otrvan@expeditemail.net

8 Comments

  • - November 13, 2009
    Jan and Dennis-=|=-We had a dry run this week, too. But we were lucky enough to not drive as far as you for the "pleasure" of not working! We ended up with a 500 mile run, so it worked out better. Now we've decided to head home after two weeks on the road, home to northwest Ohio. It will feel good. Hope your weekend is fruitfull for you...no more dry runs!!!
  • - November 13, 2009
    Jan and Dennis-=|=-We had a dry run this week, too. But we were lucky enough to not drive as far as you for the "pleasure" of not working! We ended up with a 500 mile run, so it worked out better. Now we've decided to head home after two weeks on the road, home to northwest Ohio. It will feel good. Hope your weekend is fruitfull for you...no more dry runs!!!
  • - November 15, 2009
    Dale-=|=-It actually turned out a pretty good few days! After the airport run, I got dispatched on a long run to Rochester, NY that picked up about 20 miles from where I was sitting. Will post that blog later :)
  • - November 15, 2009
    Dale-=|=-It actually turned out a pretty good few days! After the airport run, I got dispatched on a long run to Rochester, NY that picked up about 20 miles from where I was sitting. Will post that blog later :)
  • - November 17, 2009
    jim h-=|=-Deadheaded home last Fri. from Roanoke Va to Mich. Got home about 8:30, turned in and had 40 sleep when I got a call for a Pick-up going to Toronto. The pay was right so I filled the thermos and hit the road. Made the PU ok, faxed in the paperwork and decided to wait in the duty free for the paperwork to clear. no more than arrived and was asked if there was any additional paperwork i did not fax. Turns out the Canadian Customs Invoice did not have the correct terms etc.
    Long story Short - I was trapped inside the duty free compound until 9:00 A.M. and instead of being home at 10:00 I did not arrive home until 8:00 P.M. never did get more than a few winks so hit the bed hard. Same run offered again 1 hour after hitting the bed. Needless to say I did not accept that one!
    Keep writing, I really enjoy your blog. Wish more guys would do the same
  • - November 17, 2009
    jim h-=|=-Deadheaded home last Fri. from Roanoke Va to Mich. Got home about 8:30, turned in and had 40 sleep when I got a call for a Pick-up going to Toronto. The pay was right so I filled the thermos and hit the road. Made the PU ok, faxed in the paperwork and decided to wait in the duty free for the paperwork to clear. no more than arrived and was asked if there was any additional paperwork i did not fax. Turns out the Canadian Customs Invoice did not have the correct terms etc.
    Long story Short - I was trapped inside the duty free compound until 9:00 A.M. and instead of being home at 10:00 I did not arrive home until 8:00 P.M. never did get more than a few winks so hit the bed hard. Same run offered again 1 hour after hitting the bed. Needless to say I did not accept that one!
    Keep writing, I really enjoy your blog. Wish more guys would do the same
  • - November 18, 2009
    Dale-=|=-Thanks Jim,

    I'm still getting used to doing this, and quite honestly, sometimes I forget. That's why there's gaps!

    Thankfully those kind of foul ups are rare, but I think a lot of guys are paranoid about it, so they don't accept it. I'm kind of paranoid myself, but recently my Canada runs have went smoothly. I have noticed, no matter how far I am down the list, if I get offered a Canada run, I seem to get it. LOL.
  • - November 18, 2009
    Dale-=|=-Thanks Jim,

    I'm still getting used to doing this, and quite honestly, sometimes I forget. That's why there's gaps!

    Thankfully those kind of foul ups are rare, but I think a lot of guys are paranoid about it, so they don't accept it. I'm kind of paranoid myself, but recently my Canada runs have went smoothly. I have noticed, no matter how far I am down the list, if I get offered a Canada run, I seem to get it. LOL.

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