We arrived in Salt Lake City at about 1200 noon and dropped our trailer, hooked to the load headed for Columbus, performed the pretrip inspection and off we went to Columbus. We had to stop in North Platte, NE for fuel and that would be our last stop.
The weather across I-80 was very windy all the way to Davenport IA. The more wind all the way to Columbus. I'm not sure why but it doesn't matter where we are going, which direction we are traveling, we have a head wind. That is to say, we are always headed into the wind, the wind is at our face rather than a tail wind. That is really bad for fuel mileage. I had pumped an extra 40 gallons in North Platte because Of the wind and man was that a good forethought. We had 17 gallons of fuel left when we got to Columbus.
Before we got to Columbus, we took a call from dispatch asking which load we wanted out of there. We were offered a Miami, to leave immediately upon our arrival to Columbus or they had a Vegas, Dallas, Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, or Kansas City to leave early the next morning(Sunday). We chose the Las Vegas for the length of the trip, the ease of return, and the route and weather.
Anyway, we got there at about 1730 and dropped our trailer, fueled the truck in advance of our trailer readiness this morning and went for dinner at the local greasy spoon restaurant.
After dinner, knowing our load would be ready before daylight, we went to bed as soon as we finished dinner.
The message came at about 0630 this morning that our load was ready. Again, we jumped up, made ourselves ready and presentable for the day and went to dispatch to retrieve our paperwork. After hooking to the load we, as usual and as required, we performed the pretrip inspection and headed for the departure gate where security resides.
I decided to stay up long enough to get my weekly dose of church and tot refill my redemption and faith cups, from Cowboy Church on XM 13. I then promptly headed back to bed.
After review of our log books I seen that if we were to stretch out Tina's driving time and if I stayed out of the seat another 2 hours I could gain a restart on my logbook so we decided we'd stop in Troy Illinois and make my sister buy lunch. I love spending her and her husband's money. Especially if I can make myself and her husband think that it is actually his money and not hers. Anyway, we had a good lunch and a great visit. We had lunch at Red Robin in Glen Carbon IL. A pretty darned good burger I guess. The fact that it was free to me made it even better.
We are now off and running again, I will get my restart and have a full 70 hours available for the next 8 days. We should be in Vegas by about 1945 tomorrow evening. I have no idea what our assignment will be out of Vegas at this point but I do know that we will be starting to work our way towards Orlando for Friday morning.
We are taking next week, from the 19th through the 27th of March, off work for some routine doctors appointments and check ups. We are certainly looking forward to a week of sleeping in a bed that isn't bouncing down the highway at 60+ miles per hour.
In God I Trust
Have a Great Day and a Better Tomorrow
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