Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Out of Shop, Sittin in Kansas City MO

We finally left the Kenworth dealer in Dallas last night at about 0045 EDT. We headed over to our terminal to get some sleep just in case a load came available. I made a phone call to dispatch to make sure that they knew we were avail for work. Dispatch, much to my dismay at the time, was working on moving a load from McAllen TX to Dallas. One of our other drivers had failed to show for pickup and they needed a team to take an empty trailer down and pull the loaded one back to Dallas.

Dispatch called back about 30 minutes later and said that the load from McAllen was covered(God is SOOOOOO good), but that they had a load out of the Dallas terminal that was added to the lineup and needed to go to Kansas City MO. The load was to be ready between 0430 and 0500. We accepted the load and drifted off to sleep.

The massage came at about 0345 that the load was ready. I got up, got ready to go, went to the office for the paperwork and headed to the fuel island. After fueling I hooked the loaded trailer, performed the pre trip inspection, caught up my log book and we were off to Kansas City(MCI).

We decided on a different route this time. We normally run 75/69 to I-35 and into Kansas City. This time we opted to run 75/69 to Big Cabin Oklahoma and then go east on I-44 to Joplin Mo where we would access 71 north to Kansas City MO.

Just before we headed north on 71 in Joplin, the "Check Engine" lite came on again. Talk about being sick to your stomach. You spend $7000.00 to fix a problem, drive 325 miles and an indication of the problem reoccurs. Now that'll make you sick.

I stopped the truck on the shoulder and tried to access the fault codes, to no avail. I then shut the truck off and restarted the engine and the light was out. I chose to run on to Kansas City and see what happened. The fault never reoccurred, so when we got here, I checked everything that I can check and opted to let it go as a fluke for now. I will continue to monitor the situation and see what happens.

We arrived in Kansas City today at about 1400 and went straight to bed for a nap. It was a long day and night yesterday so we were both pretty tired. We thought that since we had arrived early enough in the day that we might get a dispatch out of here tonight. That didn't happen. It looks like we'll be here all night unless something strange happens like another truck breaking down of falling off a load for some reason. Either way, it is what it is. I'm sure we'll get out tomorrow evening at the latest.

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