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Sunday, October 31, 2010

just delivering load of napkins

just delivering load of napkins and paper towels (23000 lb) to Aurora, CO. happy halloween.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Duane just made a run

Duane just made a run to Las Vegas with paper products from Potlash and is bringing a load back to lewiston.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

on our way down us 97 south to Portland...Columbia River

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

on my way to port

on my way to port angeles..sequim..poulsbo..woo whooo

Monday, October 25, 2010

I am working at the Beehive!

I am driving with a trainer that is a "dedicated" Walmart driver. We take loads to the Grandview, Washington central distribution center and take loads out. Mostly we take things out. It's like a beehive with all the in and out business. This would be a great job for someone that lived in the area, as you'd be home every week, good for families. I think one of the hardest parts of the job is the isolation from family and loved ones. My heart goes out to all those who are on the road to provide for their family! They are truly dedicated to the ones they love!
Today I am taking a load to North Seattle. Hoping it isn't raining too much. The traffic is a bit crazy when it rains!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

View from my room in Lewiston. My mentor has home time so I'm here in Lewiston for a few days. I'm staying at the Guest House Inn.

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Friday, October 22, 2010

On my way to Jerome

On my way to Jerome Idaho to pick up powdered milk to takebto Umatilla Oregon...

Duane is picking up a

Duane is picking up a load in Mankato, MN to Spokane. WA bottle products.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Duane is taking a load of candy from Creston, Iowa to Shakopee, MN

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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Today is hard to explain...suffice

Today is hard to explain...suffice it to say I feel like Alice when she fell down the rabbit hole!

Duane picked up a load

Duane picked up a load of tires in Monee, IL and delivered to Kansas City,MO. He saw the arch in StLouis from 15mi away.

Caldwell Berry Patch Pumpkins for sale in Washington...commerce at work!

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On our way to Washington...Seattle

On our way to Washington...Seattle area..delivering meat and produce to Walmarts. Should be there by 3:45am...

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

crossing over the columbia river in Washington

my first load as a professional driver..pumpkins from Nampa Idaho to Grandview Washington

Making our unload at LG

Monday, October 18, 2010

My Mentor Called!

I am so excited! My new Trainer/Mentor called a few minutes ago. He will be here to pick me up in Caldwell at about 5am! His name is Ryan, he's been a driver for Swift for a few years, and just recently became a "dedicated route" driver , doing runs for Walmart. He had been doing Long Haul throughout the United States, but needed to stay close to home because of changes in his family. This means I will be close to home as well! He runs through Boise several times a week, so I am excited about this. I will get to be home maybe a little each week! He's the age of my older kids, so that's good too, and a non-smoker! So, my Journey continues! Every day with him is a day closer to being with Duane!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Duane is in Orlando area having dinner with Eric. What a life our plan is workng

Napolean Bonapard Bridge in Jacksonville, Florida

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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Back home for a few days...

I am home for a few days, waiting for my Mentor/Trainer to be selected. I hope to go out on the road by next Wednesday. I will be with a trainer for 6 weeks/ 240 hours of over the road driving (minimum) to be deemed qualified to "solo". Then, I will join Duane on our new truck! I am not sure if it will be by the end of November, or first of December! I guess it's tougher to find a female/non-smoking trainer. They have lots of trainers, but not many with those qualifications....I will let you all know!

FWD:

on my way home. cool dog bed and breakfast

Duane is on the way

Duane is on the way from Erie, PA to Lakeland, FL with a load of fruit juice to Sam's Club.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

FWD:WESTERN PA JUST WENT OVER A BRIDGE.

WESTERN, PA JUST WENT OVER A BRIDGE.

the view from my room

my hotel room in Lewiston..

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Taking a load of home

Taking a load of home improvement items from Plainfield, CT to New Castle, PA

back in Lewiston for Orientation at Swift. I am getting hired this week! I forgot my toothbrush- only one in vending machine...makes me smile!

Duane is off loading in Wilmington Ma and DANIELLE AND FAMILY IN ARLINGTON.Grandpa gets to see his girls today!

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Friday, October 8, 2010

I Passed with flying colors....thank

I Passed with flying colors....thank you all for your prayers. I couldn't have done it without all of your good intensions...

Thursday, October 7, 2010

We switched drivers I drove 560 mi. We are almost to Albany.

we switched drivers, I drove 560 mi. We are almost to Albany.

Tomorrow is the big day...

Well if I don't pass the State Test it isn't because my teachers haven't prepared me. They have been so wonderful here at the Swift School in Lewiston , Idaho. They are very concerned with producing top notch, safe drivers, and just drill it into our heads. I really appreciate their concern and care for us as people. I feel as though I've been in Boot Camp! If all goes well, I will be getting my license on Monday, and going to Orientation on Tuesday to be a driver for Swift!

Duane is in New York State, and on his way to Adirondack, New York to pick up another load in the morning. They will take this load to Memphis, Tenn. drop it and pick up another load there. Don't know what they're picking up, will let you know when I find out. But, the sugar made it to Wilton, New York, north of Albany! More on the "flip" side....picture to follow

I take the State Test

I take the State Test tomorrow...keep me in your prayers PLEASE!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Duane is in Wisconsin. They

Duane is in Wisconsin. They are taking sugar to a place north of Albany New York.

Mauston WI WATER TOWER

Mauston, WI WATER TOWER

Duane is on his way to Upstate New York...leaving North Dakota. I am studying for Friday final test.

Friday, October 1, 2010

The view from Duane's upper bunk in the truck.

view from my upper bunk. love you!

I drove down the Grade from Moscow to Lewiston

Wow, I passed my test, and to celebrate we drove down the grade from Moscow to Lewiston. If anyone has driven that, it's amazingly scary! But, thank goodness for the inventor of Jake Brakes! They are my new found favorite mechanical tool! Duane is on his way to Moorehead, Mn. Hi to all of Mrs. Stansell's 2nd graders...thanks for the Cheers!

On the road Spending the night in Butte Montana

stopping for the night in Butte, MT My truck is behind me. We are heading to Moorhead, MN

Duane & Tim made it

Duane & Tim made it almost to Bozeman Montana and shut it down for the night. He called @ 4am slept great. I test today...

Duane was officially hired by

Duane was officially hired by Swift yesterday. He started his six weeks with his trainer Tim Carson.