Old Red Jacket Talker

Just an old RCMP dispatcher’s ramblings . . .

Down in the Banana Belt I spoke to James just pri…

Down in the Banana Belt

I spoke to James just prior to 6 pm tonite and he had cleared Victoria, Texas and was enroute to Houston to pick up his next load. The bad part was that he would be arriving in Houston tonite however, he can’t get loaded until Saturday. So he will get a whole day in Houston with nothing to do. I told him to play tourist and just bum around. Afterall, it is not every day you get to visit Houston.

The weather down in Texas is in the mid 50’s, however, the locals are finding it cold. James was walking around in a tee shirt and was sweating a bit. I filled him in on our weather and told him to enjoy what he had. He could have been up here driving (or should I say parked in the ditch) in freezing temps.

It is unknown when James will be back into Canada, however, if he loads on Saturday, he could probably be back early Monday. It all depends where his load has to be delivered to.

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January 11, 2007 Posted by | James | Leave a comment

Travelling Southbound I spoke to James at 5 pm an…

Travelling Southbound

I spoke to James at 5 pm and he was just going through Newton, Kansas. This is just a bit north of Wichita. So far the roads are great, but he has run into some wind today.

Actually the wind was so strong that it broke his driver’s mirror in half as he was driving so he had to stop and get another one installed so he could see out the back. It’s a good thing he isn’t travelling up in the Saskatoon area as he wouldn’t need a mirror at all. He just wouldn’t be able to see out the front, to the rear or to the sides with all the wind and blowing snow we are presently facing.

James is hoping to make it to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma tonite before he parks. The distance from Newton to Oklahoma City is about 300 kms, so he is going to have to boogie before his 11 hours of driving time is up. But he is travelling on I35 which is a 70 mph road, so he should make it okay.

January 10, 2007 Posted by | James | Leave a comment

Where’s the Trucker? As of this past Sunday James…

Where’s the Trucker?

As of this past Sunday James headed back to work. He had to drive through the horrible weather and road conditions on his way to Edmonton to pick up a load. He was back in Hanley this morning at about 7:00 a.m. and departed at about 7:30 a.m. heading south bound.

James called at 8:00 p.m. tonight to advise that he was approaching Jamestown, North Dakota, but he had a few more hours of driving to go before the day was done. He is enroute to Rhome, Texas (just north of Dallas/Fort Worth) and is supposed to be there by noon on Thursday. In Rhome he gets to drop part of his load and then continue on to Victoria, Texas. There supposedly is a load to be picked up in the area and then he gets to head back north. Mind you, I doubt whether he’ll make it back up this way until probably Monday or Tuesday.

Hoping James will have blue skies and clean highways on his travels.

January 9, 2007 Posted by | James | 2 Comments

Where O Where Is He? The lonesome driver checked …

Where O Where Is He?

The lonesome driver checked in again today with a comment that I hadn’t put too much information on the blog about his whereabouts. Yah, like I was a bit tied up trying to get those 2 darn computers up and going so the folks could have them for the weekend. Of course if I’m working on other computers, then I don’t have access to my own computer as I usually use my monitor, keyboard, mouse, etc to work on the computers. Both computers are done, but then that is a different story..

When James was speaking to me, he had just passed through Garner, Iowa and was enroute to Sioux Falls, South Dakota on a secondary highway (55 mph). He was going to overnite at Sioux Falls and then finish loading his trailer tomorrow morning and then north bound back to Canada.

Trusty ‘Streets and Trips’ shows that from Sioux Falls, SD to North Portal is about 970 kilometers. James can presently drive 11 hours when he is in the States (this goes into effect in Canada in January 2007), so he should have lots of time to load and still make it to the border. From there he only has a short 445 kilometers and he will be back at home.

Mind you, I believe he wants to drop the truck off in Saskatoon at the company yard so it is not sitting out on the street etc. Still there should be lots of time to do that and still be under his hours.

Of course on Friday night is the company supper. There is no Christmas party as such, the company is just taking the ‘boys’ out for supper. I enquired if that meant A & W or Burger King for the evening? Hopefully they will be going somewhere a bit better than that.

You don’t want to spoil the ‘boys’ too much though or they might get to like it. 🙂

December 20, 2006 Posted by | James | Leave a comment

The Trucker

James is back down south again picking up another new trailer. He believes he should be back near the weekend. At least he thinks so as the company has a Christmas party lined up. Funny thing though is that the boss hasn’t mentioned anything to him about the party, however, the other drivers have enquired whether he was going or not.

Maybe James is in someones bad books 🙂

On the way south, James tried to do some 4 wheeling in North Dakota. Seeing he was going south for a new trailer, he was bob tailing. Of course semis are not the nicest to drive when they don’t have a trailer to add some weight in the back. James hit some ice and before he knew it he was in the ditch. Thank goodness the ditch was fairly level with little snow so he was able to continue on and then pulled up out of the ditch okay. At this time he wasn’t really driving too fast which also probably helped.

A driver behind James also hit the ditch but he wasn’t as lucky as James as he ended up out in the farmer’s field. Mind you he was pulling a trailer so couldn’t turn quite as sharp as James could.

The nice part was that there was no damage done to James truck which is good. It is hard to make any money when you have to pay for damages…

December 19, 2006 Posted by | James | Leave a comment

The TruckerJames is back down south again picking …

The Trucker

James is back down south again picking up another new trailer. He believes he should be back near the weekend. At least he thinks so as the company has a Christmas party lined up. Funny thing though is that the boss hasn’t mentioned anything to him about the party, however, the other drivers have enquired whether he was going or not.

Maybe James is in someones bad books 🙂

On the way south, James tried to do some 4 wheeling in North Dakota. Seeing he was going south for a new trailer, he was bob tailing. Of course semis are not the nicest to drive when they don’t have a trailer to add some weight in the back. James hit some ice and before he knew it he was in the ditch. Thank goodness the ditch was fairly level with little snow so he was able to continue on and then pulled up out of the ditch okay. At this time he wasn’t really driving too fast which also probably helped.

A driver behind James also hit the ditch but he wasn’t as lucky as James as he ended up out in the farmer’s field. Mind you he was pulling a trailer so couldn’t turn quite as sharp as James could.

The nice part was that there was no damage done to James truck which is good. It is hard to make any money when you have to pay for damages…

December 19, 2006 Posted by | James | Leave a comment

Here He Comes Well it looks like the plan came t…

Here He Comes

Well it looks like the plan came together for James today. He got his plate for his trailer and finally got fully loaded. So now he is enroute back to Canada.

I was speaking to him around 5 p.m. and he was northbound hoping to reach Minneapolis, Minnesota tonite. The I spoke to him at about 8:30 p.m. and he was making better time than he thought. He was planning on stopping overnite at Sauk Centre, Minnesota. Sauk Centre is about 90 minutes northwest of Minnepolis.

James is hoping that he will be somewhere in our neck of the woods sometime on Friday. Mind you there are quite a few miles between here and there so there may be the unexpected happening.

Let’s hope not though. I think he has enough crap for one week.

December 13, 2006 Posted by | James | Leave a comment

In The Banana Belt I haven’t had too much to say …

In The Banana Belt

I haven’t had too much to say about James of late. It is just that he isn’t doing much other than sitting and waiting. The one nice thing is that he is presently in the southern part of Iowa and the weather is a bit nicer than we presently have in Saskatchewan. Not that our weather is too bad at present. Heck, compared to a couple weeks ago, this is balmy weather, however, James is presenlty able to go around in a tee shirt and a summer jacket. That is much better than what we had today here in the Hanley.

Of late James is doing that old military thing again. ‘Hurray Up and Wait’. He had to tear down to St Joseph, Missouri to pick up a brand new trailer. Then he was off to Iowa to start to pick up his load. But then things started to go sour for him. First the trailer wasn’t quite right and needed some fixing. As well on the way south the clutch started to act up again. Now is this a driver thing or the way the boss installed the clutch a month or so? I’m not sure. All I know is that James says it is not working properly once again.

So James managed to get the truck looked at this morning. To manage this, he had to wait overnite just outside Waterloo, Iowa so the mechanic could look at the truck first thing this morning. Once he got the truck out of the shop he found out that two of his loads won’t be ready until tomorrow (Wednesday). I guess one of them needs a crane to lift the load onto the trailer and it was scheduled for Wednesday. From about noon onwards today he got to sit around and do nothing but sit. You sure don’t make any money doing that.

As I was mentioning above, James picked up a brand new trailer. The only problem was that the boss didn’t think to get a licence plate for the darn thing. So of course James is driving around without a plate on this unit. Once he starts north after he is loaded he will be going through scales. At the scales, they are certainly going to question why there is no plate on the trailer. If not the scales, then the at the border he is going to get questioned big time. So James called the boss who was going to courier a plate down to James where he is to load tomorrow morning.

Now the way James luck goes, the courier will miss him by a couple miles or be in the wrong state or some other stupid thing. James will end up sitting once again waiting to have the courier catch him or something like that so he can start northward once again.

You sit and you don’t make any money as you get paid by the mile. Of course the bills don’t give a hoot whether you make money or not, they still come pouring in!

The saga continues. . .

December 12, 2006 Posted by | James | Leave a comment

On The Road Again The trucker is back on the roa…

On The Road Again

The trucker is back on the road again as his trusty truck got discharged on Tuesday. As it turns out the problem was a faulty camshaft sensor. Go figure! The doctor’s bill wasn’t too bad (somewhere in the neighbourhood of $130.00). Mind you the tow bill to get the unit into Regina from Moosomin was around $650.00 or so.

James caught a ride down to Regina with one of the other drivers last night and picked up the truck. He then had to bob-tail back to Saskatoon and then out to Swanson to pick up a couple of tractors. I guess one of the other drivers picked up the trailer out in Moosomin and delivered the load to Edmonton. Gee I wonder if it was the guy from Regina who took out the alternator to James 🙂 a couple days ago. Sure would be justice if you ask me.

So now James is heading south through Regina and onto the Port of Regway enroute to Circle, Montana. He should make it there about midnite or so and then gets to sit until the morning to get unloaded. From there he has to travel to Billings, Montana to pick up another load. We are not sure where this load will be heading. Guess we’ll find out tomorrow.

At least the truck is back in operation and the fault certainly couldn’t be placed as a driver’s fault so it won’t cost James any money. Other than he hasn’t put any miles on in the last couple of days of course. Hopefully he can get in a few good mileage days in the next week or so, otherwise the mid month pay is going to be a bit low.

Keep on truckin’ James . . .

December 6, 2006 Posted by | James | Leave a comment

Broke Down Update I just received quite a surpris…

Broke Down Update

I just received quite a surprise. The phone rang and it was James and he was presently sitting in Hanley. He had called a relative who drove out to Moosomin and picked him up and brought him to Hanley arriving at about 7:30 this morning. It sounds like he got quite a chill from his ordeal working on the truck as he is still shivering.

Now the strange part of this whole deal is that his truck would not start so they had it towed to Regina to go to the doctor tomorrow. Who knows what will be the recovery time. That will be a fairly hefty tow bill I would say. The trailer is still sitting out in the boonies by Moosomin and of course the driver is 4 1/2 hours away from the trailer. The strangest part of this whole deal is that the driver that bob-tailed out to assist James wouldn’t hook onto the trailer and pull it back into Regina even though that is where he resides (just outside Regina). At least then the tractor and trailer would be together and the driver would only be separated by a 2 hour drive.

This doesn’t make any sense at all to me. I would say that the boss/owner of the company has some management decisions to make. Right now it sure sounds like a total cluster screw up and definitely no way to run a company and attempt to make any money from the operation.

December 3, 2006 Posted by | James | Leave a comment