You have to wonder what you
have done to your dispatcher when you get a load like the one I got around
the middle of February. You just do not get a load like this unless
you have done something really bad. My dispatcher was almost
apologetic when he gave this one to me, but I still suspect that I
unknowingly ticked him off but good.
I took an empty trailer out of
Council Bluffs, IA to
York, NE, where I dropped & hooked and headed to
Salt Lake City, UT for delivery on Monday,
February 18, 19 and 20. It was a seven drop load of eggs. Five
drops came off in Salt Lake City, one dropped in
Clearfield, UT and the final was in Boise, ID.
The significance of this is that it just so happened that February 18th
was the start of the Olympics in Salt Lake City, UT.
Drops #1, 2, 3 & 4 were scheduled to come
off on Monday the 18th. Drop #5 would deliver in Salt Lake on
Tuesday the 19th. Drop #6 would deliver in Clearfield, UT on
the 20th, as would the final in Boise, ID. At least that's how it
was supposed to work. It did not, however, require a rocket
scientist to tell that this delivery schedule was nearly impossible.
The drops were scheduled within 1-2 hours of each other and this was all
going to happen in the Olympic City, with all the traffic and madness.
I decided I would give it my best shot and when it did not work in the
order it was supposed to, we would go to Plan B. There is always a
Plan B. There is always a Plan C and quite often a Plan D. One
thing about trucking: you learn to be flexible because nothing is
ever set in stone.
My Qualcomm was able to spit out
directions to some of the stops for me, but unfortunately not to the
first one. With a multi drop load, if you can get directions to
the first drop, you are in decent shape. I like to have all of my
directions to every stop from the start, but that doesn't always work.
You usually can get directions to the next stop from the stop you are
at, or can at least call the next place from where you are. You
can tell them exactly where you are in the city and they can often give
you better directions and maybe even an easier, shorter route through
the city. When I have a multi drop load in one city I usually
always get a city map and look the addresses up.
The first drop could not be found in the
city map, though. Either the computer and bills had misspelled the
street name or it was a very new street. As it turned out, it was
a misspelling that prevented me from finding it myself. In the end
I called the South Salt Lake Cab Co. and asked them if they could please
be so kind as to tell me where in the world the street was. They
were very nice and told me exactly how to get to the address I was