Got to sleep in this morning until about 5 a.m. local time! Wow! I was already becoming a layabout. After our normal morning ritual we did the Pre-Trip Inspection and started towards our destination in Miami. We allowed a bit more than two hours and encountered a couple of traffic slowdowns. Dudley would be making this delivery at a grocery chain warehouse and we would be arriving a full hour early which was Dudley’s practice. (I named him Dudley just because I liked the sound of the name but damned if he isn’t the original Dudley Doright.)
You gotta talk with the gate people who check the paperwork and the trailer. Then you gotta talk to the warehouse receiver personnel who check your paperwork and then you gotta talk to the people who do the unloading. These people are called Lumpers.
Since we were carrying a frozen load of meat it would be going into a very cold warehouse, and sure enough it was COLD in there. If I had to go back in I would have to wear my cap. Turns out I would have to go back in. The unloading ended up taking more than three hours. Most of the time nothing was going on, but when they started hauling the pallets out, the lumpers riding their forklifts would make our tractor buck and kick. Along about two hours into the experience, nature called … in a big way. The men’s room was back in the warehouse. Surely it would be heated. It was not. If it ever was heated, the fact that they left the door wide open neutralized any benefit. My cap may have helped on the way in and the way out, but the seat was coooold.
The unloading complete, we set off north again. While this was to be a two drop load, and we had just made the first drop, a message had come through our QualComm saying we would be swapping loads with another driver who would make the last drop in Orlando and we would be taking his load to a McDonalds distributor back down near Miami. We made the swap back at the Love’s where we had stayed the previous night. We were to make the delivery at 3:30 the next morning.
We made the swap as planned (the other driver was a lousy backer upper), settled in for another night at Love’s complete with shower and drink refill, and had a nice supper at a nearby KFC / Long John Silvers. Hadn’t had fish and chips in quite a while. Still haven’t had the chips. Had vegetables instead. The dietary life in the world of truck stop fast foot was destroying my gluten free eating regimen. I had to eat the right stuff when it was available.
All in all it was a pretty boring day for me, although it was interesting to see how the paperwork and security guard interaction at a delivery works. The next day should be more interesting.