I’m sitting in Breinigsville PA for the rest of today. I delivered my load this morning, and my next one picks up at 3pm tomorrow in Gettysburg PA. It’s a fair day weather wise, so I took Vinny out for a walk around the “Wawa” that I’m parked at. It’s not really a truck stop, but they do offer some parking for trucks. The food they offer is good, the people are friendly and the bathrooms are clean. They are open 24hrs, so when I get up at 3am, I can get a fresh cup of coffee to start my day.
Most of the grounds are very nice for Vinny, so we walked the property for a half hour. Unfortunately, there are always unscrupulous drivers who feel the need to try and ruin it for the rest of us.Granted, it can be very hard to dispose of leftover pallets and packaging. Most receivers destroy the pallets and won’t provide a place to clean out your trailer. That’s still no excuse to dump it on the ground when no one is looking. During my walk, I took the time to reflect on the last few weeks. I started my new job with high hopes. I was looking forward to long distance travel, a fantastic truck, and many more opportunities for photo’s. I wanted to go back to Wyoming, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. I love the feeling you get when you don’t see a house for hours. Nothing but open countryside and big skies. But that was not to be.
I’m not going to say really bad things about that company, but suffice it to say, they run the business very “Old School” with loose leaf logs, and other “Tricks” to maximize your hours of service. I raised my concerns about it, and was told, “Sometimes you have to be an adult, and know a company is not a good fit for you!” OK, time to leave. I called the company I was working for before, and they took me back without hesitation. I had left there to care for my elderly parents until I could make arrangements for them. Once that was done, and I was ready to go again, I went with the other company just to try and expand my travel area. I didn’t think about what is most important.
Now that I’m back with this company, I feel I learned an important lesson. The trucks are smaller, the routes are mostly east coast, but the people are like family. The only thing that really matters, is how you are treated by your employer. I feel like I am home again. A truly sincere “Welcome Back” was said to me by everyone on my first day. I’ve never felt better at any other place I have worked in my life. A special Thank You too Dave and Sheldon. I consider you two to be my friends. I WILL NEVER LEAVE AGAIN!
I go inside for a little snack. When I come out, my best buddy is waiting for his little piece. I don’t give him much, but it makes his day!I’m feeling very good about my life right now. There are many tragic things going on, and many more to come. But at least I know I have people who care, and I have my best friend with me all the time. You have to learn what the most important things are in your life, then don’t let go.