I returned from the West trip on Tuesday after working with Guy, and I have to say it is very enjoyable working with him, and I always seem to learn so much. He allowed me to sort through then load the truck under his supervision, and I was pretty close with the order selection, and this being my third trip to the west, I was rather pleased I must say.
Departing for the West
The decision was made that I would drive first, either to Caito in Ohio, or until I was too tired or had run out of HOS. Though I was about 1 hour behind, I found it pretty easy to navigate to all the stops so far on the west run. One of the things I found that I love is driving into the sunset. I have seen the sunset over the ocean for so many years, and in some places in the world, I think it is breath taking, but I have to say, driving in to Erie PA as the sun is setting the many different colors I see are breath taking. I know that is the photographer in me talking and not the trucker, but it is the truth. I think the west will always be my true home.
Comparing the West to the East
I think if you were to compare the two runs, other then the geographic areas there really is not comparison, but trips are amazing on their own, but I do believe the difference is in who you are working with. The west route guys all get along, and they work as a team of three or four, and I try to fit in there when I am asked to fill in, where the drivers on the east, well at least a couple of them are so difficult to work with, and they have no clue on how to be in a team environment, both are likely to get someone killed, I am just hoping it will not be me.
Stop back again, I will be headed out tomorrow on an east coast run, and soon, we will be doing Pod Casts during the run, so you can see what it is like working as drivers in the Floral industry.