I followed this path today, from Cornersville, Tennessee up through Nashville, then over to Illinois where I spent forever driving at 55 mph. Just for variety I put the hammer down and rolled the old speedometer up to 57 or 58 just to see what that was like.
My truck rolled over 200,000 miles today at almost the same time as the engine hours hit 6,666. Thus, on average, this truck has spent its hours "alive" at an average speed of 33 mph. In other words, a lot of idling.
Tomorrow I have to show up just north of Des Moines, Iowa to get unloaded at 4 AM. I could have driven a bit further today but the welcoming sight of the Iowa 80 truckstop and its 800 parking spaces, and more importantly its DQ restaurant beckoned.
No preplan as of yet. Could this be the first time I get unloaded before I know my next trip?
I have now completed six full quarters of my lease-purchase. The most recent quarter's numbers are here. Previous quarter's can be reviewed with these links: (Year 2, 1st Quarter), Year 1: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th. My first fiscal year-end review is here.
I have posted a spreadsheet with detailed information on every load I touched and every settlement I received over my first year. This post gives some useful background on how it is organized.
You might be interested in viewing my previous blog covering my 16 months at CFI, which is now Con-Way Truckload. I have some pictures and videos online you might find educational or entertaining.
Where did I start my driving career? At Crowder College in Neosho, Missouri. If you are in the process of beginning your career I would highly recommend contacting them.
You might wish to contact the author. To do so, first read this post. The first batch of responses can be found here and the second here.