I woke up at 0700 and was on the road by 0830. If you remember for the last blog about mpg, I set out the day determined to get as close to Donald's as I could. As I pulled out of the parking lot, I only ground one gear. 1 outta 8 isn't to shabby considering I floated all of 'em.
Well when all was said and done and I stopped for the day in Tulsa, I only managed 6.7 mpg. Thru out the trip it only got worse as I was trying to hard. I knew it too, and just went back to using the clutch.
Overall, it was a good day. Donald told me to quit putting so much pressure on myself and to quit thinking about it so much. He said I know what to do, and everything will become smooth in time. Just let it happen.
The other things I need to work on are easy fixes. The first thing I need to do is slow down sooner and anticipate sharp curves, off ramps, and turns. I'm not doing bad, just need to be more aware of it. Don asked me if I knew why I was making that mistake. I said because I am thinking to much about down shifting. He smiled and said, well at least you know. The second thing I need to work on is keeping my 8 seconds following distance and not hesitating changing lanes. I tend to roll up on a car if there are cars in the left lane. I am trying to be nice and signaling to give those in the left lane a chance to go by me. Donald said the average person isn't even paying attention, so sometimes you just have to get over and force them to slow down. Basically, I just need to handle my business. He said you have to drive every car around you and anticipate what they are going to do.
For those of you that take the extra 30 to a minute to let us over and pass, THANK YOU, and I will flash my light accordingly. For those, that think they are the only ones on the road and we are just a nuisance….quit being an ass and if it wasn't for people like you, traffic would move a helluva lot smoother!
As I stated earlier, I stopped in Tulsa. 10 and a half hours and 579 miles from where I started. Donald is driving now and told me I need to get some good rest because I need to get us to Lafayette, IN by 1400 tomorrow. I'm not sure where he is stopping for the night. We just went through Joplin, MO. He said something about Effingham, IL. I guess I won't know for sure until he wakes me up and tells me to move to the top bunk. :). We have to be there by 1400 tomorrow because they close at 1500. If we don't get unloaded tomorrow we will be sitting in Lafayette till Monday.
It sounds like our next load will be a coil out of one of the mills in Gary, IN to Laredo, TX. More to follow on that.
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