Monday, December 31, 2012


2012 was a unique year for our operation.

We had approximately 5 months off work this year.  That is a good thing right?  Don't you wish you could take 5 months off work?  Unfortunately for us owner/operator types, time off is brutal.  When the wheels aren't rolling and there is no freight on the deck or in the trailer, the money isn't coming in.

On the other side of the coin, we had opportunities to run continuously 24 hours a day for weeks at a time and that was too much work.  You have to balance it all out.  You can burn out and you can veg out.  We did a little of both.  2013 looks to be a great year for us regardless of EOBR's, Hours of service regulations, and CARB regulations.

2012 was a year when dogs were being trained to drive.  2013 is the year they will drive big trucks.

Here are some notable things which happened to us in 2012:
-Salena bought her Mom a new car!
-The head on the truck's engine cracked (it was under warranty) and was replaced.
-We eclipsed 500,000 miles on our new truck. 
-We hauled some of the most dangerous freight that hits the highways through snow storms and icy roads
-We had more time off this year than I have ever had in the 17 years I have been driving
-We were guests on a radio show


ELH said...

ED, thats quite a accomplishment for one year, certainly something to be proud about..that's also quite a tetimate to both of yours hark work and reputations in the industry..
I think thats why so many people tune into both your sites, you both are very straight forward,realistic and truthful..also very positive, unlike many sites that just bitch and complain, you guys offer a alternative which is needed..
I know i'll be looking forward to both of your sites throughout 2013 for fun,information and lively discussion..thanks to you both for being out there and sharing your adventures with us..

Scott said...

best of luck in 2013!

Ed said...

Happy 2013! Thanks for reading the blogs. Another year of uncertainty awaits us truckers. At least it will be interesting.

Odessa Coldiron said...

That's really good to hear. If there was enough income during the last year with that much time off, why not welcome same opportunities this year? Or if not probably lessen it for 3 or 4 months and work a little harder, 3 to 4 or even 2 months still sounds pretty good for the total amount of time off.

Odessa Coldiron