Amarillo Texas 34 Hour Reset - I recently had to take a 34 hour reset in Amarillo, Texas where I was bored to tears. I do try to take my 34 hour resets at home to maximize my comfort and get some things done including seeking a long term relationship with some honey who is not a witch (unless she's wicked hot with good thigh gap and a grade A camel toe), Satan's daughter with 4 or 5 personality disorders, or possessed by 27 demons who takes several different psychotropic drugs (more about this later when time permits and the webmaster allows me to write without censoring me) but it happens sometimes that I must take a 34 hour on the road. Here are a few tips for you guys/girls who happen to get stuck in Amarillo, Texas for more than just your 10 hour break.
Amarillo, Texas is stuck between the middle of nowhere and the middle of nowhere. Located off of I-40 for east and west and Highway 287 for north and south (among other major connecting US highways) it is a common stop over for many travelers including truckers. It has several truck stops including Loves, Flying J, Pilot, TA and some others. If you are a coast to coast trucker then you should be familiar with Amarillo and the truck stops located there. In the Texas panhandle, the weather is hot in the summer and cold in the winter (Duh!!) At certain times of the year be careful of high winds. I've spent many times driving across Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle with my butt hole puckered hoping my truck would not blow over. I've experienced nothing worse except the Santa Ana winds in California where I actually saw a truck blow over. Oh, and Wyoming a few times crossing Cheyenne mountain into Laramie.
Amarillo is home to one of the largest meat processing plants in the USA and the only place in the USA that assembles and disassembles nuclear weapons (see Pantax). Hopefully, the two share nothing in common except geography. I would also like to mention that it is difficult to find any place in Amarillo that doesn't smell like a stock yard (trying to be nice but cow dung if you know what dung is) especially in the summer. Visiting Amarillo is akin to having a wife who is a cold fish. Once in a while, perhaps after watching some sappy movie like Titanic, she warms up to you and wants you to perform your manly duties. For years she emasculated you and turned you into, well something man-less. Kind of like a gopher hiding in the gopher hole, you cautiously stick your head up to see what's going on (the same way that turd sneaks up on you when you are 10 miles from the next pickle park or fuel stop). The act of passionate, wholesome lovemaking is foreign to you but you meander ahead like Daniel Boone did in the Cumberland Gap, very cautiously almost tiptoeing. If you proceeded as a man should, like a valiant knight drawing your sword with confidence she might dethrone you causing the sword to shrivel like a deflating balloon. As you enter the city limits of Amarillo, you can unshakably and confidently proclaim, "Amarillo, brace yourself!! I have arrived!!!" However, it may be a good thing to keep your sword in your sheath lest Amarillo's finest throw you in with the drunks.
Goose Neck Tablet - Phone Holder Review - This is a review fo a Goose Neck Tablet - Phone Holder and this is the third device I purchased where I think I found a good holder that stays put and securely holders either my tablet or my phone for downtime such as a 34 hour reset. On my 34 hour resets I enjoy watching movies or even streaming TV shows. In the future I'll review various services you can use to cheaply get entertainment while relaxing in your truck. I currently use Direct TV Now, Amazon Prime, and quite often purchase movies through Google Play where I have an extensive library of movies I have purchased over the years.
So, while I'm relaxing on my 34 hour reset I rarely get bored. This necessitated a purchase of some type of holder to hold either my tablet (for Google Play movies/TV shows) or my Samsung Note 9 Smart Phone. I have the Direct TV Now app on my phone and subscribe to that service through AT&T. AT&T offers free unlimited streaming for those who subscribe to Direct TV Now through AT&T which I have done.
My tablet is a Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 which is one of the larger tablets and is completely dependent on WiFi to download the movies to my tablet through the Google Play app. The tablet is also pretty heavy so when shopping for tablet holders I needed something sturdy to hold the weight of the tablet to keep it steady and secure. I also wanted a holder that could double for a phone holder because sometimes I watch streaming TV shows and movies on my phone.
Welcome to Trucker-Reviews.com where we highlight the trucking industry and offer truck drivers and potential truck drivers a view into the industry. We have a lot to offer and are continuously working to add more to the site to make it better and better for our visitors. Some of the things listed here in this blog update have not been implemented yet but are well on their way and being polished and debugged before release. This is a basic roadmap of where we are going with the site and what you can expect.
When I was just a young lad I remember taking trips with my Dad and driving to see family in other states including Texas, Indiana, Florida, and West Virginia. My dad gave me the impression that truck drivers were the best drivers out on the road and that if no one else would help you a truck driver would help you. Those days are long gone past and along with them the professional courtesy and respect that was passed from one trucker generation to the next along with the courtesy and respect the four wheelers give to professional drivers. Perhaps you can blame it on lawyers or just simply an erosion of courtesy and respect that we have lost but I find it sad that many truckers today are simply out for themselves and could care less about other drivers including other truck drivers. Whether it is flashing the lights for another driver or simply moving over into the left lane for a driver parked on the shoulder courtesy and respect go a long way and can actually enhance safety out on the road.
We are currently in the process of developing the site and have much work to do. In the near future I will be posting basic updates about new features we are implementing as we have time. I work full time driving a truck over the road so my time is limited. However, I am the hard working and sometimes OCD with my work so I will devote time and effort to putting this all together. I am wearing all the hats for this venture from programming, to debugging to writing and producing all the content including managing the server and other technical issues.
There will be an article section where guest posts are encouraged, a social section kind of like Facebook where you guys can share information, make new friends, and make comments about the reviews. Additionally, I am currently producing several videos for the site and sharing these same videos with video sites like Vimeo and Youtube. The videos are geared to help you maintain a healthy lifestyle while spending countless hours on the road.
There are many different pet peeves that bother professional drivers and this article doesnʹt claim to be comprehensive but I am certain many drivers will agree that this list is on target for the top pet peeves of professional drivers. This list has a lot to do with safety and safe driving so be careful and aware of these things and your surrounding when driving. Always remember you are the professional and should set the example for the driving public even if many drivers can be morons. A professional avoids road rage or aggressive driving at all times.
There are many different types of trucking jobs available out there especially for experienced drivers. For drivers with less than two years’ experience you simply must pay your dues with one of the larger self‑insured over‑the‑road companies until you get the two years experience required by many companies that are either specialized, regional. or local and pay nearly the same as the over‑the‑road drivers get paid. The key words are insurance and experience. By and large most drivers fresh out of school will end up driving over the road. Here is a description of various types of driving jobs for semi‑drivers: