|When I first got hired into this bus company I made it a point that I was not interested in any part-time work. After all I came out west to work and not to sit around in my trailer. Local manager started to hand out a bit too many free days but all-of-a-sudden work picked up pace. An all-new route has been established from yesterday on offering a direct bus connection between Edmonton and Jasper. On top of that a few of the drivers had been on vacation or simply taken off a few days. That led to me being the most busy of the company drivers. Right now I’m looking back at the last 6 days with 800 clicks every day. That’s about 4800kms a week or about the equidistance from here to New Brunswick across most of Canada. Whether I am tired? Nope, I’m not. Too bad DOT regulations put a stopper to more than 70hrs/week. Otherwise…..|
That is not to say I don’t enjoy my day off, but boy do I ever look forward to get back to work again on Thursday.
On top of all that the boss just sent me an email that he has bought a new 45ft. Prevost coach to be delivered soon.
Of course, there are days where things can go sideways, like yesterday when I was the only person to do all ticket sales, get the bus ready AND drive the 400clicks north, just to “loose” a passenger underway. Some people have problems with time management! And since the passenger manifest was missing a name, it never got to my attention until too late. But the guy got a free ride today!
Have also started looking for housing in the area. It’s only 6 more weeks before temps will be around the freezing mark and life in a trailer would become a bit uncomfortable.
So what do I do on my day off?
It has been piling up and needed to be addressed. It’s a never-ending moment of irritation that I can’t get my white shirts clean in a normal washing process. North American washers have no self heating temperature adjustable program. So I have started to get my white shirts pre-soaked and hand-washed in the trailer. At least that brought out the white color again. I know that European-style washers have lately become available, but you just can’t find them at a coin Laundromat.
King of the roads: one of our good old MCI-coaches…