My Rob K type week, (no pics)

Im sorry you will have to imagine most of this, as I said in last weeks post, our office can mix 2 loads up, when you give them 3 it totally confuses them :open_mouth:

I had West Brom, Telford and Reading, must be loaded in that order. ok says I.

West Brom, no problem 7 metres against the headboard :astonished:

Telford, 2 metres, crane booked 11am :confused: I got to factory and saw this rather large crane, it had at least 6 axles :open_mouth: I went to see the export guys and asked what I was loading, He went to get the paperwork while I opened the roof. When he came out, he asked me to open the side :confused: I must have looked confused because he asked me why I had opened the roof. Well for the crane I replied, what crane? That crane there I pointed. Why go you want a crane? he asked.

Right lets start again, said I. I have come for 3 crates for area 37 in France. Yes, but they are for Paris he said. I said that my company had told me to meet a crane at 11am. and then to be at Reading to finish off before 3pm

I dont know about a crane, but I have these 3 cases. He lifted them onto the trailer through the side while I closed my roof, and the crane driver rang his boss :smiley: 3 crates weighing 700 kg each :open_mouth:

Slightly embarrassed for my company I went to Reading and loaded another 6 pallets of engineering parts!

I sent my loading list through to the office and they immediately asked me if I could get the night boat, as the Paris delivery had to be in DHL at Tours for 8pm the next day.

23.59 Poole Cherbourg, no problem.
Split break using ferry time let me leave at 10.00.

First drop was in Le mans with the 6 pallets for a bus garage, Bus garages dont have fork lifts normally, so they had to borrow one from a builder working nearby.

Had a break in the bus depot canteen and then went to Tours. DHL Worldwide, they are just the same worldwide. totally crap :open_mouth:

Sorry we cannot unload trucks between 5 and 7 , we have to load the night trunks. OK said I, in French of course :stuck_out_tongue:

At about 19.30, I wandered back to the office. Oui?.. I have a load for Paris for xxxxxxxxxxxxx. Ok, one moment. she then took me into an office with a girl who spoke less English than her tried to tell me that they didnt unload lorries between 5 and 7 :confused:

You mean in the morning, oui, oui,. But the delivery has ro be made to Paris in the morning I explained. Yes it must be loaded on our truck tomorrow evening she said :open_mouth:

OK, I rang my boss at home, he said it would be tipped and he rang them. After about an hour 3 men came out to me and told me to back onto bay 117.

I said that you will need to take it from the side as they are too wide for the doors. We cannot bring the fork truck out in the rain one explained.

So to unload I had to shuffle my trailer between other trailers so they could keep their precious fork lift dry. I had to move the truck for each lift, I reckon 4 of us could have lifted 700 kg

My next delivery was Chateauroux near Limoges. 55 pallets which I tip myself. It is now Wednesday morning at 0900. Im booked off for the weekend to go to the bike racing in Snetterton :smiley: Within an hour of tipping, my reload has come through, I have to load for Chester and Wrexham from Clermont Ferrand, dont worry, you can load it and take it to Hilton on Friday, the night man can tip it :stuck_out_tongue:

My first collection was loaded by 15.30 on Wednesday. 4 x 15 metre lenghs and 6 small pieces to load for Wrexham afterwards. No problem, till i reached the weighbridge. A message to ring my boss :exclamation:

We have a problem, can you swap trailers with a Frenchman in the factory? he said my phone and computer were not working. I went round and found the Frenchman, he had loaded a trailer but had a problem with the paperwork he said.

It turns out he had no problems with paperwork, but he told the office he had lost his identity card. and could not go to England.

This actually suited me better I thought, tip iin Redditch and Birmingham, Friday, I could be home for Dinner :stuck_out_tongue:

No such luck, The trailer had to ship through Portsmouth as we had to make customs clearance. The customer had sent details of the load, I had import certificates, radioactive tests and bundles of invoices. He had also sent the wrong trailer number to the agent. I was stuck in Pompey for 13 hours, at least I got free parking instead of the 8 euros an hour it normally costs.

It turns out the reason , I had to swap trailers was this Frenchman who lives in Calais always carries his dog with him. He had not lost his passport, but the one for the dog. He couldnt drop the dog in Calais as he had to ship Portsmouth so he told them he had lost his passport ID card.

I got cleared and tipped in Birmingham by about 3 pm, then surprise surprise, I had a reload in Sheffield. No motorcycle racing, no early finish, no supoport from the office or anyone else.

I like dogs, so I will get my own back on the driver somehow! :stuck_out_tongue:

I got home from Hellaby this morning.

No one has mentioned the cost of the crane hire yet :smiley:

One thing that really annoyed me this week was when i went into the Centre Routier in Chateauroux and they tried to charge me 30 euros extra to use my credit card to pay for my meal.

That is off the favorites list now. I think it was sour grapes for losing the olympic bid :stuck_out_tongue:

loaded in clermont did you malc, nice of you to get in touch as i only live an hour away :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
bloody french, if they can make it miserable they will :laughing:
chris

caveman:
loaded in clermont did you malc, nice of you to get in touch as i only live an hour away :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
bloody french, if they can make it miserable they will :laughing:
chris

I actually loaded from Multilog in Issoire, I never had chance to organise myself, nevermind socialising wuth you and David :smiley: We are always up and down that A20, A71 though

Nice one Malc. Thanks for sharing your week.

30 Euros extra for paying by credit card? :open_mouth: :open_mouth: Is that a typo and you mean 3 Euros? A £20 surcharge seems a little on the high side. :smiley: :smiley:

Coffeeholic:
30 Euros extra for paying by credit card? :open_mouth: :open_mouth: Is that a typo and you mean 3 Euros?

Neil, I can imagine it isn’t a typo! It cost me €15 to use my Debit Card in Belgium services.

Blimey, I haven’t encountered that yet Marcus at any place I’ve used credit debit cards, well apart from in the UK when I [payed for a holiday a couple fo weeks ago and they charged me 2% surcharge.

Given the price of meals in most routiers a charge of €30 would treble the bill I would have thought.

Nice Read Malc :smiley:

I shall have to get my name copyrighted and trademarked what with all the use it’s been getting lately by other parties :confused: .

Rob K:
I shall have to get my name copyrighted and trademarked what with all the use it’s been getting lately by other parties :confused: .

don’t bother Rob :wink:
Cos we all know that this was a blatant misuse of your name.
This was never a Rob k week

My next delivery was Chateauroux near Limoges. 55 pallets which I tip myself

Wheel Nut:

caveman:
loaded in clermont did you malc, nice of you to get in touch as i only live an hour away :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
bloody french, if they can make it miserable they will :laughing:
chris

I actually loaded from Multilog in Issoire, I never had chance to organise myself, nevermind socialising wuth you and David :smiley: We are always up and down that A20, A71 though

even worse they are only 30mins away from me but about 3 and a bit hours from david.
pm me with a mobile number and we will have to try and arrange a meet when you are down this way again.
as for the surcharge i use mine all the time in the routiers and have never been hit with one yet, but they are starting to put minimum spend limits in now :cry: :cry:
salut
chris

caveman:

Wheel Nut:

caveman:
loaded in clermont did you malc, nice of you to get in touch as i only live an hour away :laughing: :laughing: :laughing:
bloody french, if they can make it miserable they will :laughing:
chris

I actually loaded from Multilog in Issoire, I never had chance to organise myself, nevermind socialising wuth you and David :smiley: We are always up and down that A20, A71 though

even worse they are only 30mins away from me but about 3 and a bit hours from david.
pm me with a mobile number and we will have to try and arrange a meet when you are down this way again.
as for the surcharge i use mine all the time in the routiers and have never been hit with one yet, but they are starting to put minimum spend limits in now :cry: :cry:
salut
chris

I will send you my mobile number on pm.

I always use my credit or debit card to pay in routiers, I have never been charged extra in France. This one was L’escale at Chateauroux Airport. I proffered my debit card and she said NoN! Then I gave her my Mastercard credit card and she then held up this sign. It definately said 30 Euros. I protested that the cash machine was out of order, and was supported by a couple of drivers behind me.

I walked out in disgust, and so did they. Mind you the routier at St jean de Germain? was excellent for 9 euros

good read malc,
thats the thing about transport nobody cares if you’ve got a life outside it.

Wheel Nut:
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I always use my credit or debit card to pay in routiers, I have never been charged extra in France. This one was L’escale at Chateauroux Airport. I proffered my debit card and she said NoN! Then I gave her my Mastercard credit card and she then held up this sign. It definately said 30 Euros. I protested that the cash machine was out of order, and was supported by a couple of drivers behind me.

I walked out in disgust, and so did they. Mind you the routier at St jean de Germain? was excellent for 9 euros

Never liked that L’Escale, Malc, and only used it if forced. If going north I tried to make the extra 15 minutes to Sortie 9. Now that’s a good one and worth every penny to watch the patron get slowly kaylied behind the bar, That’s if you can take your eyes of his missus perched on a bar stool with her Liz MacDonald look-a-like mini on :slight_smile: . And the server is a bustling hermaphroditic individual who seems to have been there years. Not quite as long as Manuel at Hautvillers though :laughing: A few years ago they chucked out all the small tables and installed a giant oval, round which we all sat to eat. It was highly polished and gave the distinct impression of being at a board meeting. How I do love a bit of eccentricity :laughing:

St. Jean de Germain? That’s not the genuine routier across the road on the N151 towards Issoudun is it? Never ate in there but it looked ok.

Salut, David.

Good read Malc :slight_smile: :sunglasses: :slight_smile:

good story. i liked your DHL bashing. as a once a week night trunker for them, i concur, they ■■■■.