My Craziest Load: Under Pressure – DAT Freight & Analytics

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On its face, the job sounded easy sufficient: choose up a load in Hermiston, OR and ship it to a strict, on-time receiver in Cleburne, TX. However when Chad Boblett seemed on the invoice of lading, he noticed a word that modified the sport solely: certainly not was the load to be pushed above 6,000 toes in elevation.  

Given this strict boundary, you’d be justified in questioning what kind of mysterious and delicate cargo Boblett was being employed to move. Hazardous waste? Delicate equipment? Categorized army weaponry? Good guesses, however no.  

It was potato chips. 

Hundreds of baggage of potato chips. Wavy ones. Puffy ones. Triangular ones. Every particular person bag was pressurized in such a method that carrying them above 6,000 toes would set off a series response of pops and pows so fierce that Boblett would seemingly arrive in Cleburne with a truckload of exploded luggage and pulverized potato chips. 

Now Getting into the Pop Zone 

As if the sensitivity of the cargo weren’t regarding sufficient, Boblett additionally had critical uncertainty about his route. If you happen to draw a straight line on a map from Oregon to Texas you see an unlimited impediment within the center: the Rocky Mountains. To get to Texas, Boblett wanted to drive via Idaho, Wyoming and Colorado—the place the elevation rises greater than 14,000 toes above sea degree. The projected final result right here is relatively apparent: disaster. You may nearly image Boblett arriving in Texas, opening the truck’s cargo doorways, and being enveloped in a cloud of orange cheese puff mud.  

Fearing the worst, Boblett referred to as the dealer to register his considerations concerning the viability of the load. However the dealer assured Boblett that the chilly climate within the Rockies would preserve the luggage from popping (even at an elevation greater than double the said restrict). Nonetheless, not solely satisfied, Boblett devised a easy plan: he would preserve one bag of chips on the passenger seat. If it popped, he’d know he was in hassle.  

“The elevation stored getting greater, and shortly I handed the dreaded 6,000-foot elevation mark,” Boblett remembers. “On the high of each mountain, I squeezed the luggage of chips on my passenger seat to see in the event that they had been nonetheless holding stress.”  

Complicating Boblett’s already difficult mission was the arrival of one of many worst October snowstorms on document. When his major route needed to be closed due to a pileup attributable to the storm’s severity, Boblett backtracked and took an alternate lane—a harrowing alternate route suffering from jackknifed vehicles and driving snow so relentless that his windshield wipers might barely sustain. 

Discuss white-knuckling it. Think about driving via a blinding snowstorm whereas carrying a load that would actually explode at any second. Some say calling truck drivers “heroic” is an overstatement; we disagree.  

Lastly, after 4 treacherous days on the street, Boblett arrived in Cleburne and delivered his load on time and absolutely intact. Not a single bag had popped. 

“As I headed out the gate,” Boblett says, “I grabbed the bag of cheese puffs from the passenger seat and smiled for the primary time in days.” 

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