HI HO! HI HO! It’s Off To Work I Go!!!!!

On to Page, AZ

It has been a while since I last posted so I will try to bring you up to date as to what I have been doing.  I left Monument Valley and traveled to Page, AZ where I had only planned on staying overnight.  However the next day there was thunder showers so stayed another day.  Then I had to make up time as I had intended to travel about 200-250 miles.  So I drove  450 miles to Ely, NV.  That meant driving 158 miles on America’s Lonliest Road.

America’s Lonliest Road

They were right when they named US50 as America’s Lonliest Road.  You can drive for miles and never see another car or truck either in front or back of you.  Only a few vehicles will be driving the other way as well.  This is one place I would not want to break down.  My goal was to reach Ely, NV to spend the night.  Then I would only have less then 300 miles to get to Fernley,NV.

McDonald’s for dinner!

I should have stopped earlier at a few of the casinos as I was approaching Ely.  It was 7:30 when I got there and I was cold and hungry.  McDonald’s even looked inviting for a quick meal.  I then found a Sinclair truck stop at the edge of town where I parked for the night.  It wasn’t too busy so I was able to get a fairly good nights sleep.

Lots of toy haulers

Then it was on to Fernley.  Just outside of Fallon there was a recreation area for ATV’s and sand buggies.  It was a huge sand dune that you can see from the road.  There must have been a thousand RV’s out there.  Driving into Fallon all I saw were toy haulers driving out to the recreation area.  I was amazed at the number of toy haulers.

Fernley at last

I then drove to Fernley, NV which will be my home for the next two months.  I checked out the town, which is mostly located on the main street.  Not much there but everything seemed fairly new.  I needed some stuff from Walmart so headed over there and just when I pulled into the parking lot I happened to spot Amazon.  The building was huge.  It was right next to Walmart and there is even a Lowe’s in back of it.

Meeting new friends

I then finally made my way back to the Desert Rose RV Park.  I had stayed here last year so knew it was going to be nice.  The park looked almost full.  They did have my reservation and I got settled in easily.  My neighbor Greg was walking his dog and came over and introduced himself.  He was workamping in Colorado for the summer.  Later I asked him if I could catch a ride with him on my first day at Amazon.  He said sure so finding a ride every day to work was easier then I thought.

First day on the job

Sunday was my first day on the job and we had to be there at 6:30am for orientation all day.  We then got our schedule and who we were going to be working for.  Then we learned all about the do’s and don’ts of the company.  Finally we had a short meet and greet at the end of the day to meet some of the other seasonal workers.

Finding a ride to work

I found out that Greg was scheduled for a different shift then myself.  I then had to find another ride into work with someone else who was also working the same shift.  Luckily Steve (another neighbor) offered to give me a ride.  He works in Receiving and I work in Shipping but have the same days (Sun thru Wed) as myself.  At this point I really wish I had a toad.

Monday I learned all about our department with most of the day spent in training.  The last three hours I actually got to work on the line.  The Amazon people are very friendly and really patient.  We all had a zillion questions and they took the time to answer everything for us.  I really like the people here.

Tuesday and Wednesday we were on our own on the shipping line.  I only pack one item per box so not really rocket science.  My boss came around and wanted to know how much overtime we wanted.  Now I had another problem.  I would have to find a ride with someone who worked in my department and also lived at the Desert Rose RV Park.  I asked everybody but most were camped at other parks throughout the area.  I finally found a couple who fit both criteria.  AMEN!!!  This was the third ride I was able to obtain in just a few days.  I hope it is the last.

I finally have a day off to get more organized and relax my sore muscles.  I want to do some cooking so that I only need to warm something up when I get home from work.  I am just too tired to cook once I hit the couch!  Next week we go from 8 hour shift 4 days a week to 10 hour days 4 days a week.  Then I am sure I will really be tired so I want to be ready.

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11 thoughts on “HI HO! HI HO! It’s Off To Work I Go!!!!!

  1. Good to read your updates, Jim. Good luck with your sore muscles. Hope that your work goes well. (Andrea from the Balloon Fiesta).

  2. All that work has got to be a shock to the old system! At least you are camped in a nice RV park in a nice town. Good luck on the job. I hear you can make a pretty good amount working just the Christmas season. Let us know how it goes. I’m wondering if you could rent a car short term if your rides don’t work out?

  3. I was wondering the same thing about renting a car, but thought it doubtful, it being such a small town and all. I’m applying to Target for some seasonal work. i really don’t want to work again, but the extra moola would sure help get all the extra stuff i want. Solar panels are my number one priority, but like you, I have times when I wish I had a toad.

    • So far so good, but I will start the 10 hour days this Sunday. They told us that there were over 250 RV workampers. They are spread out at several RV parks in the area.

  4. Hi Jim:
    OK, I give up, what is a toad?
    Take it easy initially if you can, those hours, as I full well know, can be tough.
    Glad you appear to be enjoying your work and the people. That helps a lot!

  5. Greetings Jim! My name is Ollie. I am a newbie and I am enjoying following your blog very much. I just thought that I would pass on to you something for your tired and sore muscles that I know is going to help you a lot….

    This favorite liniment is homemade, costs little, and works better than any other I’ve ever used. All I do is combine an ounce of rubbing alcohol with 12 five-grain aspirin tablets … add half an ounce of oil of wintergreen, and shake the mixture well. I let the concoction stand until the aspirin is dissolved, then apply the liniment to the sore muscles. (I do caution that the oil of wintergreen makes the liniment hot if it’s rubbed in, so be sure just to pat the soothing remedy on gently.)

    I hope this helps.

    Best Wishes on the new job!

    Jolly Ollie (:>)

  6. Hey Jim:
    How far is it to work?
    A bike? skateboard? roller blades? Move to WalMart??
    Enjoy your job. See you in “Q” in January & you can tell me all about it.
    ed

  7. Jim – we have friends working there as well – Peggy and Dennis Pharish… they are my husbands summer supervisor for the summer job he works at in Idaho… From what I understand you guys are working your tails off big time!! Hope it continues to go fast for you – keep warm!!

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