More Truck Stops Need In The Atlanta Area

Mike

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#1
I feel lucky that I really don't depend on truck stops much as far as sleeping is concerned, and at my normal break areas, truck stops are easy to get into at any time of the night.

This week though, I got stuck making deliveries around the Atlanta area, and found myself quickly annoyed.

My first delivery was going to be in Monroe, GA on Sunday evening. I wanted to watch football, so I cruised around the Atlanta loop to the Pilot. I figure at noon, I should find a parking spot without a problem. WRONG! The Pilot is located right by an industrial park and not only was the truck stop full, there were trucks for as far as I could see parked along the side street.

So, I check the truck stop book, and go back a couple exits to the T/A. I start looking around, only to find that the T/A has been closed friggin down! I am pissed off beyond belief at this point. I park on the ramp check for other options. There are none, other than going all the way back around to the Petro (pay to park), but that is too far back, so I go on to Monroe and park at the little truck stop beside the Walmart until time to deliver.

I leave there about 8:30 p.m. and head to Fairburn for a 4:30 am delivery (just south of the atlanta loop on 85). There is a truck stop there at my exit, that is, you guessed it, packed full. And trust me, I am not one of those guys that circles the truck stop for 30 minutes looking for 4 open spots to back into. If there is a spot, I am taking it. It is 6 1/2 hours until I deliver, so I go on down the road to US Foods, only to find that they won't let me park there. (Note to self, US Foods in Atlanta sucks, and the bastard guard needs to be slapped upside the head).

I end up driving 20 miles south, checking every ramp for parking, and thanks to construction and "no parking" signs, I had no luck. on my way back toward US Foods, I exit and low and behold, the ramp doesn't have any signs, so I laid listening to cars and trucks go by until I could go in an deliver my 2 friggin pallets of sour cream.

The disadvantages of pulling a reefer, nighttime deliveries. :mad:
 

Mike

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#3
Yeah, they got a Petro on the opposite side of town, which makes for a very long drive, not to mention I think they charge for parking.
 

Mike

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#5
I don't know when. Somebody on the CB said when it was closed, but I could barely hear them.

Evidently, between the hookers and thugs ripping the drivers and the truck stop off, and the employees ripping the truck stop off, they just finally shut it down. That is how I heard it anyway :)
 

TJGoSurf

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#6
I would like to take this time to thank the state of NJ for having such awesome ways of me getting in and out and back into the PA turnpike. Atlanta is insane, I avoid going there. There is a waffle house in Norcross GA I believe that has truck parking.
 

awayigo

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#9
I'm here in Atlanta now at my consignee. (i think) Its the correct address, but no signs. And this place looks like an abandoned building. But it looks just as bad as the shipper!
 

Cerberus

In God We Trust
#10
Bullwinkle your in my stomping grounds. i know every spot to park a truck here on the southside of the A.T.L. exit 41 on 85 is a pilot and also a waffle house (parking space). there is a wally world on exit 47. the fairbun exit you have to go farther east for a spot. 285/forest park exit there is a truck stop also. go towards forest parkway.

I didn't know you worked at us foods. thought about going there myself since i am only about 20 minutes away if that. any info you wanna share on them would be appreciated.
 

Cerberus

In God We Trust
#11
I don't know when. Somebody on the CB said when it was closed, but I could barely hear them.

Evidently, between the hookers and thugs ripping the drivers and the truck stop off, and the employees ripping the truck stop off, they just finally shut it down. That is how I heard it anyway :)

that place was a total whole in the wall. i would only go there during the day if i had to.
 
#12
There is a TA on the south side

I feel lucky that I really don't depend on truck stops much as far as sleeping is concerned, and at my normal break areas, truck stops are easy to get into at any time of the night.

This week though, I got stuck making deliveries around the Atlanta area, and found myself quickly annoyed.

My first delivery was going to be in Monroe, GA on Sunday evening. I wanted to watch football, so I cruised around the Atlanta loop to the Pilot. I figure at noon, I should find a parking spot without a problem. WRONG! The Pilot is located right by an industrial park and not only was the truck stop full, there were trucks for as far as I could see parked along the side street.

So, I check the truck stop book, and go back a couple exits to the T/A. I start looking around, only to find that the T/A has been closed friggin down! I am pissed off beyond belief at this point. I park on the ramp check for other options. There are none, other than going all the way back around to the Petro (pay to park), but that is too far back, so I go on to Monroe and park at the little truck stop beside the Walmart until time to deliver.

I leave there about 8:30 p.m. and head to Fairburn for a 4:30 am delivery (just south of the atlanta loop on 85). There is a truck stop there at my exit, that is, you guessed it, packed full. And trust me, I am not one of those guys that circles the truck stop for 30 minutes looking for 4 open spots to back into. If there is a spot, I am taking it. It is 6 1/2 hours until I deliver, so I go on down the road to US Foods, only to find that they won't let me park there. (Note to self, US Foods in Atlanta sucks, and the bastard guard needs to be slapped upside the head).

I end up driving 20 miles south, checking every ramp for parking, and thanks to construction and "no parking" signs, I had no luck. on my way back toward US Foods, I exit and low and behold, the ramp doesn't have any signs, so I laid listening to cars and trucks go by until I could go in an deliver my 2 friggin pallets of sour cream.

The disadvantages of pulling a reefer, nighttime deliveries. :mad:


THERE IS A TA ON THE SOUTHSIDE ON 75 S EXT 201 THE NAME OF IT NOW IS ATLANTA SOUTH JUST CALLED THE PHONE NUMBER AND THEY ANSWERED THEY HAVE IDLE AIR AT THIS ONE TO IF THAT HELPS:beep:


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19speedracer

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#13
Bullwinkle, Where are you coming from if you don't mind me asking. The 201 exit is where Hwy.36 crosses over I-75. Jackson/ Barnesville. That is where our convoy started on the 1st. That is about 33 miles from where I live. If I knew where you lived or was coming from, I might could help you find a better place to park. I ran the Atlanta area everyday for a year when I was pulling flat-beds, And a good part of 6 months when I was pulling a Asphalt tanker.
 

Mike

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#14
I'm not running into that area anymore. With my new job, I go about 125 miles away from home each night and back home, in my bed by early morning :)

I appreciate the offer to help though.
 

user11108

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#15
I ran for central refrigerated that company was just down the street
From the TA that shut down.the one driver was right about the lot lizerds
And bad area there. i tried to stay clear of that TA.
 

Southern Fried

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#19
What annoys me is that so many of the stops near population/industrial parks let carriers use spaces for drop trailers and/or swapouts. In Ft Worth last week at the 472 exit Pilot I counted 32 spots with bare trailers and or "swappers" with a bobtail taking up the spot beside it. This at 4pm. Many more places where the "locals" load up the parking spots by early afternoon. Lucky these days if you can find parking within 100 miles.
 

ironpony

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#20
I feel lucky that I really don't depend on truck stops much as far as sleeping is concerned, and at my normal break areas, truck stops are easy to get into at any time of the night.

This week though, I got stuck making deliveries around the Atlanta area, and found myself quickly annoyed.

My first delivery was going to be in Monroe, GA on Sunday evening. I wanted to watch football, so I cruised around the Atlanta loop to the Pilot. I figure at noon, I should find a parking spot without a problem. WRONG! The Pilot is located right by an industrial park and not only was the truck stop full, there were trucks for as far as I could see parked along the side street.

So, I check the truck stop book, and go back a couple exits to the T/A. I start looking around, only to find that the T/A has been closed friggin down! I am pissed off beyond belief at this point. I park on the ramp check for other options. There are none, other than going all the way back around to the Petro (pay to park), but that is too far back, so I go on to Monroe and park at the little truck stop beside the Walmart until time to deliver.

I leave there about 8:30 p.m. and head to Fairburn for a 4:30 am delivery (just south of the atlanta loop on 85). There is a truck stop there at my exit, that is, you guessed it, packed full. And trust me, I am not one of those guys that circles the truck stop for 30 minutes looking for 4 open spots to back into. If there is a spot, I am taking it. It is 6 1/2 hours until I deliver, so I go on down the road to US Foods, only to find that they won't let me park there. (Note to self, US Foods in Atlanta sucks, and the bastard guard needs to be slapped upside the head).

I end up driving 20 miles south, checking every ramp for parking, and thanks to construction and "no parking" signs, I had no luck. on my way back toward US Foods, I exit and low and behold, the ramp doesn't have any signs, so I laid listening to cars and trucks go by until I could go in an deliver my 2 friggin pallets of sour cream.

The disadvantages of pulling a reefer, nighttime deliveries. :mad:
Welcome to *real* truckin' grasshopper.

:D