In our center we have just made the decision to put out satellite routes in one area. Its a total of 4 routes that are changing, 3 will start on area with one that is the "feed" route. I was thinking it through the other day and I am wondering how this works in other areas. The breakdown here goes something like this. The feed route starts at 8:30, the on areas at 9:30. I am being told I will (I got the feed route) bring out a trailer to the area leave it with the trucks on route then go about my day. At the end of the day I go back collect the trailer, that they should have now unloaded, delivered, did the pick ups, reloaded and is waiting for me, then head back to my center. Now looking at the time line. I start at 8:30, they at 9:30, for them to work at least 8 hours they need to work till 6:30, putting me at 9 if everything is running like clockwork with an almost hour drive back. So we are looking at over 9.5 if not 10 as a planned day. Having a wife and a number of kids I dont have a problem with the hours (Even if the evil thought of signing the no over 9.5 list has crossed my mind just to see how they would slove the problem) I just wonder how somethings work out. If a on area route driver books off do I drive the cover guy out and back? When I put in for my 8 hour plan 2 times a month I have to wonder how that will shake down. What about boards, training, PCMs, etc for the on area drivers? I know no one here can give me the exact answers to these questions, just want to hear how these things are addressed elsewhere.