I started trucking in 1986,before the CDL program and it was different back then. I told my grandmother when I was 5 years old that I wanted to drive them trucks,she reminded me of this when I was 21 and hit the road.
G'ma was always there for me,one of the toughest people I have known.She would hear my 1972 Western Star with the old Detroit 318 and straight pipes as I crossed the R/R tracks and pulled the hill to the house,she would say"It was time to put the biscuits in the oven"She enjoyed cooking and feeding everyone too.
I have driven White Road Boss,Western Star,Diamond Rio, Ford, Mack, Kenworth, International, Freightliner,and Peterbilts.The Peterbilt is my choice as I put 16 years on one truck.Many miles without air condition or power steering or air ride cabs. Those old trucks are rough on your back.
I have pulled some heavy loads too,I think 115,000lbs was the most,makes you adjust your brakes.I used to be in a hurry all the time and I paid for that too,It ain't worth it,but it was fun.I have met a lot of good,hard working people in my years on the road,and a lot of crooks and other critters that would look good as opossum roadkill.
Trucking attracts a lot of crooked folks that take advantage of you for a buck,like freight brokers,cutthroats,backstabbers,psycho-cops,wrecker services,dispatchers,shippers,receivers and truck-stops that gouge you for everything you need when they wouldn't even spend their money there.
Load up your truck with groceries before you leave home.Say your prayers and stay right with the man.
Enjoy the ride.
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