I once heard someone say that anyone who has ever wanted to drive commercial trucks is a moron. But I do not believe there is anyone who has never considered working as a truck driver, not only in the United States but also from other parts of the world. But for now, let’s not delve on whether anyone who has ever thought of being a truck driver is a moron or not and dwell on the reasons that got me attracted to long distance trucking.
Traveling and living on the road for as long as three weeks at a time can be a source of incredible fascination, right? There are many impressive sights, an opportunity to meet different kinds of people from far and wide and the rare opportunity of watching the sun rise and set from one coast to another. What can this experience compare with?
I have fancied a nomadic lifestyle for quite a long period and the time I fancied being a truck driver was when I was in my early 20s, driving, with no wife and children. Then, there was this friend of mine who worked with Tom Nehl, which is the largest commercial trucks dealership in North Florida and South Georgia and seemed to enjoy every bit of his truck driving career.
He used to tell me how being on the road is more than just a job. Traveling the countryside, hills, and valleys and not knowing where exactly your next load will take you. He told me that as soon as you are at it, this becomes your way of life. Well, he told me how he could get home after every few weeks to find that he is no longer part of the lives of the people who treated him with love before. While this was shocking, I found this to be quite thrilling.
Back then I admired the life of solitude and trucking is one of the options that offered this way of life. I fully respected being on the roads for up to 24 hours a day, all by myself, and without seeing or coming across anyone who I may know. All you will go through is a life of solitude and meeting strangers, who with time you become accustomed to.
My friend went ahead to tell me that dock workers, waitresses, and other truck drivers would be my primary company. Read More »