Some Random Thoughts About Life On The Road

by Farmer Bob

Wow, I am just over a third done with my training. I can sorta' see the light at the end of the tunnel (I hope it's not an approaching train!).

I was thinking the other day about trucking and how different it is than anything else I have done. Before trucking I used to think about the valuable exotic cargo the trucks were carrying. Of course our second load was empty wooden pallets. Sort of dashed that thought of exotic cargo! Today we have 19,000 pounds of plastic cups, no handles. It is true that if you have it, a truck brought it.

This is a completely different lifestyle. All that I can offer as a suggestion is to be sure you know who you are and keep your prinicples intact. As the saying goes, "if you don't stand for something you will fall for anything." If you want it, you can find it on the road. I am so thankful that I had a good upbringing, my momma, and my wife. It gets lonely on the road. I will be away from home for at least eight weeks. That's a long time in anybody's book!

Keep your cell phone charged and get a plan that lets you talk to other cell phones for free. I shudder to think how much I would have spent on per minute charges in the last four weeks. Email is good, but not as handy as a cell phone. Keep in touch with your family and friends. They may not understand everythingyou do (my wife doesn't understand why I can't stop at WalMart for good food) but they do love you and care about you.

It's raining today here in Connecticut and we are sitting at a truck stop waiting for Monday morning when our load delivers. We are only 45 minutes away, so we'll most likely leave early in the morning. This means that today is shower and laundry day!

Well, gotta go and get the jeans and socks out of the dryer. Take care and we'll talk soon. Be safe. As the 70's song said "keep the bugs off your glass and the bears off your .... tail.

Farmer Bob.

by Brett Aquila

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