What Is This Thing We Call Trucking?

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G-Town's Comment
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Cornelius wrote:

I can wait to run into one of you wonderful truckers at a rest stop one of these days lol .....your stories are amazing

Coming from an Insurance Man, your choice of words are rather interesting... LOL

Pianoman's Comment
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Cornelius wrote:

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I can wait to run into one of you wonderful truckers at a rest stop one of these days lol .....your stories are amazing

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Coming from an Insurance Man, your choice of words are rather interesting... LOL

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Joe S.'s Comment
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I'm with you brother. I was a professional fire fighter for over 27 years. I fought the red devil day in and day out saving lives will risking mine and I loved every minute of it. I gave it up for a desk job to help my brother fire fighters and after 9 years the place I worked for just kicked me to the side. I'm now going to go into trucking because it is something I want to do. Maybe I'll see ya out there.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Thank you for taking the time to put this together OS. I really enjoyed sharing in your story, and especially enjoyed seeing pictures of your family. You're something of a romantic - that's for sure.

But with all due respect, why in the world would you want to leave that beautiful family behind? I won't presume that it's because of financial reasons. When I'm at an age when my children have families of their own, I would want to spend every waking hour with my wife and family, not being an OTR driver. Heck, I try to do that now - i.e. spend as much physical time as possible with my family. Life is too short. Don't take this as a judgement on your way of living. I'm just puzzled as to why someone would want to choose to be away from their family in the latter part of their years. I don't expect you to give your reasons, I'm just curious is all.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

Old School's Comment
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When I'm at an age when my children have families of their own, I would want to spend every waking hour with my wife and family, not being an OTR driver.

Six String, of course there's no offense taken by me.

The point of the whole little essay was to point out the conflict that roars at times in an OTR driver's thoughts. That is why I started the whole thing with those questions... "Is it pain, or is it pleasure?"

I love both the adventurous lifestyle of an Over The Road truck driver, and the pleasures of being with my family. I just spent a full week at home, and actually this week my wife and our Rat Terrier left home to ride with me for a little while.

My wife and I made a conscious, deliberate decison to do this together. I chose to do this after we raised our kids, and the additional income allows my wife to do what she wanted to do in her autumn years, which is to travel around and stay with our children and grandchildren (yet to come), while it allows me to live a life of adventure and stop and see my children when I am in the areas they live. I recently stayed with my daughter Esther while passing through her hometown of Dayton, Ohio.

For us it is a win win. I love what I'm doing, and it also allows a wonderful family man like yourself to have all the necessities he needs available to him when he desires to get them. There is a need for Over The Road drivers, just as their is for line haul drivers. We both are a vital part of the supply chain.

I could make some good money following in your footsteps, but I'd be scratching my eyeballs out from boredom. As it is, I can enjoy scratching my itch for adventure, and make some great money, all while still allowing my wife to move about and see our children as she desires. Personally I enjoy just popping in on them when I can.

I know what you're saying, but we have settled on a plan that works for us - I couldn't be happier about it all.

OTR:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Over The Road:

Over The Road

OTR driving normally means you'll be hauling freight to various customers throughout your company's hauling region. It often entails being gone from home for two to three weeks at a time.

Line Haul:

Linehaul drivers will normally run loads from terminal to terminal for LTL (Less than Truckload) companies.

LTL (Less Than Truckload) carriers will have Linehaul drivers and P&D drivers. The P&D drivers will deliver loads locally from the terminal and pick up loads returning them to the terminal. Linehaul drivers will then run truckloads from terminal to terminal.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Victor C. II's Comment
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I have only been in this career for 4 months and although that is not long I have learned a whole lot and how to communicate like the macro 22s when repairs make me late and what not. But for the JOY of getting to see Gods creation and the splendor of it all I love my choice of career. You are right, there are some who will just drudge through it and then some who will love it. Old School you are the example trucker. Oh and by the way which person are you in the picture? I dont know if you are on my right or my left. Sorry lol. ROLL ON 18 WHEELER ROLL ON!

Old School's Comment
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I'm the one on the right. The one with that angelic aura of light behind them! smile.gif

Victor C. II's Comment
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Ok thanks!

Steve L.'s Comment
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Thank you Old School!

Service above self (is what it sounds like) and enjoy the ride. Seeing the smiles and success of those we love seems a little sweeter when we aren't there every day to take it for granted.

This story was exactly what I needed this morning.

Be safe, take care of yourself and thanks again!

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
millionmiler24's Comment
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I'm the one on the right. The one with that angelic aura of light behind them! smile.gif

OS, I would REALLY LOVE to meet you someday. If I ever do, I am buyin you dinner!

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