Entertainment Out On The Road

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Mike L.R.'s Comment
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I was just curious other than sleep, What do you guys do to entertain yourself durring your ten hr break or you 34hr reset? I'll hang up now amd listen to your responce.

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I used to do a ton of reading. I also learned some computer programming, surfed the Web a lot, watched sports on TV, and exercised quite a bit - jogging and weight lifting with some dumbbells I had with me.

My favorite thing was jogging though. It was a great way to get out of the truck and forget all about it. In the truck your mind is going a mile a minute and your body is doing nothing all day. Jogging gave me a chance to turn my mind off and get my body going. It was a tremendous help and brought a better balance both mentally and physically.

Reading was also tremendously enjoyable because you could completely get your mind off of trucking.

Daniel mentioned gaming - I was never into traditional games but I was always into flight simulators so I used to do that sometimes also. Tons of fun!

Trucking is filled with long, difficult days. It's easy to get so caught up in it that you never give yourself a chance to truly wind down and relax. It's healthy and relaxing to do something that completely absorbs your thoughts and gets them away from trucking altogether. You'll need that break and a little balance in your life. A lot of drivers don't get very much in the way of balance. They're either doing their job or thinking about doing their job almost every minute of every day. Even the conversations they have revolve around trucking or something intense like politics and religion. You'll burn yourself out doing that. Find something you enjoy so much that when you're doing it you're not thinking about anything else. If you don't have any hobbies like that then now is a great time to try some new things.

Anchorman's Comment
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LOT LIZARDS !!! dancing-banana.gifdancing-dog.gifdancing.gif

Anchorman's Comment
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Refill my blinker fluid. rofl-3.gif

Daniel B.'s Comment
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There's a bunch of things you can do to kill the time. I like to help people on TT, or at least try to. I also play a few games on my laptop, I have fishing gear with me if there's a lake nearby, and I also have a bike strapped to the back of my truck for some real mountain bike riding.

Unfortunately at the end of the day you're usually too tired to do anything else but shower then sleep. However, during a 34 hour reset I almost always take out my bike and if there's water nearby I'll bring my fishing gear with me.

Living the dream!

guyjax(Guy Hodges)'s Comment
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To wind down I help on the forums. Even while on my home time though one time I was told to shut up and my opinion and experience was not needed.... You just don't know the will power it took not to deliver a virtual knockout punch. Oh yeah. Thread hijacking I think it was called.

I have 2 laptop gaming computers on the truck. 2 pro 12.2 inch tablets and 2 smart phones with unlimited data plans from Verizon. A Tv/dvd player. My dog. Hmm I think I can manage to find something to occupy my time

Brett Aquila's Comment
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I used to do a ton of reading. I also learned some computer programming, surfed the Web a lot, watched sports on TV, and exercised quite a bit - jogging and weight lifting with some dumbbells I had with me.

My favorite thing was jogging though. It was a great way to get out of the truck and forget all about it. In the truck your mind is going a mile a minute and your body is doing nothing all day. Jogging gave me a chance to turn my mind off and get my body going. It was a tremendous help and brought a better balance both mentally and physically.

Reading was also tremendously enjoyable because you could completely get your mind off of trucking.

Daniel mentioned gaming - I was never into traditional games but I was always into flight simulators so I used to do that sometimes also. Tons of fun!

Trucking is filled with long, difficult days. It's easy to get so caught up in it that you never give yourself a chance to truly wind down and relax. It's healthy and relaxing to do something that completely absorbs your thoughts and gets them away from trucking altogether. You'll need that break and a little balance in your life. A lot of drivers don't get very much in the way of balance. They're either doing their job or thinking about doing their job almost every minute of every day. Even the conversations they have revolve around trucking or something intense like politics and religion. You'll burn yourself out doing that. Find something you enjoy so much that when you're doing it you're not thinking about anything else. If you don't have any hobbies like that then now is a great time to try some new things.

Bart's Comment
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I'm a fisherman also. Daniel, do you buy a day pass? How do you get around the license requirements in the different states? What this country needs is a interstate fishing license. Back on thread, brisk walks, laundry, cleaning my truck lots of mundane stuff to keep my mind occupied and off trucking. Too old and broke down for jogging but you absolutely need some sort of excercise.

Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

MRC's Comment
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I'm a fisherman also. Daniel, do you buy a day pass? How do you get around the license requirements in the different states? What this country needs is a interstate fishing license. Back on thread, brisk walks, laundry, cleaning my truck lots of mundane stuff to keep my mind occupied and off trucking. Too old and broke down for jogging but you absolutely need some sort of excercise.

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Interstate:

Commercial trade, business, movement of goods or money, or transportation from one state to another, regulated by the Federal Department Of Transportation (DOT).

Rico's Comment
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I play my guitar, watch TV, surf the web. Sometimes I just sit in the truck and watch other drivers' backing maneuvers. I saw one fella do a complete backwards u-turn into a parking spot three other drivers gave up on. I thought my jaw was gonna hit the steering wheel. I hope I'm that good someday. Mostly though, I end up getting in the bunk and going to sleep, especially on the 14 hour days. It's amazing how tiring driving a truck can be.

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