All good things must come to an end...
Tuesday, May 06, 2008, 18:12 - News
Posted by Administrator
You may have noticed that the truck cam has been down for a while. Sorry, it will be down indefinitely.
I am no longer a OTR truck driver.
Feels like a great weight has been lifted from my shoulders. It was a lot of fun for 2 1/2 years, the experiences were incredible, but being on the road wasn't taking me where I needed to go. I'm going home.
Where do I begin:
5-7 weeks away from home at a time, missing family, church, holidays, birthdays, friends, everything. Being on the road was separating me from everything that is important to me.
OTR driving is a sleep-drive-sleep-drive cycle that continues day after day without break for weeks at a time. OTR truck drivers don't have weekends.
Working more than 70 hours a week for not-quite-the-money-they-said-I'd-make is rather discouraging.
Even with making as much real food in the truck as I could, there is still a lot of junk/fast food involved. I have 40 more
pounds to lose since I left.
Then there is always the fun of finding and, usually, training compatible co-drivers. Not to mention every time you go to sleep in the winter, you don't know if you're going to wake up to your inexperienced co-driver rolling the truck over in the snow.
There are some less-pleasant aspects of OTR driving I won't miss, like bathing every few days, peeing in a bottle in the sleeper & being propositioned by lot lizards while parked at a truck stop.
I hope to meet another woman someday and settle down. You can't meet anybody on the road, much less build a relationship.
I've started using the phrase 'while I was gone' when referring to things that have changed around town.
I started my new job today, delivering for a local floral wholesaler to florists & supermarkets. I actually *gasp*
got out of the truck, walked around & interacted with real, live people several times today.