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A rude awakening

31 Oct

I decided to pull over at a cafe to take a quick power nap and turned my phone alarm on. As it was winter and really cold, I left my truck running so I could keep the heating on. While I was asleep another truck must have parked opposite me. When my alarm went off I snapped awake, forgetting where I was and thinking that I had nodded off while driving. I slammed my foot on the brake and screamed.  I almost had a heart attack!  And I know I scared myself good because I decided to walk over to the café to get a coffee and as I walked in the guy behind the counter took one look at me and asked “Are you okay?”

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A hot load….

21 Oct

My lady and I drove a 12 tonner around America for 10 years. We hauled everything. We once hauled alligators from Sebring, Florida to Houma, Louisiana because Houma had a shortage of them. We, on several occasions, had the opportunity to tell the agriculture inspectors in-route we did not have time for their business as we were carrying a ‘hot load’. After inspecting our papers and discovering we had a load of hot sauce from New Orleans or Tobasco they would just laugh and wave us on.

Accidental kidnapping

20 Oct

I was out tramping one time when I hit it off with a lovely waitress at a truck stop. We ended up going back to my cab. The next morning I woke up quite groggy, got straight into the driver’s seat and started to pull back on to the motorway. I almost had a heart attack when I heard her ask what I was doing! I totally forgot she was there. She probably thought I was going to kidnap her!

Cows on the motorway

19 Oct

One time a truck hauling cattle in front of me had to stop because their trailer brakes caught on fire. The truck’s driver let all the cattle out on the motor way while they tried to put out the fire. Cows were all over the place! Took them 3 hours to coral up all the cows- they were all around my truck. Made me crave a nice steak  🙂

What IS that smell?

18 Oct

When I worked in the states I had to haul large barrels of dry roasted seasoning to a peanut factory in Arkansas.  The seasoning was super strong and reeked of chicken stock cubes. Every service station or truck stop I visited I’d see people wrinkle their noses and ask each other ‘what is that smell??’ Sad part is I smelled like stock cubes too! Makes it damn hard to pick up a woman when you smell like a doggie treat!

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