Oct 282015
 

It’s taken a while, but my first audio-book is now available for your listening pleasure. For all of you truck drivers and long distance commuters, you can download Silly Woman, Big Rigs Are For Men from www.Audible.com today. Silly Woman audiobook cover

For those of you, women especially, this audiobook let’s you experience the trucking life vicariously. No tests to study for, no learning to back up a mile-long trailer and no crazy weather to deal with. The story shows how I ended up in the seat of an 18-wheeler. A career I never in my wildest dreams planned. Some of my eye-opening experiences include learning about “Jake” brakes and how to back up that 53 foot  trailer (it seemed like a mile long), a challenging lesson for me. You’ll drive with me through a Wyoming blizzard, it was that important to get home that weekend. And then there’s the scary trip on Oregon’s I-84. I didn’t realize freezing rain occurred on the west coast and some other scary deliveries.

I never realized, when I was learning to do this job, that it takes a special type of person to be a truck driver. Most people felt that didn’t include a woman. Financial necessity as a single parent drove my need to succeed. I needed a full-time job and after driving a school bus for 13 years, it was the only job I felt qualified to do. I really didn’t think it would be that big of a change. I was wrong.

Download this audiobook and sit back and enjoy my story.

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Apr 212014
 

 

I had to stop for this car.

I had to stop for this car.

 

 

A few months ago I was driving on state highway 193, the portion that connects Lincoln, CA to I-80. This stretch of road is anything but straight so I was shocked to be flagged down by a escort vehicle who signaled me to stop. A few minutes later I watched as a obviously oversize

 

 

truck with a very large pipe-like object eased

Whoa, that's one big pipe

Whoa, that’s one big pipe

around the curved road ahead of me. The trailer looked to be a minimum of 65-feet long and to top it off there was a second truck with a similar load. Being very familiar with this 10-mile stretch of road I wondered how on earth those trucks had managed the sharp curves on the first part of this stretch. That they were facing me is testimony to their skill maneuvering this difficult road.

 

 

 

 

Oh my there's another big pipe.

Oh my there’s another big pipe.

 

They obviously had else I wouldn’t be facing them right then. In a few minutes both trucks had passed me and were headed toward a much straighter stretch of 193. I really thought taking I-80 to Sierra College Blvd would have been a better route.

It wasn’t until I headed home and took a good long look at the Sierra College/193 intersection that I realized that most likely the drivers would not have been able to negotiate the left turn at that corner without taking out the sign.

I’ve always wondered who was responsible for making sure the chosen route would accommodate these loads. An article posted online by Sandy Long says each state provides the routing through that state but I recently spoke with a driver of oversized loads and, at least here in California, he said the driver is responsible for making sure the load fits under and through bridges or other potential hazards.

The permits and whether or not a professional and/or police escort is necessary for a load depends on the size, both width and height, and the weight of the load. These loads are often restricted to daylight hours Monday thru Friday.

It takes a special kind of person to tackle this unique segment of trucking. Each load is more likely to be unique and takes a measure of innovation to secure the load.

 

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