I am most proud of how well Allie and I got along on this trip. There were moments of "I wannna go home" feeling, but with the respect I had for Allie and her solid confidence that I could do it and have fun with her, I worked through through those moments and I am really proud of myself for that.
I would tell new drivers, yes it is a tough transition, but if you keep your sh@# together, find ways to maintain the right attitude, you will adjust and look back with a proud sense of accomplishment.
For me it helped to do tiny work outs in the truck to maintain the right attitude. I would use the strap on the ceiling to do modified pull ups, I would do triceps dips off the bed side, or just squats. It helped tremendously.
It is not just the learning to drive part of training that you get to be proud of at the end, it is the learning a new life part you get to be proud of as well. If you can manage your feelings and emotions, keep your goals in mind, you will get through a very challenging experience and look back with pride in what you have accomplished.
In an attempt to let people know what it is like for over the road drivers, I am heading out with Jim Palmer Trucking driver Allie Knight.