A few people have brought up how trucking would have been years ago, and it is something that Allie and I talk about a lot! Thinking about how it must have been for drivers before cel service was close to everywhere, and internet was nothing yet, really makes me appreciate our more experienced drivers all the more.
Think about back in the day, if you broke down, how far it might be of a walk to find a pay phone? Or the serious isolation you would feel from society compared to now. Imagine thousands of miles between you and all you know, and not having the ability to talk to someone at any time to keep you filed in? Not having the internet to keep you informed with what the rest of the world is doing. Not being able to google search the area to see how close a grocery store will be that you can fit in.
One commentary really hit home, and it shows how rewarding this job can be, Mary, I hope you do not mind me quoting you.
"We didn't have cell phones or laptops or GPS to communicate and at times it would be long stretches until we made it to a pay phone to call home. The loneliness was very real at times, but the sheer joy of driving overcame that for me. "
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.