I was an aircraft mechanic in the Air Force, and got out in ‘95. I injured my back in the service, but I needed to find a job that I could support my family. I’m not one to sit still, so I got my CDL in 1997. I drove tankers for a number of years, then took a break when my younger brother got brain cancer. I took care of him until his passing. He was 3 years younger than me and we were best friends. It was the toughest thing I’ve ever had to do. So after that it was like ‘Ok, time to go back to driving a truck.’
A lot of people say ‘I just want to get to where I’m going,’ but that’s the part I love. The open road is relaxing. It’s stress-free and enjoyable. You can block things out that would otherwise be bothering you. I just love driving.