Yes, we are temporarily living life as truckers on the road. Lol. But seriously, as we are driving a 26′ truck with a car carrier attached extending our length to around 36′. So, simple things such as parking, stopping for a toilet break or food and fueling up is completely different than car traveling. It’s this whole other world you would never experience unless you are in a big truck like we are. First of all, we only fuel at real TRUCK stops. Due to our 12’7″ height and we only take diesel, we line up with all those 18 wheelers to fuel up. Yes, those massive trucks that wiz by you on the road when you’re driving. Those guys are our friends now. We aren’t quite as big but we have to play like we are. Lol. Thank god my British husband has extensive skills and truck driving being one of them. In his previous drainage career, he drove 18 tons flex line. I have no idea what it is either but I know it’s big. Really big. When he suggested we just do the move ourselves to save money, I thought, sure, no big deal, I have moved myself tons before driving Uhaul etc. But when he said we needed the 26′ rental truck, I said no way. Good thing I trust him cause we filled every inch of that truck and thank god he knows how to drive it and drive it well. We have had stupid cars cut us off, a serious squawl come out of no where and just having to drive the whole way since I’m a scardy cat to drive it. I want to, but I’m scared. Maybe I’ll do a loop in an empty parking lot.
My job is co pilot. I anticipate my pilots every need at any given moment. Water, caffeine, updating him on Facebook action, making playlists of music to keep us going, snacks, taking the photos since he’s driving, basically keeping him entertained and awake. It’s a busy job! No sleeping for me.
Accommodations. Every day before we reach our daily destination, I have to call ahead to hotels to make sure they have a big enough parking lot. We finally discovered La Quinta hotels are hotels for truckers so now we just go to one of them. I had never heard of them before this trip.
The people and lifestyles we are experiencing are truly unique. Traveling is so great for that. Cowboys in line with us at Sub Way whilst we get our tuna subs for lunch. Guys with rugged leather holsters holding their bright silver revolvers at breakfast early this am. And now, meeting a waitress who is still going strong at 76 years old in a classic American diner at the truck stop and she asks us how we met! And that is a story in itself. Lol.