I'm a 64 year old guy who has wanted to drive truck my entire life. My father (now retired) was a trucker his entire life. I spent my childhood riding all over the western states hauling cattle. We were based in Utah at the time.
I also love to fly. I was a flight instructor/commercial pilot by the time I was 18. I spent 7 years as a professional pilot, all general aviation. I made the fatal mistake of getting married & started having kids so I had to change jobs as flying jobs were low paying in the 70's. I sold John Deere equipment for 30+ years. I retired in January 2020 hoping to get back into aviation...then Covid-19 hit. Flying jobs went south.
Since I love trucks & trucking I took time this summer to get my CDL at a truck driving school.
I got my first job in August. I'm hauling bulk potatoes from the farm to the processing shed. 5 days a week with weekends off. I drive 450 miles a day. Central Oregon to Portland. The Columbia Gorge. 1999 Peterbilt, 425 HP Cat, 53' spud trailer.
I've made around 50 trips now & love every minute of it. The first few weeks I felt like I was drinking from a firehose! Now since I know the route & my assigned truck, it's much less stressful.
I'm excited to learn more from this forum.