I’m going to start a new page here at One Girl Trucking on Truck-stop facilities. As most drivers know a good truck stop these days can be hard to find. Some of you that are newer to the industry may not know the difference, but if you’ve been out here a while you will remember the good old truck-stops that actually accommodated truckers, not RV’s and traveling folks with their kids…. And before anyone huffs about it, trust me, there is a difference!
These days a good truck stop is hard to find, a clean shower is even further and fewer between! So, I thought I would start keeping track of the good, the bad and the ugly. This should also give the non truckers an idea of how we live on the road and the accommodations given to us!
Two weeks ago I was in California heading up to Salinas to load and I had spent the good part of the last day and a half unloading. I wanted needed a shower come hell or high water! I run up the 101 to King City hoping for a shower since they are far and few between in this area. There was a little truck-stop in the area and my truck stop book told me they had showers… which they did. For $5 bucks I was able to get a shower which was adjacent to the women’s bathroom.
For me, when I walk into a shower room, the first thing I do is assess the situation. I look around, decide just how badly I want to get cleaned up, how long it’s going to be before I get to a bigger truck stop with a cleaner shower, and if I can get by using my flip flops, lysol, and lack of vision (I have good vision, in this case I just choose not to use it) or if I just abort the whole damn shower and get my money back.
As I walked into this place I knew I needed my flip flops and tried not to look too closely at the dirty floor, sink, and corners because I really wanted a shower! The place was dirty, there was hair in the sink that was not mine, which really, really grosses me out, and the corners had not seen a broom or scrub brush in months…. but I needed a shower.
The last thing that took the cake, was the towels they provided or should I say lack there of. I was given two shop towels I’m guessing, that I was suppose to dry off with. Nice. The towel wasn’t even big enough to wrap around my head to let my hair dry! I won’t be back to this place, and I wouldn’t suggest it to anyone else unless your in dire need!
King City truck stop, if you care, you need to think about the drivers that spend their money with you! Give them a nice clean shower, and a decent towel. It doesn’t have to be the Taj Mahal, but a clean shower is worth it’s weight in gold!
If you have a good, bad, or ugly truck stop you want on OGT just email me a few pictures with your thoughts to email@example.com I’d be happy to put them up for you!