The other day while I was browsing through some different blogs I came across one that was patting themselves on the back for daily blogging and being the only female trucker doing so. Her exact words were:
I am the only daily blog on the internet, written by a truck driver, that has lasted this long. Most crash and burn after a few months or years; and if they even lasted for a few years, none of them have ever written daily. I am the only daily blog that combines trucking and travel. And I am the only daily blog that has lasted this long, and is written by a female truck driver.
Well, whoopee do!
While I totally give her credit for blogging daily because it does take commitment I will not give credit calling herself a Trucker. She is like so many other women out here that are only part time truckers and mostly full time “riders” while their husbands or boyfriends hold their hand on a daily basis. They rarely or never actually do much more than sit in the jump seat looking out the window while riding down the road in a truck or only drive when it’s a “Team” load and I’m just going to assume from the writing they do, they don’t know jack shit about a truck and wouldn’t get their hands dirty.
Most of these women have never drove a truck by themselves, nor could they.
Since I am the full time bottle washer here I thought I would list my daily activities while on the road in case anyone ever wonders where I have disappeared to. I know most of my readers really do know where I am and understand what it is I do, but just in case someone who sits in the jump seat of a truck most days wonders what it is that I and women like me who are out here trucking for a living, on their own actually do, it’s here in writing for them to look back on.
I load my truck, drive, eat, sleep, wash Rosie, unload, sleep, reload, drive, eat, sleep, unload, go home.
In between all of that while on the road, I fuel my own truck daily, grab quick showers, grease my own truck weekly, check oil and coolant levels daily, check tires and brakes on a daily basis, check air pressure on said tires weekly, do my own window washing, back my own truck into parking spaces and docks and do my own paperwork.
Usually this is done in 6 to 7 days with around 3600 to 3800 miles a trip.
When I get home if needed, I change oil on my own truck or help hubs with it if he’s not busy. Make any repairs on Rosie that need to be fixed before I go back out, and vacuum quick so she is ready to go next trip. Then I go get groceries for the week ahead, cook at least one meal a day from scratch, clean house, do laundry, do billing for both my company & Hubs trucking company, take care of our animals, mow lawn, garden, then put up my produce in the fall. I clean barns, ride horse, and I write here at One Girl Trucking in between all of that. Whew! I’m tired already!
And lastly I wanted to give a shout out to a couple other women drivers that also blog, and do it all themselves too.
Check them out if you get the chance.