Being a Female Trucker Pt. 2

Originally published in the Layover.com newsletter.

The oil fields are definitely an interesting place to work, and I grew to love the job I had been hired to do in

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spite of the hardships. It wasn’t easy going from the comforts of home and a clean air-conditioned working environment, to the rough back roads of oil leases where you deal with either the thick slimy, mud during the warmer months, or frozen slick roads during the cold months. Not to mention the dirty dust that sticks to everything including your skin during the blistering hot summer months when there is no rain. I had no clue about any of this until I was smack in the middle of it and had to deal with those opposing obstacles head on. Now, those are some interesting stories! Not only did I spend time in the oil fields, but I also hauled cargo all across the U.S. on a drop deck trailer. I spent time hauling for other people for a while and then for myself. Being my own boss was truly the best in my opinion. I met some terrific people during my time as a “strapper.”

I have to say that even with all the inconveniences and challenges, trucking rocks for me. I enjoyed and still do enjoy the interesting and sometimes crazy people I’ve encountered all over this great nation of ours. Of course, as a woman, you have to use good judgement and caution when you come into contact with strangers–you’re an idiot if you don’t. I did my best to avoid the haters, creeps, and the perverts. I did have a few close calls in my career as a trucker; stories for another time. But I have made some fantastic friends across America, earned good money, and I’ve seen some spectacular sights. Keep America rolling ladies and gentlemen!

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