Today I was in Toronto, ON. At 7 a.m. it was about 11 F.
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Shower at Petro Truck Stop
As a truck driver I take showers at truck stops. I try to put fuel in my truck every day, because I get a free shower with the purchase of at least 50 gallons of diesel. This means I usually take my shower in the middle of the day. Some truck stops have spacious clean showers with large, thick towels. Others are small and moldy with exposed pipes and dirty floors. Most fall somewhere in between.
I get paid by the mile and I don’t push myself very hard so I am probably on the low end when it comes to truck driver earnings. I get paid 36 cents a mile and at 50 mph that comes out to be $18 an hour. On a good day I’ll drive 500 miles, but on a bad day I might only drive 100 miles. My paychecks fluctuate. What I really like is that I don’t have a boss looking me over the shoulder. I plan my route; I start when I want, stop when I want. My responsibilities are simple: get the load delivered on time, safely and legally. I don’t socialize much with other truck drivers, mostly because I’m kind of a loner and partly because they are a bunch of fat, scruffy, dirty, uneducated white guys.
I had mixed emotions when I found out that I was going to North Platte, Nebraska. I love driving across the Great Plains, but this time of year can bring serious snowfall to that region. Luckily, when I arrived, temperatures were in the upper 40’s (about 8 degrees Celsius) and the roads were clear. Nebraska is farther north than Colorado and Denver was in the mid 50’s (18 C). A large portion of the Midwest was experiencing a mild spell.