A Helpful Trucker
To the Wal-mart truck driver I followed yesterday;
May 1, 2006.
I wanted to give you a sincere THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart
for the careful driving you did while I was following you. My drive
home from my camp trip was a trip from Hades.
My dad had always told me when you get into a bad weather situation
get behind a truck and stay with them. I fell behind this guy coming
up the Vantage grade and stayed with him until he turned off about 10
miles before my exit from I90.
It was very weird weather; while I was riding yesterday it was
75°+ where I was, just after my husband and boys took off at 3, it
started clouding up and thunder and lightning. I had already decided I
was leaving by 5 rather than stay another day so I told them I should
be home by 8, not to wait dinner for me. About 12 miles into my haul I
had to go up this 10 mile grade after crossing the Columbia river.
This grade is pretty darn steep and has put more than one car/truck on
the side of the road overheated. I was being buffeted by a huge
headwind trying to go up that grade. My big ol' F250 crewcab diesel
and 15 foot horse trailer were all over the road. First time I have
ever been sucked along when a semi truck went past me. About 20 miles
later we came to a dead stop westbound. We were being pounded from the
side by 50+ mph winds and stopped for almost an hour before we finally
got started again. My truck and trailer were rocking and rolling while
we were stopped. I was behind this truck and stayed there because he
was doing 50-60 mph and that was fine by me. Every time he changed
lanes, I changed lanes with him. I think it became very obvious I was
following him and he was so wonderful. At one point we came up on a herd
of about 40 elk on the side of the road and he started flashing his lights in
warning to me, you name it, he did it to take care of me.
To add insult to injury for this miserable haul home, when I finally
got into the mountains and lost the wind; we hit a snow storm going
through the pass, April 29th and snow in the pass, about 3000 foot
elevation, unbelievable. It was snowing so hard, it wasn't sticking on
the ground but it sure was on the hillsides.
I truly wish I could give that driver a sincere thank you, so Amber if
you could tell your husband that there are drivers out there who truly
appreciate a quality semi truck driver, may be that will be the next
Oh and if anyone has any doubt about the size of a towing vehicle
making or breaking a trip. Let me tell you, if I had been hauling with
a SUV or 1/2 ton truck, I would have had to get off the road and wait
out the wind. There is no way that a smaller vehicle would not have
been blown off the road because I was white knuckling it with my
huge-o truck. I even had a guy from the pickup beside me when we were
at a dead stop come over and ask me if I was going to be okay when he
saw how we were rocking and rolling, thought that was kind of nice.
© 2006 Denise
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