What beauty! I can't get over it! I've been an otr (over the road) semi-truck driver for one month shy of a year now and I've managed to see a great deal of this beautiful country within that time! I've been to many big cities like LA, Vegas, Minneapolis, Chicago, and Philadelphia and have enjoyed their hustle and bustle as well as the awesome skylines. I've also enjoyed visiting the small towns with their quaint little buildings and friendly country folks. However, nothing compares to nature's breathtaking beauty! From Florida's luscious foliage to Colorado's craggy peaks, it's simply awe-inspiring!
I tell folks who ask, that I'm a paid tourist in a big rig. Not that I stop everywhere to snap photos of monuments and popular man-made attractions; although these things are interesting, they don't hold a candle to the utter serenity of Ohio's farmland or the majesty of Arizona's Grand Canyon! Having the chance to get paid to travel the country and see America's sights was definitely one of my top reasons for becoming a trucker. Being able to be right in the midst of beauty that before only lived in books, postcards, and others' photographs is something that I don't get tired of! Nothing compares to physically standing among Utah's canyons or jogging along Tennessee's gorgeous, winding, tree-lined roads.
This past week, I've been busy delivering from the Midwest to the East Coast and I've had a front-row seat as autumn's beauty rolls in. From Nebraska to Pennsylvania, the trees are turning all shades, from bright, fire-engine red and dark maroon to brilliant orange and glowing gold! And who's grinning from ear to ear and soaking it all in? This girl right here, sitting in her 18-wheeler! I'm definitely hooked. I've been warned by other professional drivers that once trucking gets in your blood, there's no escaping it! And although I'm not planning to grow old behind the wheel, I'm absolutely loving what time I have here!