Travel / Memoir

Keep on Truckin’, Mama

May 14, 2013
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What happens when a middle-aged mum from England decides to drive eighteen-wheelers across North America, instead of just dreaming about it?

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Ask Carolyn Steele. She did it, and wrote about it, in her book “Trucking in English.”

From early training, when it becomes apparent that negotiating eighteen wheels and thirteen gears involves slightly more than just learning how to climb in, this rookie overcomes self-doubt, infuriating companions and inconsiderate weather to become a real trucker.

Indie author Carolyn Steele

Carolyn learns how to hit a moose correctly, and how to be hijacked. She is almost arrested in Baltimore Docks and survives a terrifying winter tour of The Rockies.

Nothing goes well, but that’s why there’s a book.

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But How Did it Start?

Carolyn Steele answers her own question, on her blog TruckingTales.com:

Trucking as a way to see the continent seemed like a good idea at the time. To this lady trucker it seemed funnier and more interesting than you’d imagine. As the trucking tales kept coming, it became clear that there had to be writing about trucking, the trucking blog, the trucking podcast and the book about trucking.

You could call it a travel adventure story, or possibly a travelogue. From early training, when it suddenly became apparent that 18 wheels and 13 gears involved slightly more than just driving about higher up, things didn’t go smoothly. North American trucking involved a lot to learn. Being a lady trucker involved learning things slightly differently. From how to hit a moose correctly to how to avoid being hijacked, from almost getting arrested in Baltimore to a terrifying winter tour of The Rockies, writing about trucking stayed worthwhile because things kept happening.

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And before you get obsessed with Carolyn’s tractor-trailer, don’t miss her book trailer:

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5 Responses to Keep on Truckin’, Mama

  1. May 14, 2013 at 9:55 pm

    Great interview. I hope I never need to know how to hit a moose!

    • January 3, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Hey, that’s the grstetea! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

    • March 27, 2017 at 9:12 am

      I like this weblog very much, Its a real nice spot to read and receive info . “From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.” by Sir Winston Churchill.

    • April 23, 2017 at 1:23 pm

      Nejste sami.Já to obvykle roztrhám,začnu psát znova,nejde mi to,kleknu si na kolena a snažím se ty roztrhané stránky slepit.Pak si Å™eknu že se na to… nechám to být sednu si,zapálím si a pÅ™emýšlím pÅ™i sledování táhnoucích se obláčku kouÅ™e…pak to napíšu.Ta malá pauza, nebo-li “chvilka klidu” je velmi užitečná a inspirativní.

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