"Our Hike" by Robin Grapa
Quick training update

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I’m laying in the top bunk of my trainer’s truck, listening to the low rumble of an idling truck next to us and the higher rumble of others passing by in front of us. We’re in New Jersey at a truck stop. It’s insanely busy with trucks weaving back and forth, circling and circling, waiting for a parking space to open up.

We got a spot right away – I think we got lucky. Justin (my trainer)…

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Adam… er, Aloha… bought a new shirt today. :)

Adam… er, Aloha… bought a new shirt today. :)

The decision

First of all, thank you so much – all of you – that offered advice, suggestions and encouragement from my last post. It’s really nice to receive feedback. I feel so cared about… and kind of cared for by all of you. You are the best followers ever! :)

I bet you want to know what I decided to do! I decided to go with Adam…

…but guess what? I’m going with the trainer first.

I think it’s funny,…

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My trailer is angled like I want to back it in on the other side of that green truck, but I want to back into the open dock on the left. Not a very good setup, but know what? I got it in there with one short pull up to straighten out! I’ve either got to be good at setups or good at fixing bad ones… both work I suppose! I’m shooting to be better at the setups, though… :)

My trailer is angled like I want to back it in on the other side of that green truck, but I want to back into the open dock on the left. Not a very good setup, but know what? I got it in there with one short pull up to straighten out! I’ve either got to be good at setups or good at fixing bad ones… both work I suppose! I’m shooting to be better at the setups, though… :)

A trucker-in-training dilemma

I’ve been going back and forth lately with a decision I hope to make in the next few days. I think logic is telling me one thing and my heart is telling me another, and they are both pulling at me equally as strong.

Do I go with an over-the-road trainer for a week or two, or do I jump in the truck with Adam right away and hit the road?

I know, it doesn’t seem like a major dilemma, and it probably…

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I’m having lunch in the woods today.

I’m having lunch in the woods today.

Training and impatience

I’m bummed out today. Sad. It’s gloomy, it’s raining, and I don’t have the gear here with me that I need to go camping, which I would’ve seriously considered, despite the thunder and rain. Adam left to go over the road solo again this morning and I just wish I was with him. I’m feeling quite impatient, and before yesterday I was doing a pretty good job actingpatient. I know I still have training…

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Got a pair of safety glasses at work today… and I kinda’ actually dig ‘em.

Got a pair of safety glasses at work today… and I kinda’ actually dig ‘em.

The end and the beginning

The end (of trucking school).

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Our graduating class. I’m gonna sure miss all of these guys!

Well, I graduated from truck driving school at Fox Valley Tech. I’m proud of myself. I really am. I worked hard and learned way more than I thought my little pea brain could hold. The plan is still in motion, on schedule and it’s pretty darn exciting! Sick of hearing that from me yet?

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Tom and Nolly,…

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Really close to the real thing.

I’m already in my last week of trucking school. I’m honestly a little torn between feeling excited and sad. I’m sad because I really love this program at Fox Valley Tech, my classmates, and these amazing, super-patient instructors. I’ve had such a great experience learning to drive a semi truck that I kind of wish I could learn all over again… except I can’t… because I think they’ve done a pretty…

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