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truck. The old man took me into the truck stop there and I was covered in puke. He made me undress and I sat in a booth in my underwear while he washed my clothes. A short time later a family came in and a kid said, “look mommy a naked man.” I said, “That’s it - I’m out of here” and I grabbed my still wet clothes out of the dryer and headed out to the truck. My dad followed me out laughing all the way. One night while racing across the Pennsylvania turnpike I was driving in the left lane thinking that I was looking like a rock star when Dad stuck his head out of the bunk and said, “Ya best get outa the Monfort lane or you’re gonna get run over.” “But Dad,” I said, “I’m doing 75mph.” Reluctantly I did as I was told and just as I moved over three Monfort trucks out of Colorado went by like I was parked! Yup - that’s why the left lane was referred to as the Monfort lane. Apparently Monfort Truck Lines guaranteed delivery from Greely, Colorado to anywhere in the USA within 48 hours and they paid the drivers speeding tickets. Personally I have never owned a truck that would do less than 95 mph. One of them a 88 Kenworth with a 425 3406 cat engine and a 15 double over tranny with 355’s would do well over 100mph and I used her. I made many trips with the old fella sleeping in the

back and I got more confident with each trip. Who would have known that six years later I had $25,000 saved from delivering pizzas and auto parts and could afford to buy that very same truck from my Dad to start my trucking career. I was 22 years old and although the company wouldn’t hire me as a co-driver before that because of my age, as soon as I owned a truck they just said, “Toronto is that way and Winnipeg is that way. Go for it.” It turned out I was the youngest owner operator they had ever hired. It was all good! That was my first job as an owner operator and it was with Trans Canada Truck Lines running to Winnipeg and all through the United States. What an education that was, learning how to keep an old Kenworth on the road and out of the repair shop. I carried spare alternators, fuel filters, oil, tire patch kits etc. Most of which, I still carry to this day. Not a lot of guys know how to work on their trucks anymore and back in the day some companies, like Liberty Line, would not hire a city boy – they would only hire farm boys. It was because farm boys already knew how to back up a hay wagon and they also knew how to work on their trucks. Those Liberty boys could back a trailer into spots I wouldn’t think of trying and they respected their equipment because they were from the farm and knew that if they broke it they had to fix it. There are still a lot of drivers who come

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