After quitting my job (and 25+ year career), traveling and a tanked economy, I went on a search for something new to do.  One thing led to another and I was destined to become a trucker.  This is my story.

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  1. 2012 February 27
    Mike permalink

    Hey Maggie! I met you at the casino the other night. You have to tell me about this trucking gig … I might be looking for a career change 🙂

  2. 2015 March 18
    Eric Placzek permalink

    Thanks for letting me wander Europe in the pages of your book! I so agree with your summary page at the end. Three Cheers for quiting jobs and seeing the world! Why do my employers (former) not see it quite the same way? We look forward to your next visit to Central WA. Eric and Crew at Best Western PLUS GrapeVine Inn.

  3. 2016 January 4
    Mark Hamlton permalink

    Thank you so very much for answering!
    I asked because I have been in management [Boeing] for more years than I care to mention…and have been contemplating retiring for some time. As I have always been a Workaholic…I could not even think of staying home. I have thought of trucking since I was young…but was so involved with aviation, as well as the Expatriate lifestyle, that I never followed up on trucking.

    I stumbled across your trucking adventures…and read with great interest. I was really disappointed, when your trucking adventures ended! I was really curious if you stayed with trucking…or simply had enough?

    I have an adult daughter that just started OTR with May Trucking [Oregon] and she is going thru all the first year trucking teething issues now!

    I would really like to continue a dialogue with you on your trucking life…if you would want to.

    • 2016 November 29

      Hi Mark,

      I must have missed your reply, so sorry. I am still trucking, and loving it. I’m currently on a dedicated fleet that keeps me primarily in Oregon and Washington and I see a lot of May trucks out there; I go by by their HQ almost every day.

      I’d be happy to answer any questions I can.


  4. 2016 October 21
    Jennifer Malinski permalink

    Hey Maggie-

    Didn’t know if you still look at responses to this. Found your site last night and have been plowing my way through your blog and have just found it fascinating. I just signed up with Swift and right now I’m preparing to take my test for my CDL practice license and go get my physical (they make you take it before the academy now). I am both excited and scared as this is a huge change for me I’m walking away from being in upper management for the last 10 years and it just had burnt me out. I have a dying Dad I’m very close to who worked in transportation most of his career in logistics and in a lot of ways I see this is living out a dream he wasn’t able to. Have loads of questions, fears, and excitements it has been wonderful to read from someone who was in very similar circumstances become so happy with what they are doing which is all I want out of life at this point

    • 2016 November 29

      Hi Jennifer,
      So sorry it took so long to reply. I had a problem with the site and have just now been able to get back in and I saw your comment. Thanks for visiting. So sorry to hear about your dad; my thoughts and prayers. I certainly know about the burn out with the upper management gig. I’ve just returned to driving after a year and a half off and I still love it. It’s still the funnest job I’ve ever had. Since I wrote about the training, I became a mentor after a couple years and then an owner/op as well. I’m also on one of the dedicated fleets here in the Pacific Northwest. I wish you well and I hope you enjoy it as much as I have. Feel free to ask any questions you like. I plan to be a bit more attentive to my site from here on.

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