Reflections From a Peterbilt 379


But when you are a trucker you’ll come to realize
The only thing a man can do is watch the world go by”
-Gordon Lightfoot

DELTA, Utah- It’s the end of the day here in the Western United States. I’m in the bunk of my sleeper (no hotels or motels for this truck driver), obviously idling my time away before I try to sleep. I’m one state away from my wife and children, and wishing I were there or they were here. The engine steadily rumbles, lulling me towards drowsiness; my bunk heater quietly drives the desert chill away.

I’ve got a step-deck load of drill pipe, a CAT backhoe and some miscellaneous cargo as well, waiting to be offloaded for an exploration drill rig crew tomorrow. I left Elko, Nevada via Interstate 80 and the Great Basin Highway (Hwy 93) to Ely. From there, I continued south, over Conners Pass on Highway 50, through Majors Junction and towards Baker. Continuing further, I skirted by Wheeler Peak on Sacramento Pass, descending the east face of the Snake Range, passing the entrance to Great Basin National Park, and soon crossed into Utah, watching the Moon rise brightly over the desert hills. Once in Utah, I continued on 50 on past Hinkley and into the farming community of Delta. That’s my Captain’s Log for tonight.