Breaker One Nine, Good Book Coming at Ya
The recent news attention on the protesting truck drivers in Canada reminded me of a fantastic book about the contrasting solitude and adventures crisscrossing the nation in a big rig.
The Long Haul: A Trucker’s Tale of Life on the Road by Finn Murphy documents one man’s moving (yes, the pun is intended) interactions with people and clients. Murphy grew up in a family that expected him to go to college, perhaps even the Ivy League, and settle into a “distinguished” career. His form of youthful rebellion drove him into more stereotypical blue collar trades. Murphy distinguished himself in trucking and, ultimately, moving residences and personal belongings. His tales of life on the road and the clients he meets is engaging and touching, especially when he travels with a grieving man who recently lost his father.