George & Wendy Show

Wendy Parker

Four-wheeling to space!

| December 18, 2013

We’re on the road again, but not in the big truck, and let me tell ya’, riding on the highway in a four-wheeler isn’t fun anymore. I much prefer being up in the air in the Freightliner, with my awesome crow’s-nest view so I can see what craziness people are up to without being all in the middle of it. After watching nutbags do everything from shave their legs to eat Chinese food with chopsticks while driving, I’m scared to death to travel among them.

George Parker folds himself into a four-wheeler.
George Parker folds himself into a four-wheeler.

It’s funny watching George adjust to an automatic transmission, and I’ve caught him more than once trying to jam the rental car up into reverse where the truck has reverse. He has a phantom clutch he pushes in every so often, and we’re driving and SUV, but his right turns are adequate for an SUV hauling a 53′ trailer. There was a huge gator in the road, and he reached out for a non existent CB mike to warn the people behind us. It’s definitely apparent that he’s a trucker who’s a lot more comfortable driving a truck than anything else.

So for the next couple of days, we’re part of the wandering hoards of four-wheelers. It makes me sad not to be able to use the ‘Professional Drivers’ entrance at the truck stops. It seems weird to be able to stop anywhere we want — we both still have the habit of looking for stops with truck parking.

George is hyper-sensitive about letting trucks into traffic, and when he’s driving a four-wheeler, he’s that guy you see once in a while who acts decent in traffic, so you automatically assume he’s a truck driver. Anytime anyone is courteous to him on the road, he always says, “Must be a truck driver.” This is hilarious, because conversely, when we see a pee bottle on the side of the road he says the same thing. I guess it’s called taking the good with the bad.

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Next stop is Wallops Flight Center and hopefully the space rocket launch, which has already been delayed a day, will go off as planned for Thursday. Regardless of whether or not there’s a flight, the nice people at NASA are going to let us take a bunch of pictures and do some video, so be sure to check back Friday to see if the mothership comes to get me.

Be safe out there!

  • Steve

    Be safe. I read your column all the time and will be watching for you guys on the road. OO is not always all that it is cracked up to be. Yes, we get the freedom, but we also get the headaches and expenses that go along with it. Enjoy

  • Kurt Keilhofer

    It takes some serious effort to get out of the truck lanes when you are in the 4 wheeler, and if you want an extra treat, try the HOV lane – forbidden fruit!

  • James

    So-what’s the purpose of this ‘detour”? Just waiting for the new “house” to be finished? Maybe it’s like when I got my first Harley;my folks used to tell their friends,”He’d even ride it to the bathroom if it’d fit down the hall.”

  • James

    My Uncle Keith was an OO for many years until it just stopped being a valid option for him;operating expense,the hassles of brokering loads,fighting to stay competitive,etc. He finally sold his KW and drove for Time-DC until he retired. He said he liked the way they treated him but what he really liked was being able to walk away from the truck when he got home and forget about trucking until the next run. Better than spending his “home time” working on the truck,cleaning the truck,getting tires on the truck,etc.

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