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W is for Wyoming

Wyoming… What can I say about Wyoming?  Some might consider it the middle

Me at a Wyoming rest area on I-80

of nowhere, and I can see why, but my drives through this state have been interesting.

I drove through the state on I-80 quite a bit when I was driving truck.  It was in Wyoming that I saw antelope and prairie dogs for the first time, which I thought was pretty cool.    There is also an interesting rest area on I-80 in Wyoming.  What makes it unique is a large bust of Abraham Lincoln.  The first time I saw this bust was on a foggy morning as I was driving truck.  Visability was very poor, but high up in the distance was Abe Lincoln’s head!  I was puzzled as to why a sculpture of our 16th president would be in the middle of Wyoming.  I found out that this section of I-80 is part of the Lincoln Highway, which stretches from New York to California.

Bust of Abe Lincoln at Wyoming rest area on I-80

And more recently I received a speed warning ticket from the Wyoming State Patrol as I was driving home from a trip to Yellowstone.  I was doing six miles over the posted speed limit, which I will admit I do regularly when I drive on the highways at home.  So I was surprised by it, because it was only 6 miles over and people were passing me.  Maybe it was the red rental I was driving that caught the po-po’s eye!

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E is for Eastbound and Down

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.

Keep your foot hard on the pedal. Son, never mind them brakes.
Let it all hang out ’cause we got a run to make.
The boys are thirsty in Atlanta and there’s beer in Texarcana.
And we’ll bring it back no matter what it takes.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.

Ol’ Smokey’s got them ears on and he’s hot on your trail.
He aint gonna rest ’til you’re in jail.
So you got to dodge ‘im and you got to duck ‘im,
you got to keep that diesel truckin’.
Just put that hammer down and give it hell.

East bound and down, loaded up and truckin’,
we’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.
We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.
I’m east bound, just watch ol’ “Bandit” run.

 

E is for Eastbound and Down (the Jerry Reed song from the 1970s, not the cable show with Danny McBride).  This is the theme song for the movie Smokey and the Bandit, starring Burt Reynolds, Jerry Lewis, and Sally Fields.  I’m not much into country music, but I like this song.  It’s a good road song, and I love road trips! I think that is why I enjoy Smokey and the Bandit, as well.  I used to be an over-the-road truck driver for awhile and it was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.  There is a sense of freedom driving in what is essentially your home on wheels for two weeks at a time.  There is no boss in your immediate vicinity and you can push yourself as little or as hard as you want, so long as you make your deliveries on time (or better yet, early).   The movie and this song remind me of good times, I guess.

I never hauled anything illegal or tried to outrun the law in my truck.  I was a pretty safe driver.  My memories are of the places I was able to see doing this job that I might not have seen otherwise.  I remember seeing the Rocky Mountains for the first time, driving through Colorado on I-70 on winter nights and seeing Christmas lights illuminating the small resort towns that sit back from the highway, and wishing I could have a vacation cabin on the lake in Kalispell, Montana.

I still have my CDL and if I should fall on hard times, I would have no problem going back to truck driving.  The pay was good and you can’t beat the scenery!  And I know I’d have Eastbound and Down on my playlist.

In my truck out West, my favorite place to be