Call me Uncle Doug...it was the best of times; it was the worst of times. As an over-the road truck driver, some may immediately pigeon-hole me into the stereotypical image of a gun-toting, horn-blasting, tobacco-chewing, cussin' and yellin' redneck...tattooed from head-to-toe with a wallet on a chain and a dagger hidden in my cowboy boots...and singin' country songs on the CB.
Forget it! That's definitely not me. I don't even have a CB in my truck.
Truth be told, I don't have all that much in common with truckers. All they want to talk about is trucks, shippers and truckstop waitresses....and they bitch all the time. I don't have time for that kind of nonsense.
What I hope to share on this blog will be more like a travelogue that not only highlights the places I visit, but hopefully, gives some flavor of the people I meet in the cities, towns and hamlets of America.
As we are in the middle of the 2008 Election Campaigns, I believe I am closer to the pulse of the American people than political pundits and talk-radio hosts and, therefore, have a better informed opinion regarding the thoughts, wants and wishes of mainstream America.
I do have satellite radio in my truck and I listen to Bill O'Reilly, Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, Ann Coulter(she's a guest so often, it seems like she has her own show), Rush Limbaugh and countless other conservative hosts who dominate the airwaves. These folks are quite popular with truckers...which is another area that distinguishes me from the typical truck driver. I listen because I disagree with most of what they say...but I believe it's important to know what their argument or position is if I'm to have an intelligent opposing view....
So politics will be a big part of what I'd like to share.
And , as I have traveled in all 50 states plus Mexico, Canada, Europe, Asia and the Caribbean, I think I can offer some travel tips and recommendations for hotels, restaurants and sightseeing.
While I have visited every major American metropolitan area, I often find some great treasures in the small towns and villages not frequently traveled to by the jet set.
So come along with me as I travel the highways and byways, coast-to-coast...Looking For My America....Let's Hit The Road!