Tuesday, March 4, 2014
"Trucking the Way it Used to be: Hauling Produce in the 40's, 50's & 60's by Travis Morris
My wife bought this book for me for Christmas and I instantly dug into it as it looked interesting and it really is.
Morris talks not only about his own experiences in this book but other truck drivers as well. Most if not all of the truckers that are covered in this book are from the Currituck area of North Carolina.
I loved this book. The stories are entertaining and informative of what trucking used to be like. From trucks with no sleepers, to trucks having to push each other up hills due to one truck not having enough power and a lot of other things.
It is interesting that a lot of the stories are before the interstate system existed. This means that a lot of time they were driving on two lane roads, which had to cut down on the speed of which they could deliver their loads.
Reading this book really makes you appreciate what things are like today and how we take things for granted in this day and age.
Some of my favourite stories are the one about driving migrant workers to Florida to work in the fields and having a windshield blown out by standing water that a truck in front went through. Honestly there are really too many stories for me to really talk about in a review.
The pictures in this book are really fabulous sometimes they are a little out of focus, but they are still wonderful and make you think how things have changed.
If you are into the history of trucking on the East Coast of the USA, this is a book you must have and read.
Travis Morris was kind enough to autograph the book for me and write a note to me. He also enclosed part of another book that he is currently working on.
This book was published by Travis Morris of Coinjock, NC in 2010.
It is still available from the address below:
PO Box 66
Coinjock, NC 27923
It is $22 US includes shipping and handling.
Get this book you will not regret it.