[Sca-cooks] I need helpful suggestions

Kathleen A Roberts karobert at unm.edu
Wed Jan 30 10:53:38 PST 2008

On Wed, 30 Jan 2008 10:38:28 -0800 (PST)
  Huette von Ahrens <ahrenshav at yahoo.com> wrote:
> Hroar and I are going to Estrella this year.  However, 
>it is a 10 hour drive for us one way 
> and we are going to have to drive all night.  

my husband is a hot shot delivery guy and used to do OTR 
trucking.  i worked for an OTR trucking company for about 
5 years. i have gone on some long yet quick hauls with 
connor in the past few years (albq to dallas last 
christmas eve - departed albq 2 p.m., got to dallas by 8 
a.m. even with a layover).

here are thinks i have learned...

rest up ahead if you have warning.  don't tire yourself 
out before you start

take little naps on the way if you need them.  that's what 
rest stops are for.  your life isn't worth getting the 
load there on time.  stretch and shake out the bugs.

have a refreshing wet washcloth in a ziplock and wipe your 
face often.

don't laugh ... vick's vaporub or eucalyptus under your 
nose or suck on a methol-eucalyptus cough drop or any 
sharp flavored thing.

be careful of old trucker tricks - many of them were 
stomp-damn dangerous!

some gool ole irish music like the chieftans or clancey 
brothers (i like enya but she is NOT for long hauls). 
 sing along.  loud and with abandon if not well. 8)

connor swears by skittles and red bull.  together.  ick! 
 but it works for him.  and generates a helluva sharp 

we have learned over the years not to press it if we don't 
have to.  we start in albuquerque, but will usually lay in 
overnight in deming (or lordsburg) and get a zero dark 
thirty start the next a.m. for the second half.

oh, and for anyone who ever goes through deming, new 
mexico, the deming truck stop has THE BEST biscuits and 
gravy!  lots of it and inexpensive, too.

safe travels.  i'll see you there if i can find you and 
say howdy-doo!


"Being Irish, he had an abiding sense of tragedy which 
sustained him through temporary periods of joy."
W. B. Yeats
Kathleen Roberts
Coordinator of Freshman Admissions
University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
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