RONALD Murphy has been trucking for 26 years, and the first rig Ronald steered was a 1962 Bedford rigid horse truck doing runs from Townsville to Boonah near Ipswich.
Then he did a tour of duty in the Australian Army for 12 years with a mixed bag of listings from truck driver to artillery.
Time has gone by and Ron now steers for Nolan's Transport, based in Gatton out on the Warrego Highway in sunny Queensland.
Ron has been with the company for just over two years, his rig is a Kenworth 104B, Under the tool shed is a Cummins 600hp donk and is stirred up by an 18-speed, and yes a manual gearbox.
The 104B rides on airbag suspension hauling a B-double fridge vans carting produce most of the time, and most of Ron's runs are from Gatton to Melbourne with the odd Adelaide and Sydney.
Ron said so many of our roads need a lot of improvements, remember that's what road taxes are for.
In Ron's spare time, he likes shooting and fishing. There's nothing better than the great outdoors.
And he said the Kenworth is a good workhorse.