'She used to call me Jesus'
BEARDED truckie Lee Hallett is based at Rockhampton where he works for FSA and had delivered Humes products to Townsville when Big Rigs saw him.
The 47-year-old Lee drives a Western Star and has been with the company for 18 months.
"I have been a truckie since age 20 and have a backload of pipes to take back south,” he said.
Lee came up along the Belyando Highway which he said had been upgraded over the years.
"It is all bitumen now between Clermont and Charters Towers and still has a couple of bad spots,” he said.
Lee enjoys fishing when he gets time off and catches bream at Spanish Bay which is 100km from Rockhampton.
He reckons more rest areas are required for truckies and said some vans caused problems.
"Vans can be a real bugbear for us drivers with their up and down speed,” he said.
Lee gets all around Australia and the first truck he drove was a W Model Kenworth.
Lee said the Leichhardt Highway was dangerous at places and he liked stopping at the Gunalda Roadhouse near Gympie.
Many people remark about his impressive beard and Lee said his mother gave him a nickname because of it.
"She used to call me Jesus,” he said.