Police tell truckies that they're appreciated during an informal forum at BP Eastern Creek.
Police tell truckies that they're appreciated during an informal forum at BP Eastern Creek. Traffic & Highway Patrol NSW

Treasured times with special truckies

WITH that quote about mere mortals in mind, it was with some sadness that Spy transferred numerous contacts of truckies to his new diary at the start of the financial year on July 1.

Over decades I have ended up with thousands of contacts including those of many great people who continue to, or have been, genuine contributors to the road transport industry.

One thing that struck me with sadness was the number on the list who have passed away since I had met them.

It may have been at a roadhouse, rest area, perhaps a sporting event or some other place in our vast country.

Some had died of old age, by natural causes such as illness, and a minority had lost their lives in accidents.

It was an emotional experience going through the lists and it did bring back many golden memories.

Obviously the majority have been male drivers however the odd one was also a female.

I have had some wonderful chats with drivers and scores among them had even contacted me in the middle of the night to pass on some snippet.

Which at the time well and truly piddled me off to no end.

When courteously told that they had woken me from a deep sleep, on each occasion there was an apology with a qualification that they had lost track of time.

Anyway to each and every one of you who is still alive and is lucky to wake up each day in Australia, I thank you.

Having said that, I am sure that the departed ones are resting in peace at a wonderful place in that road transport happy hunting ground in the sky.

And I treasure the time we met and spoke.
 

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