GARY Stout drives a Mitsubishi Canter around Townsville delivering goods to shops and loves it.
When Big Rigs saw the 53-year-old Gary on January 14, the temperature was in the mid-thirties.
"It was hotter when I worked at Weipa during the year driving a grader and a light rig," Gary said.
"But I enjoyed it and stayed at Merluna Station about 80km from there in a donga.
"The owners Michelle and Cameron were great people."
Gary holds a medium rigid truck licence and also is a quality cricketer even at his age.
He had been asked to play for the family team Mingela at the Goldfield Ashes cricket carnival held in Charters Towers over the Australia Day long weekend but declined the invitation.
"I will go and watch as it is just so hot in the tropics," he said.