Carl
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October 2016
54
Born in Lafayette, Louisiana
Living in Living on the road
Truck driver

“I’m optimistic, I think it’s a bright future, I hope so anyway, because I’ve got to be here”

Carl wanted to drive trucks since he was a little boy, so when he stopped being a little boy, that’s exactly what he did. “I had an uncle who did it, and I kind of grew up around it.” We met Carl in Amarillo, he was coming from Louisiana on his way to Salt Lake City, Utah, “but my truck broke down, so that’s why I’m here”. He drives cross-country and runs all the 48 contiguous states together with Canada, carrying mainly chemicals on his Peterbilt truck. “Once I carried a load of cyanine, but I didn’t know I had it. They put the chemical name and said nothing about cyanine. They should have told me.” Today big companies with multiple trucks are pushing the rates down and the “little man” working for himself is returning home with less and less. “Before there was one rate, one price and that was it. Everybody could make a good living.” Even in the face of a broken truck and an unfair freight regulation Carl smiles for what’s next. “I’m optimistic, I think it’s a bright future, I hope so anyway, because I’ve got to be here, but I think is going to get better, but it takes time.”

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