The man who’d brought me into trucking, turned me loose in a 1970 Cabover International, running from Omaha to Southern California once a week. I’d spent the previous 3 months proving myself to Jim and the man he was leased to, by hauling livestock all around the Midwest and Southwest in that ‘ole “Binder”… Once in a while, they entrusted me to run dry loads back and forth out of Chicago or Milwaukee. I fondly remember those days, eight or ten trucks, loading cattle in Rosebud South Dakota, running practically non-stop to near Corpus Christie Texas. Being somewhat awestruck at my first glimpse of the Chicago skyline. Lord I long for those simpler times!
In the agreement we reached, after the “Spring Run” with the bull rack, I took loads of “floor loaded” dry freight to various destinations out West (Sacramento, Bakersfield, Stockton, Long Beach, San Diego are just a few of the cities I remember running for Jim).
Someone sent me, or posted this photograph a few weeks ago. I announced (and no one complained) that I desperately wanted to paint it. Though not from that area, the scene had immediately taken me to memories when I first ran up and over Donner Pass along the Truckee River that first spring…
Originally on canvas, the 42 x 32 piece (when you click on it) is being shown on Archival Heavyweight Matte Paper. It MAY be ordered in a smaller size, and less expensive material. I have also made it available on greeting cards and post cards! Thank you for allowing me to share some memories!