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The Pacific Northwest ─ Next best place to live for a van operator

October 21, 2011

I eat okay on the road, but I stay in pretty good shape just by loading and unloading. That seems to make up for the long periods of sitting and driving.  When you’re loading and unloading for several hours, you get your exercise. I just turned 64 the other day and I feel great. I think the job itself keeps you in shape.

I just got back from a haul in the Pacific Northwest. If I had to choose somewhere else to live, I’d move to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. It’s about 30 miles east of Spokane, across I 90. That whole area is just beautiful. There’s a gorgeous lake there, Lake Coeur d’Alene, that’s about 25 miles long. When you’re up in the mountains looking down on that lake, it’s just amazing. My wife and I live in the northwest part of Wisconsin, which is also a beautiful part of the US, but some day, I’m going to take my wife for a car trip and visit Idaho with her.

Not every woman can be married to someone who’s on the road all the time. She has to be fairly independent. She has to be able to take care of herself, handle the kids and all their activities, get the plumber there, and all the rest. People have asked me how we keep our marriage together with me being gone so much of the time. Maybe my being gone is the main reason we get along so well, I don’t know. We both say to the other one, “How do you put up with me all these years?” so somehow it works out.

Jerry A.

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