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A true story of how a middle-aged married couple abandon lucrative white-collar professional careers to become long-haul truck drivers for Schneider National in Green Bay, Wisconsin. David Hamel, a mechanical engineer, and Shelley Hamel, past Director of Product Development for the American Girl doll company, decide to ditch their urban life and go to truck-driving school. For David, driving school was a piece of cake. For Shelley, it was murder. Nearly flunking out of truck driving school, Shelley successfully faces her twin demons of double-clutching and 10 nasty gears, and with her talented mechanical engineer husband, David, launches a three-year experiment in alternative living before retirement. 

For all those people who long to quit their office jobs, team driving offers an escape not unlike full-time RVing, except you get paid to do it. This how-to guide examines life on the open road, the upside as well as the danger, with many day-to-day details of ways to maximize the freedom of exploration in this non-traditional life. Driving a semi with a 52’ trailer coast-to-coast gives you a view of America like no other, and this book brings you right into the sleeper cab with the Hamels to share stories, tips, and firsthand experience.

©2007 Shelley Hamel and David Hamel (P)2018 Shelley Hamel and David Hamel

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  • 06-15-18

Most entertaining - great reader!

This is an amazing story of two determined people who, having decided to work together in an non-office environment for their last job pre-retirement, found truck driving to be the job that would provide adventure, travel and a new experience. A challenging new experience it turned out to be! Great reader, entertaining on many fronts and the inspiring story of a married couple who worked equally to make this new career a success.