Truckie Profiles

Showing him the ropes

Shannon McMillan was taking chook feed from Cardiff to Duri in NSW when Big Rigs yarned to him recently.

The 33-year-old was driving a 2016 Western Star for JS Transport which is based at Heatherbrae near Newcastle.

He had pulled up near the Murrurundi Roadhouse along the New England Highway.

With him was a trainee driver who was too shy to have his pic snapped.

“I have been a truckie for seven years and am enjoying the work,” he said.

The first truck McMillan drove was an LTL Ford Louisville which he described as “an old paddock basher”.

Fishing is a favourite recreation for McMillan whose best spot is in the McIntyre River.

“I have caught cod and yellow belly which are good eating,” he said.

His worst road nomination was the Duckett’s Way near Gloucester. “There are a lot of potholes along it,” he said.

His best roadhouse is the Lakeside Hotel on Raymond Terrace.

Scores of trucks cruised down the main street of Murrurundi when I spoke to McMillan.

“It is very busy along here,” he said.

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