It was blowing like a gale when veteran truckie Greg Chalmers pulled into the Frances Creek rest area near Ingham.
Chalmers, 65, was driving an Isuzu for G&K Freighters and does a regular run between Townsville and Cairns.
“I carry general freight and really enjoy what I do,” he said.
It was certainly a tropical day with strong winds and lots of heavy rain further north between Innisfail and Tully.
“I went to Mission Beach with a load and it was blowing like a cyclone,” he said.
A former quality rugby league player in the Rockhampton region, Chalmers barracks for the St George Dragons in the NRL.
In his heyday, Chambers played for the Rockhampton Norths club whilst Rocket Rod Reddy, who went on to become a St George great, lined up for rival Rockhampton Brothers.
“I started in the backline and ended my football playing hooker,” he said.
Chalmers was glowing in his praise for the Frances Creek rest area which is about 10km south of Ingham.
“It is always very clean compared to some beside the Bruce Highway,” he said.
He rates the worst road he gets on as the one between South Johnstone and Mourilyan near Innisfail. “It is horrendous to drive on,” he said.