Born at Townsville deep in the tropics of far north Queensland, Adam Powell is now a contented Tasmanian who drives a 2017 Kenworth T909 for Troy Arnold Transport in Lillydale.
I saw the 37-year-old stop at the Detention River Roadhouse in drizzling rain, while his log truck was parked across the road.
“I used to be in the army. I’ve been driving since I was 18 and love the life here in Tassie,” he said.
The worst road he gets on is Birralee near Launceston and when not working he enjoys building houses.
A Brisbane Lions supporters in the AFL, Powell likes stopping at the Detention River or nearby Rocky Cape Roadhouses when travelling the Bass Highway.
Before moving to Tassie, Powell drove in Queensland carting steel and we yarned about his early life in Townsville where I live.
“I was born there and lived in the suburb of Garbutt,” he said.
I asked why he liked driving Tasmanian roads in preference to Queensland.
“The highways down here are generally shorter,” he said.