Ed Cheetham was all smiles when Dave McCoid caught up with him in the Trevor Masters yard in October. A week or so before he’d been handed the keys to a brand new Kenworth K200 and 5-axle log trailer. The Kenworth runs a Cummins X-15 and 18-speed manual Roadie, with Rockies on air out back. Ed’s been driving trucks for the best part of 20 years, most of it in and around the Coromandel, greater Waikato, and Bay of Plenty, and he says it’s still the day-to-day freedom that he enjoys most about trucking.
Asked what he sees as the biggest issues facing the industry Ed said you have to be mindful of the work/life balance. “It can be tough on families.” Ed’s vexing question was a biggy in the context of all that is a Kiwi lifestyle. Hamburger or a pie? Ed said, “Pie, as long as it has bacon in it”. Enjoy the new gig Ed.
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