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This is FRESH AIR. I’m Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. Best of us accept had the experience, active on an interstate, of adorable up at the disciplinarian of a tractor-trailer abutting to us and apprehensive what’s his activity like. Active on the road, carriage a 75,000-pound rig with a bivouac added than 50 anxiety long, our bedfellow Finn Murphy has accounting a account about his adventures logging over a amateur afar on the nation’s highways. His burden is the furniture, dishes, clothing, pianos, heirlooms and artwork of accumulated admiral and their families affective beyond the country to new homes for their new jobs.
His memoir, now out in paperback, is abounding with insights about activity on the alley and the subculture of truckers, as able-bodied as the accessories bodies accept to their backing aback they’re transitioning to a new home – aggravating to adjudge what to accumulate and what to ask Murphy to bandy in the dumpster. He abandoned out of academy to become a barter driver. He’s been accomplishing this assignment on and off aback the backward ’70s. Terry batten to Finn Murphy in February about his book “The Continued Haul.”
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TERRY GROSS, BYLINE: Finn Murphy, acceptable to FRESH AIR. I appetite to alpha with a account from the book, a abbreviate branch from the introduction.
FINN MURPHY: (Reading) To the accidental observer, all trucks allegedly attending similar. And I accept bodies bulk all truckers do appealing abundant the aforementioned job. Neither is true. There’s a austere bureaucracy of drivers depending on what they haul, how they’re paid. The best accepted are the bales haulers. They’re the guys who cull box trailers with any affectionate of article inside. We movers are alleged bedbuggers, and our trucks are alleged roach coaches. Added specialties are car haulers – we alarm them parking lot attendants; flatbedders, skateboarders; beastly transporters, craven chokers; air-conditioned aliment haulers, reefers; actinic haulers, thermos canteen holders; and hazmat haulers, suicide jockeys.
Bedbuggers are abandoned by added truckers. We will about not be included in conversations about the truckstop coffee adverse or in the drivers’ lounge. In fact, I advisedly abstain coffee counters aback there is one mostly because I don’t accept time to decay but additionally because I don’t buy into the trucker allegory that best drivers espouse.
I don’t abrasion a cowboy hat, Tony Lama snakeskin boots or a belt catch accomplishing chargeless announcement for Peterbilt or Harley-Davidson. My active compatible is a 3-button aggregation polo shirt, failing atramentous affection pants, atramentous sneakers, atramentous socks and a bolt belt. My affective compatible is a atramentous affection jumpsuit.
GROSS: Well, acknowledgment for account that. And allegedly you don’t abrasion jeans or belts ’cause they can blemish the furniture.
MURPHY: Yes, that’s correct.
GROSS: (Laughter) So why are long-haul appliance movers at the basal of the trucker hierarchy?
MURPHY: Because we accept to bulk and unload our trucks, first. Second, we accept to accord with customers. So as a mover who works for a van line, I’m managing this move and this alteration for this family. And that takes a assertive bulk of address and acumen and agreeable lubrication abilities that a lot of drivers don’t appetite to do. And afresh the third one is we get paid a lot of money to do this. So we’re at the top of the balance pyramid, which puts us array of at the basal of the coffee-counter trucker pyramid.
GROSS: So alarm your truck.
MURPHY: My barter – I accept a aboriginal Freightliner Cascadia with a 435 Detroit Diesel engine. It’s a Class 8 truck, which agency the big tractor-trailers. I best it up in Indianapolis in November. It had 42 afar on it.
GROSS: Appropriate out of the exhibit (laughter).
MURPHY: Brand-spanking new. I accumulating it appropriate out of – (laughter) yep, I accumulating it appropriate out of the lot. It’s got a applicant sleeper with a bifold bed in the back. It’s got a applesauce bed up above, a bake oven, refrigerator, aeronautics system, a custom air ride bench that ergonomically fits to my body, cruise control. It’s aloof a admirable machine.
GROSS: And you own…
MURPHY: It amount me…
GROSS: You own it.
MURPHY: No, (laughter) yeah, I was aloof accepting to that. I don’t own it. I charter it, and it’s $4,700 a ages – is my barter payment. So it’s like a big mortgage.
GROSS: Yeah, bigger than some mortgages (laughter). So how does this barter analyze to the barter you started active aback in – about 1980?
MURPHY: Oh, so that was an International TranStar aback then, what we alarm a cab-over. So there’s no awning to it. So you’re – the windshield is sitting appropriate over the road, and you’re sitting absolutely appropriate over the advanced larboard tire. So it was actual – and afresh had a awkward little sleeper that I had to clamber into in the back. So it’s much, abundant altered in agreement of comfort. So the new Freightliner I’ve got now is what we alarm a conventional, so it’s got a continued hood. So my bench array of sits in the average of the truck. I’ve got an air ride suspension. And it’s quiet.
GROSS: Wow. If there’s no awning in front, there’s annihilation to assure you from bang crash.
MURPHY: No, there isn’t. And so let’s abstain that.
GROSS: Yeah, acceptable idea. So that leads to, what are some of the anchorage or alley altitude that you abhorrence most?
MURPHY: Hills I abhorrence most. Snow and ice I fear. I abhorrence rain and big cities. In fact, I adulation this catechism because I’m not abiding that bodies anticipate aback they see a barter disciplinarian – they array of attending up, and they see somebody there, allegedly has big accoutrements and way up aerial – that abhorrence is a basic of what we do every day. It’s not article that drivers allocution about, and I don’t anticipate it’s article that four-wheelers – bodies that drive cars, we alarm them four-wheelers. We’ve got – in fact, we’ve got a accomplished classification for (laughter) bodies that don’t drive trucks. If you drive an ambulance, it’s alleged a cartilage box. A academy bus is alleged a cheese wagon. Motorcycle riders are alleged agency donors.
GROSS: (Laughter) Oh, gee.
MURPHY: Yeah. And we alarm motorcycle – they’re alleged murdercycles. Some – I mean, I can’t alike see motorcycles best of the time.
GROSS: So accept you anytime been – I achievement not – in an accident?
MURPHY: Annihilation serious. I’ve been in a few fender benders actuality and there, some – aggravating to accomplish a bound burghal turn. I got ashore in Boston already area the barter – in Cambridge, I was aggravating to accomplish one of those turns, and the barter came appropriate up adjoin one of the lamppost things. And the cops came. And in Cambridge, they absolutely accept a administration in the badge department. And this barter came out. They cut bottomward the lamppost, got my barter out. Afresh they anchored the lamppost aback up. It took about 15 minutes.
GROSS: Wow, (laughter) OK. So aback bodies appoint you to move all their backing – and mostly you accept actual high-end audience – they’re abrogation all their backing in the apple to a stranger. And no amount how, you know, nice and adept and caring you are aback you accommodated them, you’re still a stranger. What do bodies say to you to try to argue you to be nice to their actuality and booty (laughter) acceptable affliction of it because I’m abiding there’s really, like, nice means of accomplishing that and really, like, aggressive means of accomplishing that.
MURPHY: Yeah, so affective hits bodies appropriate there in the – in that aegis spot. So on – aback I appearance up on affective day, in fact, absolutely what happens is – what happens in the aboriginal bristles account of a move is about activity to behest the tenor of how the day is activity to go. So bodies are already – you know, it’s actual ambagious to a family. It’s ambagious to children. It’s ambagious to the parents. Usually there’s a change in their jobs and so forth. So alike afore we get there, this is abounding with emotion.
And then, you know, you’ve got the acceptability of the affective industry, which is – you know, I’m actual acquainted of the afflictive appearance that the accepted accessible has about movers. And I try to allay that as abundant as accessible aboriginal on and to let them apperceive that we’re professionals, that we affliction about their things. But that said, some of the crews that I assignment with – I mean, we’re talking about, you know, actual big bodies (laughter). There’s a lot of tattoos. It’s all immigrant laborers – wonderful, admirable people. And I accept crews all over the country I’ve been alive with for decades. But it can be a affectionate of alarming antecedent concrete attendance at the beginning.
GROSS: So you’re entrusted with the possessions, and sometimes article goes wrong. And I think, like, the bigger archetype of that in your book is aback you were affective a family, and the woman’s babyish admirable piano was, like, the best admired ascendancy of – was, like, a ancestors aged in accession to actuality a piano. And it didn’t absolutely fit calmly into the new home. And it was affectionate of a catastrophe. Would you alarm what happened?
MURPHY: (Laughter) It was a catastrophe. The aboriginal – the three words that all movers alive by is not my accountability (laughter). And so we had to accompany this up an alfresco staircase. It was a babyish admirable piano, advised about 700 pounds. And we were bringing it up the acclivity aloof with animal force, which is one of the absolutely adorable things about the assignment that I do and that we do as affective crews. And so we were aloof crime this affair up. And as we got to the top of the stairs which was actuality captivated by those two array of metal axle hangers, the axle hangers gave away. The piano fell about 14 anxiety bottomward assimilate the ground. All of my movers broadcast in all directions. And aback the piano hit, it fabricated – you apperceive – bethink that ambit at the end of the “Sgt. Pepper” album…
MURPHY: …When it goes boing? So that’s the babble that the piano made. That was its afterlife flurry. And we were all aloof abashed and continuing around. And the chump was there with a toddler in her hand. And afresh the thunderstorm came, and it aloof started to rain on everything.
GROSS: That’s so horrible.
MURPHY: And myself and my aggregation – we aloof looked over at the shipper. We alarm the chump the shipper. And one of my men, this big behemothic of a man, went over and put his arm about the customer, the shipper. And afresh the two of us went over, and we all aloof array of put our accoutrements about anniversary other, watched the piano get assimilation wet in the rain.
GROSS: So you address that that truckers like you aren’t affected about objects. I’ll affectionate of leave a babyish admirable out of that because that’s an instrument. That’s altered than (laughter) an article in my opinion. But so you address you’re not affected about objects. You don’t own much. I could calmly see it actuality the added way around. Watching how allusive backing are to people, I could see you acceptable added attached, not beneath absorbed to things in your life. So why are you beneath attached?
MURPHY: Because we see altar or actuality in a continuum of the way bodies live. For example, in your 20s and 30s, best Americans are accumulating things. And afresh in the 40s and 50s, that array of levels off. And afresh in the 60s and 70s, afresh they’re dis-accumulating things or eradicating things. So we get to watch the accomplished continuum. So we see, for example, that the kids’ kindergarten assets that are on the refrigerator or the aerial academy annual or Aunt Tilley’s (ph) aged vanity – we see that those things are activity to be put into accumulator at some point. And afresh aback somebody is annoyed of advantageous the accumulator fees, afresh we’re paid to booty it and get rid of it.
So movers are affectionate of Buddhist in a way. We array of accept the concise attributes of manmade things because we’re there at the point aback it gets befuddled away. So alike if you can’t accompany yourself to get rid of your stuff, your brood or birth will accept no such advisedly at all.
GROSS: Do you anytime aces out things that you appetite for yourself aback you’re declared to be putting aggregate in the dumpster?
MURPHY: No (Laughter). But we get – movers get offered things all the time. In fact, so actuality are the – here’s the four things that movers get offered best frequently – pianos, hot tubs…
MURPHY: …backyard trampolines and basin tables.
MURPHY: Every mover I apperceive could accept six or seven of these things if they capital to accept them.
GROSS: Why are those the things?
MURPHY: Because they’re big and bulky. And depending on area they’re affective to, they may or may not accept room. They put it on Craigslist. They priced it wrong. And on affective day, it’s still there. And afresh at that point, they aloof appetite to get rid of it.
GROSS: They don’t say, I’ll leave it for the abutting family; they’ll adulation accepting it?
MURPHY: (Laughter) We do that too because usually we’re not demography the hot tub or the backyard trampoline.
GROSS: Right, OK. Let me arouse you here. If you’re aloof abutting us, my bedfellow is Finn Murphy, and he’s a long-haul trucker. He moves bodies continued distances and moves all their backing to their new home. Now he’s accounting a account about it alleged “The Continued Haul: A Trucker’s Tales Of Activity On The Road.” We’re activity to booty a abbreviate break, afresh we’ll be appropriate back. This is FRESH AIR.
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GROSS: This is FRESH AIR. And if you’re aloof abutting us, my bedfellow is Finn Murphy. He’s accounting a new account about actuality a long-haul trucker. Basically it’s like a huge affective van. He deals with high-end barter who are affective to abroad locations. His account is alleged “The Continued Haul: A Trucker’s Tales Of Activity On The Road.”
What’s one of the strangest things that you’ve had to move?
MURPHY: Allegedly a accumulating of Chinese gravestones. This admirer that I was affective – he had eight of them, and he had purchased them somewhere. Anniversary one was account $80,000. He had a arcade set up in the centermost of this behemothic abode – this 16,000-square-foot abode in Aspen, Colo. And he had pedestals custom made. And it was our job to put the gravestones on anniversary of the pedestals. And anniversary one advised 600 pounds or so. And this agent – he advised us so badly. He – this is a abode with 11 bathrooms, and he had gotten a port-a-potty for us to use during the move that was outside.
MURPHY: And he kept going…
GROSS: He’s entrusting you with this, you know, fortune’s account of stuff, and he won’t alike let you use his bath or one of his bathrooms.
MURPHY: Right, yeah. That’s how it works sometimes.
GROSS: But if he’s disrespecting you that way, how are you declared to account his possessions?
MURPHY: Well, fortunately, movers and restaurant workers accept some array of castigating measures at hand.
GROSS: Uh-oh. Actuality we go.
MURPHY: So we didn’t say annihilation to him. And he kept activity bottomward into boondocks and bringing aback aliment for himself and his wife and bodies and – anyway, we were starving, and we were application the port-a-potty. And we were putting – uncrating these gravestones. And one of the things that I had done in my not-so-stellar academy career was I had taken a division of Chinese. So I knew the acclimatization of the Chinese characters, and I was appealing abiding that my agent didn’t. So aback we installed his gravestones, we put them in upside down.
MURPHY: And he couldn’t acquaint the difference. So we were absolutely adorable advanced to the day aback he was activity to accept a cocktail affair and appearance off his gravestones. And somebody who was – accepted Chinese would acquaint the philistine that he had them all wrong.
GROSS: How does a abode alike abutment so abounding 600-pound gravestones?
MURPHY: Well, he had an Olympic basin in the basement, so I brainstorm it was made…
GROSS: Oh, my gosh, OK (laughter).
MURPHY: Oh, yeah, this – I get to see some appealing amazing places.
GROSS: Yeah, OK. So what’s the appearance like aback you’re benumbed aerial up in the cab of a barter and all the added cars, abnormally the bunched cars like me, are so far beneath you?
MURPHY: So what bodies don’t assume to accept is that I can see everything. And bodies tend to anticipate that their auto is anonymous. And I acquisition that absolutely amusing. So you’ve got this agent with windows all about it and a authorization bowl on it. And you’re out in public. It’s, like, the atomic bearding affair that you could be doing. But the behavior that bodies perform…
MURPHY: …Inside their cartage makes it attending like they don’t anticipate anybody can see. Well, I can see everything. So I apperceive what everybody’s accomplishing in their cars. And, you know, Americans – we’re appealing acceptable drivers in general. The affliction drivers are in – about D.C. And the best drivers for some acumen are in Michigan. I’m not absolutely abiding what that is. But if Americans would aloof drive while they’re active instead of accomplishing article abroad and driving, that would be a lot bigger for everybody.
And here’s – so here’s what best bodies are accomplishing in their cars that I can see. They’re eating. They’re drinking, either a acknowledged or an actionable beverage. They’re putting on makeup, texting obviously, adorning kids in the aback seat. That’s a big one. But best of the time that I can see through the anatomy emphasis is bodies are alive on their accord with the actuality in the commuter seat. And sometimes that could be adventurous and sweet, which is a nice little treat. And afresh best of the time it’s conflict.
GROSS: I anticipation you were activity to say bodies are acrimonious their noses.
GROSS: I candidly anticipation that. And I anticipation article abroad you were activity to say that has to do with anatomy fluids. So, you know…
MURPHY: This is a ancestors show, Terry.
GROSS: I know. So you’ve apparent that, too. You’re aloof not advertence it.
MURPHY: I haven’t apparent anybody absolutely eliminating fluids in a car, no.
GROSS: All right.
MURPHY: I haven’t apparent that. I accept apparent some adventurous moments.
GROSS: Yes, OK. So you address that you’ve formed with bodies who are apprehensive of your delivery and demeanor. And white-collar bodies admiration what a guy like you who looks and sounds like them is accomplishing active a barter and affective appliance for a living. So bodies are apprehensive of you or afraid on both ends. The barter drivers are apprehensive of your delivery and demeanor. And the bodies who you’re affective wonder, like, what an accomplished guy like you is accomplishing affective appliance for a living. So how does it feel to accept both – what’s my question?
MURPHY: I’ll bung in if you want.
GROSS: What’s my question, Finn?
MURPHY: I anticipate your catechism is…
GROSS: (Laughter) You acquaint me.
MURPHY: …Is how – I adulation actuality an bewilderment like that. It’s actual acceptable to me. I’m array of a typical, average child, atramentous sheep of the ancestors affectionate of guy. So if I’m ambagious people, I like that a lot. And I do abash bodies because aback I go into the barter stop or article like that, I don’t allege with a Southern accent. And, you know, I don’t change the way that – the affectionate of actuality that I am.
DAVIES: Finn Murphy’s book is the “The Continued Haul.” After a break, he’ll acquaint us how you esplanade and 18-wheeler and what he would do aback he acquainted drowsy. We’ll bethink amateur Burt Reynolds who died yesterday. And linguist Geoff Nunberg reflects on aback we alarm a lie a lie. I’m Dave Davies, and this is FRESH AIR.
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DAVIES: This is FRESH AIR. I’m Dave Davies in for Terry Gross. We’re alert to Terry’s account recorded in February with Finn Murphy, columnist of the account “The Continued Haul: A Trucker’s Tale Of Activity On The Road.” His specialty now is carriage the backing of accumulated admiral and their families affective to new homes for their new jobs. He’s been active a barter aback the backward 1970s. He grew up in burghal Connecticut and abandoned out of college, abundant to his parents’ dismay, to become a barter driver.
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GROSS: You don’t acknowledgment this in the book, but your ancestor was John Cullen Murphy, who drew the accepted bi-weekly banana band “Prince Valiant.” And you seemed to appetite to get as far abroad from his activity as possible. But it sounds like actuality the son of a banana band artisan would be so great. And in actuality I interviewed your brother afresh who wrote a account about actuality the son (laughter) of a banana book band artist. And it seemed to be abundant for him. So what were you rebelling adjoin aural your family?
MURPHY: So it was abundant accepting my ancestor as a bartering illustrator. In fact, he had a flat abaft our house, so my ancestor was consistently home. Aback we came aback from academy or whatever, he was appropriate there. My ancestor was one of the best amiable and amiable bodies anybody has anytime – you know, would anytime accept encountered. On the added hand, my mother is actual abundant of a Irish matriarch. And with eight accouchement to accumulate into band and accomplish abiding that we all got fed and clothed and had – took affliction of our assorted activities, it was a actual austere domiciliary from my mother’s end. And she was the one who managed the day to day of befitting eight accouchement in order.
GROSS: So how did it go over with your parents aback you told them you were bottomward out of academy at the end of your inferior year to become a long-distance trucker?
MURPHY: So yeah, aback to my ancestor for a moment – allegedly the one affliction of his activity was that he was not able to go to college. His ancestor died aback he was 19. My ancestor had to abutment his family. And all he anytime capital to do was to go to college. So for him, it was a huge affair to be able to accept all eight of his accouchement appear college, alum from academy and accept some affectionate of a able career.
So aback I said I was activity to go and assignment for North American Van Lines and not acknowledgment aback to school, that hit him in a abode area he acquainted accessible and a abode that he acquainted that I was actuality actual ungrateful, which I was actuality actual ungrateful. And I aching my parents. I aching my family. And we didn’t allege for a brace of years. It was absolutely – it was a little over two years that I never – I didn’t alike allege to my parents.
GROSS: So you write, (reading) abounding adolescent macho neurotics acquisition out aboriginal that adamantine activity is analgesic for an overactive mind. Active up and bottomward staircases for hours on end, accustomed dressers and refrigerators and pianos was to me a abatement from stress. Adamantine assignment briefly shut bottomward the connected cine active in my academician that angled about in an amaranthine cacophony of added people’s expectations, obligations, guilt, acrimony and rebellion. So, like, you had to get out of your arch through concrete work?
MURPHY: Yes, I did. That’s a absolutely acceptable book by the way, isn’t it?
GROSS: Yeah. It’s appealing good. Did you assignment on that a continued time?
MURPHY: No, I didn’t actually. It aloof formed appropriate off the page. But yes, one of the abundant things about chiral activity and abnormally for – if anyone who’s done around-the-clock chiral activity over a continued aeon of time, there’s a area in there that is very, actual satisfying. There’s a area about alive with men. There’s article affiliated about it. There’s article basal about it. This is how I anticipate we acclimated to alive for hundreds of bags of years. And I absolutely adore that allotment of it. Also, it’s a meritocracy. You’re – on a affective van, you’re either accomplishing the assignment and able of accomplishing the work, or you’re not able of accomplishing the work.
So there’s annihilation about who you are, area you appear from, what emphasis you speak. All of that is gone on a affective van, and activity is actual simple. And the assignment is – has some specialized ability appropriate to it, but the assignment is additionally actual simple. And our canicule are, you know, 10 to 14 hours loading a barter or auction a barter with a accumulation of men and a few women now. There’s a few women in the affective industry now, but it’s still, you know, mostly men. It’s still mostly immigrants. It’s bodies who don’t allege English in many, abounding cases. And you don’t charge emphasis aback you accept assignment because the assignment is the language.
GROSS: You chock-full active for about 10 years. You don’t say in the book what you did during those 10 years. Can you accord us a faculty of what your activity was like in the 10 years that you chock-full driving?
MURPHY: Yes. So I was alive for North American Van Lines, and I was accepting basically burnt out. And one of the things that I had consistently advised to do aback I larboard academy was to save some money and go into business for myself. And that was absolutely one of the goals. I didn’t aloof abdicate academy and just, you know, array of cast the bird to everybody. I absolutely had some affectionate of a plan. And aback then, you could – I could accomplish a lot of money. I was accurate a hundred thousand dollars a year in 1981 as a mover.
So I adored a agglomeration of money. I bought an acceptation aggregation importing – you apperceive those admirable fisherman’s sweaters from Ireland? I acclimated to acceptation those into the United States from the west of Ireland. And I got into the added genitalia of the bolt business and afresh started importing cashmere sweaters from Scotland and had a actual acknowledged business on Nantucket Island in Massachusetts.
GROSS: And afresh you went aback into trucking again.
GROSS: So what happened?
MURPHY: So I was on – active on Nantucket Island as a high-profile agent and aborigine and association activist. I was absolutely administrator of the canton commissioners on Nantucket. I was a badge commissioner. I was the airport commissioner. I was on the lath of the alcove of commerce. I was a acknowledged person, married, active in a baby town. And, well, what happened is I got into a accord with a woman who wasn’t my wife. And my activity exploded. Or allegedly added accurately, I took a bout to my activity and blew it to pieces. And so Nantucket is not a abode area that affectionate of affair is activity to be disregarded or uncommented upon. And so afresh I went aback out on the alley because I didn’t apperceive what to do – absolutely lost. And you apperceive what? There’s a lot of us out there – a lot of drivers who are like that. And I knew I’d accept affluence of company.
GROSS: Well, alteration the accountable for a second, I accept to say a branch I decidedly enjoyed in your account has to do with how you accept to a lot of accessible radio aback you’re active in your barter (laughter) and that you apperceive a lot of added truckers who accept to accessible radio, too – and so my claimed acknowledgment for that and for a actual nice acknowledgment of me and our show. But I adulation that one Klan affiliate from Georgia calls NPR U.S. Jews and girls report.
GROSS: That’s appealing funny. And as you said, yeah, he ability say that, but he listens.
MURPHY: Yeah. He allegedly doesn’t accept the mug, though.
GROSS: We don’t apperceive for sure, though, do we?
MURPHY: I don’t.
GROSS: (Laughter) That would abundant if he did. So aloof a brace of questions afore we blanket up – you can’t aloof cull into any parking lot aback you’re active an 18-wheeler. So it’s affectionate of personal. (Laughter) It’s affectionate of private, but what do you do for pit stops, like, aback you charge the bathroom? Do you accept one of those jars, one of those bottles for truckers?
GROSS: Is that OK for me to ask you that?
MURPHY: (Laughter) That’s fine. So here’s – so the trucker basic actuality is an abandoned Gatorade bottle. And if you go into a barter stop parking lot on a summer afternoon…
GROSS: Oh, no (laughter).
MURPHY: …You’ll see legions of bedfast Gatorade bottles all over the parking lot, and that will accommodate an absorbing adenoids experience. So yeah, there’s that. I try to get out and be a little added affable about it, which I can do best of the time. But you’re appropriate about trucks. So my barter is 73 anxiety continued with a 53-foot trailer. So I cannot go many, abounding places. And this brings up an ambiguity for me because I allocution in the book about how abundant I animosity burghal drape and auto-dependent development and all those kinds of things. But with a 73-foot truck, I absolutely await on that affectionate of sprawl. I charge to be in the Walmart parking lot or in the barter stop. So it’s affectionate of difficult.
GROSS: What do you do aback you’re starting to abatement comatose at the wheel?
MURPHY: It’s absolutely accessible for me. So for you auto drivers out there, if you alpha accepting that fluttering-of-the-eyelid thing, afresh you’re – it’s absolutely time – it’s absolutely accomplished time to cull over. So see if you can bethink that. And aback I get that, I cull over. But the accessible affair for me is I’ve got a double-bed in the aback with 600-count bedding and a calamus duvet, and it’s tucked in with hospital corners. And I’ve got a altitude ascendancy system. And I can booty a 15- or 20-minute nap. And actually, I beddy-bye bigger in the sleeper than I beddy-bye anywhere. I can additionally cull my barter over and allegedly – if you cull a car over on the ancillary of the highway, you’re allegedly activity to get hassled, or somebody’s activity to admiration what you’re doing. But trucks – they aloof get absolutely larboard alone. So I’ll booty a 20-minute trucker nap appropriate aback in my comfortable little bed and get aback on the road.
GROSS: All right. Acceptable luck to you with your autograph and your driving, and acknowledge you so abundant for talking with us. It’s absolutely been fun.
MURPHY: Acknowledge you, Terry. I’m captivated to be here.
DAVIES: Finn Murphy’s book is “The Continued Haul: A Trucker’s Tale Of Activity On The Road,” which is now out in paperback. Coming up, we’ll apprehend an extract of Terry’s 1994 account with amateur Burt Reynolds, who died bygone at the age of 82. This is FRESH AIR.
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