Twenty Twelve In The Mirrors

It’s been a big year and one I wont forget in a hurry, for both the highlights and the lowlights.

Reviewing the year as it draws to an end is an interesting exercise and one that can highlight how far you’ve gone in the preceding 365 days.

Apart from driving over two hundred thousand kilometers and shifting around seven thousand tonnes of freight I crossed the Nullabor for the first time and later lost count of how many runs I made across “the paddock” not to mention every other point on the mainland.

From nine metre wide loads to fifty six metre long triple road trains, I feel like I’ve done it all this year, even tried my hand at carting cattle and yet there’s always more to learn, but that life when you’re living the dream. I’m back on the East Coast running general freight again, glad to get some hours up at home although I wouldn’t have missed the experience for quids and I dare say I’ll end up west of the Newell Highway again at some stage.

Diary of a Truck Driver spent the year in over-drive, sprinting past the thousand “Like” count in a fashion reminiscent of a bob-tail up the Toowoomba Range. Three hundred email subscribers and over fifty thousand visits for the year from 136 different countries. I really never thought it would be that interesting, but then there’s a lot I don’t know.

Speaking of which, the National Heavy Vehicle Regulator kicks off in January. It will be interesting to see what difference it makes on the road. I’m skeptical but hopeful. It’s hard to get your hopes up when the same problems haunt us that Green Dog and the rest of the Razorback crew were fighting against, the names have changed but the vibe is still the same.

So roll on 2013, let’s be having you and a big thank you to all of you for coming along for the ride.

Happy New Year,
Mat.