It's Day 6 of the 16-day CDL training program at Truck America Training in Shepherdsville, Kentucky, and the first day of Week 2, when the fun begins.
With preliminary classwork behind them and CDL permits secured, our seven CDL or Bust students will be heading outside today to learn backing and shifting, according to instructor Bob Cross. That's an aerial view of the TAT property shown above, as seen on the TAT website.
Tuesday will be much of the same, Cross says, and then starting Wednesday, the class will be divided into two groups. One group will continue to spend half of the day working on backing skills in the lot; the other group will actually head out on the road.
PHOTO GALLERY: Photos of students, classroom and training property.
Russell Durgasingh and Teddy Flener Jr., who earned their permits by taking a re-test last Friday, are scheduled to chat with Transport Topics reporter David Elfin by Skype late this morning. If you have questions for either of them, send them to us on Twitter (we are @TransportTopics) using the hashtag #CDLorBust. Those video interviews will be posted in the afternoon.
Alas, we'll be decommissioning our popular Class Cam soon too, since the students will not be spending much time in the classroom going forward. In its place we hope you will check out our photo galleries that showcase the work of photographer John Sommers, who is continuing to follow the class on location.