Anna Basham’s favorite road trip was a journey from Kentucky to Washington state, where she enjoyed the scenery of the Pacific Northwest.
Now that her children are grown, Basham is ready to embark on a new career that will allow her to hit the open road on a regular basis as an over-the-road truck driver.
Basham, 50, a widow with three children and seven grandchildren, is one of seven students pursuing a commercial driver’s license in a class that Transport Topics is following via our daily online series, CDL or Bust.
PHOTO GALLERY: Photos of students, classroom and training property.
Basham has been a school bus driver for four years and already has a Class B license. She also was a volunteer firefighter for 10 years and she says given her experience with fire trucks, “semis should not be much of a difference.”
She also knows what she’s getting into, as she has a son who is a truck driver. “He said it’s a rewarding career as long as you don’t get homesick,” she said via Skype.
And Basham isn’t worried on that count. She expects to still be home often enough to play soccer, football and basketball with her grandchildren and keep tabs on her Kentucky Wildcats sports teams. She’s ready to explore the country.
“I’m doing this for me,” she said.
Got a question or comment for Anna? Send it to us on Twitter using hashtag #CDLorBust and we'll ask her Aug. 26 during our next Skype session.
- By Gary Kicinski, Transport Topics Digital Media Editor. Photo by John Sommers for TT.