Ryan Strange’s fourth day as part of our CDL or Bust class was worthy of his last name. Rather than joining his six classmates in taking the written exam to obtain his CDL permit, the 32-year-old bachelor spent much of the day running back and forth between doctors’ offices trying to track down his proper medical form for state officials.
“I was ready to go and get it done with,” Strange said of his CDL test with some frustration. “I had my mind set. And now I got to go back today and do it.”
With that matter resolved, Strange spoke to us Friday morning before heading off to be tested along with Russell Durgasingh and Teddy Flener Jr., each of whom had come up short on Day 4. (Update: All three passed their test Friday.)
PHOTO GALLERY: Photos of students, classroom and training property.
Like his classmates, Strange is itching to get behind the wheel after spending most of this week in a classroom, beginning at 6:30 each morning.
“[It’s been] a little bit slow watching some of the videos, [but we’ve been] learning a lot of stuff … about air brakes,” Strange said.
Speaking of wheels, Strange, who works six or seven days a week, is going to be spending much of this weekend spinning a roulette wheel at the Horseshoe Casino in Elizabeth, Indiana, just across the Ohio River from Kentucky.
“For the last two years, I’ve been a dealer part-time,” said Strange, who has also been working part-time in his brother’s lawn care business since he graduated from high school in 2002. “I like to gamble so I went up to Horseshoe and applied for a job and then went to dealer school. I’ll gamble on anything.”
Anything except driving long-haul. Strange is looking to move into trucking for better wages and more opportunities to advance than his current pair of part-time gigs but he doesn’t have any plans to see the rest of the U.S.A. in a truck.
“I really don’t want to drive over the road. I’m looking to stay local,” said Strange, who had some leads with trucking companies in the Louisville area before he even became part of our CDL or Bust class at Truck America Training.
-By David Elfin, Transport Topics staff reporter. Photo by John Sommers II for TT.