My morning as a trucker

My trek across North Dakota oil country continues. Last week, I went from Bismarck to Tioga to Williston to Ray (I recommend the Ray Cafe hamburgers) to Bismarck. Yesterday, it was Bismarck to Belfield to Killdeer to Bismarck.

I woke up at 4:15 a.m. to get out the door to Belfield by 5:15. And this was generous since the woman I was spending the morning with is at work by 5:30 a.m. CT.

After two years away in Missouri and Washington, D.C., I continue to be amazed at the emptiness of North Dakota roads….despite the fact that I lived here 26 years and then was only gone two. But after two years of I-70 (which is the main road for Kansas City to St. Louis and I lived in between them), I-94 is a driver’s paradise.

I arrived at Missouri Basin Well Service for my interview with a woman trucker and was pleased with how friendly everyone was. When you’re toting around a TV camera, you never know what kind of a reaction you’ll get.

My trucker, LaRae, and I set out for north of Killdeer together and had a very enjoyable morning finding oil to suck up into the semi to ship out.

Look for my story on LaRae and my other oil stories to start airing on WDAY and WDAZ in August. I’ll post definite dates when they’re known.