Truck drivers, like us riders, are all tarred with a bad reputation because of the much publicised actions of a few idiots among them. They spend more time on the road, and do more K's than just about anyone else and I find them to be among the very best drivers on the road. (yes, I am choosing to ignore a very small percentage and focus on the behaviour of the majority.) So I thought I'd write a little 'thankyou', pointing out some of the good things about the truck drivers I deal with on my daily tulla / ring road commute to work. Ode to the truckies: To my dear truckdriving friends, You don't know me, but you've seen me often. I'm small and nimble and able to appear and dissapear instantly. I just want to say thankyou for indicating for so long before you change lanes, unlike mums on the school run. Thankyou for looking so hard in your mirrors to make sure that I'm not there, unlike taxis and rusty V8s. Thankyou for securing your loads so well, unlike the ladders on top of little white tradesmans vans. Thankyou for accomodating me as I weave my way past. For understanding that I'm not coming through because I think I'm more important, but rather just because I can, and it makes sense to me at the time. Thankyou for your courtesy and for that little nod you sometimes give me when we make eye contact in your mirror, reasuring me that you've seen me and you'll look after me. Thankyou for tollerating the idiots who cut you off when you are braking, are impatient with you, and especially thankyou for putting up with my biker friends who don't always sit where they can best be seen. Thankyou for doing your job and enabling me to pull into a servo and expect to get fuel... or a supermarket and expect to get food. Thankyou for being the best drivers that I see on the road every day. In many ways probably better than me. I'll see you tomorrow.