From the August 2014 magazine.

Truck Stop Angels

In search of food, clean clothes and an AA meeting, a tired driver hits the road and finds a truckload of kindness

I’m a female cross-country truck driver, and I’m also in recovery. I usually drive for two weeks followed by three days at home in North Carolina. I need to do laundry, eat, shower and go to meetings while on the road. Every six days or so, when I’ve worked 70 hours, I have to shut down for a day and a half. Sometimes I’m able to stop at a truck stop to get to a meeting, do my laundry and restock my truck with groceries.

On one occasion, I stopped at a truck stop in South Bend, Ind., just when my time ran out. But the truck stop was full and there was no room for one more 18-wheeler. So I parked close to a sidewalk nearby and went inside for some much needed relief. I came out to find another driver parked behind me. I spoke to him, and he said he always parks there over the weekend. I felt a lot of comfort knowing I wasn’t going to get towed or asked to leave.

-- Rachel R.

Rocky Mount, North Carolina

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