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Father and son share a love of life on the road, even if it makes visits rare

By on May 1, 2015
Michael-Malson

Michael Malson • Twin Falls, Idaho • Driving for 1 year
Greg Malson • Nashville, Tennessee • Driving for 29 years

Michael: I grew up knowing my Dad drove a truck, and then saw him begin to drive buses for musicians. I’d gotten tired of college because it really wasn’t going anywhere for me, and was tired of working dead-end jobs like fast food and construction. I finally decided to get my CDL and give driving a try. I started hauling milk for a dairy here, going all across the western United States, and just fell in love with it.

Greg: I started driving just because it seemed like the logical thing to do; it’s hard to explain other than that. I liked the lure of freedom and being on the road, being your own boss, things like that. I still like the open road, the freedom and the challenges. I also really like all the people I meet, and the things I see.

Michael: Dad never really talked about driving, it was just what he did. I was always fascinated with trucks, and so driving was always in the back of my head. All through school I learned the mechanics of trucks, and could always tell the models of trucks when they’d pass by.

Greg-MalsonGreg: I actually tried to discourage him at first, like a lot of dads may do with their sons if they try to follow in
their footsteps. I’m proud of him and excited that he’s doing it, but things are very different now from when I started. Sometimes trucking companies view drivers like golf balls: as long as it’s going straight down the fairway everything’s great, but if it gets off to one side they’ll just get another one out. I don’t want to be negative about trucking; it’s provided me with a great livelihood. It’s just worrying to me to see drivers not treated well, and so I worry about that some when it comes to my son.

Michael: We talk more about trucks now, of course, but we also spend a lot of time figuring out when we can see each other. We’re not on the same side of the country very often, but when we can manage it we at least try to have lunch!

Greg: I don’t plan too far out, because I live on someone else’s schedule. But if I know I’m passing through Idaho, I at least try to swing by and wave at the family. But sometimes I get within 25 miles of my own house and don’t even get to go there because I have to turn around and head back out again. That’s how the driving world works sometimes, but we’re both making a good living at it.

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