I’ve never understood how truckers can do their jobs.
I often have 9-10 hour solo drives back and forth between where I live and where most of my family does, and every single time I feel like I’m going to go insane. How could you do that day in and day out?
It’s gotta be tough under the best circumstances. And when you hit a town you hate? Woof.
Reddit’s got some places they think you should avoid. Not all the people who spoke up were actually truckers, but they were all travelers, and they were all sincere.
1. King’s Lynn, Norfolk
No human being should ever have to visit King’s Lynn in Norfolk.
The very shallowest end of the British gene-pool.
All the local swamp-dwellers come in on Fridays and Saturdays to get drunk and fight.
Entire villages have the same surname. He**ish place.
2. Boston, MA
Route driving, box truck driver here.
Anywhere around Boston is a nightmare.
That city wasn’t designed for drivers, especially trucks
3. Ardmore, Oklahoma
I have to deliver fuel here, particularly in the high crime rate areas.
Was dropping gas at a station that has the tank drops positioned in front of the doors.
Long story short, crackwhore walks outside, and then proceeds to light her cigarette just as I’m releasing my vapor catch. It blew a flaming ball past her face and all she had to say was,”Well s**t, I guess I had better smoke over there”. Never f**king again.
4. Baltimore, Maryland
I drove cross country for a year some time ago. During that year there were 3 times a prostitute knocked on my window however only in Baltimore did I see them swarming the truck stop lot and broadcasting their services over the CB.
I’m sure there are truck stops like that everywhere, but the only one I randomly came across was that one in Baltimore.
5. Dryden, Texas
It looks like the town in The Hills Have Eyes.
Everything is frozen in time – cars from the 70s are just laying around abandoned, buildings are falling apart, and the only place in town that looks like someone could live there (they had a light on) is a general store but it isn’t open.
I heard really weird stories about that place once we made it to Alpine.
6. Blythe, California
Once got rejected with 9 Canadian racehorse broodmares in 105 heat because their International Health Certs were signed in red ink instead of black.
Red was a Canadian requirement at the time. USDA preferred blue or black for USDA origin certs.
He changed his tune when I demanded he call the state veterinarian.
Boy was that vet mad.
7. Vidor, Texas
Not a truck driver, like most posters on this thread, but while in the Army some buddies and I would drive through there on our way to Houston from Louisiana and one time we stopped for gas off I-10 we were told to fill up and get out because we were the wrong color.
The only reason we didn’t get our a**es kicked was because one of them realized we were military and I guess they respected that, but were warned never to stop again.. Never have again and never will.
8. Mission, South Dakota
It’s on the reservation and is scary as f**k. Saw a guy shoot someone on the street corner in broad daylight while I was stopped at a stop sign.
Another time through, I blew a tire on my trailer while heading out of town. Dragged that SOB with a flat tire for 10 miles before pulling over to fix it. Fortunately, trailer was empty and there were 2 tires each side. Would still have thought about it with a full trailer.
9. Ferriday, Louisiana
Any fellow Louisianans wanna chime in? You know I’m right. That entire strip of s**thole towns from Natchez to Monroe…Vidalia, Ferriday, Sicily Island, Wisner, etc. is the living embodiment of dead-end, blow-your-brains-out-from-boredom-and-depression towns, but Ferriday takes the cake.
South Louisiana is creepy but it has character and history, as corrupt as it may be. I’m originally from Ruston, which on paper is a really nice small college town to live in…until you live there. It died around 1995, I think. I left for the military and I haven’t been back even after I separated from the AF. The saying around Ruston is, “There’s nothing to do in Ruston but drugs.”
10. Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
They have a large pulp mill. It smells. So bad.
Your nose never gets used to it, either. It’s always there in the back of your throat, making everything taste vaguely like moldy paper mache.
F**k you, Prince George.
11. Cave Junction, Oregon
The lack of teeth, high crime, drugs and the fact that it supplies the entire state of Oregon with weed.
Now I don’t have a problem with weed, but the farms are hostile in the woods.
Booby traps, guards, guns and no cell service. Not a fun place to be.
12. Jersey City, New Jersey
When I was a kid my dad drove, and he would bring me with on weekends sometimes. One time when I was about 10 or so we ended up in Jersey City, NJ downtown at a KFC. We were in our giant truck but with no trailer.
Inside, the cashier was behind bulletproof glass with a lazy suzan spinny thing to exchange money and food. I remember thinking it was really cool. Then, as we were eating, this whole gang of about 15 dudes started climbing all over our truck, shaking it back and forth and whatnot.
I thought the whole thing was fun, until after once we were gone and my dad was telling me I did a great job keeping calm and everything. I guess he was scared sh**less, bringing his 10 year old kid into danger like that. I just wanted to go play on the truck too…
13. Gallup, New Mexico
Unless I want to be approached by three panhandlers three separate times at one service station or cross paths with a mean drunk or two…
Then, by all means, I go out of my way to pass through.
14. Vidor, Texas
Probably the most racist town I’ve ever seen. I was so uncomfortable there. – coldskeet
[Yes this is its second appearance on the list, but that’s because it came up at least five times in the thread.]
15. Gary, Indiana
Back in the day, Gary was a steel mill town, lots of stacks and flames.
My parents were driving back to Chicago from Florida, my mom driving and dad snoozing in the back.
They stopped in Gary for gas and the old man woke up. He looked around and said, “Holy sh** she crashed the car, killed me and we are in H**L!”
So I guess the moral of the story is… Vidor, Texas really really sucks.
Where would you want to avoid?
Tell us in the comments.