Veteran truckie Adam Hawks, 58, drives a Kenworth C509 for Nighthawk Transport and was picking up a backload of fertiliser from North Queensland, bound for Darwin when Big Rigs caught up with him recently.
He had just transported cotton from a Northern Territory property to Dalby.
“It is a great job I do and I get to meet lots of different people daily. I have been a truck driver for 30 years,” he said.
On his trips Hawks likes stopping at the Dunmarra Roadhouse in NT which he sings the praises of loudly.
Another favourite is the Blue Heeler Hotel at Kynuna along the Cloncurry to Winton road.
The Kenworth is powered by a 600hp motor with an 18 speed Roadranger gearbox and Hawks loves it.
One of the worst highways he has to negotiate is between Roma and Mount Isa. I also asked him if there are enough rest areas. “I think so at the moment,” he said.
His hobby is weight boarding or skiing, and he barracks for the Cowboys during NRL season.
Hawks lives happily on a property between Brisbane and Warwick and, like the rest of us, enjoys his food. “My favourite meal is rump steak and vegies,” he said.