Trucker couple embraces wholesome dwelling on the highway

She’s licensed to carry out marriages and he is an skilled chef. They love the liberty of driving on open highways, hauling freight for a dwelling.

Marylynn Downham and Brian Keyes have been working for Challenger since 2016, initially as staff drivers and now driving separate large rigs.

The couple is fast to level out that they obtained alongside nice whereas driving as a staff, however their well being took a beating. Keyes mentioned staff driving is a problem as a consequence of tight schedules and also you barely get time to organize and eat wholesome meals. Discovering time to train can be troublesome. With the ability to get correct sleep in a transferring truck was additionally an issue.

Picture of Brian Keyes and Marylynn Downham
Brian Keyes and Marylynn Downham (Picture: Leo Barros)

In two-and-a-half years, Keyes piled on 50 kilos and Downham gained 25 kilos.

The couple determined it was time to wrest again their well being. They mentioned goodbye to staff driving and commenced working individually.

They purchased and put in 1.1 cubic meter freezers of their vans. “We will make meals at house and freeze them and carry them. It made an enormous distinction to our weight loss program,” Keyes, the previous chef, mentioned.

The couple took a 12 months to shed the burden they gained and has managed to maintain it off.

Downham mentioned drivers shouldn’t have to purchase restaurant meals and make themselves so sick that they can not take pleasure in their retirement. Their vans are geared up with air fryers, espresso makers, microwaves, and a freezer. “There’s a more healthy method to be a truck driver,” she mentioned. “Get out of the truck and stroll, it’s essential.”

“I’ve obtained my favourite locations I wish to cease at, I can stroll and run.”

Brian Keyes, driver

Keyes mentioned he sees lots of people pull up of their vans and never get out. They simply shut the curtains and fall asleep. “I’ve obtained my favourite locations I wish to cease at, I can stroll and run,” he mentioned.

Downham and Keyes met later in life. She labored in customer support and made her means as much as administration. Keyes labored as a chef for nearly 30 years. He additionally drove tractors and shuttle buses prior to now.

After managing a few motels collectively, the couple determined to enter the trucking business and obtained their Class A licenses.

They mentioned Challenger makes certain to maintain them collectively and most instances they run as a two-truck convoy. The go in the identical path, head to completely different locations to drop and decide up hundreds, and head again collectively.

“If we’re going in several instructions, we at all times cross one another. We speak, saying ‘we’ll cease right here, or I will meet you there.’ And we spend time collectively,” Downham mentioned.

“I obtained a woman in each port. She at all times exhibits up in an enormous white truck,” Keyes replied shortly with an enormous grin.

Downham mentioned she has a smile on her face when she drives and nonetheless cannot consider she is driving an enormous rig. She loves being her personal boss and getting paid to see the sights.

Keyes finds the work enjoyable. He solely has to keep up a schedule, get to locations on time and maintain the truck.

Daughter’s wedding ceremony

Later this month, Downham is trying ahead to marrying her daughter and her girlfriend who’ve been collectively for the previous 11 years. Within the tv collection, Schitt’s Creek, Moira marries her son and his associate. Downham’s daughter requested if she would do the identical and he or she mentioned sure.

She has acquired a certificates and letter of fine standing and is prepared for her first ceremony.

The couple has purchased a house in Purple Deer, Alta., and are working exhausting to repay the mortgage. They plan to drive for a bit longer after that.

Downham hopes to have extra weddings to officiate sooner or later. “That’s my retirement plan after I cease driving,” she mentioned.