Geoff’s latest truck driving gig brings home the bacon

By: Greg Bush, Photography by: Greg Bush


Geoff Rasmussen’s latest stint in a 43-year driving career is hauling pigs up and down the Hume Highway.

Geoff’s latest truck driving gig brings home the bacon
Geoff Rasmussen has spent more than 40 years working in the trucking industry.

 

When Owner//Driver recently caught up with truck driver Geoff Rasmussen, he had just finished stopping in at the Roads and Maritime Services' (RMS) heavy vehicle inspection station at Marulan on the Hume Highway.

It’s a familiar detour for Rasmussen, whose latest stint in a 43-year career in the trucking industry involves regular trips on the Hume for Eternity Meat Transport.

"I’ve been right around the works," Geoff says.

"I worked for Ray & Sons in Wodonga years and years ago, a whole heap of owner-drivers, and I’ve been with some major companies, K&S Freighters, Ron Finemore and a few others. I won’t mention too many more."

Geoff drives a 2007 Freightliner Columbia, doing two trips a week between Melbourne and Sydney.

The truck’s nickname ‘Grunter’ offers a hint of his regular freight.

"Eternity Meat Transport is a small company, a pork wholesaler," he says.

"We do deliveries to Sydney, Adelaide and all around Melbourne, doing anything from goats to beef to lamb to pigs and whatever else."

Geoff’s regular run keeps him away from home up to six nights a week. It’s a lifestyle he, his wife Delphine and their family have become accustomed to.

"She’s a retired nurse, and it doesn’t worry her; I’ve just done it for years and years," he says.

"One company I was with two and a half years out of Albury, I was away for six days a week. It’s the same here."

You can read Geoff’s story in the April edition of Owner//Driver.

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