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‘Rarely more than 10 feet apart’: married truckers enjoy life on the road

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“I actually really like going to bed and waking up in a different place in the morning. It’s a real treat for me,” says Holly Idington

Holly and John Idington are never more than 10 feet apart.

The married couple drive across the country almost weekly as a trucking crew for Skelton Truck Lines in East Gwillimbury.

While they’re on the road, they live in the truck.

Like any married couple, they occasionally encounter speed bumps, but unlike those who can escape to separate areas of a house, the Idingtons find it more difficult to find alone time.

“It’s not like you have a house where you can go to the bathroom or go to the bedroom or the workshop or anywhere and be alone. We are rarely more than 10 feet apart,” said John Idington, adding that they only had a plastic curtain to divide the space.

That’s why Holly Idington said it was important for them to resolve any issues quickly “but you have that in any marriage”.

They met in 1999 while working for another trucking company. They met in 2006, married two years later in 2008 and have been driving as a duo since 2014.

To make their life on the road even more special, they recently adopted a miniature schnauzer puppy named Rupert who is with them in the truck 24/7.

“It was fun. He’s a good little guy,” Holly said.

The Iddingtons each have 20 years of driving experience under their belts. The past seven years have been spent driving as a team.

Living and working together so closely, the couple said it was important to delegate tasks.

They came up with a system where Holly drives during the day and John drives at night.

“I actually really like going to bed and waking up somewhere different in the morning. It’s a real thrill for me for some reason,” Holly said.

She also takes care of all the paperwork and administrative duties for the truck, while John takes care of the mechanical side of things.

They said it was important to divide and conquer these tasks or they would step on each other’s toes.

“If we want to get paid, Holly has to do her job. If we want to go somewhere, that’s my job,” John said.

They have worked with Sharon-based Skelton for almost three years. They say it is the best trucking company in the world and treats its drivers well.

Skelton’s yard, at 2510 Davis Dr. just outside Newmarket, is unlike any other corporate yard and lounge they’ve seen, Holly said.

There are more books and movies than you can read and watch, a TV, a fully equipped kitchen for meal preparation, and free laundry facilities. The icing on the cake is two courtesy cars that can be used to get groceries or whatever else they need when they’re in town, which is about once a week, Holly said.

Although the show was a highlight, John said the family business treats its drivers in a way unlike anything he has experienced.

“The family is there, they are available, they work in all positions. They worry about the company, they worry about their drivers, they worry about their equipment and that’s something to see. I’ve never heard of this with any other company,” he said.

He said one of the senior members is in the studio every morning so you can approach and talk to him, making them feel connected and supported by the owners.

“Skelton is the exception, not the rule,” John said. “The communication lines in Skelton are just amazing. They are incredibly good with us.

He said the company was also very supportive of its employees throughout the pandemic.

“They’ve done their best to make sure we have what we need to do our jobs during the pandemic,” he said.

For many truckers, COVID-19 has had a huge impact on their jobs.

“A lot of places have changed the way they do business,” John said. “It has impacted pretty much everything we do. Everywhere we go, every customer we deliver, every place we pick up. »

Holly said they feel the biggest impacts when traveling to the US, at truck stops where more restrictions have been put in place and when delivering, as they are no longer allowed to enter many buildings .

However, since the pair usually carry pharmaceuticals, the amount of work they have hasn’t been affected.

The Idingtons take breaks on the road, staying in hotels or Airbnbs when off duty. They said they would one day look for a home to settle in when they retire, but until then they are enjoying life on the road.