Truckers and Self-Defense: Specialized Driver — Mark Schmidt Profile

Time off is a precious thing for an over-the-road truck driver. Mark Schmidt is no exception. When the 46-year-old “specialized” driver invited me to spend a few days with him in his hometown of Flint, Michigan, I jumped at the chance to experience the domestic side of driving truck. We agreed to meet at a picnic for members of his Harley-Davidson motorcycle riding club. The event was held in nearby Metamora at an upper-middle-class home that was surrounded by a perfectly manicured lawn with a spring-fed lake out back. “Bring your swimsuits!” read Schmidt’s invitation.

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