Trochu trucker on the road for reality show
Trochu trucker Ryan Hastie is owning the road in Discovery Channel’s trucking reality show Loaded.
The six 30-minute pilot episodes began airing on Aug. 13 on Discovery Channel in Canada. The series originally aired on the Weather Network in the United States earlier this year.
The show is less of a driving competition of three truckers and more about how truckers deal with the adverse road conditions on the highway.
Hastie, 29, has been in the trucking industry for 12 years. He is filmed while he goes about his business of hauling cattle and bison in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
He is the lone Canadian trucker on the show.
“We had the perfect weather conditions for a weather-based reality show,” said Hastie. “We got snow. We got freezing rain. We got ice fog. Every episode, Mother Nature just kicked us in the ass.”
The show was filmed from Oct. 22, 2012, to Dec. 6, 2012.
Hastie grew up in a farm in Central Alberta.
“I am pretty spoiled,” said Hastie.
“When I first started trucking, I was . . . on the road anywhere from one week to two weeks to a month straight in the truck.”
Two years ago, Hastie and his father bought out a local equipment hauling company. They now run Hastie Hauling Inc. together. Hastie said he is now fortunate to be in the trucking industry, making good money and home every night.