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I am getting ready to retire and have a CDL w/ Passenger endorsement, Clean driving record, DOT Physical Card.    I am wondering, probably for Spring 2020, whether or not it would be advisable to haul an RV camper out to either Buena Vista or Salida, CO and apply for a CDL driving job with a rafting company there or whether it would be better to apply online first before going out there.   If I had to hang out a while in the area before I got a job, no big deal, as I am an aspiring fly fisherman and the Arkansas River is a Blue Ribbon Trout Stream in Colorado.   

My theory is that as I build my second “career “ I might as well develop an expertise in the rafting community as by definition they will always be located on rivers somewhere.    The Arkansas River in Colorado is the most heavily rafted river in the west and there are like 11-12 rafting companies in Buena Vista, of which 2 advertise for drivers in CoolWorks.   If I apply online I have limited my chances/options.    My general experience is that if I present myself in person and they have a job I will be more likely to get the job because I am there.   Also, it is always easier to break into a new position when you goto the epicenter of the given industry as where there are more jobs there is also more turnover.   These are thoughts from someone that has not done this before in rafting.   When I was younger I flew into Pelican, AK and did the same thing on a long-line fishing boat in Southeastern Alaska.   

Anybody here drive busses for rafting companies?

Work on the Arkansas River?

What do you think about the availability of these jobs in areas with rafting companies?

By showing up in Colorado in April will I have missed my chance at a job?

I see some of the rafting companies advertise for full time or part time.   What does anybody think about a part time driving gig?   I would be working to gain entrance to a social group and only to break even on money while supporting my fly fishing habit.

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