California sisters team up to hit the road, continue new chapters in their lives

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Sisters in front of Freightliner
Dorin Kauhi, left, and her sister, DeeAnn Kauhi-Borgner, share time in the driver’s seat as they have a dedicated run from City of Industry, California, to Amarillo, Texas. (Courtesy: Dorin Kauhi and DeeAnn Kauhi-Borgner)

Six years ago, when Dorin Kauhi opened a new chapter of her life as a truck driver, it caught the attention of her sister, DeeAnn Kauhi-Borgner.

“(Driving a truck has) always been my dream, ever since I was 16 years old,” DeeAnn said. “We went to New Mexico with Mom and Dad on vacation. I used to watch all the 18-wheelers roll down the highway at night and it was so beautiful to me. I was like, ‘I’m going to be a truck driver. That’s what I want to be.’

“My husband passed away in 2018, and that’s when I finally decided to live out my dream, which, my little sister was already living my dream,” she continued. “So, I just decided I was going to follow in (Dorin’s) footprints. So that’s what I did.”

Dorin didn’t get necessarily get into the business to inspire anyone — her primary motivation to be a driver was financial. But once her older sister started the process, she was more than happy to encourage her.

“I was working at a Walmart at the time unloading trucks, doing about 18,000 steps a day,” Dorin said. “I’d see the truck drivers coming to do their load and I started asking them a lot of questions. I just decided six years ago. ‘I’m going to do this.’ So, I did. I was 49 years old when I got my license.

“(DeeAnn) completely followed my footsteps. I went to C.R. England; then she went to C.R. England. Then I was able to get her into FedEx with me and we’ve been together ever since then, almost a year now.”

The California-based duo has a dedicated run from City of Industry, California, to Amarillo, Texas. One week they’ll drive about 4,800 miles and the next week, about 6,800 miles. The sisters said that, in a male-dominated industry like trucking, theirs is a relationship that goes beyond just being sisters to being trusted fellow professionals.

“We were raised like twins, but we’re so opposite. We’re totally opposites. (Dorin’s) very personable, talks to everyone, dresses really girly, has the gift of gab and gets really mad really fast. She has no patience. I am the exact opposite; I can wait in a line for days,” DeeAnn said.

“But I know Dorin, so, the trust is 100%. I sleep like a rock on the truck because I trust my driver. I know that she’s not going to put me in a dangerous situation, and she is just as excited and just as anxious to get home to her kids and my kids,” DeeAnn said. “It makes the driving so comfortable. It’s better than husband and wife.”

Of course, the sisters run into their fair share of catcalls and innuendo, but both noted that the way a woman carries herself and how well she does her job has a direct impact on the number of rude comments she has to listen to.

“Because we’ve been raised the way we were raised, I was a fighter my whole life. I’m not afraid of no man. We’re not intimidated by men. And it’s not hard for us to make it in a man’s world. The majority of truck driving is still basically a man’s world, but we’re just fine,” DeeAnn said.

“And it’s becoming more of a woman’s world all the time. There’s a lot more women than there’s ever been,” Dorin added. “I think women are better drivers. We’re more polite. We don’t cut each other off. You get some real jerks out there on the road, but I think women are just more patient and more courteous.”

The biggest thing that’s taken fear out of the sisters’ hearts is the knowledge that they have stared down much scarier demons than anything they’ve seen in trucking.

“We were deep in addiction for over 20 years and we were in that together, too. It went from alcohol and pot to meth. That’s what I was into. Raised our kids in addiction and none of them are addicted today. None of them took our path. Now we’re clean and we love being clean,” DeeAnn explained.

“When I was an addict, I was a ‘good’ addict,” Dorin said. “Doing this, we keep each other accountable on a daily basis, absolutely. That’s how it is for me.”

With that chapter of their lives behind them, the two FedEx drivers have turned their attention to the future and the dream of one day owning their own company. They have confidence in that dream, leaning on each other and their faith to make it happen.

“We want to get our own truck and name it Two Girls, One Truck,” DeeAnn quipped. “Our goal in the next five years is to be owner-operators, both of us have our own truck, drive it for two years and then the third, fourth, fifth year of owning these trucks, we can get some young pups on the truck.”

Dorin said that once she “got clean,” she started setting goals.

“I’ve reached every single one of them,” Dorin said. “I rededicated myself to God recently and I was just like, ‘You know what you want me to do. I need to know what I need to do.’ None of this happens without God.”

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9 COMMENTS

  1. That’s my mom and my aunt! You both are truly an inspiration to me. I’m so proud of the both of you keep up the Good work and drive safe

  2. Awesome article! You caught the true essence of these women! Having known the Kauhi family my whole life, we grew up together, they fought hard for their successes and they are many and great. These women are fighters and don’t take no crap! Never have, from ANYONE, man or woman!
    All of the Kauhi women are strong wonderful women, hard workers, dedicated and loving mothers, daughters, grandmothers, sisters and aunts, loyal, trustworthy friends and I am blessed to have grown up knowing them💕

    • Heck we’re practically family..LOL!
      I don’t know two other women better suited for the job they do.The Kauhi family has a bond that’s set aside (the best) from all the rest.One that I both admire & respect.
      Dorin is an amazing person. And Dee-Ann is down right great …Both have been pivotal in my life at separate times. I think the Author of this
      article caught the true essence of these Gals♡
      Doe and Dee congrats on you successes

  3. These ladies are awsome my husband don is there big brother.HE ALSO DRIVES FOR Groedyke transport .He has taken many calls from his sister.they are allways wanting to know how to.he says they listen and keeps growing.good job ladies linda and don kauhi.

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