We all know the importance of safe driving… it’s a no-brainer. We all want to do our jobs, get paid, and then go home!
That’s not to say that everyone on the road should be out here- many drivers shouldn’t be! But, as the industry has grown, so has the need for more and more trucks, which has turned into an incredible increase of trucks and drivers on the Nation’s highways. As more are added, and at faster rates than ever before, proper training and driver readiness appears to have suffered a bit. Continue reading
Changes are underway in the shipping that traverses the Panama Canal, and this is already affecting the way that trucking is conducted in the U.S. and will continue to change in coming years.
Already a factor over much of the Globe, is the notion of shorter truck by land routes. In other words, goods are received at several different ports, and then trucked only a short distance to their final destination. In the U.S., goods from Asia have historically come across the country via the Port of L.A. and other west coast terminals. Continue reading
From the upcoming book, Ride My Highway, coming out late Summer 2017. One of several previews upcoming.
“The scales in Indiana and Illinois were closed, and so it must’ve been around 10:00 pm or so when I reached the truck stop at East St. Louis. If you’ve never been, East St. Louis looks halfway nice in the daytime, but at night- kind of turns into a landscape occupied by boarded up houses, strip joints, and crack whores wandering broken down sidewalks. Of course, the hard working girls eventually find their way to the stop, because in reality, the truckers are the only ones that have enough money day in and day out to buy hookers. Then, the money goes directly into a needle in their arm or a crack pipe between their lips and round and round we go. Continue reading
On a day like this (at least like it is in Indiana), with bright sunshine and mild temperatures, the Truck Washes are buzzing, and guys are JUST AUTOMATICALLY inclined to shine a fender, or polish that grill. The same with Bikes- for everyone that’s not already rumbled by your house today, you can bet that the bike is in the driveway, getting shined up for the ride. Continue reading
While it’s true that I’ve always had a love affair with trucks, Harley’s were hiding, just in the background. I would have to get my fill of Big Trucks before finding myself on the Big Bikes!
Both are awesome and fit well together.
From the upcoming Novel- Ride My Highway:
“I do know, and this is still true today, that I thought the older trucks, especially the long hoods- the Peterbilt and Kenworth’s- were just beautiful machines. Long before I started riding Harleys, I was sitting on the front porch of a house all of us guys rented in Seymour. We would just sit out there on the porch swing- play guitar, drink beer, and smoke cigarettes.
This one afternoon, my cousin and I were out there, and about 3 or 4 Harleys rumbled by. Now, to Brad, this was a big deal, and he mentioned that they were “kick ass”, except that he still liked his bike better.
Then, a while later, a great big shiny and chromed out Pete rolled by, and stopped at the light just past our house. I remember looking at the thing, and thinking it was gorgeous. In my mind’s eye, I could imagine sitting in the air ride seat, and looking westward down Highway 50. I wanted to be that driver, and wanted… so desperately wanted to be in a truck like that.
Brad said to me that “you look at those trucks the same way that I look at bikes.” I replied that “yeah, I guess that I do… but dammit they’re pretty.”
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Reported yesterday at AZCentral is a a story about the Port Truckers of Los Angeles, who haul goods to and from the port to warehouses around the city day and night. In particular, are the alleged details which paint a pictures of Leased Owner Operators being taken advantage of by their employers.
If any have pulled in and out of L.A., then you have undoubtedly crossed paths with the locals buzzing around in their day-cabs pulling containers… THESE are the Port Truckers. They drive like they own the place, 24/7! But they are doing it for sometimes pennies on the hour. You might say, “Well, that’s Trucking for everyone, right?” Well, not exactly. Continue reading
A Novel is coming out late Summer 2017 that will BLOW THE LID OFF of everything that you “thought” you knew about what it’s like to be a Long Haul Trucker. It is a story that stretches back over 30 years.
To be concise, the book is brutally honest… at times you’ll laugh and in the next sentence shed a tear.
It’s REAL LIFE. Continue reading
The next time Micheal Liegakos (innocent until proven guilty) brags about how much money he makes or how he hauls freight across the United States with no Bills Of Lading, perhaps he’ll stop to consider that his big talk might be overheard. In this case, his boasting was overheard by a DEA informant who promptly turned the news over to local authorities.
Uh Oh! Continue reading
Reported in the Columbus Dispatch today, the Boy Scouts are preparing to do more for their communities than ever before, and this couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. In a climate where it is becoming increasingly easy to categorically deny simple legitimacy to certain groups based on religion and/or ethnic or geographical dynamics, the Scouts are applying the Oath or Motto of the group in new and exciting ways- namely in helping to greet and familiarize refugees and immigrants into local communities.