Extreme Load

| October 03, 2001

“It maneuvers very well for the size,” Morrison says. When asked if he minds being behind the 300,000-pound load, Morrison jokes, “I’d rather be on this end than that end.”

Farther behind Morrison, Roger Berg pilots the trailing truck. At stops he jokes with truckers on Channel 19 about the nature of the load. “Is that a UFO?” crackles one passing driver. Though a 1998 model, Berg’s truck has only 175,000 miles on it, but he says it’s not fair to compare his miles to those of regular truckers. “The miles are hard miles.”

Up front, Nichols’ truck is brand new, sporting only 1,500 miles since he picked it up from the factory. He says hauling heavy isn’t all that different from pulling a regular load, it just requires more patience, planning and time.

The 120-mile haul took nearly nine hours to complete, the last two hours covering only 10 miles. But Morrow says that’s a pretty good pace for a 150-ton load and 540,000 pounds worth of gross vehicle weight. He says the trip’s success depends on his team of heavy haulers, and the night runs smooth because of them.

“This is a pretty good team,” Morrow says. “Everybody knows what they’re supposed to do.”

Extreme Load

| October 03, 2001

“It maneuvers very well for the size,” Morrison says. When asked if he minds being behind the 300,000-pound load, Morrison jokes, “I’d rather be on this end than that end.”

Farther behind Morrison, Roger Berg pilots the trailing truck. At stops he jokes with truckers on Channel 19 about the nature of the load. “Is that a UFO?” crackles one passing driver. Though a 1998 model, Berg’s truck has only 175,000 miles on it, but he says it’s not fair to compare his miles to those of regular truckers. “The miles are hard miles.”

Up front, Nichols’ truck is brand new, sporting only 1,500 miles since he picked it up from the factory. He says hauling heavy isn’t all that different from pulling a regular load, it just requires more patience, planning and time.

The 120-mile haul took nearly nine hours to complete, the last two hours covering only 10 miles. But Morrow says that’s a pretty good pace for a 150-ton load and 540,000 pounds worth of gross vehicle weight. He says the trip’s success depends on his team of heavy haulers, and the night runs smooth because of them.

“This is a pretty good team,” Morrow says. “Everybody knows what they’re supposed to do.”

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