Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | January 01, 2012

His record should serve him well in the show, where five haulers compete to net the highest earnings after expenses by securing freight in the uShip system. – Todd Dills


Iraq hauling: High miles, high risk

U.S. Air Force Sergeant and convoy commander David Perez of the 70th Medium Truck Detachment walks through the armed forces equivalent of a truck stop after completing a successful first leg of a seven-day convoy Oct. 22.

A 1,100-mile convoy in Iraq typically consists of six nights’ worth of hauling on city roads and highways both. Every inch of every rural or urban mile is “possibly hiding a bullet, roadside bomb or rock,” Air Force reps say, and the year was ending with plenty of miles. The 70th Medium Truck Detachment, after averaging 11 convoys a month last January, was looking at as many as 60 missions in December to meet the year-end military withdrawal deadline. For a fantastic window into stepped-up hauling missions, check out the photo gallery in the Dec. 1 entry on the Channel 19 blog.

You can make a difference

Truckers News Editor Randy Grider said it best in his recent editorial, titled “Your most important call,” in reference to the Truckers Against Trafficking hotline number for reporting child sex trafficking information. TAT’s recently released training film centers around the story of an Ohio teen who was abducted from her neighborhood and then forced to walk truck stop parking lots. A driver’s call to TAT’s hotline – (888) 373-7888 – sprung her from that life. For links to TAT’s website, where you can watch the film, check out the Nov. 4 entry on the blog.


Reward: $50,000

What happens when a herd of 175 cattle goes missing, a man serves time for their theft and the owner receives a theft-insurance payout? Well, heads turned last September when Roholt, S.D., herd owner James Larsen bought newspaper ads offering a $50,000 reward for information leading to the herd’s recovery, reporter Mikkel Pates wrote in AgWeek in November. Though the thief pled guilty, he’s never come clean about what happened to the herd.

If you hauled a load of cattle from Rosholt between November 2008 and January 2009, the approximate time of the theft, you may want to revisit your records. For details, including links to Pates’ full story – exploring the long relationship between Larsen and the thief, who worked under a share-crop arrangement for Larsen at the time of the theft – see the Nov. 29 entry on the blog.

Managing loads via phone

Posting your truck and booking loads via your smartphone got a little simpler with the launch of the mobile site, says Transcore’s Scott McCollister. Above is a screen shot of the load search page on the optmized site that helps navigate the load-search, credit-check and rate-indexing tools there. If you’re a small fleet or other carrier, you also can access 3sixty Express and 3sixty Power. Scan this QR code to pull up the site.


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