Roadside Attractions

Overdrive Staff | July 01, 2011
Jamey Johnson will perform in a free concert for truckers sponsored by Mobil Delvac in Dallas. His latest release, Guitar Song, is available at

Outlaw Riding into Cowboy Country

Rolling Stone called him heir to Waylon Jennings and Merle Haggard, and that only begins to describe him. Mixing funk with a hard-bitten Outlaw Country style — “It might be lonely at the top, but it’s a bitch at the bottom,” runs a line from his Black Album — Jamey Johnson brings Alabama honky-tonk roots and Nashville swagger to the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas Friday, Aug. 26, in a concert free to CDL holders. Tickets will be available from 9 a.m. same day on a first-come, first-served basis at Mobil Delvac’s tent in the lobby. More information:

Another dame on the Dalton

The latest season of the History Channel’s “Ice Road Truckers” franchise brings stars of last fall’s Himalayan adventure – Rick Yemm, Lisa Kelly, Alex Debogorski and Dave Redmon – back to North America. They’re squaring off with others in what the History Channel was promoting as a U.S. v. Canada duel, with U.S. drivers on Alaska’s Dalton Highway and Canadian haulers running the Manitoba ice roads. There’s a new competitor: ice-road rookie Maya Sieber, a New Yorker with a passion for big rigs (pictured, left, with Kelly) and plenty of pluck to give the vets a run for their money. The show premiered June 5 and airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Eastern and Pacific.


For layovers, fuel-conscious operators try to avoid rest areas and truck stops situated in valleys, stopping whenever possible on hilltops or level ground. If you have to take a steep grade coming out of a truck stop compared to going downhill, the cost of getting up to speed can amount to several dollars.

The Partners in Business program is produced by Overdrive and the owner-operator consultants at ATBS, and is sponsored by Freightliner Trucks. Get a copy of the new 2011-12 edition of the PIB manual for owner-operators at the PIB seminar 2-4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26, during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas, or order a copy via

After near miss, a direct hit

Ozark Mountain Leasing driver Todd Arnold and his wife, Jamie, missed by hours the tornado that devastated the Glade Spring, Va., TA Petro on I-81 this spring only to take a direct hit in their Freightliner Cascadia in Joplin, Mo., weeks later. The Cascadia emerged as one of just five or six rigs at the Pilot Flying J on I-44 that could be driven out, which was not the case for the rigs in these pictures, taken by Todd Arnold in the storm’s aftermath. No serious injuries were reported at the truck stop, Arnold says. Read his harrowing account and related reporting in the May 23 and 24 entries to the Channel 19 blog, which links to organizations in local recovery efforts.

Truckers say no to human freight

Coinciding with the Mexican bust of two trailer-loads of would-be migrants to the U.S. in early May, Truckers Against Trafficking announced an initiative that shows headway made on the international issue of human smuggling. Chapter 61 Ministries, which formed the TAT group and also operates mobile chapels (pictured) via the Transport for Christ effort, is expanding its educational outreach. Training materials are being provided to TravelCenters of America to educate its workforce and help raise awareness about TAT’s key issues. Find links to the organization’s website and more about the initiative in the May 20 blog post.

That’s no CB you hear squawking

A flock of geese has been grabbing the attention of drivers stopping at the Ft. Bridger, Wyo., TA on I-80. This photo, taken by Robinson Transport driver Bob McGilvray, was sent to Overdrive sister mag Truckers News’ monthly photo challenge in December. Another, taken three months later, was a runner-up in March’s challenge. The photographer, Yvonne Allen, runs with her husband, leased to Landstar Ranger. “I’ve seen birds begging for food at truck stops before, but these geese were a first,” she said. “They were not afraid of the big trucks or the noise.” Truckers News’ challenge this month asks for driver photos on the theme of “summer.” Find links to the magazine’s group, where it hosts the contests, in the May 19 entry on the blog.

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