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‘Dirt for sale’ — and more from Uncle Pete’s in Lebanon, Tenn.

| March 08, 2014

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Gotta hand it to this local hauler for enterprising use of available space, wouldn’t you say? And no I’m not talking about the load, exactly.

I don’t have further details on the dump and the tanks the driver was hauling over last weekend, but thought I’d share. It was among the more interesting rigs parked last weekend at Uncle Pete’s truck stop and restaurant, in Lebanon, Tenn., when I stopped off there on the way back from a brief trip with my wife out to Smithville, Tenn.

Uncle Pete's Truck Stop exterior viewSusannah hadn’t seen the place, with its mammoth, Guinness-record-worthy collection of coffee mugs, and I needed a cup of their, admittedly-good, coffee. As I sipped and was shooting this picture, I lost Susannah for a bit. And sure enough, when she came back outside it was with the truck stop’s owner, who was telling her about a redesign he’s planning that will build out the restaurant space to better incorporate the cup collection and provide better options for drivers stopping in there. Stay tuned. He said they’d get running on it this summer, likely. 

Meantime, find some shots of the restaurant from my visits there a couple years ago, shooting this vid with Smithville resident and trucking country singer Aaron Tippin, below. The first is stop owner Pete Norman himself. 

"Uncle Pete" Norman

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