Special Delivery No. 3
| Checking in with Jazzy | When we learned that Jim Beine, driver for Central Point, Ore.-based Oldland Distributing, had named the 272-inch wheelbase 2001 Peterbilt 379 he drives “Jasmine” in honor of Jasmine “Jazzy” Jordan, we checked in with the young runner. Anyone who’s paid any attention to the trucking press the past several years will remember her 2009-10 Los Angeles-to-New York run to highlight truckers’ health insurance and health care needs. “Any young person who is willing to sacrifice so much to help the American truck driver deserves to be recognized,” Beine said.
Since the run, Jordan has had two surgeries, one on each of her feet, to combat bunions that arose as a direct result of the long-haul stress. For two weeks after her latest, March 2 surgery, “she couldn’t walk and had to be carried everywhere,” she says.
Despite the problems, “I would never regret what I did,” she says, “the memories of the whole experience. I’ll never forget it.” For more from my most recent interview with her, see the April 19 post on the Channel 19 blog: http://www.overdriveonline.com/channel19.