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‘Black Out’ veterans-tribute Freightliner owner Chuck Timbrook bounces back from heart surgery

W.Va. owner-operator Timbrook's off his regular run for the next six-seven months, but it won't keep him from making good on the Christmas-season parade schedule he'd planned with his increasingly popular working truck.

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Life beyond trucking

Trucking moves America, but it's not unusual to meet a trucker who's moved by things other than trucking. Some even have other jobs they do to break the sometime monotony of the road.

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Notes on leaving the couch

Wendy and George use the weekend to effect at the Dayton Concours d'Elegance car show: "Without a doubt that no matter where we are, we're never far from trucking."

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Emissions system: Newer trucks’ potential handicap

Almost four in 10 owner-operators buying used trucks report emissions problems for 2010 and newer equipment, three in 10 for 2007-’09, as their biggest maintenance issue, underlining the importance of maintenance records in evaluating a purchase.

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Happy people have sunburned knees

In which George and Wendy burn up the swamps in Nick Shaughnessy's air boat, and Overdrive's Pride & Polish in Wildwood gets well under way.

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Mailbag: Tough inspectors a cost of doing business?

Reaching into the electronic mailbag: owner-operator Joe Bielucki of Connecticut reports from the White Mountains of New Hampshire.

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Sleep at home is overrated

Missing the lullaby of an idling truck... "If you have insomnia, I highly recommend it, though I doubt an insurance company will pay for a Freightliner as sleep therapy."

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Roadmansion photo gallery, background from founder Mike Parkhurst

Overdrive founder Mike Parkhurst converted a Los Angeles home into the Overdrive Roadmansion, a hotel for truckers, in 1967.

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I am funnier than ‘Hot Tub Time Machine’

"As I limp around America, I do so with the firm knowledge that I'm funnier than 'Hot Tub Time Machine.'"

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Strike one off the bucket list: Little AleInn, Rachel, Nev.

George and Wendy Parker visit the infamous cafe on the ET highway, Nevada State Route 375, and find hospitality, plenty of weirdness and some truck parking.

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