Lee Jordan

Checking in with Jazzy Jordan — and a rig named in her honor

When we quizzed Overdrive Facebook fans on their rigs' nomenclature, i.e. not just the make and model but the names they used to give voice to that most personal of relationships -- the on-highway operator and his or her machine -- one in particular stood out for me. "I named mine 'Jasmine,' to honor Jazzy Jordan," wrote driver Jim Beine, whose Central Point, Ore.-based Oldland Distributing, 272-inch wheelbase 2001 Peterbilt 379 extended hood is here pictured. ...

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Notable independent Colorado truck stop closes shop; chance encounters on the road

The Rocky Mountain Travel Center just north of Pueblo, Colo., on I-25 exit 110 closed up shop yesterday, reported Carlos Mora of the Pueblo Chieftain newspaper. According to Mora's report, the owner cites a confluence of factors for the demise of the near-half-century-old family business that was the truck stop and travel plaza. Chief among them appeared to be large bank loans structured in such a way as to become untenable in repayment, owner Grant ...

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Rolling out to Dallas ‘Too Hot to Trot’ 5K

Well, folks, I finished -- no surprise to regular readers, I'd guess, since you've seen a little proof I can do some long-distance running. Get over a couple miles, though, for me, and it hurts. Add to that the constant walking around the show floor at the Great American Trucking Show (picture from the bobtail lot) here in Dallas I've been doing for past couple days and a 5K run isn't perhaps the most relaxing way I could have spent the ...

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Celebrating Jazzy Jordan, round-up and recap

As I noted in my brief post yesterday, it's wonderful to see Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan looking as happy as she does in this photo, taken just after her 3,162-mile run's finish yesterday in Times Square. Jazzy's father, Lee, had this to say about his daughter's happiness: "She deserves to be that happy. It’s tremendous that she made this." Here here. As I've noted elsewhere, Jordan at 17 is the youngest woman to ever even attempt such a ...

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‘Jazzy’ runs final cross-country leg to Times Square

Jasmine Jordan logged more than 3,150 miles from near Los Angeles to New York City.

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Congrats, Jazzy

Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan's father, Lee, forwarded this pic my way, taken after her finish just a couple hours ago in Times Square. Doesn't she look happy? Yes, I'd say she does. For my story about her run, check out this month's cover story in Truckers News.

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‘Jazzy’ runs toward her goal

High school junior Jasmine “Jazzy” Jordan is completing the final miles of her 9-month, 3,000-plus-mile run across the United States.

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3,000 miles for you

Jazzy Jordan reached the 3,000-mile mark yesterday as I was working on the story and vid below -- check it out for her father's call for all able truckers to join the run as it heats up to the finish line in Times Square next week. Photo courtesy the Jordans. 

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Jazzy Jordan approaches the finish line

Turns out Lee Jordan's early-May prediction that he and his daughter, Jasmine "Jazzy" Jordan, would be making their Times Square, New York City, finish point of Jazzy's run across the U.S. to benefit the St. Christopher Fund by a week from today was on-the-spot correct. I spoke with Lee (pictured) yesterday and he said the pair were in Joppa, Md., approximately 170 miles from their destination. "We need all the runners we can between now and then," ...

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Jazzy and Lee rear-ended in N.C.

In Burlington, N.C., on highway 70 yesterday, Lee and Jazzy Jordan were rear-ended "just as we were coming to a stop right around her J" to get ready to run, says Lee. "I had the four-ways on, and I guess this woman she didn't even look." Jazzy has made great progress on her truckers' benefit run across the United States since I ran with her March 30 here in Nashville, crossing the Appalachians and well on ...

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