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Vid with a onetime ‘Queen of the Road’

Remember 'Queen of the Road' Margarette Kirsch, the 82-year-old whom the Twilight Wish Foundation helped find her way into the passenger seat of a Penske International for a cross-country haul -- longtime dream come true? We came across video of part of her journey with driver/singer Anabella Wood behind the wheel at AARP's Youtube.com page and thought we'd share. It's embedded below. Enjoy. . .

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A trucking Western thriller ends run on Chicago stage

It wasn't exactly going for contemporary industry realism, but it's called "Mother Bear," named for the handle of a leader in a band of not-exactly-savory Utah haulers a young lawyer and "salt man" for an upstart truckers' union seeks out to enroll in his new organization, knowing minions will follow him. Rough-and-tumble Western in tone -- with truck drivers instead of cowboys/outlaws, channeling, perhaps, a film most will know too well in Convoy -- the ...

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Get your Ice Road Truckers DVDs while the roads remain

Yes, it was only a matter of time, I'd say, before a newspaper in the Great White North did a long feature on the potential impact melting sea ice in the Arctic and changing climate patterns due south of it could have on an important part of the Canadian economy -- and our own television viewing. The Globe and Mail, Canada's newspaper of record, in late May published a wide-ranging feature on global warming's impact on ...

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One trucker’s video of April flooding on I-29 in North Dakota

File this one under "Old news" if you like (or under "Don't try this at home" or "Not the greatest decision"), but to get the week started here I thought I'd share a vid from the April flooding of I-29 near the North Dakota/Minnesota border, as shared by the folks at the N.D. Grand Forks Herald newspaper's website. Purportedly shot by a truck driver, en route along I-29 north of Manvel, N.D., headed northbound, the ...

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New speed governor: Public art on the roadways

No, it's not a joke the Kansas DOT is playing on truckers and motorists -- nor any kind of sophisticated speed trap. Click through the thumbnail of the picture at right here for a story from the Olathe News on the Kansas City Star's website about Gastinger Walker Harden architect Joel Marquardt's Art-n-R-Park public art project/series, of which this curious sign is part. It sits on Roe Boulevard between West 48th Street and  I-35 in Roeland Park, ...

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Bank robbery: The things some will do for health care

Perhaps you've heard this story already -- desperate for something he thinks is totally out of his financial range, man does something over-the-top, creating a national media circus along the way. The latest variant comes from Gaston County in North Carolina in the form of a former beverage delivery driver feeling so much in need of medical care and not wanting to be a burden on extended family, he says, that he concocted and executed a ...

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82-year-old gets a trucking wish; Minnesota horse northbound and down

Queen of the road A story in the Doylestown, Pa., Intelligencer newspaper details the Twilight Wish Foundation's efforts to grant a long-haul wish to 82-year-old Margarette Kirsch. In late May, she set out of a 15-day journey from Philly to California and back to her Merritt Island, Fla., home with trucker Annabella Wood at the wheel, the culmination of events Intelligencer reporter Kristina Kristofic details in the piece. It's a fantastic look at a singular individual ...

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Driving Miss Crazy shoots straight

Just how Birmingham News "Driver's Side" traffic columnist Ginny MacDonald settled on the handle Driving Miss Crazy is something of a mystery. But like the friendship that evolved between the black chauffeur and the elderly Jewess in the film the handle plays on, the moniker smacks of a magnificent sense of humor. And that’s something all drivers can use, whether they’re in the front seat – or the back. MacDonald recently packed a post with insight ...

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Utility plant back in action after Va. tornado

You'll no doubt recall the Petro Stopping Centers location in Glade Spring, Va., that was hit by a tornado during the big outbreak back in late April. (Find information about it in my post from April 28, in the comments section.) Less-remarked-upon in driver forums and the trucking press was another industry-related business also hit there. Utility Trailer's Glade Spring plant was in the storm's path, and it left many trailers in production there unrepairable, plant ...

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The great tomato heist — Cargo thieves still operating in plain sight

I missed this report from the New York Times a week and a half back, about a sophisticated cargo-theft ring operating a seemingly legitimate trucking company in Florida, with a twist. The freight targeted wasn't consumer electronics or cigarettes or pharmaceuticals. "The high price of produce, especially for tomatoes after the deep winter freezes," reporter William Neuman leads the Times piece, "has attracted more than heightened attention from consumers. A ring of sophisticated vegetable bandits ...

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