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One day later

It's official, folks. Though most truck drivers, according to our eTrucker.com polls taken just prior to the election, didn't expect to vote for Barack Obama, he's taken the reins of the government. However, if like that of many of your fellow citizens your mood is upbeat a day after the inauguration, we thought you might get a kick out of this hat, which originated during the campaign, available at the Cafe Press site for purchase. ...

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New trucking novel

Inge Auerbacher, author of several memoirs relating to her survival of the Terezin concentration camp in Nazi Germany before and during World War II, is now the author of a madcap trucking suspense novel, Highway to New York: A Lady Truck Driver Adventure. The story's protagonist, Lisa Stack, drives a Freightliner and runs with the handle ">Asphalt Angel," though "deep down," as goes the book's description, "she's soft as mush." The book begins when Lisa ...

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Can you tell the difference?

If it weren’t for Chicago’s United Center behind Terry Berry’s 1990s-era Passport auto-hauling Peterbilt, it’d be pretty difficult to determine which pic showed a 60-footer and which a mere five-footer. What started out as “a hobby” of one Chicago Class 8 truck enthusiast, says De-Elegant Model Truck Fleet founder Kuenn McClinton, is now a family business that got its start via none other than the pages of Overdrive. McClinton says that, in the early 1980s, ...

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Rhapsody for rerouted rigs

The shortest truck bypass on record may be the 0.9 mile route connecting U.S. 441 South around Micanopy, Fla. Denizen and archivist Diane Cohen, who waged a 6-year grassroots campaign to preserve the antebellum brick buildings on the town square, persuaded the state legislature to approve the bypass, built in 1992 for $425,000. Prior to its construction, the downtown intersection was tight for rigs, which rattled buildings' foundations. During her preservation efforts, Cohen interviewed many ...

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Beverage preferences

The same year that a renegade truck owner-operator hauled a load of Coors beer to Georgia for the benefit of moviegoers in iSmokey amp; the Bandit, the AFL-CIO, joined by the Teamsters union, launched its 1977 boycott of Coors beer, citing antiunion practices. Joining that boycott at the behest of then San Francisco Teamsters local president Allan Baird was none other than Harvey Milk, the first openly gay elected official in the U.S. Milk and ...

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A tiger in Louisiana — and we’re not talking LSU football

Louisiana scored a threepeat first in the Worst Roads category in Overdrive's Highway Report Card survey this year, mostly for the reported awful condition of many sections of I-10 within the state's borders, where recent battles of animal rights activists have hit the highway running. At exit 139 on I-10 sits the Tiger Truck Stop of Gross Tete, home for many years to a caged Bengal Tiger who is one in a line of predecessors ...

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Bama-magic, or lack thereof

Alabama state troopers teamed up with over-the-road truckers in the state in December to enforce highway laws. According to perennial results in Overdrive's Highway Report Card survey, the latest out this month on p. 24 of the magazine, the effort was a long time coming. Alabama, with only a single full-service scale house (on I-20 westbound near the Georgia border, though there's a smaller one on I-10 near Mobile) and a small number of troopers ...

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Keystone confusion

In last year's Highway Report Card survey, the watchword on the highways in the Keystone State was drama, as the perennial Worst Roads winner in Overdrive's annual survey waged a much-protested campaign to toll the second major east-west thoroughfare through the state, I-80. This year, the feds denied the state its application to toll the road under a federal pilot program, and since tolling existing interstates is otherwise illegal, though Turnpike officials deny any connection, ...

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Don’t mess with Texas

Texas has been on a five-year winning streak in the Best Roads category in Overdrive's Highway Report Card survey, out this month (in the digital magazine, flip to p. 24). That doesn't mean, however, that its high-traffic highway network hasn't seen a disproportionate share of controversy in recent years. Just a couple days ago, though, the Texas Department of Transportation ">scrapped" the flash point for much of that controversy. The Austin Business Journal, among several ...

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One jarring ride through Detroit

It's January, which means it's ">Worst Roads" time for us at Overdrive, and ">Worst Roads" week here at the Channel 19 blog. Our yearly Highway Report Card survey, approaching its second full decade of existence, gives our owner-operator readers the chance to rank states and segments according to their level of washboarding, hobby-horsing, potholes, tolls, you name it. Michigan was back in the top five in the Worst Roads category, and a report from the ...

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