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‘Pilot, drop in 150 gallons ULSD, over’ — On mobile NG filling stations

Ever fantasized about the potential for airborne diesel refuelers to fill the tanks in-transit? Given the widespread reach of truck stops in America, it's probably well unnecessary, but hey, anybody can dream, right? Though efforts are being made -- most notably by the partnership of Clean Energy, Pilot and Navistar, as well as Shell Lubricants' own effort -- to proliferate compressed/liquefied natural gas fueling stations along major highway lanes, the same can't be said of natural gas ...

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Story in NY times tars oil field exemption

I've been at work covering the uptick in oil field work surrounding new drilling techniques that have been enabling new oil and gas wells to explode in a number of areas around the country, from Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale area, the Eagle Ford in Texas, and the Bakken in North Dakota, Montana and parts of Canada. Judging by the guys working the wells I've talked to, it's largely a positive story relative to pay and work. Owner-operator ...

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Former white collars turn to trucking

Sacramento’s CBS affiliate ran a piece Thursday, May 17, casting light on a rising number of former white-collar employees turning to trucking for a job.

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Owner-operator on CNN FitNation team trains in Hawaii

Last week, when I interviewed Roadrunner Transportation-leased owner-operator Glenn Keller (pictured, second from left) about his ongoing training to be a part of CNN's FitNation Triathlon Challenge, he mentioned to me that he was headed off for a week of training in the state where the Nautica Malibu Triathlon competition will ultimately be held Sept. 16 -- Hawaii. He sent along the pics you see here, also posted to the FitNation main site in a larger ...

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‘Banana peel trucker hat’ on Today show

It won't fit on your head, that's sure. Check out this post, part of the Today Show's "Bites on Today" food-related newsletter, about artist Brock Davis' Banana Peel Trucker Hat -- as well apparent from the photo, a ball cap perhaps more appropriate for mouse than human and utilizing for its construction the bottom portion of any garden variety banana peel. (Davis originally intended it to amuse his kids -- then pictures of it went viral.) Click ...

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Managing stress while marooned without freight

Proactive stress management became necessary today as we spent another day without freight.

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Chatting with Aaron Tippin at Uncle Pete’s

I bet you I-40 regulars know Uncle Pete's -- formerly Tennessee 40 -- at 1210 Sparta Pike in Lebanon, Tenn., at I-40. It might well give any stop east of the Mississippi a run for the money for the "most distinctive" honor. Adorning its walls is a collection of more than "4,875 coffee cups," says Uncle Pete Norman himself, owner. "Never bought one, but I've drank out of every one." Pete's special proprietary bean blend ground ...

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Beautiful people, beautiful trucks: Behind the scenes

Yesterday David and Melissa Holbrook of Holbrook Farms in Tennessee offered up a small portion of the Holbrook family 350-acre dairy farm (main shop pictured) as prime location for some ongoing beautiful trucks/beautiful people pairing. (For some outtakes from the last photo shoot in Alabama, check out this post.) The Holbrooks were extra-generous in this case, also providing David's jet-black 1986 Peterbilt 359, restored and customized over the last several winters in his shop. Most recently ...

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ISX15 SmartAdvantage™ Powertrain A Smart Choice for CTI

Skunked in Chicago

We moved to Chicago this morning to improve our freight prospects but got skunked.

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Owner-operators back in the news on EOBRs

The latest is following the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's formal removal of the remedial-directive rule, which would have required carriers with big hours compliance problems to install electronic onboard recorders. After being thrown out by the court last year, FMCSA's finally removed it from the regs. A feature in the Bismarck, N.D., Tribune newspaper over the weekend, however, shows how repeal of the 2010 EOBR rule doesn't mean operators who oppose any mandate for the ...

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