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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

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

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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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

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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Packers, grilling and a few heirlooms

The freight brought us close to relatives today and we worked in a visit.

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The Avengers!

Passing time in pleasant ways on an easy run

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Before and after: TCA’s weight-loss showdown finale

Before and after: TCA's weight-loss showdown finale

Official results are in, ladies and gentlemen, and we have ourselves a winner -- or two, that is, one at the carrier level and the other at the individual. Congrats to Prime Inc. for a big company trophy for the highest total weight percentage lost among its participating staff and drivers/owner-operators. With a total loss of 352.3 lbs., the company shed 15.3 percent of its total starting body weight. They must have really put on the ...

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Welcome to Intestine, Pennsylvania

We did some tricky mountain driving today.

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Crude hauling in N.D., Texas with former expediters

Crude hauling in N.D., Texas with former expediters

A story in this month's Truckers News followed the transition of the former FedEx Custom Critical expediting team of Mark Kathrein and Wendy Wing (pictured) into a crude-hauling operation in North Dakota. Just as the May magazine was going to press, as mentioned in the story, the ultra-rugged, cold climes of North Dakota gas-and-oil-well trucking were leading Kathrein and Wing toward the more established industry down in Texas. I spoke with the two this past ...

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