In the video above, you’ll hear Pennsylvania-based trucker Brian Brase rolling through some of the intentions as he sees them behind the “That’s a Big 10-4 on D.C.” event that got under way Wednesday night at a rally point at the Fredericksburg, Va., fairgrounds. Just shy of — or just more than, depending on the final tally — 50 trucks and their owner-operators and drivers were parked up along a lane through the grounds next to the spot where the local food bank had an event planned for this coming Saturday.
Among the haulers who ran into Virginia today to rally there for a convoy that was set to depart from Fredericksburg for downtown D.C. around midnight, Brase said three came in loaded with partials for donations of around 35,000 lbs.’ worth of nonperishables for the bank. Truckers participating in the event downtown, where trucks will be parked for two days on the National Mall for public outreach, likewise a few hours Saturday morning … all will reconvene the morning of Saturday back at the Fredericksburg fairgrounds in tandem with the food bank event and barbecue.
As I write this, midnight October 3 has passed to midnight:01 and more on the 4th at a motel near I-95 between Fredericksburg and Washington, D.C., and the sound of multiple Jake brakes outside the window has arisen. Through trees lining I-95 North it’s clear by the lights passing that the bobtails — while not the record-setting convoy organizers had hoped for — are making their way down the road headed north.
I’m as interested as you are to see how it turns out — the attempt to create a truck-show atmosphere on the mall over the next two days. As you might recall, Powerhouse Transportation owner Scott Jordanproffered just such a notion about some of the events last year, and I also recall Jordan wondering aloud about the possibilities of making such happen year after year. Jordan’s not here this year, but has said he supports the 10-4 efforts. Nonetheless, these folks, many familiar with past events, have made it happen.