“Learn from the mistakes of others, because you can’t possibly live long enough to make them all yourself.” Arlington, Texas-based owner-operator Bill Ater first heard that adage from his father, who passed several years ago. He’s since heard it from others, he notes, but he’s put to great use over his 45 years in the trucking business, more if you count living vicariously through his parents as a youth.
In this week’s edition of the Overdrive Radio podcast we drop into the scene at The Junction truck stop in Blunt, S.D. at U.S. 83 and 14, round about mid-week last week, with the Landstar-leased owner-operator and a fellow hauler on a run from Midland, Texas, up to the Williston, N.D., oil fields. The two found themselves at the stop just ahead of the early-Spring blizzard that hammered the area and surrounding states last week.
They spent a good deal longer at The Junction than they’d initially expected –- nearly three days, all told –- and owner-operator Ater and others marooned at the stop came out of the experience with a new appreciation for the place, and especially for the dedication and generosity of Colleen Pool, manager of The Junction. Take a listen: