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Lunch

Stopped to eat.

Eating lunch after picking next load up at Portland, Maine on my way to deliver to Nazareth, Pennsylvania.

Sitting outside in the shade in my $10 folding bag chair waiting to unload late this evening near Buffalo, NY.

Getting fuel.

Enjoying the great outdoors, hopefully it won't rain but not looking too promising...

Stopped for dinner.

Back to work today. Truck air conditioner compressor needs replaced at Kansas City company shop, spending the night at a hotel.

Eating lunch.

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  • LAST LEG OF HEALTHY FLEET CHALLENGE STARTS SEPT. 1
    We speak with Glenn Caldwell of Healthy Trucker to hear about how the challenge is going and what to expect in the last leg of the competition.
  • Focus On… Cummins X12
    Are smaller displacements the engine trend of the future? Cummins seems to be hedging its bets on that question. The Columbus, Ind.-based global engine manufacturer now has very capable product at both ends of the spectrum: the 14.9-liter X15, and this new engine the 11.8-liter X12.
  • Meritor adds roller bearings to wheel-end, drivetrain portfolios
    TROY, Mich. — Meritor introduced  its new AllFit premium-tapered roller bearings for differentials, transmissions and wheel-ends for multiple applications, including steer, drive and trailer axles today. “The AllFit bearing is an ideal all-makes solution offering exceptional reliability, long life and full…
  • US DOT proposes speed limiters on all large commercial vehicles
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — The US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today proposed equipping heavy-duty vehicles with speed limits on US roadways. Both organizations say speed limiters are a…
  • What is celiac disease?
    For the past few years, we have been hearing a lot about gluten and gluten-free diets in the media. Gluten is a protein that is found in rye, wheat and barley. Most peoples’ bodies can digest gluten with no problems.…
  • International Truck offering new powertrain warranty package
    LISLE, Ill. — International Truck announced recently the availability of its DuraStar Integrated Powertrain Warranty Package. The package includes a 4-year/unlimited miles and hours integrated powertrain warranty on new orders of its DuraStar model powered by Cummins ISB and configured with an Eaton Procision…
  • Fuel your body with fresh corn
    Although summer is winding down, there’s still plenty of time to fire up the barbecue and nothing adds to the BBQ menu like fresh corn on the cob. Boiled, foiled, or baked, on or off the cob, gluten-free corn delivers…
  • What will it take to end distracted driving?
    Distracted driving is certainly not a new topic. There are numerous articles, videos, and public service announcements with the core message that distracted drivers substantially increase the risk of being involved in a collision. The evening news reflects the grim…
  • Chevron rolls out new CK-4, FA-4 engine oils
    New oils are most “technologically advanced” in Chevron’s history
  • Cummins launches two new ISX12 engine ratings
    DALLAS, Texas – Cummins has announced the release of two new 450-hp ISX12 ratings for linehaul and regional-haul truck markets – the 450 hp with 1,650 lb-ft of peak torque and the 450 hp with 1,450/1,650 lb-ft of peak torque.…
  • Mack Trucks names new v.p. for Lehigh Valley Operations
    GREENSBORO, N.C.  – Mack Trucks announced this week that effective Oct. 1, 2016, Rickard Lundberg will be the new vice-president and general manager for Mack’s Lehigh Valley Operations. The facility, which is located in Lower Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, produces all Mack…
  • WIT and Freightliner looking for candidates for the Influential Women in Trucking Award
    PLOVER, Wisc. —  The Women In Trucking Association (WIT) and Freightliner Trucks are looking for candidates for the 2016 Influential Woman in Trucking award. The award that was created in 2010 honors female leaders in the trucking industy and  recognizes women who make or…
  • Daimler Trucks North America to participate in SuperTruck II initiative
    PORTLAND, Ore. —  Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced recently that it has been selected to receive a $20 million award from the US Department of Energy (DOE) for the SuperTruck II program. The new award is part of a multimillion…
  • Fleets investing in fuel-efficient technologies save big bucks: NACFE study
    NEW YORK, New York – Seventeen fleets across North America that operate more than 62,000 tractors and 217,000 trailers saw a 3% jump in fuel economy according to the Annual Fleet Fuel Study released by the North American Council for…
  • Total wheel-end package from Bendix now available on International trucks
    ELYRIA, Ohio — A full wheel-end portfolio from Bendix – consisting of the ADB22X air disc brake,  EverSure Spring Brake,  Versajust LS Slack Adjuster, and foundation drum brakes – is now available on a range of International Trucks’ medium- and…
  • Optronics announces new family of directional warning lights
    TULSA, Okla. – Heavy-duty LED vehicle lighting manufacturer Optronics International had unveiled its line of nine super-premium LED directional warning lights. The white and amber lamps come with lifetime warranties and Optronics said they are designed with flexibility, performance and…
  • Easy as GST/HST: Except by check
    In theory, GST/HST should be a simple tax to file. You write down how much you paid on business expenses and the amount will be fully refunded to you. What’s hard is that there are so many different rates and…
  • Pondering truck replacement cycles
    This past month has been, shall we say, interesting. To start with, it’s the time when a lot of our customers have their annual shutdowns, so freight is a little slower than usual and things have been quiet lately as…
  • BCTA touts planned Hwy. 13 improvements at Aldergrove/Lynden border crossing
    LANGLEY, B.C. – The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) is applauding the provincial government’s announcement that approximately $25.5 million will be allocated to widen Hwy. 13 to support border enhancements at the Aldergrove/Lynden crossing. The upgrades will include widening Hwy.…
  • Is the driver shortage real or perceived?
    The driver shortage is something that has been discussed in this industry for as long as I can remember. When I joined the industry as a driver 26 years ago, this discussion was top of mind then. It was discussed…

Podcast Listening Experiences…

To make podcasting work as a total alternative replacement listening experience, it’s necessary for me to find and subscribe to podcasts and podcasters that (1) I really like and (2) put out enough content to make it possible for me to listen for up to about 10 hours a day, day in and day out. […]

Hilly Rose Interview…

I interviewed Hilly Rose, the long-time broadcaster that introduced the idea of talking about paranormal subjects on radio and television.

I was going to drop the file on Monday morning after midnight, but something went haywire with the Podshow scheduling option and it dropped immediately. Here’s the directlink to the file:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/26383/truckertom-26383-09-16-2006.mp3

Thanks Hilly […]

Bittorrent For “The Path To 911.”

As I mentioned in my podcast 370, I downloaded and installed a Bittorrent client program called “uTorent” which can be downloaded at http://www.utorrent.com.

I like the uTorrent program. The program download is extremely small. Also, once it’s installed and the program is opened it has a search function in the upper right corner of the […]

Motorcycle Safety…

Here’s an interesting article from Forbes & AP regarding motorcycle safety:

http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/09/12/ap3012044.html

I know I’ve personally seen a number of motorcycle wrecks in the past few months that I’ve happened upon that are being worked as I’m out driving around. I’m not sure why this is happening. It may be that the types of bikes […]

What Is Podcasting…

Here’s a video made by a friend and podcast listener explaining podcasting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHMjQlgwT6k

Upcoming Hilly Rose Interview…

Here’s a promo for an upcoming interview episode of my podcast that I did with veteran broadcaster Hilly Rose:

http://www.truckerphoto.com/media/trucker_tom_hilly_rose.mp3

Be sure to tune in to http://www.truckertompodcast.com on Monday, September 18, 2006.

A Cure For Digital Senility…

I have a couple of 13-year-old vintage IBM machines with Pentium 166 processors. The software they were designed to run — Windows 95 and 98 are no longer functional on the Internet, and they just don’t have enough horsepower to even begin to run today’s operating systems.

Old IBM machines such as these are engineering […]

A Real Katrina Refugee Experience…

My friend Ron Stroope posted an excellent video interview of a Hurricane Katrina refugee Ricky Lips that moved to Shreveport, Louisiana. I highly reccommend watching it. The video is located at:

http://media.podshow.com/media/1416/episodes/24108/zip71101-24108-08-31-2006.mp4