September 2013 Challenge Magazine

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Profoundly Disconnected

mike rowe

COVER PHOTO and CONTENTS PHOTO: Courtesy of Discovery Communications, LLC

cover & features

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Since its inception in 2011, the Driver Appreciation Tour has traveled the country celebrating the professional truck driver. This tour is for you.


Mike Rowe is the “Dirty Jobs” guy, the Ford guy, the Viva paper towel guy that does commercials with his parents, and if he succeeds, the guy that changed the way America thinks about skilled trades.


A passion for some, a hobby for others, but one thing’s for sure, for model truck enthusiasts the devil is in the details.

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After opening for such acts as Kid Rock, The Marshall Tucker Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the classic Southern rock quintet Blackberry Smoke is primed to take the headlining marquee.

Missing Truck Driver Alert Network

Kari Fisher just wanted to help out a fellow driver and his family. She ended up founding the first organization dedicated solely to finding missing drivers.

road trip

If you’re searching for driving excitement, look no further than this list of roads from around the world. We guarantee they’ll get your adrenaline pumping.


Passport in Time gives volunteers a chance to protect this country’s cultural heritage and Chad watches the moss come in.

Challenge Magazine’s QR Code

Download a free QR reader and scan this QR Code to get a direct link to our website where you’ll find a full electronic version of the magazine and links to our Facebook and Twitter pages.

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contents in every issue

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gettin’ outdoors


around the track


driving thrU d.c.



Bob encourages drivers to take control of their health and offers the simplest of solutions to get started.

Brenda talks about a favorite gadget for hunters, the trail camera, and explains how to take the best wildlife photos.

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Claire interviews some of the best young “hot shoes” of NASCAR.

Mike sheds light on a new tool to fight driver fatigue.

Guest columnist Kitty Cowhick weighs in on the new 30-minute break rule.

from the editor Lessons from the dirt.

letters to the editor

Readers share their thoughts and opinions on industry issues and stories from Challenge Magazine.

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Broadening the mind with the interesting and inane.

Truck Driver Challenge

2011 Truck Driver Challenge champion Jamie Price.

The Unique U.S.

If the numerous comic-book movie spin-offs are any indication, we’ll never tire of our beloved avengers fighting for the side of good. We take a look at some of the comic books that have influenced popular culture. sponsored by:

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truckers’ corner

The creative side of truck drivers.




garmin gallery

Sudoku, word search and crossword puzzles. Some clues for the puzzle come from this issue of Challenge Magazine.

Pictures from the road. Send in your photos and see them published in Challenge Magazine and you may be a winner. sponsored by:

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pilot flying j stars

Drivers recognize these STAR employees who make Pilot Flying J a place you can rely on.

what’s happening Driver Appreciation.

pilot flying j directory

The comprehensive Pilot Flying J directory lists everything from location addresses to services available.



How to earn points faster and a customer


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lessons from the dirt

by greg girard

ike Rowe’s lessons in honest work came from hands-on experience. For his hit show “Dirty Jobs” on Discovery Channel, he didn’t just report on the often unique, sometimes disgusting and always dirty jobs that keep this country moving forward. He experienced them. “I’m a B-list celebrity trying to give it an honest look,” he says in explaining his role. “They see me do actual work. I try to be the viewer with a microphone.” Self-deprecation aside, the show was wildly successful, running for eight seasons until last year. “My name’s Mike Rowe, and this is my job,” he would start most shows with. “I explore the country looking for people who aren’t afraid to get dirty. Hard-working men and women who earn an honest living doing the kinds of jobs that make civilized life possible for the rest of us. Now, get ready to get dirty.” But after entertaining and introducing us to 300 of the dirtiest jobs in America, Mike found more than just an appreciation for those that do the hard work. He found an alarming “skills gap.” As he puts it, “We’re so focused on getting into the corner office, we forgot how to build the corner office. The skills gap is bad news to anybody who’s addicted to paved roads or electricity or indoor plumbing.” Our cover story on Mike (Page 24) not only takes a look at his career as an entertainer, but also his new initiative called Profoundly Disconnected. The project focuses on closing the skills gap, reigniting pride in the skilled professions and showing there’s more than one path to making an honest living in America. Speaking of honest living, our Driver Appreciation Tour (Page 19) is in its third year on the road. Its intent is simple: visit more than 200 Pilot and Flying J locations each year to thank professional drivers for their hard work. And as we celebrate Driver Appreciation Month, it seems all the more appropriate to highlight the gifts and goodies we give away out on the road. While those of us not on the road every day find ways to show our appreciation, we also have a story of the truck-driving community coming together to help one of their own. Kari Fisher was initially just trying to help a friend find her husband when she posted a notice on her Facebook page. The response she received can only be described as inspirational, and led her to create the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network (Page 40). As the eyes and ears of the roadway, it is a program every driver should be aware of and participate in. As Pilot Flying J CEO Jimmy Haslam notes in his special letter of thanks (Page 21), we appreciate all that you do. Safe driving.


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Hours of Service

I just wanted to thank “Big Brother” for formulating a better way for us to manage our job. I’ve been driving tractor-trailers for 23 years, an owner-operator for 21 years. I thought I had managed to perform my duties as a professional driver quite well. I’m courteous, well-groomed, speak English and shower every day. It just wasn’t good enough. “Big Brother” found a better way, even though he’s never been behind the wheel. George Russo Newburgh, N.Y.

RVers take on Trucking Education of an American

I had always thought I knew America, the land of my birth, until I went on the road as an 18-wheeler truck driver. I had known America by images, history and biographies. Of course vacations had revealed much, but driving the open road, I discovered an America I had never known. It’s the vast beauty that those who pushed west must have seen, like Theodore Roosevelt, who inspired the National Park System. The rugged America was in the dreams of those pioneers, who longed for Oregon, traveling in covered wagons with no heaters, only fires, to warm themselves. It was in the rich expanse of culture seen from sea to shining sea. All Americans, all thrown together in that melting pot that has forged us into a great nation, one like the world has never seen. In moments at sunset or in the evenings looking at the stars, I realize how blessed I have been to live in this great country, and how rich a heritage I have. Mark Vaughn Tampa, Fla.


I just want to tell you guys thanks for a great magazine. Keep up the great work! Jamie S. LeRoy, N.Y.

RE: A Trucker’s Best Friend

I loved the article about the “Trucker’s Best Friend.” My husband and I have been trucking with a best friend on board for a better part of 10 years. We currently have two pups that travel with us across the country. The

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advice given was right on and I’d offer more in case you do another such article. We carry a first-aid kit just for the pups that includes items like eyewash, vet wrap, quick stop, liquid band aid, hydrogen peroxide to induce vomiting, and Benadryl for stings. Katie Faykosh Pray, Mont.

Handicapped Parking Spots

I was walking through a truck stop the other day when I noticed there were a number of big rigs parked in the handicapped parking spaces. Not one of them had a handicapped placard hanging from the mirror. I know it is closer to the door from these spaces, but if you don’t need to use this type of parking, why use it? There are drivers who may legally need to use the spaces but they’re not available due to the other drivers parking in them illegally. When some drivers are asked, “Why did you park in the handicapped parking space?” their answer often is, “I will park where I like when I am in a truck stop.” I think the driver should use the same courtesy he or she uses when parking in a nontruck stop area. You could also receive a ticket for parking in any handicapped parking spot illegally, even in a truck-stop parking lot. There are some days when I feel like I need to park in the handicapped spaces because of a previous surgery, which makes walking difficult. However, I park in the regular parking area. I will not park in the handicapped spaces; I reserve those spaces for the people who really need them. Walt Best Emlenton, Pa.

First and foremost, I am not now nor have I ever been a trucker. I happened to be at a Flying J and saw Challenge Magazine and after reading it, I wanted to express my opinion on truckers. I am a motor-home enthusiast and travel the roadways extensively. My complaint is that truckers, not all but many, are rude and crude to other drivers. I grew up in the 1950s believing what my dad told me, truckers were the greatest drivers on the road. What I would like to know is what happened? Truckers I have encountered ride your tail. They crawl up and have no clue that if anything happens to the vehicle in front of them, 50,000 pounds-plus is going over that car or RV. Passing is another area that raises concern. The trucker crawls up your tail, passes and then cuts in front often without a signal. What happened to the multiple car distance before pulling in front of the car you just passed? I hope that at least one trucker reads this, and shows some kindness to non-truckers. Jim Stoodley Hollywood, Fla.

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A Closer Look: America’s Cup

Named after the New York Yacht Club’s yacht,

The 34th America’s Cup will take place in San Francisco Sept. 7-21.

The America, which won the inaugural race, the

The defending champion of the America’s Cup has the privilege of deciding when the next competition will be, on average three years later, and where it will be held.

America’s Cup is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world. The friendly sailing

The current defending champion is the Golden Gate Yacht Club (U.S.), represented by BMW Oracle Racing.

competition among different nations consists of

The America’s Cup is the oldest active trophy in any sport.

only two competitors: the defender (defending

From 1851-1983, the New York Yacht Club was undefeated in 24 challenges for the America’s Cup.

champion), and the challenger. A challenger is

Although teams spend tens of millions of dollars to compete, the winning team receives no prize money.

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Since there is only one prize, the first race in 1851 brought about the famous phrase, “There is no second.” Financing an America’s Cup team has been a great source of pride for entrepreneurs. Former team commanders (financiers) have included J.P. Morgan (JPMorgan Chase), Cornelius Vanderbilt (Vanderbilt family), and Ted Turner (Turner Broadcasting System). w w w. p t c c h a l l e n g e . c o m

By the Numbers: Labor Day Labor Day is typically the last weekend before children go back to school and, for fashionistas, the last day to wear white. First celebrated on Sept. 5, 1882, in New York City, Labor Day is a holiday for the workingman. Though its founder is unclear, some say Peter McGuire, cofounder of the American Federation of Labor, first suggested the day to pay tribute to “who from rude nature have delved and carved all the grandeur we behold.” So this first Monday in September, take a moment to appreciate all the workers who’ve made this country great.


Number in millions of adults age 16 and older in America’s workforce.


Amount in cents of the first federal minimum wage established in 1938. It is currently $7.25. Amount in dollars the average full-time male worker earned in 2011. Women made $37,118.

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Percentage of people who worked from home in 2011.


Amount in minutes of the average commute in 2011. Sources:,

We Asked,

Sept. Tour Dates

You Answered! Q

What’s one thing you wish non-truckers would understand about your job?

We can’t stop on a dime. We need room to speed up and to slow down. – Karenk Gerwin

The space we leave in front of us in a traffic jam is not reserved for them. It’s meant for safety. – Lew Johnson

It takes more than just getting behind the wheel and driving. Without truckers you would have nothing. – Heather Vaughn

We need more room to do whatever is required to maneuver our big trucks on the road, streets and parking lots. – T. G. Ralphs


What’s the most unexpected perk about truck driving?

Post your answers on our Facebook page or send them to by Sept. 30, 2013. All answers are subject to edits.


City, State

15-Sept Priceville, AL PM Lebanon,TN 16-Sept Fairview, TN PM Hurricane Mills, TN 17-Sept Jackson, TN PM Stanton, TN 18-Sept West Memphis, AR PM West Memphis, AR 19-Sept Hayti, MO PM Matthews, MO 20-Sept Sullivan, MO PM Pacific, MO 21-Sept Warrenton, MO PM Wayland, MO 22-Sept Davenport, IA PM Walcott, IA 23-Sept Brooklyn, IA PM Altoona, IA 24-Sept Des Moines, IA PM Osceola, IA 25-Sept Kansas City, MO PM Peculiar, MO 26-Sept Joplin, MO PM Joplin, MO

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Dates subject to change.

Check for changes and updates.

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Honey - How Sweet It Is Most people think of honey as something to put in tea, but it’s much more than that. In addition to its use in food, honey boasts antibacterial, antifungal and anti-viral properties, making it ideal for medicinal purposes. Honey is regularly used for sore throats and coughs and to relieve allergies. It’s even been used topically to treat diabetic ulcers. But don’t go slathering yourself with the golden sweet stuff before talking with your doctor. If you’re looking to remove processed, refined sweeteners from your diet, and really you should, try honey. As with any sweetener, moderation is best. Keep these honey tips in mind before you pick up that bear-shaped bottle. • Since honey is sweeter than white sugar, you’ll need less of it to achieve the same level of sweetness.

• Raw honey has the most antioxidants. Try to buy honey straight from the beekeeper, at farmers’ markets or specialty stores, rather than the supermarket, where only pasteurized honey is sold. • There’s more than one flavor of honey. Depending on the food source of the bees, each jar of honey has its own unique flavor profile. Clover honey will taste different from Eucalyptus honey. Experiment to see what you like best. • Honey comes in many forms. In addition to liquid honey, you can buy comb honey, which is honey still in the honeycomb and completely edible, and whipped honey, which can be spread like butter. • Check out our Pinterest page ( ChallengeMag) for more ways you can add honey into your diet.

• Honey is the only natural food that doesn’t spoil in its raw state. Store it at room temperature.

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The Time and Price Are Right Everybody knows the best time to buy Christmas tree decorations is right after Christmas. The idea, of course, is to buy an item when you are least likely to use it, like those lights that will sit in your attic for at least 10 months. After-Christmas sales are great, but September is a great time to get a deal on some high-ticket items too. It may take some planning ahead, but the extra money you save will be worth it.


Charcoal grills won’t burn a hole in your pocket this fall. But if you’re looking for a gas grill, wait until January for the afterChristmas sales.

Lawn mowers

Camping, fishing and some hunting gear

Winter doesn’t slow down the most dedicated fishermen, but for most it’s a time to plan the spring trip. Buy new equipment now so you can spend more time researching how to catch the Big One.

Last year’s cars

Looking for a new car and willing to settle for a 2013? You’re in luck, car dealerships are eager to make a deal. Like the colors purple or orange? You’re in even better luck, since those are the most difficult shades to sell.

Stores have to make room for the snow blowers.


Depending on where you live, you might not be able to use them until next spring, but a nice bike never goes out of style.

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Road Wisdom “When traveling with someone, take large does of patience and tolerance with your morning coffee.” -Helen Hayes

Failure to Report If new DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx has his way, truck drivers will be doing a lot less paperwork. The DOT and FMSCA wants to decrease the amount of paperwork in the trucking industry by filing the Driver-Vehicle Inspection Reports (DVIR) only when a defect or deficiency has been found. Currently all DVIRs are filed, regardless of whether a problem is noted. By eliminating the reports of vehicles in good condition, which make up a staggering majority of the filed reports, the FMSCA hopes to spend more time on the vehicles and companies failing the DVIR. “We can better focus on the 5 percent of problematic truck inspection reports by eliminating the 95 percent that report the status quo,” Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administrator Anne Ferro said. “Moving to a defect-only reporting system would reduce a significant paperwork burden facing truck drivers and save the industry billions without compromising safety.” Along with saving a whole bunch of time, the idea is expected to save $1.7 billion a year. Comments on the proposal are due by Oct. 7. s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 3 C H A L L E N G E 17

Driver Appreciation tour hey’re not on Wall Street, but some of the most important people in the U.S. economy are out on the road 365 days a year. Truck drivers haul approximately $382 million worth of goods per day, making them responsible for transporting most of the essential items of life. In fact, to keep the country going, the trucking industry drives nearly 93 billion miles a year. The cars we drive, the clothes we wear, the food we eat, and the medicine that keeps us healthy have all been transported by truck at some point in time. September is Driver Appreciation Month, and while it’s a special time to highlight the efforts of truck drivers, for the past two years, Challenge Magazine and Pilot Flying J have been celebrating the professional truck driver year-round through the Driver Appreciation Tour (DAT). Since 2011, the DAT has traveled across the country, thanking drivers and giving away gifts bags filled with items drivers have grown to love while out on the road, like coupons for Blue Beacon Truck Wash, Idle Air, Shell and Denny’s, and samples from


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Jack Link’s, Oberto, Kellogg’s and Mentos. Professional truck drivers, like Randy Lee, have found comfort in knowing there is a national program suited to their needs. “The Driver Appreciation Tour is a breath of fresh air for me,” says Lee. “I have a hard job on the road every day and it’s nice to know there is a company out there that wants to recognize the drivers. It’s nice to feel appreciated and this is the kind of thing that keeps me coming back to Pilot.” Mitch Prevatte, a veteran truck driver and the tour director of the DAT, takes pride in being able to relate to the drivers he meets each day. “I was an over-the-road driver for more than 10 years, so I know what it’s like getting from one place to the next in the matter of a day,” says Prevatte. “Professional truck drivers work a lot harder than people might expect, and it’s our job on the Driver Appreciation Tour to let them know they’re appreciated.” “The drivers seem to recognize the effort Pilot is putting forth,” says Gary Evans, manager of store No. 131 in Osceola, Iowa. “Feeling acknowledged adds a strong value

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for the drivers. We are trying to be driverdriven and, not just saying that, we appreciate them inside the store. The program gets us out to them, and says we are also coming to you.” Averaging 500 miles per day, drivers are on schedules that most people could not imagine. So the DAT has taken it upon itself to bring what’s new and exciting to the truck drivers as well. Many of the vendors working with Pilot Flying J, like Rand McNally, have featured their products on the DAT. “Rand McNally is pleased to continue sponsoring the Driver Appreciation Tour,” says Kendra Ensor, vice president of marketing at Rand McNally. “We believe strongly that it’s important to recognize the professional drivers who keep goods flowing across our country every day. The tour gives us the chance to thank drivers for their service, and to gather new product feature ideas to help address the challenges of professional driving.” Whether they’re new or existing, products directed at professional truck drivers have found a successful platform on the s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 3 C H A L L E N G E 19

At the end of the day, the DAT exists solely for drivers who keep the economy running. If drivers have the opportunity to meet the DAT at one of its scheduled stops across the U.S. (monthly schedules are posted in Challenge Magazine), they will be recognized for their commitment to getting the job done. “Thank you for all these coupons,” professional truck driver Austin Smith said at one of the DAT stops earlier this year. “Every one of these I can use and will help me save money. Things like this out here this morning is what keeps me coming back to Pilot.” That’s what it’s all about.

NASCAR driver Michael Annett signs autographs at a stop on the DAT. Annett currently drives the No. 43 (sponsored by Pilot Flying J) for Richard Petty Motorsports. DAT, including promotional items like wireless headsets from TNT Plantronics and a refrigerator from Truckfridge. Partners of the DAT also run footage of their newest products in looped messages on

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the DAT’s HDTV that runs at every stop. And perhaps one of the most popular items on the DAT is the DEF card. Challenge Magazine prepares these cards, listing every Pilot Flying J location equipped with DEF pumps nationwide.

Keep up with the Driver Appreciation Tour at, and check Challenge Magazine for the latest schedule to see if the tour will be hitting a Pilot Flying J on your route.

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In appreciation … To professional drivers and Pilot Flying J customers: As we celebrate Driver Appreciation Month, I want to extend my deepest gratitude to you for the hard work you do every day. You are the backbone of our country and it has always been our highest priority to help make your life and job run smoothly while on the road. We recognize that long hours, tough driving conditions and days away from family are just some of the challenges you face every day. In honor of this year’s Driver Appreciation Month, we are pleased to offer double points for all our professional driver loyalty members. You can redeem your loyalty points on almost anything in the store.* In addition, during Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 15-21), make sure to stop by a Pilot Travel Center or Flying J Travel Plaza because we’ll be handing out a variety of giveaways. While we designate September to extend our appreciation to you, it’s our ultimate goal to provide you with the best products and services every day of the year. That’s why you can always share your comments or concerns with us through our website, Your sacrifice deserves nothing less. It is the commitment of the more than 23,000 employees that make up the Pilot Flying J family to provide you with a home away from home at all our travel centers. On behalf of us all, I sincerely thank you for all you do. Your work does not go unnoticed and we will continue to work hard to earn your loyalty each and every day. Sincerely,

Jimmy Haslam * (excludes tobacco, alcohol, gift cards, lottery, and fuel)

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ike Rowe is a modern-day Renaissance man and he can thank his grandfather for that. “After flunking out of wood shop and metal shop and auto shop, and every other shop I wanted to be good at, it was my grandfather who finally pulled me aside and said you know, you ought to think about getting a different sort of toolbox,” Rowe recalls. “It skipped a gene,” he adds with a chuckle. “I didn’t get the magic chromosome.” That wise piece of advice ultimately led Rowe to the creation of “Dirty Jobs,” the wildly successful reality show on Discovery. “I wasn’t trying to start a genre in work TV,” Rowe admits. “‘Dirty Jobs’ was a tribute to my granddad. I wanted to do three one-hour shows that looked like work, that he could see before he died, so he wouldn’t always remember me for eternity as the grandson who never had a real job, which is what I was threatening to become.” The oldest of three boys, Rowe grew up in rural Maryland with two strong male role models, his father and


grandfather. “My earliest memories of work are watching these two wake up clean and go through some sort of machination: yelling, laughing, cursing, dirt flies, they come home filthy and the problem is fixed. “They were superheroes; they had everything but the cape,” he says fondly. “I grew up wanting very much to be my grandfather.” But as a grandson that wasn’t mechanically inclined, he had to find his own path even if it meant straying from everything he grew up with. “I stayed at a community college for three years just trying to get myself acclimated to the possibility of a different set of skills.” His grandfather had some reason to worry about his oldest grandson’s lack of focus. Rowe spent six years in college before graduating with a degree in communications. He dabbled in the Baltimore Opera – he sings baritone – and even spent three years at the QVC shopping channel, where he shilled products like the Katsak, a noisy cat toy, at odd hours of the night. While the idea for “Dirty Jobs” was percolating, Rowe put his operatic pipes to good use narrating popu-

lar Discovery shows like “American Chopper: The Series,” which began in 2002, and “Deadliest Catch,” which aired six months before the launch of “Dirty Jobs” in 2005. But it was a gig at a local San Francisco television station hosting a segment he created called “Somebody’s Gotta Do It” that helped sharpen his focus. The short segments, which highlighted unusual blue-collar jobs around the city, and the positive feedback that followed made him realize he was onto something bigger. Rowe pitched the miniseries idea to a variety of networks. Discovery Channel took the bait and picked it up as three one-hour pilot episodes that aired in 2003. Each episode featured two or three jobs, often loosely related and all dirty. Those first shows had Rowe knee-deep in bat guano, chopping off fish heads, cleaning septic tanks and clearing roadkill. With the plethora of reality shows

Photo courtesy of Discovery Communications, LLC

Photo courtesy of Discovery Communications, LLC

Describing his time on “Dirty Jobs,” Rowe says, “Life is ‘Groundhog Day’ in a sewer of sorts. The sewers always change, but the basic reality is I do a lot of things once and then move on.” about everyday people and what they do for a living on cable today, it’s hard to imagine “Dirty Jobs” being a breath of fresh air less than a decade ago. At the time, most of the nonfiction programs were challenge-based game shows, like “Survivor,” or documentaries. Rowe knew he could bring a fresh perspective to the genre. “I went in [to Discovery] and said look, I love your channel but I don’t think you need any more hosts and you certainly don’t need any more experts,” he remembers. “Enough already with people who are smarter than me proving it. I never wanted to position myself as the Discovery guy or the ‘Dirty Jobs’ guy or some sort of expert. I was a viewer who happened to have access to this world, so that was important, and it was important partly because it worked, but also because nobody else was doing it at the time. And so I stuck out, in a good way.” While he would have made a lousy drywall hanger or plumber, Rowe was the perfect person to host “Dirty Jobs.” His self-deprecating sense of humor and complete lack of guile won over audiences immediately. Rowe says that was the intention. “If you let people see you fail in the context of trying something that you’re neither trained in or particularly good at, you get a lot of good will and they’ll forgive a lot of other things like a bad joke or basic performance,” he explains. “‘Dirty Jobs’ was more about, look, let’s be on the joke, let’s have a laugh, but at the same time let’s pay an honest tribute by letting the viewer see how difficult or challenging the work is through my bungled attempts to get it right.” And unlike most reality TV shows today, Rowe purposely stayed away from creating drama for the sake of ratings. “The thing that ‘Dirty Jobs’ did that I’m most proud of is that we left

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at the end of the day,” he says. “We didn’t try and turn anybody’s life into an epic ongoing recurring docudrama. We spent a day, we worked our [butt] off, we made some jokes, we learned some things, we drank a beer and we went home. And that’s the kind of TV honestly that I like because people get a chance to be much, much more real. And you don’t have to create these giant storylines.” That initial three-hour mini-series of “Dirty Jobs” instantly resonated with viewers, prompting Discovery to order more episodes. “[The network] ordered 39 hours of this thing, which is unheard of, and then another 39 and another 39,” he says. “Of course my grandfather’s gotta be laughing hysterically from beyond the grave, because what started out as two months of work became a 10-year crucible basically, which I love.” Over the course of eight seasons, he would try his hand at everything from alligatoregg collector and maggot farmer to hot-tar roofer and avian vomitologist. It’s been suggested that “Dirty Jobs,” and by extension Rowe himself, kicked off the recent reality-TV movement, specifically the shows following people at their place of employment. Looking at the number of shows documenting the work of loggers, truckers and fishermen, it’s difficult to argue. Rowe doesn’t deny it either. “Depends on how you

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One of the great, ridiculous things about TV is it does something to people’s minds who are normally really intelligent. When you’re shooting the show, they will toss you the keys to anything. Truly anything. Excavators, front end loaders, those giant [mining] trucks that are three stories tall. I’ve driven all of them, I have no idea what I’m doing. -Mike Rowe look at it,” he says. “My typical response is, I’ll forgo all of the credit if you don’t give me any of the blame. Because there’s a lot [of shows] that I don’t like, frankly. I don’t think the authenticity and the genuineness that came through in ‘Dirty Jobs’ has necessarily translated into some of its offspring.” The landscape of reality television is puzzling to him. “Today, the ducks have a

dynasty, the Amish have a mafia, honey’s got a boo boo, everybody else is digging for gold in Alaska or rooting through some storage locker looking for treasure,” he says. But no matter how well done a show is, it always has to end. For “Dirty Jobs,” that was after 169 episodes. Rowe and the network talked about revamping the show, but couldn’t agree on how exactly to do that. “The ratings were flat and the network wanted, understandably, to boost it up and the way to do that, if you look around at what’s working on cable today, is to increase the stakes,” he says. “I don’t really want to do that because I’ve already hung upside down from a 600-foot bridge while trying to paint the damn thing. I’m older than I’ve ever been. I’m not a stunt junkie anyway, so I’m not going to assume anymore personal risk than I’d assumed.” When it was clear that the show would reach 300 jobs, Rowe felt that round number was a sign. “That seemed like a nice time to end it.” The network has not officially canceled the show, but Rowe unofficially declared it on permanent hiatus on his blog last fall. Now that “Dirty Jobs” is over, Rowe has moved on to the next phase in his career. With so much time spent on television, another show would be the logical next step – he’s certainly popular enough. But Rowe

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isn’t one to rest on his laurels; he doesn’t want to do another show just for the sake of doing a show. He could branch out with Broadway or maybe act; he’s got the chops for either. But it’s obvious he wants to do something that has meaning. “I don’t want to do something that makes ‘Dirty Jobs’ feel like it was just a job. It wasn’t.” Rowe’s next career phase turns out to be inspired by the show. Just a few years into filming the show, Rowe recognized a pattern in many of the jobs he was performing. “The industries that we often feature all face the same basic problem,” he says. “It’s a problem of recruitment. It’s really hard to find good help in the technical trades and in straight-up manual labor; people just don’t want to do it anymore. And everywhere I went, every place I went, over and over and over again, I found people saying the same thing, you know, we need a better way to start encouraging more kids at an earlier age to consider these careers and to look at what we do as something other than a vocational consolation prize.” His response was the mikeroweWORKS foundation. What started as a simple collection of website links has blossomed into a place for people to find information about almost any trade imaginable and the companies that utilize them. Information about upcoming trade shows, articles about the trades, job postings, and state and national resources were available through the foundation’s website. And now, five years later, Rowe is continuing the message of the foundation through a new initiative called Profoundly Disconnected. Profoundly Disconnected is an awareness campaign for the skilled trades, to promote the fact that “many of the best opportunities that exist today require a skill, not a diploma.” Rowe intends to tour the country, raising awareness for the trades with speaking engagements. “The message of Profoundly Disconnected fundamentally is to say look, the skills gap is not the mystery, we’re the victims of our own values system and we have collectively taken some really bad and really stupid advice,” he says. “We’ve believed it and consequently we’ve marginalized thousands of really great jobs and created this massive disconnect between ourselves and a critical part of our work force, a part that we all depend on.”

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Rowe hopes that Profoundly Disconnected helps start the conversation that many families and even schools are not having with the next generation of workers. “Nobody is sitting down with their kids and saying listen, there’s a pretty good opportunity in trucking,” Rowe says. “Nobody’s making a case for truckers. But the reality of it is when people think about this and look at the issue, they figure this is a problem for the trucking companies and it’s a potential opportunity maybe for a potential trucker, but that misses the whole point. The point is, what kind of country are we in right now if every single truck driver calls in sick for a week? We are so utterly screwed, right? It’s unbelievable how disconnected most Americans are from the trucking industry. [Truckers] are literally the lifeblood.” The problem, as Rowe sees it, is for decades parents and teachers have advocated higher education over technical schools. Rowe points out that in his high-school guidance counselor’s office, there was a poster that read “Work Smart, not Hard,” implying that blue-collar jobs were for unsuccessful people. “College isn’t the enemy,” Rowe says. “I don’t want to be portrayed as somebody who’s saying don’t go to school. I want to be portrayed as saying a skill and an education are two sides of the same coin and it makes no sense to champion one at the expense of the other.

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“Dirty Jobs” may no longer be on the air, but the message of the show lives on through Rowe’s new initiative, Profoundly Disconnected. “‘Dirty Jobs’ helped change the conversation [about work] and I would like to keep that going in some fashion,” he says. “Profoundly Disconnected really is the answer to the question I get most often, which is what did you learn? What did you learn from 300 dirty jobs? What did you learn from going to all 50 states and crawling into a variety of different holes? I learned that I, me, Mike Rowe, had become disconnected from a variety of things that I always thought I understood, but I really didn’t. I didn’t understand

where my food came from. I really didn’t understand the sensible definition of a good job. I was disconnected from my energy, wind and solar. I thought I understood what those things meant. I was wrong.”

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t is not easy to turn a hobby or passion into a career. But that is exactly what Jim Powers did. The 40-year-old from Glen Rock, N.J., has loved toy trucks since he was a child and began collecting miniature replica trucks seriously in high school. Now, he is president of Extreme Toys, an online business that sells toy vehicles and accessories. “I had the big metal Tonka trucks and loved Matchbox cars,” Powers says about the beginning of his love of toy vehicles. “These were always just played with, though. I didn’t start collecting until my late teens. I always got a few of the holiday Hess trucks for Christmas each year. By this time, I started working as a tow-truck driver, and wreckers were added to my collection. I’m a NASCSAR fan, and I started collecting NASCAR-logoed tractor trailers as well. The rest is history. My collection today includes several hundred trucks. Unfortunately, we don’t have the space to have them all displayed, so many are in the original packaging, boxed up.” Powers’ grandfather and uncle were towtruck operators and he followed suit after graduating high school. He started towing vehicles, moved up to flatbed and lowboy work, and eventually became a heavy-duty towing operator. He has been selling Miller Industries towing equipment for the past 10 years and works for Elizabeth Truck Center in New Jersey. In 2004, he added business owner to his list of vehicle-related jobs when he created Extreme Toys with his wife, Joyce,


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who also comes from a family of towing providers. In the nearly 10 years Extreme Toys has been in existence, the business has developed a loyal customer base around the world. The draw, Joyce says, is the joy people get from collecting miniature replica trucks, whether they are young or just young at heart. “We sell a number of different truck lines appropriate for ages 3 to 103,” says Joyce, who serves as the company’s vice president. “Bruder Toys is a line we sell that is great for the little ones. They are the closest to the old Tonka trucks the 40-plus set remembers playing with as kids. They are 1/16 scale and great for in and outdoor play. Die Cast Promotions is another of our most popular lines. It is a 1/64 scale, and they are true collector replicas for the shelf and to be enjoyed by adults. We also carry New Ray, Jada, Boley, Matchbox, Mattel, Ravensburger, Tonkin and Norscot.” Jim works off of trucks already created and customizes the 1/32-scale trucks the company carries, adding a third axle, stretching the frames, customizing makes, sleepers and more. He also designs trucks in 1/64 scale through Die Cast Promotions, which are replicas of trucks on the road. “Companies hire us to make replicas of their trucks and sometimes we approach a company if it is a show truck Jim loves and knows will be a popular model,” Joyce explains. “The process of producing a truck takes approximately five months. We also work with a gentleman who does custom

paint and decal work for one-offs (people who want to have one toy made to replicate their truck). We just have to have the make and model available in toy form to work off of.” While the couple enjoys selling the replica trucks, Joyce says they get more joy from the relationships created among miniature replica truck collectors. “Many of our customers have been with us for years,” Joyce says. “We have seen their children grow up before our very eyes over the years through the shows we attend annually. Others we’ve never met, only dealt with online, but they get to feel like good friends. We learn people’s triumphs and tragedies. It makes what we do more than just a job. Jim has built trucks for funerals to be buried with a loved one, and we’ve also built trucks to celebrate the birth of a new baby.” Fred Thompson can relate to the happiness Jim and Joyce have found. Thompson, from Arizona, is president and owner of Smith-Miller, Inc., producer of serial-numbered, limited-edition toy trucks. The trucks include new, old and stock parts; replacement parts made from original dies or to original specifications; and newly manufactured parts, which are made to exacting standards. All the trucks are 1/16 scale and up to 42 inches in length. “We have a wide scope of collectors, such as truck drivers, train collectors, art collectors, fire truck collectors, people into hot rodding, and many others,” Thompson says. “Our customer base continues to grow with s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 3 C H A L L E N G E 31

the advent of the Internet, and we have new people discovering us all the time.” Smith-Miller, Inc., dates back to 1944, when Matt Miller began selling wooden toy trucks with rubber tires. One year later, Miller teamed with Bob Smith, who had recently returned home from World War II, and Smith-Miller, Inc., began selling toy trucks up until 1954, when the company limited itself to just selling toy truck parts. Thompson purchased the company in 1979 and brought the company back to its former glory. Instead of all-wooden trucks, Smith-Miller injects hot molten aluminum into steel molds using a high-pressure ram. After the molding process, there is an abundance of machining, hand-work detailing and polishing that takes place prior to painting and final assembly. While the company’s main facility is based in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., parts are manufactured in Los Angeles. While the company does the assembly and detail work, other tasks are outsourced. Thompson was a Smith-Miller fan long before he purchased the company. “As far as what got me interested in Smith-Miller trucks, I got my first one when I was 5 years old,” he says. “It was love at first sight. I now have several hundred Smith-Miller trucks. I have a lot of favorites, but I still feel that the No. 3 Smith-Miller fire truck is my overall favorite. I bought the truck with my own money when I was a child.” Rod Troupe’s love of miniature replica trucks began in 2007 when he received his first Tamiya America, Inc., King Hauler kit and assembled it. He was hooked. One year later, Troupe and others created East Coast Mini Truckers, a club organized around 1/14- and 1/16-scale remotecontrol models. The organization is regionally based and has

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members in Maryland, New York, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Delaware and Canada. The club holds four shows a year and has more than 500 members on Facebook. “Our membership comes from all walks of life,” Troupe says. “Some are professional drivers, a retired electrical engineer, a salesman, a machinist, a plumber and a heavyequipment operator. We have members as young as 10 years old and some who are in retirement age. Our membership includes both men and women who own and customize these trucks. Before East Coast was established, there really wasn’t any consistent club in the hobby. We are just one part of the hobby that has helped fuel the evolution of interest and scale realism that the hobby has become.” Troupe suggests people looking to get into collecting miniature replica trucks, including remote-control vehicles, attend shows dealing with the hobby. “It’s one thing to look on the Web, another to actually see them in person,” he says of the models. Troupe currently has three miniature replica trucks, two trailers and a fully hydraulic scale excavator. When he built his first truck using the Tamiya kit, he began customizing details to replicate the Kenworth W900L

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Model truck enthusiasts come from all walks of life and range from those interested only in building a replica of a specific truck to avid collectors. with sleeper that his father drives every week. “The draw to the hobby is the challenge in building the most accurate model that you can to whatever truck you are trying to recreate in scale,” Troupe says. “A lot of new vendors and parts have made it to the market in

the past two to three years, which have made the trucks and trailers more accurate to scale and more detailed. Every builder tries to make his truck better than the last one, more detailed and more accurate. With new parts and techniques being shared, each new build is more impressive than the last.”

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by joan tupponce

lackberry Smoke doesn’t want to be known as the best opening band around, even though it’s opened for everyone from the legendary Lynyrd Skynyrd to Kid Rock. The hard-driving Southern rock quintet wants to be known as the best band, period. “We want people to hear our music and that is starting to happen,” says singer and guitarist Charlie Starr. The Atlanta-based band has been playing to venues across the U.S. and Europe since its founding in 2000. It released its latest album, “The Whippoorwill,” last year under country


star Zac Brown’s Southern Ground Artists label. The group’s songs have been featured in video games and films and their video for the single “Pretty Little Lie” from their album debuted on CMT, but Blackberry Smoke isn’t the household name it hopes to be, yet. Thanks to their grungy style – think long hair, beards, ’70s-style clothing and rock-star sunglasses – and their brand of rowdy, bluecollar, bluesy music, band members are often compared to groups such as the Marshall Tucker Band, .38 Special and Lynyrd Skynyrd. And while that comparison wouldn’t be far off base,

the guys are determined to make it in the music industry on their own terms. Because of that, the band released its first album, “Bad Luck Ain’t No Crime,” in 2003 without the backing of a label. “It was a good way to start,” Starr says. “It was honest and simple, not a lot of red tape. We ate bologna sandwiches and saved money before we could get the album pressed. Then we sold it out of the back of our van.” Two more independent albums followed before the band met Brown seven years ago on a Simple Man cruise with Lynyrd Skynyrd, just

The band’s latest album, “Whippoorwill,” debuted last year under Zac Brown’s Southern Ground label. prior to Brown’s rise to fame. “He has always been a really good guy,” Starr says of Brown. “We watched as his band started to get really successful. He was living the dream we all dream of.” Brown told the band if they ever needed his help just to let him know. “After we were touring for our album ‘Little Piece of Dixie’

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we wanted to make a new record,” Starr says. “He stepped in at the perfect time and said he had started a label. He told us if we would like to be part of his label he would love to have us.” Drummer Brit Turner is thrilled the band signed with Brown’s label in 2011, and not a major label that would have demanded con-

trol over not only the band’s music but also its direction. “This is more like family. Zac has a big heart. He just wants to make the label bigger and bigger,” he says. “[His record company] is as excited about us as we are about them.” Each member of Blackberry Smoke had played in various bands before forming the group. “We had all migrated to Atlanta with music in mind. We would wind up at latenight bars, drinking and telling lies,” Starr says with a laugh. “We had a like-mindedness.” It wasn’t long before the group started touring with rock band Jackyl, performing in venues in Michigan, Minnesota and South Dakota. “That’s when we really learned to travel,” Starr says, adding, “We became Pilot snobs.” Starr, who likes to start his mornings with a “good cup of coffee,” often fussed with non-coffee drinker guitarist and vocalist Paul Jackson, who usually drove during the early morning. “So many mornings he would stop at a piece-of-crap gas station and I would tell him, ‘Please find a Pilot,’” says Starr. “‘Drive until you can find one. I want a fresh cup of coffee and a clean bathroom.’” Starr, 38, comes from a musical family. His father is a bluegrass singer and guitar player. His grandmother played piano and

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mandolin. “It was all singing and playing,” he says, noting that he got his first guitar at the age of 6. Growing up, he listened to traditional country and rock ’n’ roll but during his teens to Aerosmith and the Beatles. “We all start to absorb one another’s influences,” Starr says. “Everybody is in the recipe. When it’s all put together it sounds like we sound.” Trey Wilson, who manages the band, believes the group is a lot truer to its roots than other artists performing today. “Nobody is doing a good contemporary version of what people know as Southern rock music,” he says. Even though the band wrote most of the songs on “The Whippoorwill,” a few were co-written with other artists. Starr, who had never co-written before, enjoyed the collaborative process. “It can be a very personal experience or it can be embarrassing,” he says. “You are opening up your heart on paper. When you find someone you connect with and are not afraid to open up with, that is positive.” The band has already started planning a new album. “Hopefully before the end of the year we can start the next one,” Starr says. “We already have a nice pile of songs for it.” While some folks strive for perfection, the guys in Blackberry Smoke don’t want their music to sound perfect or manufactured. “Perfection when it comes to music is not as pleasing to the ear as raw imperfection,” Starr says. “What is pleasing to the ear is not actually perfect. The beauty of making music together is all that we need. We don’t need all the bells and whistles.” When the band made “The Whippoorwill,” they recorded it in an old church in Asheville, N.C. “We set up in a big sanctuary with a high ceiling and stained glass,” Starr says, noting that it


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Together for more than a decade, Blackberry Smoke averages 250 concert dates a year.

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gave the music a simple, honest sound. “It wasn’t an overly produced record.” The band has garnered a following in the music industry. “A lot of artists really respect their playing ability as well as their compositions and arrangements,” Wilson says. And they have a legion of fans that remain faithful to the band. “They have supported us,” Starr says. “They drive six to eight hours to see us. That is a touching thing to see.” As far as personal highlights, band members say their firsttime appearance at the Grand Ole Opry and playing for George Jones’ 80th birthday party top the list. “We had recorded with him before the party so organically it seemed like it was meant to be,” Turner says, noting that Jones had joined the group, along with Jamey Johnson, when they recorded “Yesterday’s Wine,” a song written by Willie Nelson and made famous by Jones and Merle Haggard. “George Jones gave me the chills,” Brit says. “We sang old school around the mic and he said ‘This is what country music is supposed to sound like.’ It’s little things like that that are such a payoff.” The band is now playing more than 200 shows a year in the U.S. and Europe and has just landed a record deal in the United Kingdom. “We love doing it,” Brit says. “The great thing about it, we have done it our way. It may have taken a little longer but we are still in control. We tour and we sell tickets. It doesn’t matter if we have a single on the radio or a new record out.” Wilson credits the band’s success to its drive and determination. “They have all committed to each other to be a band in every sense of the word and they have truly made a commitment to do it the way they wanted to do it,” he says. “That makes them a great band on stage.”

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by pam windsor

onda Williams and her husband, Mark, had a longstanding routine when he was on the road. So she distinctly remembers when she first knew something was wrong. “My husband had been driving a truck for 40 years and never missed a beat about calling home,” she recalls. And yet, during a run in February 2012, she hadn’t heard from him. “I had throat cancer at the time so I knew that he would call, but he didn’t.” She notified police, who told her he hadn’t been missing long enough. She called again later. “They kept giving me the runaround,” she says. “They said, ‘He’s out of WinstonSalem, so you have to call that police department.’ So I called the police department here and they said, ‘No, you have to call where he picked up his load since the load was picked up.’” Someone else told her to call the state police or the Highway Patrol. She became increasingly worried and frustrated. “I was like, OK, who do I need to call to report a man missing?” Finally, she turned to Facebook. “I started asking people to help me look out for him, if anybody had any suggestions to let me know.” She got a response from Kari Fisher, also the wife of a truck driver, seeking permission to start asking people to keep an eye out for


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Williams’ truck. “I said sure, and that’s where it took off.” Fisher, who rides with her husband, had started a Facebook page called “Share the Road,” geared toward educating motorists about some of the challenges truck drivers face and how to drive safely around 18-wheelers. She used the page to post information about Mark Williams. “I put it out on Facebook and Twitter that there was a missing driver,” she says, “and it went viral.” The response from people trying to help locate Williams was overwhelming. Another driver, Hal Kiah, posted it on another trucking website. Fisher says in just a short time, Williams was located in Alabama. “We just got really lucky. Another driver that had read the post pulled in and actually parked next to the truck that was missing and found the driver. Sadly, he was deceased.” Soon after, Fisher formed the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network. A little more than a year later, she says it’s helped locate more than 20 missing drivers – all in varying situations. “They’ve either been deceased in the truck, they’ve abandoned the equipment or gone elsewhere, or Qualcomms have been out. We had one guy that was ill and another guy broke down in the parking lot of the Pilot

and smashed his phone in the door ... no one could get a hold of him.” Fisher notes that while she immediately reports back when a truck driver has been found, the circumstances regarding what happened to the driver are confidential. She agrees to release only what the family wants made public. The success of the network and the number of people who have come together to help share alerts once they’re posted has surprised some, but not others, like Donna Smith, from and Truckingsocialmedia. com. “It’s not unusual for drivers to go missing for weeks and sometimes months before they’re even found,” Smith explains. “So, this was a concern among the trucking community for quite a while, but what could they do about it? This just took off because of a need.” Fisher details what happens when she gets an alert. “When I get a message that there’s a missing truck driver, we get as much information (as we can) from the trucking company. We require a police report if a family member is reporting it because we’re not going to go chasing down people who don’t want to be found, like somebody’s ex-boyfriend or whatever. We’re not there for that. We’re there to find the driver that’s failed to show up for a delivery or a load appointment.” Once Fisher gets the alert confirmed, she and other volunteers who help with the network’s website and Facebook page begin looking at a map. “We start figuring out point A to point B. We’ll run routes the driver could have possibly taken and start calling truck stops and asking employees to check the parking lots to see if the truck is there.” In late June, RTR Transportation owner Tyson Rogers, who operates out of Mount

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Experts suggest making a “wanted to locate” report (not a missing person’s report) with the police department at the driver’s hometown that can work in conjunction with the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network. A “wanted to locate” will not initiate a search, but will prompt police to enter the driver’s information into the National Crime Information Center (NCIC), which will alert police if the driver is stopped, and also let them know there is a problem once the driver or the truck has been spotted.

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Sterling, Ky., reported a missing driver. He says he was “blown away” by the response once Fisher issued the alert, which included pictures of the driver and the missing truck. “It was unreal the amount of people that commented, ‘I’m looking here’ or ‘I’m traveling this direction, so I’m going to be looking here.’ There were so many eyes out there; you had a huge network of people looking.” Rogers, too, had a hard time getting a response from law enforcement because of the different jurisdictions his driver might have traveled through. And time was of the essence because not only was he looking for his driver, he was hoping to locate the expensive refrigerated load on the truck. “I was trying to find it early enough to where we could not lose the load because that’s huge to a company my size.” The driver later turned up in Texas. Law-enforcement experts say police departments face unique challenges when it comes to their ability to respond to a call about a missing driver. A driver may have left one state and traveled to several others before the company or family members lose contact. JJ Coughlin, vice president of lawenforcement service for LoJack Supply

Chain, usually deals with cargo theft, but notes the legal requirements for missing cargo and people are similar. “Proving jurisdiction, a lot of times, is a problem not only for missing people but even cargo thefts, vehicle thefts, anything that moves,” he says. He explains that a police report needs to be made where the crime or incident occurred, and with drivers, it usually is determined by their last known location. “You’ve got to prove they’re missing, that’s where they were last known to be.” In many cases, however, a driver’s last known location is a missing piece of the puzzle, and that’s part of why the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network has proved to be so valuable. Facebook numbers show that the network’s more than 4,000 members shared the alert for Rogers’ driver with close to 100,000 people. Social media can be a powerful tool, and truck drivers like Robert Baird, who lives in Fannett, Texas, and drives for Ergon Trucking, believe it’s a good idea to use it to let others know when a fellow trucker might be in trouble. “For one thing, there are so many drivers on Facebook, when a notice goes out, so many drivers are looking and talking on the phone. The word spreads very quickly.”

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MTDAN founder Kari Fisher and her husband, Lee. Tom Lord of Louisville, Ky., who drives for Rush Trucking, agrees, noting that drivers are a powerful force when they work together. “We kind of stick together, kind of like a brotherhood or whatever. And we always keep a lookout for things. Remember John Malvo, the D.C. sniper? A truck driver was the one who found him, you know.” You may recall that Malvo (who was called John by some but whose legal name was Lee Allen Boyd) and John Allen Muhammad were the two men who went on a horrific three-week shooting spree in October 2002, killing 10 people and injuring others at gas stations and shopping areas in the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland area. The two moved around, firing shots from their car. They finally were captured when truck driver Ron Lantz spotted the vehicle at an interstate rest stop in Maryland and notified police. Fisher’s husband, Lee, who has been a truck driver for 20 years, says he’s proud of her for finding a way to bring drivers together to help each other, and he’s been surprised by how fast it’s grown. He recalls one story of how, during a stop in Laramie, Wy., as Fisher was trying to map out a route to locate a missing driver and issue an alert, another driver came up and asked what she was doing. When she told him, he responded, “Well, have you heard of that Missing Truck Driver Alert Network?” Fisher, who won Trucking Social Media’s 2012 Jason Rivenburg Making A Difference Award at their annual convention, says there’s still a lot of work to be done. She’s pushing forward to have the network become a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. There’s also an effort to get a phone app so those with smartphones can receive a text message when a driver goes missing. And she recently started a Missing Truck Driver Alert Network for Canada. She admits she never realized that reaching out to help one person early last year would turn into something that could help so many others. But she’s pleased that the Missing Truck Driver Alert Network is able to do that, and so is Jonda Williams. “I guess she was hoping it wasn’t going to end up in a tragedy and so was I,” says Williams. “But she’s helped so many people with one little request for help. She created a wonderful thing.”

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The Yungas Road in Bolivia

road trip by amanda jakl

hen famous roads are mentioned, Abbey Road in London, the Champs-Elysees in Paris and Wall Street in New York City come to mind. They are all well known in popular culture and tourist guide books, but don’t look too fun to drive. We’ve researched some of the most twisty, turny, bendy, crazy, fun-to-drive roads in the world. Leave your semi at home and hop in something with a bit more turning precision. Oh, and make sure to pack your passport; all but one are outside the United States.


The pass is closed to all motor vehicles for one day in August for Stelvio Bike Day, when several thousand cyclists of all abilities tackle the nearly 15-mile pass. Hardcore cyclists will climb the 48 hairpins on the northern side to then glide down the southern. Like most mountain passes, the weather can be unpredictable. Don’t be surprised to battle rain and snow in the same day.

Guoliang Tunnel Road China

Most recently seen in a Cadillac commercial, the Guoliang Tunnel Road in the eastern section of China is a marvel of primitive engineering. After the Chinese government refused to invest in a road that would benefit only 300 people, the villagers took the

Stelvio Pass Italy

Open only from June to September, the Stelvio Pass, nestled in the Italian Alps, boasts an impressive 60 hairpin turns, making it a challenge for motorists and cyclists alike. Designed and built in the early 1800s to connect the Austrian Empire with Italy, the pass reaches a peak at a mile high and covers 15 miles. Situated where the Italian, German and Romansh (Swiss) languages meet but German prevails, grab a bratwurst and a beer at the summit. Speed demons need not apply – the average speed limit on the pass is 35 miles per hour and with all the motorcycles, campers, cars and cyclists, traffic jams are not uncommon, especially on the weekend.

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project into their own hands, literally. Hand-carved by 13 villagers over five years, the tunnel road opened the village of Guoliang to the rest of civilization in 1977. Since the road is entirely constructed by villagers, with no government aid, there are none of the lines, markers, lights or safety features that most roads have. The road is also not paved, creating conditions that can alter between slippery and muddy. The various “windows” throughout the tunnel were carved to push out the excess rock during construction. Measuring 15 feet high and about 12 feet wide, the road is less than a mile long, but makes for an unforgettable ride. Thanks to the tunnel road, the once disconnected village became an unintended tourist attraction. The road is often mistaken for the Yungas Road in Bolivia, also on our list.

Trollstigen, aka “Troll Ladder” Norway

According to Norwegian folklore, sunlight turns trolls to stone, so drivers hoping to see some of the mythical bridge dwellers will have to wait until sunset. In the meantime, they can drive the Trollstigen, with 11 hairpin turns up a 9 percent grade, and

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A mere 4,224 feet separated the tiny village of Guoliang from the rest of China until 13 villagers decided to dig through the cliffs.

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enjoy the road signs featuring trolls along the way. Visitors will have to visit in the warmer months since the road is closed from October to May, when avalanches can be a problem. Opened in 1936, the Trollstigen is located in one of the most beautiful parts of Norway, running through mountain valleys and fjords and crossing the famous Stigfossen waterfall. The view at the 2,624foot summit makes it worth the drive.

Touge Roads of Mount Fuji Japan

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The Touge Roads of Mount Fuji are where the art of drifting was born in the 1960s. Drifting, or controlled turns at high speeds, has been seen in almost every car chase on film since. It’s not uncommon to see Japanese youth on these mountain passes as they master the ability. If you have a modified, rear-wheel-drive car, you can practice the dangerous and difficult technique too. There’s plenty for non-stunt drivers to enjoy. Travelers will bask in the breathtaking views of the tallest mountain in Japan while enjoying the wind in their hair as the road opens up for a long stretch.

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A- At the peak of tourist season, more than 2,000 vehicles climb the Troll Ladder daily. B- The Touge Roads wind around the dormant volcano known as Mount Fuji on the island of Honshu.

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With nicknames like “Road of Fate” and “Death Road,” the Yungas Road (both the north and south roads) in Bolivia is a place for daredevils and thrill seekers alike. Built in the 1930s by Paraguayan prisoners during the Chaco War between Bolivia and Paraguay, most of the roughly 40-mile road is a mere 10 feet wide and is sandwiched between the solid rock of a mountain and dizzying cliffs of almost 2,000 feet. The road meanders through the lush Amazon rainforest before climbing to the cool mountain air at 15,260 feet. The road recently went through a 20-year modernization that was completed in 2006, which included updates to some parts of the road. Lane widening, asphalt, guardrails, bridges and a reroute of the most dangerous sections of the old road will likely reduce the number of travelers – about 200 to 300 people – killed every year on the road. Motorists are required to

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drive on the left side to better gauge the outer wheel along the cliff’s edge and ultimately make it safer to pass. Luckily, you can learn from others’ miscalculations, as there are warning signs, in the form of remembrance plaques, at many of the locations where vehicles have met their demise.


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Lombard Street San Francisco

At first glance, Lombard Street in San Francisco looks like a joke or maybe the brainchild of a geometry teacher. But the eight hairpin turns in the middle of the residential neighborhood of Russian Hill were actually built out of necessity: The hill’s natural 51 percent grade made it too steep for the average vehicle to manage. Pedestrians couldn’t manage the incline either, so staircases were constructed instead of sidewalks. Built in 1922, the red brick road is a mere quarter mile long, one-way and downhill. There is often a line of cars with out-of-state license plates at the top waiting to experience America’s most crooked street. Speed demons can skip this one, as the speed limit is a safe and slow 5 mph. w w w. p t c c h a l l e n g e . c o m

A- The Yungas Road has been featured in the show “Ice Road Truckers: Deadliest Roads” on the History Channel. B - One of the original “Seven Hills of San Francisco,” Russian Hill is best known for Lombard Street, unofficially the “World’s Crookedest Street.” s e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 3 C H A L L E N G E 47

on the road Photos: Courtesy of passport in time

Passport In Time By Greg Girard


t was a moose that inspired the creation of Passport in Time (PIT). Well, it may have been a little more than that. Perhaps it was, as the founder of PIT, Gordon Peters, explains, to “provide an opportunity for the public to get involved in heritage activities and to foster a preservation ethic in the participants.” But the moose certainly had something to do with it. It was 1988 and Peters, an archeologist with the Superior National Forest, received a call about a damaged pictograph within the Boundary Waters of northeast Minnesota. Quick to volunteer, the next day Peters found himself portaging his canoe near Hegman Lake when he came face to face with a bull moose. After a brief staring contest, the moose walked off the trail, Peters remembered to breathe and he soon arrived at the damaged pictograph, which happened to include a moose. Apparently the ancient drawings were being used as target practice and as Peters described it, “They were wonderful! Bright red on a light gray rock face, the moose immediately caught my eye. He was awesome! And then we saw it: a small chip of paint was missing from where the moose’s heart would have been. There were other fresh bullet scars on the rock face from

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vandals, trying to kill an ancient painted moose.” Motivated to stop “wanton destruction of beauty and history,” Peters encouraged friends to volunteer their time to help protect and preserve the pictograph and it soon snowballed into preserving other points of cultural history around the Great Lakes that were being threatened. Within a year, PIT partnered with the U.S. Forest Service and a new volunteer program was born.

Now, PIT is a volunteer historic-preservation program coordinated by the U.S. Forest Service through which volunteers work with archeologists and historians to protect and restore cultural heritage around the country. Since 1989, PIT projects have been carried out in 117 national forests and 36 states, averaging about 80 projects a year. And this is not a help-out-with-thecooking, go-get-another-bag-of-nails kind

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Since 1989, PIT volunteers have participated in projects to excavate arrowheads, dig for fossils and restore historic cabins, just to name a few.

of volunteering. Volunteers dig for dinosaurs, excavate Native American artifacts, restore historical cabins and ancient dwellings, and collect oral histories. “[Volunteers] get out there, get their hands dirty and help preserve their collective cultural heritage,” says Matt Dawson, PIT clearinghouse coordinator and project manager. “They’re digging, they’re sweating, they’re building. It’s about providing an experience.” PIT projects are often work that the U.S. Forest Service can’t afford to fund but is still tasked with doing. So PIT volunteers are recruited to work alongside Forest Service experts to preserve historical sites that otherwise would not be protected. “Since 1989 we have generated over $26 million worth of volunteer hours,” says Dawson. Along with the experience and assisting the Forest Service, PIT is also focused on teaching volunteers about the cultural heritage of each site and how it was impacted by time and the elements. “We make an effort to give the volunteers not just an experience in archeology or historic preservation but to give them a little more context in the area,” says William Reed, PIT program manager with the U.S. Forest Service. “A little more understanding of the ecology, wildlife, geology, hydrology, the whole shooting match, just by bringing in other Forest Service experts to do campfire talks.” PIT volunteers sign up for projects that can last a few days or two weeks, and

the locations can vary from backpacking into the site to projects close to RV campgrounds and motels. And the volunteers come from all walks of life. “There’s a wonderful community of people,” says PIT volunteer Joann Benedetto. “Essentially that’s what it grew to be for me.” Benedetto is a social worker from Illinois who has volunteered for 30 PIT projects, logging more than 1,000 hours of volunteer work. Beyond her interest in archeology, she says the eclectic group of people she meets, from radiologists to retirees to home-schooled children, is what keeps her going back. “There’s something for everyone.” While the volunteers offer a pragmatic service to the Forest Service and the country, Peters believes the real impact of PIT is much more. “To see a pictograph for the first time is to feel a connection with the past that no other experience in archaeology or history can evoke,” he writes. “I wanted volunteers to feel that way about their PIT experience.”

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Everywhere, U.s.a.


ometimes in our RV travels, either by design or just good fortune, we find ourselves in a place far removed from what we consider normal. We happened upon one of these places during a trip to the Northeast. Our plan was to follow the Atlantic coastline, starting in Boston, and explore as many of the tourist attractions as we could. After crossing the truly beautiful bridge onto Prince Edward Island, we were getting a little anxious about where to park for the night. There wasn’t a Walmart in that part of the country, so when Cassie spotted a small sign that read “Experimental Wind Farm,” I said, “Let’s go and investigate. Maybe they have a spot for us to park overnight.” The “farm” rested on the most northerly, and least populated, part of the island, and had the oldest continually operating lighthouse on the island. As you can imagine, there’s plenty of wind on P.E.I., and they were experimenting with various iterations of wind machines. After a great tour, we built up the courage to ask if we could stay. No problem at all. ”Just pull up to the cliff,” said the manager. “Stay the night; you will love the sound of the water.” We pulled as close as we dared, our door just feet from the steep bluff overlooking the Gulf of St. Lawrence. It was beautiful and all we did was ask. After dinner and the “it’s 5 o’clock somewhere” beverage, we retired for the evening. It wasn’t until 2 a.m. when the noises started. I thought for sure the bluff was caving into the ocean like a glacier, taking us with it. Nothing so traumatic. It was bright enough to see that a pickup truck with a horse trailer had rumbled up to park beside us. The owner, speaking in an Irish-

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sounding tongue, was unloading the horse. I peeked out the door and asked the gentleman what he was doing there. “I’m here to get my moss,” he said and the confused looks on our faces prompted him to ask if we wanted to watch. We got dressed and followed him down to the beach. He hooked the horse to a large wooden rake, put a long rope around the neck of large magnificent animal, whispered some Irish or Canadian word to him and turned him loose. Horse and rake entered the water up to chest level and began collecting the moss. Afterward, he told us he would be back again at high tide. We could hardly wait for daylight. Turns out that this particular part of the Gulf of St. Lawrence is ideal for generating Irish moss, or carrageenan, which is used as a thickener in many foods. Prince Edward Islanders have been collecting the moss for generations. The morning brought even more collectors. Boats with smaller rakes were used offshore, horses for the tidal zones. The pickup trucks used to haul away the moss were a sight in themselves. There was more rubber than metal left on them. It was hard to figure out exactly what was holding them together. The life these folks were living was anything but normal to us. They’re one with the old ways and the simple living the sea provides. No huge cranes, trucks and noise for them, just intimate contact with the wind, sea and animals. Just the way it has been for decades. No improvement needed. We had to leave to start our return home, but not without some fresh-baked moss pie. Let’s just say it tastes much better as a filler for toothpaste and ice cream than as pie. w w w. p t c c h a l l e n g e . c o m

sources of protein when you’re on the run. Also remember to educate yourself. Do your homework and read the labels to make sure you are not overloading on sugar and carbs in order to get the protein. This is where you learn to listen to your body. Now that we understand how to fuel our personal engines, let’s put it to the test by starting a simple exercise program. Despite all of the scientific advances in sports training and the billions of dollars spent on exercise equipment each year, the best and most readily available form of exercise is free. You just have to walk the walk – approximately 2,000 steps equal a mile and 100 calories. Walking increases circulation, relaxes tension in the neck and shoulders, eases mental fatigue and eyestrain and can even relieve lower back pain and hip stiffness. If you’re out of shape, start slowly and build up over time. Exercise shouldn’t be a chore; it’s one of the best things you can do for your body. Here are a few more tips:

taking control by bob perry Bob Perry is the chair of the American Trucking Association’s Safety Management Council’s Health & Wellness Working Group email: •

t’s common knowledge that exercising is beneficial to your health, in some cases even life-saving. So why isn’t everyone exercising? We know making major life changes isn’t an easy task, and taking control of your personal health is no exception. It can be overwhelming and difficult, especially while working and living on the road. The reasons for not attempting a program or failing at one vary from person to person, but with a support system, a solid plan and realistic goals, you can get on the road to better health. The first step, and 75 percent of the battle, is what you put in your body. While exercising is very important, making good nutritional choices is the key. Just as I say “It’s not the exercise you should do, but the one you will do,” learning how to get the maximum performance out of your body engine starts with knowing what fuels are best for you. We all have access to the most reliable and valuable laboratory – our own bodies. Take protein, for example. Protein is the building block of every cell in your body, and should be the foundation of every meal. Protein comes in all shapes, sizes and flavors. Chicken, turkey, lean cuts of meat, cheese, fish, eggs, beans, nuts and cottage cheese all have protein.


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A common complaint among those making lifestyle changes is they are always hungry. Eating a low-fat menu can leave you wanting more, but you don’t have to eat the kitchen sink or return to your old habits to feel satisfied. By including a little lean protein with each meal you can feel full longer. But you need to understand how much protein is enough (a good rule of thumb is your fist equals a portion size) and not all proteins agree with everyone. This is where you need to experiment with your own body to find the right protein for you. Protein takes longer for your body to digest so it stays with you longer (much like whole grains.) It can help you stick to a low-fat diet and in turn help you to lose weight – without losing your mind. It’s essential to start the day with a good source of protein. We know living and working on the road and having accessibility to good choices can be challenging. If you don’t always have time in the morning to eat a good breakfast, be prepared and have your cab stocked with some staples as a back-up. Remember, if you don’t have a good choice available, you’ll often end up making a bad choice. Consider carrying protein bars and shakes, fruit with almonds and walnuts or Greek yogurt with oatmeal. They’re all good

Wear good shoes

You don’t run your rig on bald tires; you shouldn’t walk in worn-out shoes either. Arch support, heel support, and cushioning all wear down over time. Good walking shoes help avoid injuries. Tip: Take your old workout shoe with you to the store. A good salesperson can look at the wear on the sole of the shoes, and recommend any necessary adjustments in size or style.

If you have a pedometer, take it for a road test

Attach it horizontally on your waistband or belt, right above your knee. If this is not comfortable, the pedometer may be worn at the side, but accuracy may be affected. Make sure to keep it horizontal. To test a pedometer for accuracy, reset the counter to zero, and walk 50 steps. If the counter reads between 45-55 steps, your step counter is functioning accurately. If the reading is off by more than 10 percent, reposition the counter to another location on your waist and test it again.

Set realistic goals

As you build stamina, you may want to incorporate strength training into your regular workout routine to help increase muscle strength and flexibility.

Drink to your health

Whenever you increase physical activity, make sure to stay well hydrated. Drinking water is one of the keys to good health, and it’s even more important when you exercise. Roll strong.

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Windows on Wildlife

by brenda potts

sing trail cameras to monitor your deer population has become a valuable tool for hunters. But it can also be fun for anyone who loves observing wildlife. Not so long ago, before all the digital options of today’s technology, my trail camera used rolls of film. So when the film ran out, I would take it to the one-hour processor. After getting the photos back from one particular roll, I nearly drove off the road with shock. I had captured two giant bucks on film at night, one a large non-typical with a drop tine, the other a giant typical with antlers that looked like a rib cage on top of his head. That one photo made up for all the hundreds of photos of nothing but weeds, crows, or half an animal. Trail cameras are so popular among hunters that the variety of options has grown dramatically in the last few years. The simplest model will take digital still photos, in color, during the day in low resolution. The most advanced will offer multiple features, such as remote wireless viewing of your photos, video with sound and infrared flash that does not spook animals. The easiest way to get pictures of wildlife is to strap your camera to a tree and place food or mineral about 10 yards in front of the camera. Unfortunately this is not legal in some states, so check your game and fish agency for local regulations. If you cannot “bait” the photo area, then you need to know a little more about


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the wildlife you are trying to photograph or video. Game trails and natural food sources or water are good places to start. Placement of the camera takes some practice but a few simple rules apply. Do not point the camera in a direction where the sun will cause a glare on your photos during parts of the day. Be aware of vegetation in front of the camera. If the wind blows tall grass or overhanging limbs in the camera’s view, it will trigger the camera to take photos when no animals are present. Angle the camera to the estimated height of the animal. Check the sensitivity ratings on the camera as well, and set them according to the types of animal you want to photograph. If you want photos only of deer and larger animals, then set your sensitivity to low. If you want smaller animals and birds too, set it to high. I just started using a Spypoint Tiny HD trail camera that offers video with sound. On my first try I captured video of a doe with twin fawns (see my Facebook page to watch the video). We just returned from Kentucky, where it’s legal to put corn in front of your trail camera. In two days I took more than 1,000 pictures with two cameras. One of the shots was of a huge buck with double brow tines (fortunately I wasn’t driving at the time I reviewed the photos). Knowing that he lives in the area has me counting the days to deer season. I’m hoping to see him again this fall – through my trail camera and within bow range! w w w. p t c c h a l l e n g e . c o m

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Young Blood

by claire b. lang

hat boy’s crazy,” a caller into my Sirius XM NASCAR radio show “Dialed In” said. He was talking about a young driver we were discussing on air. “He’s not crazy,” I replied with certainty. “He’s 19 years old and he’s a racecar driver.” I take a pace car ride every Sunday morning at each track on the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series circuit. In June at Michigan, Ryan Blaney filled in for Brett Bodine behind the wheel of the GT 500 Mustang and gave me a ride I won’t soon forget. He screeched off of pit road and rocketed us around the track, reaching a speed of nearly 170 mph. I was trying desperately to hold my microphone and keep the recorder on while gasping for air when I told him he was a speed demon.


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“Pretty much,” he shouted back, laughing as we flew around the track. Turns out the pace car is not set up to go that fast and the car was damaged in our ride, but we arrived back on pit road safe and the experience is one of my “best of” moments. I have a soft spot for covering the young drivers as they enter NASCAR. During my career, I have enjoyed unwrapping their personalities and figuring out who they really are. As a reporter, I try hard to not make these young bucks into something that I conjure up, but instead to carefully cover and watch what unfolds naturally. I want what comes out, when it does, to be real. Sometimes with the shy young drivers you have to be patient and wait. And when it happens, it’s pure gold.

Several years ago when Shane Hmiel was a young “hot shoe,” I approached a scene where Hmiel was hotheaded and angry. His father worked for Dale Earnhardt Inc. at the time and his dad allowed me to get close with the microphone because he told me he trusted I knew how to handle it. With a young driver, I believe you take care not to push his buttons but to cover how he feels on his own at that moment. A reporter with an agenda can get a young driver to snap, but that should never be a reporter’s role. It used to be that the youngest drivers were the hotheads but the new breed of young drivers is not that way. It seems the older drivers are the hotter heads these days. Jeffrey Earnhardt is high on my list. He started young, rebelled a little, stood away from his family at one point, reunited with them, dug deep and now he’s responsible, mature and tenacious. What happened? He grew up and I have covered the entire process. Jeb Burton is a regular on my show. He has a way of being true to himself and emotional while still knowing his place in the sport. Kyle Larson is as calm as any racecar driver I have ever interviewed after races. It’s been said of him that, while a brilliant racer, he can’t talk about anything other than racing because that’s all he does. Wrong. He’s becoming more comfortable doing that and I trust in my hands, on my show, he enjoys being himself. What a talent. I remember doing interviews with Austin Dillon and Ty Dillon when they were kids, just for practice, so when they became racecar drivers they would be good at it. Richard Childress still has the tape of my interviews. Chase Elliott did his first interview as a young racer with me and I won’t forget how smart and appreciative he was. One day when he’s really big time I’ll treasure that first interview. As you watch coverage of these young drivers, understand that you are witnessing them growing up. They’re not crazy. They’re young and they’re racecar drivers. And they’re so much fun to cover.

For more Claire B. Lang check for regular updates. Listen to Claire B. Lang’s Radio Show exclusively on Sirius XM NASCAR Radio Channel 90. SEPTEMBER 2 0 1 3 C H A L L E N G E 53

Fighting Fatigue by mike howe Follow Mike on Twitter: @TruckingDC • Like Mike on Facebook:

he U.S. Department of Transportation identified fatigue as one of the major safety challenges facing the trucking industry. In July we saw the implementation of the latest hoursof-service rules, primarily as a result of studies related to fatigue. “These fatiguefighting rules for truck drivers were carefully crafted based on years of scientific research and unprecedented stakeholder outreach,” said FMCSA Administrator Anne Ferro in a press release on July 1. The results are expected to improve driver health and save lives. However, managing driver fatigue, beyond regulatory restrictions, is not always easy, especially when trying to define fatigue or how to fight it. But, thanks to a cooperative effort between the U.S. and Canada, drivers and others in the industry have access to a new fatigue-management tool. Several weeks after the new HOS rules became effective, FMCSA, in cooperation with Canadian officials, announced the North American Fatigue Management Program (NAFMP) and the launch of the website that offers an interactive driver fatigue-management tool to help drivers and others to prevent fatigue. “We can help save lives and prevent crashes on our roads by providing drivers and companies with educational tools,” said Ferro. “This is another supportive resource truck and bus drivers can utilize in addition to complying with our hours-of-service rules.” According to the FMCSA’s press release, the NAFMP is a voluntary, interactive Webbased educational and training program developed to “provide commercial truck and bus drivers and carriers with an awareness of the factors contributing to fatigue and its impact on performance and safety.”


The program provides: • Information on how to develop a corporate culture that facilitates reduced driver fatigue; • Fatigue-management education;

• Information on sleep disorders, screening and treatment; • Driver and trip scheduling information; and • Information on fatigue-management technologies. There are opportunities to benefit from the use of NAFMP, whether you are a driver or a carrier. For drivers, NAFMP will provide up-to-date educational information and research on driver health and wellness, and for carriers, overall safety performance should improve. More specifically, NAFMP provides a “returnon-investment calculator” designed to provide cost/benefit information needed to support the decision to deploy the NAFMP program within their company. The online interactive courses, lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 3.5 hours, are designed for different groups, including motor-carrier executives and managers, commercial drivers, driver spouses and families, safety managers, trainers, freight shippers and receivers, dispatchers and driver managers. Will the NAFMP be effective in addressing fatigue issues? And how exactly will it do this? According to the NAFMP website, it’s about increasing awareness of the dangers of driving drowsy or fatigued, and providing training and bestpractice guidance. For every time the FMCSA shuts down a carrier through its aggressive shut-down program, we’re sure to hear former U.S. DOT Secretary Ray LaHood and current U.S. DOT Secretary Anthony Foxx saying, “Safety is our highest priority. Companies and drivers who willfully violate safety laws will not be allowed to operate.” Will NAFMP help avoid these shut-downs and other safety violations? That remains to be seen, but it’s nice to see FMCSA taking a proactive step to address a problem instead of imposing more regulations. Let’s just hope it doesn’t become mandatory training.

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30/30 Vision


don’t know about you, but I’m pretty reluctant when it comes to change. It’s not always easy and it takes me a little time to adjust. But I’m working on my attitude as I approach the recent change in our industry. On July 1 a new law was imposed regarding our driving time. Drivers must now take a 30-minute break sometime before driving more than eight hours. I get it. It’s to help cut down on driver fatigue, which is one of the contributing factors of preventable accidents involving 18-wheelers.

by kitty cowhick

Kitty Cowhick is a 25-year veteran of the transportation industry and is author of the book “Hammer Down,” available at

I’m not saying that truck drivers cause all big truck accidents, not at all. I see the peril that drivers of other vehicles cause. Rather, I’m talking about the validity of this new law that focuses on the rest that truck drivers get – or don’t get, I should say. The law is designed for safety. It’s meant to help drivers stay alert and aware of traffic and road conditions while behind the wheel. And it’s meant to ensure we get enough downtime during a 34-hour restart. OK, so it’s for our own good. Ouch. I hate to admit it, but maybe it’s for the better.

I guess I just didn’t like somebody else telling me what I already know to be true. After all, I have picked up almost 20 pounds since I returned to driving a year ago. I don’t eat right, I don’t get the sleep I need, and I’m too exhausted when I get home to exercise. Well, those are a few of my excuses, anyway. I must get motivated to address these problems. Yes, that’s it. All I need is 30 minutes a day to refresh, get a little exercise, and maybe even take time to eat a sensible meal. I think I’m on to something. Now, where will I find 30 minutes? Hmm ….

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omic books have captivated audiences in one form or another for 80 years. Eastern Color Printing published the first true comic book, “Famous Funnies,” in 1934. Since then, the influence of comics has surged throughout pop culture and the real world. For instance, “Captain Marvel Jr.” inspired many of Elvis Presley’s trademarks, from his front curl hairstyle to his band’s lightning bolt logo. Captain America, one of Marvel’s most successful heroes, gained his popularity during the second world war. Launched in 1941, the comic was partially meant to boost American morale, but would become a landmark franchise for decades after. Similarly, D.C. Comics released “Watchmen” at the height of the Cold War, and it became one of the most successful graphic novels ever produced. Regardless of the time, comics have shaped modern culture in more ways than most realize. Here’s a look at some of the more interesting, paramount comic books from over the years:


All American Comics No. 16: The Birth of the Green Lantern

The Green Lantern was the first everyday guy who was lucky enough to stumble upon super powers. Published in 1940, what made the Green Lantern so fascinating to fans was how protagonist Hal

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Jordan embodied what every young child imagines: escaping normal life and being handed super powers, including the ability to fly. While the 2011 film adaptation of “The Green Lantern” was not a flattering portrayal, the Green Lantern’s birth in this issue was indeed a landmark for the entire comic book industry.

between the D.C. and Marvel universes. But what would happen if the two worlds collided? Initially, Superman and Spiderman see each other as foes, hoodwinked

Action Comics No. 1: The Holy Grail

“Action Comics No. 1” was not only the first comic book to introduce Superman, it was also the first comic book to introduce superheroes in general. Released by D.C. Comics in 1938, this is considered to be the mother of all comic books. The issue has broken multiple sales records, including becoming the first comic book ever to sell for $1 million. The record would be broken two more times, before setting a record of $2.16 million in 2011 when it was sold by the actor Nicolas Cage.

Superman vs. the Amazing Spiderman

Although they had collaborated prior to this issue, this was the first crossover between characters of D.C. and Marvel comics. Released in 1976, the world had already been introduced to superheroes like Superman, Batman and Iron Man. Fans were aware of the imaginary separation

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by their respective villains Lex Luther and Doc Oc. Once they put the pieces together, the duo turns the tables on the real enemies.

The Amazing Spiderman No. 700: The Death of Peter Parker

The death of Peter Parker was incredibly controversial in the final issue of “The Amazing Spiderman.” Although it was released in 2012, the cover art of this issue was intended to be the cover art for Spiderman’s first issue, “Amazing Fantasy No. 15” in 1962. While this is truly a landmark comic, the issue itself is not worth a great deal. Creator Stan Lee signed 90 copies of the issue on his 90th birthday. The autographed copies are valued up to $3,000.

The Dark Knight Returns No. 1: The New Era of Batman

In 1986, author Frank Miller introduced the world to Batman as he’s known today, in “The Dark Knight Returns.” Before this installment, Batman had a softer, more light-hearted appearance with fans. “The Dark Knight Returns” changed the direction of comic books in general, introducing a sense of rage and true darkness; the difference between the Batman of Adam West versus Christian Bale. “The Dark Knight Returns” also rejuvenated the character for a new generation of fans.

Superman No. 75: The Death of Superman

Yes, it happened. In 1992, when the comic book scene had calmed down a bit, D.C. shocked the world when they killed the man of steel. This event was so big that the president and first lady, Bill and Hillary Clinton, were featured in the comic’s funeral. Since Superman’s first appearance in 1938, fans were used to the idea that the man of steel was invincible. His death sent shockwaves through the comic book universe, although many comic book buffs are quick to point out that almost nothing is forever in the Marvel/D.C. universe.

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Spiderman placed third, behind Batman and Superman, in IGN’s Top 100 Comic Book Heroes survey.

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Ode To The Flying J By Brandy Roesch

Young girl, there’s no need to feel down. I said, young girl, pick yourself off the ground. I said young girl, ’cause you’re in a new town. There’s no need to be unhappy. And young man, there’s a place you can go. I said young man, for a good cup o’ joe. You can stay there, get a shower for free, You can even do your laundry. It’s fun to stay at the FLYING J. It’s fun to stay at the FLYING J. They have everything that you need to enjoy, you can hang out with good ol’ boys. It’s fun to stay at the FLYING J. It’s fun to stay at the FLYING J. You can get yourself clean, you can have a good meal, You can have some dude shine your wheels!

The Long Way Home By Crystal Kelly

I’ve seen all that I can see. There’s nothing left out here for me. HOS, CSA, DOT and more, not to mention dispatchers galore. Used to love it, but life passed me by. Tired of shippers, receivers and brokers that lie. I excel at all, even down to the logs. Too bad people treat us all like dogs. With my wife and kids I never saw a thing. Now I can say, money isn’t everything. My respect for you all will always remain, but home I go if it’s all the same!

Driver, I know it’s not too cool, I said driver, to be low on your fuel, When you’re hungry, have to go number two, And you need air in three tires. That’s when someone on the CB says, “Good buddy, at yardstick 93 There’s a Pilot, and a newly built J, They will get you back on your way.” It’s fun to stay at the FLYING J. It’s fun to stay at the FLYING J. You can buy souvenirs, you can make some new friends, You can feel like a human again. It’s fun to stay at the FLYING J. It’s fun to stay at the FLYING J. They have everything that a trucker could need. And the CAT scale is guaranteed. FLYING J.

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Chase the Rainbow


Rosalio Matute Jr.

One Lone Truck Teresa Botherton

Bill Richardson

The Never Ending Road

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honorable mention A Lil’ Bit Of Snow – Kristine Molmen

Stopping for a Burro or a Burrito?

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These are the faces of Pilot Flying J who have excelled in customer service

General Manager Kim Copland, Latisha Meahan, Anne Hawryliw, Enid Tkachenko, and Tara Supina • Nanton, Alberta

A customer wrote in, “I would like to tell you about the top-notch Pilot employees at the Nanton, Alberta, Flying J. These employees are exceptional and make you feel right at home. Kim Copland, the general manager, is an outstanding person and his crew reflects that. The store, fuel islands and showers are always clean. Having put 1.8 million miles under my belt, I am picky about where I stop, and I wish all the Pilot and Flying J’s were like the one in Nanton. Thank you for doing an outstanding job.”

Everett Meadows and Haley Pyle • Seville, OH “I cannot believe how Haley was running the register and the deli while Everett was running behind supporting her,” a customer wrote. “They are super people. They dealt with grumpy drivers and had them leaving with a smile. The whole location was in great condition. This store needs to be an example of how your stores all need to be. They were fun as well as professional.”

If you would like to recognize a Pilot Flying J employee who has made your visit fast, friendly or clean, or if you have any comments, please call our customer line at 1-877-866-7378

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ARKANSAS (cont.)

369 BIRMINGHAM 7 S DEF 100 I-20/59/65 AL 78, Exit 123 901 Bankhead Highway West, 35204 602 BIRMINGHAM DEF 157 15 rv dump I-65 & SR 94, Exit 264 224 Daniel Payne Drive North, 35207 603 Dothan DEF 158 9 rv dump Ross Clark Hwy/Hwy 231 2190 Ross Clark Circle, 36301 604 Hope Hull 9 S DEF 127 rv dump I-65 Exit 158 900 Tyson Road, 36043 497 Lincoln DEF 80 7 I-20, Exit 165 121 Honda Drive, 35096 601 McCalla DEF 150 15 rv dump I-20/I-59 Exit 104 6098 MacAshan Dr, 35111 302 MOBILE (THEODORE) DEF 65 5 I-10 & Theodore Dawes Rd, Exit 13 6955 Theodore Dawes Road, 36582 441 PRICEVILLE 7 S DEF 90 rv dump I-65, Exit 334 3240 Point Mallard Parkway, 35603 75 SATSUMA 8 S DEF 125 I-65, Exit 19 6109 US 43 South, 36572 76 TUSCALOOSA 8 S DEF 125 I-20/59, Exit 76 4416 Skyland Boulevard East, 35405

609 Eloy DEF 350 11 rv dump I-10 Exit 208 16189 S Sunshine Blvd, 85231 610 Kingman DEF 95 11 rv dump I-40 Exit 53 3300 East Andy DeVine Ave., 86401 211 LAKE HAVASU CITY 12 S DEF 110 I-40 & AZ 95, Exit 9 14750 South Highway 95, 86404 279 NOGALES (RIO RICO) DEF 90 11 I-19 & SR 289, Exit 12 769 East Frontage Road, 85648 611 Phoenix DEF 185 15 rv dump I-10 Exit 137 6700 West Latham, 85043 593 Tucson 7 S DEF 80 I-10, Exit 268 5570 E. Travel Plaza Way, 85756 328 QUARTZSITE DEF 100 4 I-10 & US 95, Exit 17 1201 West Main Street, 85359 612 Winslow DEF 250 15 rv dump I-40 Exit 255 400 Transcon Lane, 86047 505 Yuma 6 100 I-8, Exit 12 108000 North Frontage Road, 85367

145 SPRINGDALE DEF 33 4 US 412 & 71 Bypass 5660 West Sunset Avenue, 72762 606 Texarkana DEF 157 15 rv dump I-30 Exit 7 Rt 12 Box 254B, I30 & Hwy 108, 71854 429 West Memphis 11 S DEF 150 I-40, Exit 280 1100 Martin Luther King Blvd, 72301 607 West Memphis DEF 225 15 rv dump I-40 Exit 280 & I-55 Exit 4 3400 Service Loop Road, 72301

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ARIZONA 459 AVONDALE 13 S DEF 145 rv dump I-10, Exit 133A 900 North 99th Avenue, 85323 180 BELLEMONT 7 S DEF 90 I-40, EXIT 185 12500 West I-40, 86015 608 Ehrenberg DEF 300 13 I-10 Exit 1 Box 801, I-10 Exit 1 S. Frontage Rd, 85334 458 ELOY 5 S DEF 145 rv dump I-10, Exit 208 619 South Sunshine Boulevard, 85231

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CALIFORNIA 613 Bakersfield DEF 250 14 rv dump Hwy 99 Exit Merced Ave. 17047 Zachary Ave., 93308 282 barstow 5 S 30 I-15/40 & US 58 2591 Commerce Parkway, 92311 614 Bartsow DEF 171 15 rv dump I-15 & Lenwood Exit 2611 Fisher Boulevard, 92311 372 CASTAIC 7 S DEF 125 I-5 & Lake Hughes Exit 31642 Castaic Road, 91384 168 DUNNIGAN 10 S DEF 155 I-5, Road 8 Exit 554 30035 County Road 8, 95937 616 Frazier Park 18 285 rv dump I-5 Frazier Park Exit 205 42810 Frazier Mtn Park Road, 93243 381 HESPERIA 11 S DEF 300 I-15 & US 395 8701 Highway 395, 92345 200 KRAMER JUNCTION DEF 50 7 US 395/US 58 5725 Highway 58, 93516 617 Lodi DEF 187 15 rv dump I-5 & Hwy 12, Exit Fairfield 15100 North Thornton Road, 95242 154 LOST HILLS 7 S DEF 70 I-5 & CA 46 14808 Warren Street, 93249

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365 MADERA DEF 150 11 CA-99 at Ave 18.5 22717 Avenue 18 1/2, 93637 307 N. PALM SPRINGS DEF 80 5 I-10 & Garnett & Indian Ave. 6605 N. Indian Canyon Drive, 92258 343 Otay Mesa 9 S DEF 150 I-905, Exit 7, CA905 1497 Piper Ranch Rd, 92154 618 Ripon DEF 197 15 rv dump Hwy 99 Exit Jack Tone Rd 1501 North Jack Tone Road, 95366 879 Sacramento 49er Travel Plaza DEF 275 12 I-80, Exit 85 (W. El Camino Ave) 2828 El Centro Rd, 95833 237 SALINAS DEF 75 7 US 101 & Sanborn 951 Work Street, 93901 765 Thousand Palms 9 88 rv dump I-10 Ramon Exit 72235 Varner Road, 92276 137 weed DEF 80 7 rv dump I-5, Exit 745 395 E Vista Drive, 96094

89 ELLENTON DEF 2 2 I-75, Exit 224 1526 51st Avenue East, 34222 352 FT. MYERS DEF 80 6 I-75, Luckett Rd, Exit 139 6050 Plaza Drive, 33905 90 FT. PIERCE 8 S DEF 80 I-95, Exit 129 7300 West Okeechobee Road, 34945 471 Haines City DEF 80 7 rv dump US Hwy 27 North 35647 US Hwy 27 North, 33845 91 JACKSONVILLE DEF 30 5 I-95, Exit 329 1625 County Road 210 West, 32259 374 MARIANNA 7 S DEF 90 I-10 @ FL 71, Exit 142 2209 Highway 71, 32448 873 miami 3 65 Hwy 27 12200 NW South River Road, 33178 874 miami 2 30 US 41 & SR 997 17696 SW 8th Street, 33194 897 Miami Gardens Dades corner Plz 1 20 SR 826, Exit SR 817 16650 NW 27th Avenue, 33054 425 MIDWAY 8 S DEF 90 rv dump I-10, Exit 192 33333 Blue Star Highway, 32343 293 OCALA DEF 60 7 I-75 & FL 484, Exit 341 2020 SW 135th Street, 34476 92 OCALA 7 S DEF 130 I-75, Exit 358 4255 NW Highway 326, 34482 424 OCALA 5 S DEF 125 I-75, Exit 358 4032 West Highway 326, 34482 94 PUNTA GORDA DEF 70 5 I-75, Exit 161 26505 Jones Loop Road, 33950 623 Quincy DEF 150 15 rv dump I-10 Exit 192 32670 Blue Star Highway, 32343 626 St. Augustine DEF 160 9 rv dump I-95 Hwy 206 Exit 305 950 State Road 206 West, 32086 622 St. Lucie DEF 156 15 rv dump I-95 Hwy 68 Exit 131 100 North Kings Hwy 625 Tampa 4 30 rv dump I-4 & SR 579 Exit 10 11555 East Sligh Ave.

95 WILDWOOD 5 S DEF 10 I-75, Exit 329 493 East State Route 44 96 YEEHAW JUNCTION 0 40 US 60 & FL Turnpike, Exit 193 3050 SR 60 Yeehaw Junction

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COLORADO 619 Aurora DEF 149 15 rv dump I-70 Exit 285 (South) 16751 East 32nd Ave., 80011 316 DENVER 7 S DEF 100 I-70 & Steele Street, Exit 276A 4640 Steele Street, 80216 621 Limon DEF 200 2 rv dump I-70 & Exit 359 2495 Williams Ave., 80828

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CONNecticut 255 MILFORD 12 S DEF 150 I-95, EXIT 40 433 Old Gate Lane, 06460 882 N Stonington American Auto Stop 6 119 I-95, Exit 93 273 Clarks Falls Rd, 06359

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FLORIDA 87 BALDWIN DEF 50 5 I-10, Exit 343 1050 US 301 South, 32234 88 COCOA 2 I-95, Exit 201 4455 King Street, 32926 624 Dade City DEF 180 15 I-75 Exit 285 & SR52 29933 State Road 52, 33576 w w w. p t c c h a l l e n g e . c o m

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260 ALBANY DEF 80 5 Hwy 300 & Clark Ave 310 Cordele Road, 31705 331 ATLANTA (EAST) 7 S DEF 100 I-285 & Bouldercrest Road, Exit 51 2605 Bouldercrest, 30316 344 ATLANTA (WEST) 5 45 I-285 & South Atlanta Road, Exit 16 4600 South Atlanta Road, 30080 65 AUGUSTA 3 30 I-20, Exit 194 4091 Jimmie Dyess Parkway, 30909 144 AUGUSTA DEF 90 6 I-20, Exit 200 2975 Gun Club Road, 30907 66 BRASELTON 6 S DEF 70 I-85, Exit 129 5888 Highway 53, 30517 627 Brunswick DEF 150 15 rv dump I-95 Exit 29 2990 US Hwy 17 South, 31523 628 Carnesville DEF 190 15 rv dump I-85 Exit 160 10226 Old Federal Road, 30521 67 CARTERSVILLE 8 S DEF 100 I-75, Exit 296 968 Cassville-White Road, 30120 416 CORDELLE 10 60 rv dump I-75, Exit 101 2201 East 16 Avenue, 31015 319 DALTON DEF 100 7 I-75/Connector 3, Exit 328 244 Connector 3 SW, 30720 421 DALTON 9 S DEF 210 rv dump I-75, Exit 326 142 Carbondale Road, 30721 68 DUBLIN DEF 20 3 I-16, Exit 51 2185 US 441, 31021 630 Jackson DEF 200 14 rv dump I-75 Exit 201 I-75 & Exit 66 Bucksnort Road, 30233 69 LAGRANGE DEF 60 3 I-85, Exit 13 1960 Whitesvillle Road, 30240

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p 912-280-0006 f 912-280-9555

p 706-335-6656 f 706-335-4432

p 770-607-7835 f 770-607-7873

p 229-271-5775 f 229-271-5774

p 706-277-7934 f 706-277-3337

p 706-370-4060 f 706-370-5769

p 478-275-2143 f 478-275-0070

p 770-775-0138 f 770-775-1134

p 706-884-6318 f 706-884-1872

p 813-612-9438 f 813-612-9297

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GEORGIA (cont.)


631 Lake Park DEF 200 15 rv dump I-75 Exit 2 7001 Lake Park-Bellville Rd., 31636 420 MADISON DEF 110 6 rv dump I-20, Exit 114 1881 Eatonton Road, 30650 422 NEWNAN 7 S DEF 95 I-85, Exit 41 1645 South Highway 29, 30263 71 PORT WENTWORTH 8 S DEF 125 I-95, Exit 109 7001 Highway 21, 31407 632 Resaca DEF 200 15 rv dump I-75 Exit 320 288 Resaca Beach Blvd. NW, 30735 415 RISING FAWN DEF 150 8 I-59, Exit 4 319 Deer Head Cover Road, 30738 72 SAVANNAH DEF 1 I-16, Exit 160 1504 Dean Forrest Road, 31408 575 St. marys DEF 235 12 I-95, Exit 1 491 W. St. Mary’s Street, 31558 312 TALLAPOOSA 6 S DEF 90 I-20 & GA 100, Exit 5 882 Georgia Highway 100, 30176 417 TEMPLE DEF 140 14 rv dump I-20, Exit 19 625 Carrollton Street, 30179 634 TEMPLE DEF 164 15 rv dump I-20 & Hwy 113 Exit 19 15 Villa Rosa Road, 30179 192 TIFTON 12 S DEF 200 I-75, Exit 60 4431 Old Union Road, 31794 633 union point DEF 189 9 rv dump I-20 & Exit 138 3600 Highway 77 South, 30642 73 VALDOSTA 6 S DEF 90 I-75, Exit 11 3495 Madison Highway, 31601 398 VIENNA DEF 100 5 I-75, Exit 109 39 Victory Lane, 31092 267 WARNER ROBINS (BYRON) 11 S DEF 150 I-75, Exit 146 2965 Highway 247C, 31008 254 WILDWOOD DEF 20 3 I-24 Exit 169 650 Highway 299, 30757

777 East Boise 6 60 I-84 Exit 54 (Federal Way) 3353 Federal Way, 83705 638 Caldwell DEF 100 9 I-84 Exit 29 3512 Franklin Road, 83605 641 McCammon DEF 84 5 I-15 Exit 47 587 E. US Hwy 30, 83250 350 MOUNTAIN HOME 9 100 I-84 & US 20, Exit 95 1050 Highway 20, 83647 639 Post Falls DEF 100 8 I-90 Exit 2 N 400 Idahline Rd, 83854 640 Twin Falls DEF 100 6 I-84 Exit 173 5350 Highway 93, 83338

p 229-559-6500 f 229-559-3008 TM

p 706-343-1455 f 706-343-1033

p 770-252-3551 f 770-252-2197

p 912-964-7006 f 912-964-7808

p 706-629-1541 f 706-629-2003

p 706-462-2455 f 706-462-2702

p 912-964-5280 f 912-964-5098

p 912-576-5424 f 912-882-8867

p 770-574-9922 f 770-574-9697

p 770-562-9773 f 770-562-2269

p 770-562-4009 f 770-562-3571

p 229-382-7295 f 229-382-4910

p 706-486-4835 f 706-486-4845

p 229-244-8034 f 229-244-6020

p 229-268-1414 f 229-268-4880

p 478-956-5316 f 478-956-3726

p 706-820-7353 f 706-820-9539

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rv dump

p 208-385-9745 f 208-344-3624

rv dump

p 208-453-9225 f 208-453-9409

rv dump

p 208-254-9845 f 208-254-9893

p 208-587-4465 f 208-587-3071

rv dump

p 208-773-0593 f 208-773-0404

p 208-324-3454 f 208-324-4097

ILLINOIS 642 alorton 15 202 rv dump I-255 & Exit 17A 140 Racehorse Drive, 62207 299 BLOOMINGTON 6 S DEF 160 I-55/74 & IL 9, Exit 160A 1522 West Market Street 526 Champaign road ranger DEF 150 3 I-57, Exit 240 4910 Market St 473 channahon DEF 25 0 I-55 & Route 6, Exit 248 23841 SE Eams 378 Chicago road ranger LMTD 0 I-55 MM 288 “Stevenson Expressway” 3401 South California Avenue, 60632 368 Decatur DEF 90 7 I-72, Exit 144 (SE Quad) 4030 E. Boyd Road 523 Dixon road ranger DEF 45 5 I-88 Exit 54 1801 South Galena Ave. ,61021 313 EAST ST. LOUIS 11 S DEF 200 I 70/55 Exit 4 699 State Route 203 165 EFFINGHAM 7 S DEF 100 I-57/70, Exit 162 2500 North 3rd Street 643 Effingham DEF 180 15 rv dump I-70 & I-57, Exit 160 1701 W Evergreen / I-70 & I-57 468 Gilman DEF 80 7 I-57, Exit 283 815 Hwy 24 West, 60938

p 618-337-4579 f 618-337-4851

p 309-827-7867 f 309-827-2355

p 815-315-4991 f 217-643-7809

p 815-467-0918 f 815-467-0972

p 815-977-7020 f 773-847-1438

p 217-876-0208 f 217-876-0522

dan’s Big slice Pizza p 815-516-1998 f 815-284-0469

p 618-875-5800 f 618-875-4234

p 217-342-3787 f 217-342-6672

p 217-347-7161 f 217-347-5815

p 815-265-4754 f 815-265-4795

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ILLINOIS (cont.)

ILLINOIS (cont.)

543 Hampshire road ranger dan’s Big slice Pizza DEF 30 4 I-90, Exit 43 p 815-209-9013 19 N. 681 US Hwy 20 f 847-683-7609 644 LaSalle DEF 186 15 rv dump I-80 Exit 77 p 815-220-0611 343 Civic Road f 815-220-0617 514 Lincoln Thorntons subworks DEF 100 6 2903 Woodlawn Road p 217-732-3915 I-55, Exit 126 f 217-732-4875 540 Loves Park road ranger 0 LTD I-90 & Riverside Blvd p 815-580-4221 7500 East Riverside Blvd, 61111 f 847-232-3058 595 marion DEF 43 5 I-57, Exit 54B p 618-993-2697 2611Vernell Road, 62959 f 618-993-8100 347 Mclean road ranger dan’s Big Dixie slice Pizza DEF 80 10 I-55, Exit 145 p 815-315-0774 501 South Main Street, 61754 f 309-874-2048 530 mendota road ranger DEF 25 3 I-39, Exit 72 p 815-315-4210 2705 12th Street, 61342 f 815-539-2340 326 Minonk road ranger dan’s Big Woody’s slice Pizza DEF 100 4 I-39, Exit 27 p 815-315-4189 1311 Carolyn Dr, 61760 f 309-432-2002 236 MINOOKA 7 S DEF 100 I-80, Exit 122 p 815-467-4416 301 Ridge Road, 60447 f 815-467-5409 39 MONEE DEF 90 5 I-57, Exit 335 p 708-534-2483 6002 Monee-Manhattan Road, 60449 f 708-534-3980 482 MT. VERNON 7 S DEF 100 I-57, Exit 95 p 618-244-1216 4610 Broadway, 62864 f 618-244-1262 520 new berlin road ranger DEF 28 3 I-72, Exit 82 p 815-209-9009 700 King Rd, 62670 171 Oakwood 7 S DEF 100 I-74, Exit 206 503 N. Oakwood St, 61858 534 Okawville road ranger DEF 50 2 I-64, Exit 41 p 815-656-4143 905 Hen House Rd, 62271 f 618-243-6479 515 ottawa road ranger dan’s Big slice Pizza DEF 22 2 I-80, Exit 93 p 815-516-0946 3041 North IL Route 71,61350 f 815-434-4081 645 Pontoon Beach DEF 185 15 rv dump I-270 & Exit 6B p 618-931-1580 1310 East Chain of Rocks Road, 62040 f 618-931-3587 dan’s Big 541 Princeton road ranger slice Pizza DEF 250 7 I-80, Exit 56 p 815-315-4951 2835 N Main St, 61356 f 815-875-1718

539 Rochelle road ranger DEF 55 5 I-39, Exit 99 890 E Hwy 38, 61068 535 Rockford road ranger 0 LTD US 20 4980 S Main St, 61108 536 South Beloit road ranger DEF 75 5 I-90, Exit 1 6070 Gardner Street, 61080 646 South Beloit DEF 186 15 rv dump I-90 & HWY 75 16049 Willowbrook Road, 61080 512 Springfield road ranger DEF 25 2 I-55, Exit 90 500 Toronto Road, 62711 525 Springfield road ranger 6 80 I-55, Exit 100-A 3752 Camp Butler Rd, 62707 249 TROY 7 S DEF 135 I-55/70 & IL 162, Exit 18 820 Edwardsville Road, 62294 529 Tuscola road ranger 3 15 I-57, Exit 212 1112 East Southline Dr., 61953 537 Winnebago road ranger 0 LTD US 20, MM8 101 S. Winnebago Rd, 61088 476 woodhull DEF 80 5 I-74, Exit 32 900 Plaza Ave, 61490

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dan’s Big slice Pizza p 815-209-9038 f 815-562-6573

p 815-315-4974 f 847-232-1183

dan’s Big slice Pizza

p 815-264-4311 f 815-389-3917

p 815-389-4760 f 815-389-4793

dan’s Big slice Pizza p 815-516-0863 f 217-585-1883

Star 66 Café

dan’s Big slice Pizza

p 815-209-9059 f 217-528-9169

p 618-667-0946 f 618-667-0966

p 815-315-4988 f 217-253-3793

dan’s Big slice Pizza p 815-957-4049 f 847-897-2600

p 309-334-4550 f 309-334-4556

INDIANA 444 BRAZIL 10 S DEF 55 I-70, Exit 23 4376 North SR 59, 47834 531 BRAZIL road ranger DEF 30 3 I-70, Exit 23 990 West State Rd 42, 47834 445 BURNS HARBOR 7 S DEF 115 rv dump I-94, Exit 22 243 Melton Road, 46304 247 CRAWFORDSVILLE 5 S DEF 110 I-74 & SR 32, Exit 39 4367 East State Road 32, 47933 28 DALEVILLE DEF 35 3 I-69, Exit 234 15151 Commerce Road, 47334 446 DALEVILLE DEF 125 5 I-69, Exit 234 15876 West Commerce Road, 47334 447 EVANSVILLE (HAUBSTADT) 5 S DEF 145 rv dump I-64, Exit 25B 1042 E Warrenton Road, 47639

p 812-446-9400 f 812-446-6116

p 815-209-9052 f 812-442-5206

p 219-787-5705 f 219-787-9656

p 765-361-9603 f 765-361-9601

p 765-378-3599 f 765-378-3592

p 765-378-0246 f 765-378-4248

p 812-868-1048 f 812-868-1050

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indiana (cont.)

indiana (cont.)

362 FORTVILLE (PENDLETON) DEF 50 4 I-69, Exit 214 7455 South State Rd. 13, 46064 29 FREMONT 7 S DEF 130 I-80, Exit 144; I-69 N, Exit 157 6900 Old US 27, 46737 881 Ft Wayne Ft Wayne travel plz 6 260 I-69, Exit 309A 3037 Goshen Rd, 46808 271 GARY 9 S DEF 215 I-80/94 & Burr Street, Exit 6 2501 Burr Street, 46406 30 Greenfield DEF 150 5 I-70, Exit 96 2640 North 600 West, 46140 542 Greenwood road ranger DEF 65 7 I-65, Exit 99 1615 East Main Street, 46143 647 Haubstadt DEF 145 9 rv dump I-64 & SR 41 Exit 25B Rural Route 1, Box 254A, 47639 448 HEBRON 8 S DEF 135 I-65, Exit 240 18011 Colorado Street, 46341 31 HIGHLAND DEF 2 I-80 & 94, Exit 2 8150 Indianapolis Boulevard, 46322 318 INDIANAPOLIS 7 S DEF 90 I-465 & IN37, Exit 4 4607 South Harding Street, 46217 649 Indianapolis DEF 190 15 rv dump I-465 Exit 4 1720 West Thompson Road, 46217 546 Lake staTIon - S – road ranger 4 15 I-80, Exit 15A 2151 Ripley St., 46405 650 Lake Station DEF 375 14 rv dump I-94 & Exit 15B 1401 Ripley Street, 46405 478 LEAVENWORTH DEF 65 5 I-64, Exit 92 6921 South SR 66, 47137 652 Lebanon DEF 150 9 rv dump I-65 Exit 139 520 South State Road 39, 46052 653 Lowell DEF 375 15 Rt 2 & I-65 Exit 240 3231 East 181st Street, 46356 152 MEMPHIS DEF 70 10 I-65, Memphis Road, Exit 16 14013 Memphis Blue Lick Road, 47143

304 new haven DEF 80 9 rv dump I-469, Exit 19 Hwy 30 & Doyle Road, 46774 198 PLYMOUTH 7 S DEF 110 US 30 & US 31 10619 9A Road, 46563 34 REMINGTON DEF 75 5 I-65, Exit 201 4154 West US Highway 24, 47977 339 RILEYSBURG (COVINGTON) DEF 50 6 I-74 & SR 63, Exit 4 16502 North State Road 63, 47932 242 SHELBYVILLE 7 S DEF 90 I-74, Exit 109 1851 West 400 North 35 SOUTH BEND DEF 70 5 I-80, Exit 72 6424 West Brick Road 655 Spiceland DEF 193 15 rv dump I-70 Exit 123 5300 South State Rte. 3 297 TERRE HAUTE DEF 70 5 I-70 & IN46, Exit 11 5555 E. Margaret Avenue 36 VALPARAISO DEF 25 3 US 30 & SR 49 4105 US 30 East 37 WHITELAND 8 S DEF 110 rv dump I-65, Exit 95 2962 County Road 500 North 656 WHITELAND DEF 173 50 I-65 & Whiteland Road, Exit 95 4982 North 350 East

p 317-485-6211 f 317-485-4527

p 260-833-1987 f 260-833-6794 The Point Restaurant

p 260-482-7814 f 260-482-7780

p 219-844-2661 f 219-844-7957

p 317-894-1910 f 317-894-3499

p 815-315-4987 f 317-881-7301

p 812-768-5304 f 812-768-9215

Pizza p 219-696-8265 f 219-696-8281

p 219-923-6405 f 219-972-4134

p 317-783-1033 f 317-783-0851

p 317-783-5543 f 317-783-5648

p 815-239-6205 f 219-962-5723

p 219-962-8502 f 219-962-3259

p 812-739-2002 f 812-739-4034 TM

p 765-483-9755 f 765-483-9762

p 219-696-6446 f 219-696-2456

p 812-294-4233 f 812-294-4237

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p 260-493-4035 f 260-493-4921

p 574-936-6525 f 574-936-4348

p 219-261-3786 f 219-261-3986

p 765-793-7307 f 765-793-2155

p 317-392-8771 f 317-392-8721

p 574-272-8212 f 574-272-9914

p 765-987-1833 f 765-987-1836

p 812-877-9977 f 812-877-9978

p 219-464-1644 f 219-464-9019

p 317-535-7656 f 317-535-3058

636 Davenport DEF 146 15 rv dump I-80 Exit 292 8200 N.W. Blvd., 52806 373 DES MOINES 17 S DEF 350 I-35/80 & Douglas Ave, Ext 126 11957 Douglas Avenue, 50322 532 elk run heights road ranger DEF 100 6 I-380, Exit 68 100 Plaza Drive, 50707 637 Evansdale DEF 80 7 rv dump I-380 & Evansdale Dr. 445 Evansdale Drive, 50707 131 Osceola DEF 80 5 rv dump I-35, Exit 34 2010 West Clay Street, 50213 238 Percival DEF 50 7 I-29, Exit 10 2495 210th Ave., 51648 594 Sioux city DEF 100 7 I-29, Exit 143 2815 Singing Hills Blvd, 51111 43 WALCOTT 8 S DEF 160 I-80, Exit 284 3500 North Plainview Road, 52773 268 WALCOTT DEF 25 3 I-80, Exit 284 2975 North Plainview Road, 52773 572 williams 7 S DEF 105 rv dump I-35, and SR 20, Exit 144 3040 220th Street, 50271

p 563-386-7710 f 563-386-8243

p 515-276-1509 f 515-276-8599

dan’s Big slice Pizza

Junies Family Restaurant

p 815-315-0271 f 319-235-5237

p 319-291-7714 f 319-291-7720

p 641-342-8658 f 641-342-1782

p 712-382-2224 f 712-382-1556

p 712-258-3816 f 712-258-3320

p 563-284-4100 f 563-284-4103

p 563-284-5074 f 563-284-5076

p 515-854-9117 f 515-854-9124

KANSAS p 317-535-1124 f 317-535-4123

IOWA 913 ALTOONA DEF 350 18 I-80 & US 65, Exit 142 3231 Adventureland Drive, 50009 496 Atalissa 4 45 I-80, Exit 265 2086 Atalissa Rd., 52720 893 avoca wings america/Flying j 15 200 I-80, Exit 40 7005 N. Chestnut St, 51521 495 brooklyn 4 S 140 I-80, Exit 201 4126 Hwy 21, 52211 407 CLEAR LAKE DEF 125 6 I-35, Exit 194 2411 US Highway 18 East, 50428 329 COUNCIL BLUFFS 7 S DEF 80 I-80/29, Exit 1B 2647 South 24th Street, 51501

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p 515-967-7878 f 515-967-5726

p 563-946-3761 f 563-946-3871

p 712-343-4007 f 712-343-5026

p 319-685-4221 f 319-685-4575

920 colby 5 90 I-70, Exit 54 110 East Willow Street, 67701 657 Dodge City 4 62 Hwy 400 & Hwy 283 2524 E. Wyatt Earp Blvd., 67801 658 Emporia DEF 74 7 rv dump I-35 & US 50 Exit 127 4245 West Hwy 50, 66801 903 SALINA 13 140 rv dump I-70, Exit 252 1944 North 9th Street, 67401 659 Salina DEF 120 9 I-70 Exit 253 2250 North Ohio Street, 67401

p 785-460-5832 f 785-460-5878

p 620-338-8888 f 602-338-8829 TM

p 620-343-2717 f 620-343-3692

p 785-825-6787 f 785-827-3394 TM

p 785-825-5300 f 785-452-9221

Kentucky p 641-357-3124 f 641-357-4939

p 712-322-0088 f 712-322-0236

356 BROOKS (SHEPHERDSVILLE) 5 100 I-65 & Brooks Rd, Exit 121 2050 East Blue Lick Road, 40165 660 catlettsburg DEF 155 9 rv dump I-64 SR 180 Exit 185 15236 State Route 180, 41129

p 502-955-5049 f 502-955-9717

p 606-928-8383 f 606-928-4546

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KENTUCKY (cont.)

KENTUCKY (cont.)

231 CORBIN DEF 128 5 I-75 & US25E, Exit 29 249 West Cumberland Gap Prkwy, 40701 46 FRANKLIN DEF 65 5 I-65, Exit 6 2929 Scottsville Road, 42134 438 FRANKLIN 8 S DEF 150 I-65, Exit 6 Highway 100 & I-65, Exit 6, 42134 661 FRANKLIN DEF 172 5 rv dump I-65 US Hwy 31 W. Exit 2 4380 Nashville Road, 42134 47 GEORGETOWN DEF 90 5 I-75, Exit 129 259 Cherry Blossom Way, 40324 353 GEORGETOWN 12 S DEF 175 I-75, Exit 129 110 Triport Road, 40324 48 GLENDALE DEF 125 8 I-65, Exit 86 58 Glendale-Hodgenville Road, 42740 399 LEBANON JUNCTION 7 S DEF 100 I-65, Exit 105 150 Park Plaza Boulevard, 40150 240 MIDDLESBORO DEF 40 2 Rt 2, Hwy 25E 3000 US Highway 25 East, 40965 156 MORTON’S GAP DEF 90 5 Highway 813, Exit 37 Pennyrile Parkway, Exit 37, 42440 41 MT STERLING DEF 85 7 I-64, Exit 113 3060 Owingsville Road, 40353 49 OAK GROVE 8 S DEF 175 I-24, Exit 89 8190 Pembroke-Oak Grove Road, 42262 439 OAK GROVE 5 S DEF 125 I-24, Exit 86 12900 Fort Campbell Boulevard, 42262 662 OAK GROVE DEF 130 9 rv dump I-24 Exit 86 18750 Herndon Oak Grove Road, 42262 358 PADUCAH DEF 65 8 I-24 & KY 305, Exit 3 5353 Cairo Road, 42001 440 PENDLETON 5 100 I-71, Exit 28 205 Pendleton Road, 40055 278 RICHWOOD (WALTON) DEF 5 I-75/71 & KY 338, Exit 175 118 Richwood Road, 41094 321 RICHWOOD (WALTON) DEF 3 I-75/71 & KY 338, Exit 175 11229 Frontage Road, 41094

354 SIMPSONVILLE DEF 25 7 I-64 & Veechdale Rd, Exit 28 819 Buck Creek Road, 40067 50 SULPHUR DEF 175 8 I-71, Exit 28 489 Pendleton Road, 40070 392 SONORA 6 S 200 I-65, Exit 81 450 East Western Avenue, 42776 663 Waddy DEF 110 9 rv dump I-64 & HWY 395 Exit 43 1670 Waddy Road, 40076 664 Walton DEF 200 15 rv dump I-75 Exit 171 13019 Walton Verona Rd., 41094 437 WILLIAMSBURG DEF 80 3 rv dump I-75, Exit 11 481 West Highway 92, 40769

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p 606-528-0631 f 606-528-1003

p 270-586-4149 f 270-586-5171

p 270-586-9544 f 270-586-9887

p 270-586-3343 f 270-586-8984

p 502-868-7427 f 502-867-1847

p 502-863-2708 f 502-863-5012

p 270-369-7360 f 270-369-6991

p 502-833-2727 f 502-833-2759

p 606-248-4057 f 606-248-4149

p 270-258-5213 f 270-258-9830

p 859-497-4041 f 859-497-8709

p 270-439-1776 f 270-439-7624

p 270-439-0153 f 270-439-0765

p 270-640-7000 f 270-640-7060

p 270-443-2044 f 270-442-8538

p 502-743-5222 f 502-743-5123

p 859-485-6100 f 859-485-6113

p 859-485-1327 f 859-485-8519

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p 502-722-5636 f 502-722-5630

p 502-743-5496 f 502-743-5228

p 270-369-7300 f 270-369-8596

p 502-829-9100 f 502-829-5600

p 859-485-4400 f 859-485-6886

p 606-549-0162 f 606-549-0166

LOUISIANA 274 BREAUX BRIDGE 7 S DEF 105 I-10, Exit 109 2112 Rees Street, 70517 79 DENHAM SPRINGS DEF 60 3 I-12, Exit 10 2601 South Range Avenue, 70726 665 Greenwood DEF 190 15 rv dump I-20 Exit 3 9510 Greenwood Road, 71033 300 HAMMOND DEF 60 5 I-12 Exit 40 / I-55/US 51 2111 SW Railroad Avenue, 70403 199 HAUGHTON 7 S DEF 90 I-20, Exit 33 490 North Elm Street, 71037 82 LAPLACE DEF 150 8 I-10/55, Exit 209 4301 South Main Street, 70068 335 RAYVILLE 5 85 I-20 & LA137, Exit 138 103 Grimshaw Street, 71269 428 WEST MONROE DEF 100 5 rv dump I-20, Exit 112 300 Well Road, 71292

p 337-332-1253 f 337-332-0618

p 225-665-4151 f 225-665-4122

p 318-938-7744 f 318-938-5697

p 985-345-5476 f 985-542-5028

p 318-390-9709 f 318-390-9713

p 985-652-0531 f 985-652-4141

p 318-728-4100 f 318-728-4236

p 318-329-3590 f 318-329-3592

MARYLAND 875 Elkton DEF 225 23 I-95, Exit 109A 221 Belle Hill Rd, 21921 408 GRANTSVILLE 7 S DEF 65 I-68, Exit 22 3000 Chesnut Ridge Road, 21536 150 HAGERSTOWN 7 S DEF 90 I-70 & MD 63, Exit 24 11633 Greencastle Pike, 21740

p 410-398-0287 f 410-392-3543

p 301-895-4536 f 301-895-4548

p 301-582-9004 f 301-582-9008

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maryland (cont.)


MISSOURI (cont.)

179 HAGERSTOWN 9 S DEF 111 I-81, Exit 5B 16921 Halfway Blvd, 21740 784 North East DEF 200 15 I-95, Exit 100 One Center Drive, 21901 290 PERRYVILLE 5 80 I-95 & MD 222, Exit 93 31 Heather Lane, 21903

590 alexandria DEF 50 6 I-94, Exit 100 & SR 27 3181 Evergreen Lane, 56308 521 AUSTIN 3 60 I-90, Exit 179 1509 10th Place NE #2, 55912 581 Inver Grove Heights DEF 43 5 Hwy 52 & 117 Street 11650 Courthouse Blvd, 55077 576 northfield DEF 80 6 rv dump I-35 & Hwy 19, Exit 69 8051 Bagley Avenue, 55057 134 ST. CLOUD DEF 44 4 I-94, Exit 171 (CR 75) 4231 Clearwater Road, 56301

533 fenton road ranger DEF 25 2 I-44 W, Exit 275; I-44 E, Exit 274B p 815-566-4043 205 North Highway Dr., 63026 f 636-326-6922 442 HAYTI 8 S DEF 25 rv dump I-55, Exit 19 p 573-359-2007 1701 Highway 84 East, 63851 f 573-359-2031 443 HIGGINSVILLE 6 S DEF 120 rv dump I-70, Exit 49 p 660-584-8484 6676 Highway 13, 64037 f 660-584-8486 317 JOPLIN 7 S DEF 90 rv dump I-44 & MO 43S, Exit 4 p 417-781-0255 4500 Highway 43 South, 64804 f 417-781-0179 669 JOPLIN DEF 160 15 I-44 U.S. 71 Exit 11A p 417-626-7600 11570 Hwy FF, 64804 f 417-626-8802 768 Kansas City DEF 121 6 I-435 Front Street p 816-483-7600 1300 North Corrington Ave., 64120 f 816-483-1492 252 Kearney 7 S DEF 125 I-35, Exit 26 p 816-635-4015 600 West SR 92, 64060 f 816-635-4116 301 MARSTON DEF 70 6 I-55, Exit 40 p 573-643-2320 917 East Elm Street, 63866 f 573-643-2252 671 Matthews DEF 188 15 rv dump I-55 Exit 58 p 573-472-3336 703 State Hwy 80, 63867 f 573-471-1161 167 nevada DEF 45 3 US 71 & Camp Clark Road p 417-667-3271 2424 East Austin Road, 64772 f 417-667-4843 208 Pacific DEF 90 7 I-44W, Exit 257; I-44E, Exit 256 p 636-257-4100 1475 Thornton Street, 63069 f 636-257-4107 672 Peculiar DEF 165 9 rv dump US Hwy 71 Exit J p 816-779-8000 700 J Hwy, 64078 f 816-779-4441 547 st. robert road ranger dan’s Big slice Pizza DEF 75 6 I-44, Exit 163 p 815-315-4953 22345 Hwy 28, 65584 f 573-336-3080 673 Sullivan DEF 160 15 rv dump I-44/Hwy. 185 Exit 226 p 573-860-8880 1500 AF Highway, 63080 f 573-860-8892 674 Warrenton DEF 200 14 rv dump I-70 Exit 188 p 636-456-2001 24004 West Veterans Mem. Pkwy, 63383 f 636-456-2016 675 Wayland DEF 99 4 rv dump Hwy 136 & Hwy 61 p 660-754-1550 102 Fore Drive, 63472 f 660-754-1556

p 301-582-6111 f 301-582-5004

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p 410-287-7110 f 410-287-7116

p 410-642-2883 f 410-378-4941

MASSachusetts 222 STURBRIDGE 6 S DEF 250 I-84 Exit 1 400 Route 15 (Haynes Street), 01566

p 508-347-9104 f 508-347-9165

MICHIGAN 17 BATTLE CREEK 5 S DEF 25 I-94, Exit 104 15901 Eleven Mile Road, 49014 666 Benton Harbor DEF 135 6 I-94 Exit 30 1860 East Napier Ave., 49022 21 DEXTER DEF 80 3 I-94, Exit 167 750 Baker Road, 48130 296 DEXTER DEF 80 5 I-94, Exit 167 195 Baker Road, 48130 667 Grand Ledge DEF 265 9 rv dump I-96 & Exit 90/I-69 & Exit 81 7800 West Grand River Ave., 48837 23 IONIA DEF 18 4 I-96, Exit 67 7205 South State Road, 48846 24 MONROE DEF 20 3 I-75, Exit 15 1100 North Dixie Highway, 48162 284 MONROE DEF 60 5 I-75, Exit 18 1200 Nadeau Road, 48161 26 OTTAWA LAKE DEF 170 8 US 23, Exit 5 6158 US 223, 49267 596 port huron DEF 65 5 I-69, Exit 196 2424 Wadhams Road, 48074 668 Saginaw 3 50 rv dump I-75 & Washington St. Exit 151 3475 East Washington, 48601 895 Woodhaven Detroiter DEF 225 12 I-75, Exit 32A 21055 West Road, 48183

p 320-763-9222 f 320-763-2339 Watt’s Cooking!

p 507-437-6702 f 507-437-0089

p 651-438-3397 f 651-480-4800

Big Steer Restaurant

p 507-645-6082 f 507-645-6082

p 320-251-8455 f 320-251-7750

MISSISSIPPI p 269-968-9949 f 269-968-9610

p 269-925-7547 f 269-925-7508

p 734-426-4618 f 734-426-7836

p 734-426-0065 f 734-426-0339

p 517-627-7504 f 517-622-4960

p 616-527-6520 f 616-527-5913

p 734-242-9650 f 734-242-6538

p 734-457-3500 f 734-457-2835

p 734-854-1772 f 734-854-6912

p 810-987-7823 f 810-987-7869

p 989-752-6350 f 989-752-6842

p 734-675-0222 f 734-675-4973

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676 Gulfport DEF 165 15 rv dump I-10 Exit 31 9351 Canal Road, 39503 77 JACKSON 6 S DEF 120 I-55/I-20, Exit 45 2520 South Gallatin Street, 39204 388 MERIDIAN 7 S DEF 100 I-59, Exit 151 1555 Tommy Webb Drive, 39307 586 Moss Point DEF 70 7 rv dump I-10, Exit 69 6705 Hwy 63 174 NEW ALBANY DEF 90 7 US 78, Exit 64 500 State Highway 15 South, 38652 677 Olive Branch DEF 51 9 rv dump Hwy 78 and Bethel Road 4740 Bethel Road, 38654 678 Pearl DEF 175 15 rv dump I-20/I-55 Exit 47 685 Hwy 80 East, 39208 519 Senatobia kangaroo pantry 4 75 I-55, Exit 265 510 E Main Street, 38668 261 WINONA 5 S DEF 110 I-55 & Hwy. 82, Exit 185 403 SW Frontage Road, 38967

p 228-868-2711 f 228-868-3711

p 601-968-9491 f 601-968-0699

p 601-484-5106 f 601-484-7370

p 228-474-6511 f 228-474-6549

p 662-539-0222 f 662-539-0212

p 662-895-1001 f 662-895-0008

p 601-936-0190 f 601-936-0196 TM

p 662-560-1973 f 662-560-1992

p 662-283-5985 f 662-283-5906

MISSOURI 44 BOONVILLE 8 S DEF 150 I-70, Exit 101 1701 Ashley Road, 65233 571 CHARLESTON DEF 65 7 I-57 Exit 12 2460 E. Marshall/E US Hwy 60, 63834 385 collins DEF 35 3 US 54 & Hwy 13 South Hwy 13 South, 64738

p 660-882-9120 f 660-882-9710 TM

p 573-683-4153 f 573-683-4196

p 417-275-4796

MONTANA 968 Belgrade Pilot/broadway 3 125 I-90 Exit 298 6505 Jack Rabit Lane, 59701

p 406-488-4124 f 406-388-4231

f 417-275-4796

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MONTANA (cont.)

Nebraska (cont.)

New Jersey (Cont.)

915 billings Pilot/town pump DEF 150 14 I-90, Exit 455 2711 N Frontage Road, 59101 923 Billings Flying j/town pump 9 123 I-90, Exit 455 2775 Old Hardin Road, 59101 905 BONNER Pilot/town pump DEF 100 11 Junction of I-90 & Hwy 200 7985 Highway 200 East, 59851 924 Butte Flying j/town pump DEF 125 14 I-15 Exit 122 & I-90 MM220 122000 W. Browns Gulch Road; 59701 922 COLUMbia falls Pilot/town pump DEF 20 1 Hwy 2 West 6102 Hwy 2 West, 59912 906 COLUMBUS Pilot/town pump 7 150 I-90, Exit 408 602 8th Avenue North, 59019 917 GREAT FALLS Pilot/town pump DEF 100 5 Junction of I-15 & Hwy 87 3700 31st St SW, Suite 1, 59404 925 Great Falls Flying j/town pump 4 100 rv dump I-15 & 31st Street Exit 277 3715 31st St SW, 59404 964 Hardin Pilot/broadway 1 50 I-90 Exit 495 315 E 13th Street, 59034 916 LOLO Pilot/town pump 1 40 Junction of Hwy 93 & Hwy 12 11822 Highway 93 South, 59847 907 MILES CITY Pilot/town pump DEF 100 4 I-94, Exit 138 1210 South Haynes Street, 59301 914 MIssoula Flying j/town pump DEF 125 14 rv dump I-90 & MT Hwy 93, Exit 96 8475 Hwy 93 N Suite B, 59808 908 ROCKER/BUTTE Pilot/town pump DEF 195 10 I-90, Exit 122 1000 Grizzly Trail, 59701 909 SHELBY Pilot/town pump DEF 70 6 I-15, Exit 363 1350 West Roosevelt, 59474 911 SUPERIOR Pilot/town pump 2 8 I-90, Exit 47 403 Diamond Match Road, 59872 910 THREE FORKS Pilot/town pump DEF 90 5 Junction of I-90 & US 287, Exit 274 10800 Highway 287, 59751

901 ELM CREEK 5 75 I-80, Exit 257 5085 Buffalo Creek Road, 68836 902 GRAND ISLAND bosselman DEF 400 21 I-80, Exit 312N 3335 West Woodriver Road, 68803 686 Gretna DEF 150 15 rv dump I-80 Exit 432 15010 South State Hwy 31, 68028 687 North Platte DEF 123 9 rv dump I-80 Exit 179 3400 S. Newberry Road, 69101 912 WOOD RIVER 5 30 I-80 & Hwy 11, Exit 300 I-80 and Highway 11 and Exit 300, 68883

253 CARNEYS POINT DEF 2 I-295 at Jersey Turnpike, Exit 2B 600 Pennsville-Auburn Road, 08069 688 Carneys Point DEF 360 16 rv dump I-295 Exit 2C 326 Slapes Corner Road, 08069 190 CLINTON 6 95 I-78, Exit 12 68 Rt. 173, 08827 210 mahwah 0 8 230 Route 17 South, 07430

p 406-238-9823 f 406-238-9825

p 406-256-8826 f 406-256-9256

p 406-258-6588 f 406-258-6693

p 406-723-4325 f 406-723-8956

p 406-892-0747

f 406-892-0747*22

p 406-322-4833 f 406-322-5273

p 406-452-0342 f 406-452-0547

p 406-727-7945 f 406-761-2599

p 406-665-1237 f 406-665-3123

p 406-273-6666 f 406-273-3018

p 406-232-2582 f 406-232-2582

p 406-542-0400 f 406-327-0802

p 406-723-0088 f 406-723-4940

Country Skillet p 406-434-5221 f 406-434-7019

p 406-822-4444

904 BIG SPRINGS DEF 500 16 rv dump I-80, Exit 107 I-80 and Big Springs Road, 69122 w w w. p t c c h a l l e n g e . c o m

p 308-382-2288 f 308-381-7464

p 402-332-4483 f 402-332-4576

p 308-532-4555 f 308-532-8077

p 308-583-2493 f 308-583-2115

p 406-285-3807

f 775-635-0371

p 775-754-6384 f 775-754-6025

p 775-575-5115 f 775-575-4619

p 702-644-1600 f 702-644-8432

p 702-491-9657

p 775-752-2400 f 775-752-2406

p 775-664-3400 f 775-664-3347

p 775-625-2800 f 775-625-2814

p 775-623-0111 f 775-623-0120

p 603-223-6885 f 603-223-5204


f 308-889-3352

280 BLOOMSBURY 5 S DEF 30 I-78 & NJ 173, Exit 7 979 Route 173, 08804

f 856-299-8563

p 856-351-0080 f 856-351-0293

p 908-735-7711 f 908-735-8153

p 201-529-2704 f 201-529-1784

f 973-293-3177

689 Albuquerque DEF 165 15 rv dump I-40 Exit 153 9911 Avalon Road NW, 87105 490 Carlsbad 2 S 20 Hwy 180 & Hwy 285 3202 S. Canal Street 305 JAMESTOWN 16 S DEF 450 I-40, Exit 39 I-40, Exit 39, 87347 266 LAS CRUCES 5 40 I-10 & NM 292, Exit 139 2681 West Amador, 88005 163 LORDSBURG 7 S DEF 95 I-10 & East Motel Dr, Exit 24 1050 East Motel Drive, 88045 690 Lordsburg 9 285 rv dump I-10 Exit 24 11 Old Highway 70, 88045 475 Moriarty 7 S DEF 85 Hwy 41 and I-40, Exit 196 305 Abrahames RD W, 87035 691 Tucumcari DEF 136 9 rv dump I-40 & Exit 333 2021 S. Mountain Road, 88401

p 775-635-5424

p 856-299-5700

p 973-293-3477


896 bow 3 60 I-93, Exit 11/12C 728 SR 3A, 03304

p 308-889-3686

880 Montague Lukoil 0 I-84, Exit 1 15 Route 23 S, 07827

966 Battle MTN. Flying j/broadway 9 70 I-80 Exit 231 650 W Front St., 89820 387 CARLIN 3 60 I-80/NV 278, Exit 280 791 Tenth Street, 89822 340 FERNLEY 7 S DEF 100 I-80 & US 95, Exit 46 465 Pilot Road, 89408 341 LAS VEGAS 7 S DEF 80 I-15 & Craig Rd, Exit 48 3812 East Craig Road, 89031 513 Primm 6 S DEF 125 I-15, Exit 1 115 West Primm Blv, 89019 692 Wells DEF 200 9 rv dump I-80 & HWY 93, Exit 352 (South) 156 Hwy 93 South, 89835 147 WEST WENDOVER DEF 250 11 I-80 @ Peppermill Casino, Exit 410 1200 West Wendover Boulevard, 89883 485 Winnemucca 5 S DEF 140 I-80 & West Interchange, Exit 173 5625 I-80 W Winnemucca Exchange, 89445 770 Winnemucca 8 S 105 rv dump I-80 Exit 176 1880 West Winnemucca Blvd., 89445



f 308-856-4457


f 406-822-4444

f 406-285-6976

p 308-856-4330

p 505-831-2001 f 505-833-0464

p 575-887-7033 f 575-887-0466

p 505-722-6655 f 505-722-2674

p 575-523-2700 f 575-525-6727

p 575-542-3100 f 575-542-3111





f 575-542-3324

f 505-832-4953

p 575-461-6590 f 575-461-3879

NEW YORK 322 KANONA DEF 70 4 I-86, Exit 37 7767 State Rt 53, 14810 394 NEWBURGH 6 S DEF 110 I-84, Exit 6 239 Route 17K, 12550 693 Pembroke DEF 150 9 I-90 Exit 48A 8484 Allegheny Road, 14036

Pizza p 607-776-2012 f 607-776-4179

p 845-567-1722 f 845-567-1773

rv dump

p 585-599-4430 f 585-599-4436

p 908-479-6443 f 908-479-6394

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New York (cont.)

North dakotacont.)

494 Rotterdam DEF 95 4 I-88, Exit 25 1128 Duanesburg Road, 12306 146 SCHODACK LANDING DEF 15 4 I-90, Exit 12 995 US Route 9, 12033 380 SYRACUSE (LIVERPOOL) DEF 85 5 I-81, Exit 25; I-90, Exit 36 107 Seventh North Street, 13088

550 Minot DEF 55 4 Hwy 2 & 52 West 3800 Hwy 2 & 52 W, 58701 589 Williston DEF 70 5

p 518-356-5616 f 518-356-5634

p 518-732-7272 f 518-732-7228

p 315-424-0124 f 315-424-0126

North Carolina 275 CHARLOTTE DEF 60 5 I-85, Exit 39; I-77, Exit 13 3807 Statesville Avenue, 28206 885 dunn Kangaroo Pantry 3 40 I-95, Exit 71 873 Longbranch, 28334 900 dunn Saddler bros. 9 300 I-95, Exit 75 65 Sadler Rd, 28334 682 Graham DEF 251 4 rv dump I-85 & I-40 Exit 150 1043 Jimmie Kerr Road, 27258 56 KANNAPOLIS DEF 55 7 I-85, Exit 63 2825 Lane Street, 28083 683 Kenly DEF 145 14 rv dump I-95 & Exit 106 1800 Princeton-Kenly Road, 27542 57 MEBANE 8 S DEF 140 I-40/85, Exit 152 1342 Trollingwood Road, 27302 549 Mount Airy 10 S DEF 150 I-77, Exit 100 125 Plaza Lane, 27030 58 PLEASANT HILL 4 25 I-95, Exit 180 Route 1 - Box 202, 27866 393 WAYNESVILLE DEF 60 4 I-40 & NC 209, Exit 24 3712 Crabtree Road, 28786

p 704-358-1006 f 704-358-1506

p 910-892-3642 f 910-980-2364

p 910-892-0106 f 910-892-2084

p 336-578-2427 f 336-578-0804

p 704-938-6800 f 704-938-6900

p 919-284-4548 f 919-284-4214

p 919-563-4999 f 919-563-4929

p 336-352-3167 f 336-352-3456

p 252-537-4476 f 252-537-3666

p 828-627-8611 f 828-627-9499

North dakota 684 Beach 9 89 I-94 & Hwy 16 I-94 & Hwy 16, 58621 685 fargo DEF 168 9 3150 39th Street SW, Suite A, 58104 489 grand forks DEF 141 10 rv dump I-29, Exit 138 4401 32nd Avenue South, 58201

p 701-872-4737 f 701-872-4985


Windbreak saloon

p 701-282-7766 f 701-282-7259

p 701-746-8145 f 701-746-4342

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ohio (cont.) rv dump

13553 Hwy 2, 58801

p 701-839-5061 f 701-839-3623

p 701-826-2500 f 701-826-2504

ohio 2 AUSTINBURG 7 S DEF 150 I-90, Exit 223 2246 State Route 45, 44010 694 AUSTINBURG DEF 164 15 rv dump I-90 & State Rd 45, Exit 223 2349 Center Road, 44010 3 AUSTINTOWN 8 S DEF 200 I-80, Exit 223 1150 North Canfield-Niles Road, 44515 4 AVON DEF 55 3 I-90, Exit 151 39115 Colorado Road, 44011 457 BEAVER DAM 10 S DEF 105 I-75, Exit 135 427 East Main Street, 45808 695 BEAVER DAM DEF 150 15 rv dump I-75 Exit 135 420 East Main Street, 45808 696 Berkshire DEF 150 15 I-71 Exit 131 7735 State Route 37, 43074 309 CALDWELL DEF 50 5 I-77, Exit 25 44133 Fairground Road, 43724 6 CAMBRIDGE DEF 35 3 I-70, Exit 178 61700 Southgate Road, 43725 469 CAnton 7 S DEF 130 I-77, Exit 101 2320 Faircrest Street, 44706 8 CIRCLEVILLE DEF 55 3 US 23 and Pittsburgh Road 25600 US 23, 43113 213 COLUMBUS DEF 100 7 I-70 & Wilson Road Exit 94 3600 Interchange Road, 43204 286 EATON 5 S DEF 50 I-70 & OH 127, Exit 10 6141 US 127 North, 45320 360 FINDLAY 5 80 I-75 & OH 613, Exit 164 11471 State Route 613W, 45840 9 FRANKLIN 7 S DEF 200 I-75, Exit 36 6830 Franklin-Lebanon Road, 45005

p 440-275-3303 f 440-275-3311

p 440-275-1515 f 440-275-3289

p 330-505-3532 f 330-505-3548

p 440-934-0110 f 440-934-1168

p 419-643-6023 f 419-643-6085

p 419-643-8001 f 419-643-8106

p 740-965-9835 f 740-965-9770

p 740-732-5656 f 740-732-1404

p 740-439-0989 f 740-432-9607

p 330-484-3965 f 505-832-4953

p 740-420-8942 f 740-420-3972

p 614-308-9195 f 614-308-9673

p 937-456-6303 f 937-456-6497

p 419-299-3381 f 419-299-3096

285 HEBRON 9 S DEF 90 I-70 & OH 37, Exit 126 10258 Lancaster Road SW, 43025 697 Hubbard DEF 150 15 rv dump I-80 & Hwy 62, Exit 234B (Eastbound) 2226 North Main, 44425 698 Jeffersonville DEF 148 9 rv dump I-71 Exit 69 9935 SR 41, 43128 700 Lake Township DEF 150 15 rv dump I-280 Exit 1B; I-80/90, Exit 71 26415 Warns Dr., 43551 287 LODuI (BURBANK) DEF 105 7 I-71 & OH 83, Exit 204 10048 Avon Lake Road, 44214 454 LONDON 9 S DEF 125 I-70, Exit 79 1365 SR 42 NE, 43140 455 MARENGO DEF 65 5 rv dump I-71, Exit 140 488 State Route 61, 43334 699 Millersport 15 152 rv dump I-70 St Rd 158 Exit 122 10480 Baltimore, 43046 11 N. LIMA 5 S DEF 50 I-76, Exit 232 10920 Market Street, 44452 303 NAPOLEON DEF 75 7 Rt. 24 905 American Road, 43545 130 RICHFIELD DEF 80 7 I-77S, Ex 146; I-77N, Ex 145; I-80, Ex 173 5219 Brecksville Road, 44286 13 SEVILLE 10 S DEF 190 I-71, Exit 209 8924 Lake Road, 44273 12 STONEY RIDGE (PERRYSBURG) 5 S DEF 50 I-80/90, Exit 71 3430 Libbey Road, 43551 14 SUNBURY DEF 115 5 rv dump I-71, Exit 131 7680 East State Route 36, 43074 15 TOLEDO 5 70 I-75, Exit 210 5820 Hagman Road, 43612 239 UPPER SANDUSKY DEF 70 5 St. Hwy 23 & 30 1600 W. Wyandot Avenue, 43351 97 Vandalia DEF 110 9 I-75, Exit 64 175 Northwoods Blvd, 45377

p 740-928-5588 f 740-928-6032

p 330-534-3774 f 330-534-4372

p 740-426-9136 f 740-426-9156

p 419-837-2100 f 419-837-2199

p 330-948-4571 f 330-948-4575

p 614-879-4128 f 614-879-4137

p 419-253-1400 f 419-253-1402

p 740-964-9601 f 740-964-9611

p 330-549-9203 f 330-549-1930

p 419-599-0043 f 419-599-0051

p 330-659-2020 f 330-659-2021

p 330-769-4220 f 330-769-2202

p 419-837-5091 f 419-837-5658

p 740-965-5540 f 740-965-5641

p 419-729-3985 f 419-729-0905

p 419-294-2971 f 419-294-3812

p 937-746-4488 f 937-743-3006

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ohio (cont.)

Oregon (cont.)

Pennsylvania (cont.)

16 WILMINGTON DEF 20 3 I-71, Exit 50 5772 US 68 North, 45177 281 YOUNGSTOWN (GIRARD) 7 S DEF 80 I-80 & Salt Springs Rd., Exit 226 2786 Salt Springs Road, 44420

504 Klamath Falls DEF 50 4 rv dump Hwy 97 3817 N. Hwy 97, 97601 934 LaGrande A&B 4 50 I-84 Exit 265 I-84 & Exit 265, 97850 232 ONTARIO DEF 105 7 I-84, Exit 376A 653 East Idaho Avenue, 97914 233 RICE HILL 10 S DEF 160 I-5, Exit 148 800 John Long Road, 97462 390 STANFIELD DEF 90 9 I-84/82 & Hwy 395, Exit 188 2115 Highway 395, 97875

555 Milton Penn 80 Milton Truck Plaza Penn 80 Grill 16 300 I-80, Exit 215 p 570-742-2663 1460 North Ridge Rd, 17847 f 1-877-395-0850 81 NEW CASTLE 7 S DEF 90 I-79, Exit 99 p 724-368-3028 2010 New Castle Road, 16051 f 724-368-3059 710 New Milford DEF 125 9 rv dump I-81 Exit 219 p 570-465-2974 1623 Oliver Road, 18834 f 570-465-2979 522 Pine Grove 3 160 I-81, Exit 100 p 570-345-8800 482 Suedberg Rd, 17963 f 570-915-6278 370 SCRANTON (PITTSTON) 7 S DEF 80 I-81N, Exit 175; I-81 S, Exit 175B; I-476, RT 315 p 570-655-4116 417 Route 315, 18640 f 570-655-2479 620 Smithton DEF 110 7 rv dump I-70 & Exit 49 p 724-872-4050 122 Fitzhenry Road, 15479 f 724-872-9471

p 937-382-0464 f 937-382-3069

p 330-530-8500 f 330-530-8318

Oklahoma 701 Ardmore DEF 136 9 rv dump I-35 & Exit 33 2450 Cooper Drive, 73401 702 Checotah DEF 150 9 rv dump U.S. Hwy 69 & U.S. Hwy 266 1255 W. Gentry, 74426 556 Choctaw Thunder Travel Plaza DEF 25 3 I-40, Exit 166 7501 S. Choctaw Road, 73020 704 Edmond DEF 73 15 rv dump I-35 & N.E. 122nd Street 4801 NE 122 Street, 73013 259 muskogee 7 S DEF 125 US 69 3006 N. 32nd Street, 74401 460 OKLAHOMA CITY 7 S DEF 145 I-40, Exit 140 400 South Morgan Road, 73128 703 OKLAHOMA CITY DEF 172 9 rv dump I-40, Exit 140 701 South Morgan Road, 73128 196 ROLAND DEF 125 7 I-40 & US 64, Exit 325 123 West Ray Fine Boulevard 705 Sayre DEF 150 4 rv dump I-40 & US 283 2400 South 4th Route, 73662 706 Tulsa DEF 185 9 rv dump I-44 & Exit 236 121 North 129 E/I-44 Exit 236, 74116


p 580-226-3833 f 580-226-3546

p 918-473-1243 f 918-473-1957

p 405-638-3000 f 405-638-3006 TM

p 405-475-9440 f 405-475-9435

p 918-686-7856 f 918-686-0597

p 405-440-1048 f 405-440-1093 TM

p 405-324-5000 f 405-324-7181

p 918-427-0895 f 918-427-0862

p 580-928-2216 f 580-928-2354

p 918-437-5477 f 918-437-5660

oregon 195 BIGGS JUNCTION DEF 55 5 I-84 & US Hwy 97, Exit 104 91485 Biggs Rufus Highway, 97065 386 BROOKS 7 S DEF 110 I-5, Exit 263 4220 Brooklake Road, 97305 391 CENTRAL POINT DEF 100 7 I-5, Exit 33 1600 East Pine Street, 97502 133 CHEMULT 4 60 US 97 341 Damon Street, 97731

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p 541-739-2174 f 541-739-2479

p 503-463-1114 f 503-463-0409

p 541-664-7001 f 541-664-7006

p 541-365-0991 f 541-365-0995

p 541-884-0400 f 541-884-0409 Full Service Restaurant

p 541-963-9762 f 541-663-9822

p 541-889-9070 f 541-889-4117

Gooseberry Farms Restaurant

p 541-849-2133 f 541-849-2137

p 541-449-1403 f 541-449-1430

Pennsylvania 348 BENTLEYVILLE 7 S DEF 90 I-70 Exit 32-B 205 Wilson Road, 15314 516 breezewood all american 12 280 I-76, Exit 161; I-70, Exit 147 167 Post House Road, 15533 707 Brookville DEF 140 15 rv dump I-80 Exit 78 246 Allegheny Blvd., 15825 708 Carlisle DEF 278 22 rv dump I-81 Exit 52/I-76 & Exit 226 1501 Harrisburg Pike, 17013 336 DUBOIS 7 100 I-80, Hwy 219, Exit 97 1742 Rich Highway, 15801 517 Duncannon DEF 50 6 US 22 and 322 30 Benvenue Ave, 17020 311 ERIE DEF 85 5 I-90 & PA97, Exit 27 8035 Perry Highway, 16509 518 Frystown DEF 240 8 I-78, Exit 10 (PA 645) 2210 Camp Swatara Road, 17067 245 HARRISBURG DEF 30 3 I-81 & PA39, Exit 77 7961 Linglestown Road, 17112 298 HAZLETON (DRUMS) DEF 60 5 I-80, Exit 256 1114 SR 93, 18222 1 MILL HALL 5 S DEF 70 I-80, Exit 173 5868 Nittany Valley Drive, 17751 709 MILL HALL (Lamar) DEF 155 15 rv dump I-80 and Exit 173 5609 Nittany Valley Drive, 17751

p 724-239-5855 f 724-239-5801 Pizza Shop


Taco Maker

p 814-735-4076 f 814-735-4823

p 814-849-2992 f 814-849-2440

p 717-243-6659 f 717-243-2510

p 814-375-6046 f 814-375-6047

p 717-834-3156 f 717-834-3208

p 814-864-8536 f 814-866-0332 TM

p 717-933-4146 f 717-933-5008

p 717-545-5507 f 717-545-6768

p 570-788-3262 f 570-788-2163

p 570-726-7618 f 570-726-5092

p 570-726-4080 f 570-726-4363

south carolina 711 Blacksburg 15 200 I-85 Exit 102 1011 North Mountain Street, 29702 60 BOWMAN 8 S DEF 100 I-26, Exit 159 2064 Homestead Road, 29018 346 CAMDEN (LUGOFF) 3 S DEF 60 I-20 & US 601 Exit 92 522 Highway 601 South, 29078 884 Campobello Kangaroo Pantry 2 35 I-26, Exit 5 8998 SC Hwy 11, 29322 338 CAYCE (COLUMBIA) DEF 90 5 I-26/77 & US321, Exit 115 3008 Highway 321, 29033 61 CLINTON 3 40 I-26, Exit 52 12818 Highway 56 North, 29325 712 Columbia DEF 178 15 rv dump I-20 Exit 70 5901 Fairfield Road, 29203 310 DUNCAN DEF 70 8 I-85 & SC290, Exit 63 1405 East Main Street, 29334 62 FLORENCE DEF 75 6 I-95, Exit 170 3006 North Williston Road, 29506 337 FLORENCE DEF 90 5 I-95 & US 52, Exit 164 2015 West Lucas St., 29501 453 GAFFNEY 5 S DEF 100 I-85, Exit 90 909 Hyatt Street, 29341

p 864-839-5934 f 864-839-5942

p 803-829-3541 f 803-829-3352

p 803-438-5175 f 803-438-3947

p 864-472-2128 f 864-472-2280

p 803-739-2921 f 803-739-4521

p 864-833-4555 f 864-833-3765

p 803-735-9006 f 803-735-0917

p 864-433-1221 f 864-433-1210

p 843-662-6972 f 843-662-7013

p 843-662-2646 f 843-662-2893

p 864-206-0050 f 864-206-0052

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South Carolina (cont.)

tennessee (cont.)


713 Latta DEF 200 15 rv dump I-95 Exit 181A 111 Mill Branch Road, 29565 63 PIEDMONT 5 S DEF 90 I-85, Exit 35 110 Frontage Road, 29673 714 Rock Hill DEF 141 9 rv dump I-77 & Hwy 901, Exit 73 2435 Mount Holly Road, 29730 493 St. George DEF 118 8 rv dump I-95, Exit 77 113 Motel Drive, 29477 64 SUMMERVILLE 3 S DEF 40 I-26, Exit 199 1521 North Main Street, 29483

720 Fairview DEF 150 9 rv dump I-40 & Hwy 96, Exit 182 1420 Hwy 96 North, 37062 51 GREENEVILLE DEF 25 3 I-81 Exit 36 11190 Baileyton Road, 37745 403 HEISKELL DEF 25 2 I-75, Exit 117 1915 East Raccoon Valley Road, 37754 53 HURRICANE MILLS 8 S DEF 180 I-40, Exit 143 15559 Highway 13 South, 37078 366 Jackson 7 S DEF 95 I-40, Exit 85 32 Sand Pebble Rd., 38305 241 KNOXVILLE DEF 80 0 I-40, Exit 398; @ John Sevier 2801 East Govenor John Sevier Hwy, 37914 722 Knoxville DEF 187 13 rv dump I-40 & I-75 Exit 369 800 Watt Road, 37932 270 KNOXVILLE (LOVELL ROAD) 5 S DEF 80 I-40/75, Exit 374 314 Lovell Road, 37922 219 KNOXVILLE (STRAW PLAINS) 9 S DEF 115 I-40, Exit 398 7210 Straw Plains Pike, 37914 52 LAVERGNE DEF 25 4 I-24, Exit 64 535 Waldron Road, 37086 411 LEBANON 8 S DEF 150 rv dump I-40, Exit 238 921 Murfreesboro, 37090 363 MEMPHIS DEF 70 5 US 78 @ Pleasant Hill 5021 Highway 78, 38118 405 MEMPHIS 5 S DEF 100 I-240, Hwy 78S 4949 Lamar Ave, 38118 404 Murfreesboro 7 S DEF 90 I-24, Exit 81 2441 S. Church St, 37127 413 nashville DEF 25 2 Briley Pkwy, Hwy 155N, Ex 26A, Hwy 155S, Ex 26 6418 Centennial Blvd., 37209 224 ONeiDA (PIONEER) DEF 85 4 I-75, Exit 141 304 Howard Baker Highway, 37847 149 STANTON DEF 50 7 I-40 Exit 42 7720 Highway 222, 38069 412 WHITE PINE 9 S DEF 130 rv dump I-81, Exit 4 3624 Roy Messer Highway, 37890

436 AMARILLO 5 S DEF 90 rv dump I-40, Exit 75 715 South Lakeside Drive, 79118 723 AMARILLO DEF 200 13 rv dump I-40 Exit 76 9601 I-40 East Exit 76, 79118 477 anna DEF 100 8 1700 US Hwy 75/Hwy 75, Exit 48 714 South Central Expressway, 75409 435 ANTHONY 5 S DEF 100 I-10, Exit 0 2015 Antonio Street, 79821 724 ANTHONY DEF 176 13 rv dump I-10 Exit 0 3001 Mountain Pass Blvd., 79821 725 Baytown DEF 200 15 rv dump I-10 & Exit 789 Thompson Road 1876 East Freeway, 77521 740 Brookshire DEF 117 9 rv dump I-10, Exit 732 204 South Waller Ave., 77423 367 CADDO MILLS DEF 80 6 I-30 & FM1903, Exit 87 & 88 2725 FM 1903, 75135 883 Canton 7 S 100 I-20, Exit 533 9800 Interstate 20, 75103 488 Cotulla 7 S DEF 77 I-35, Exit 69 921 N. IH35, 78014 433 DALLAS 8 S DEF 150 I-20, Exit 470 8787 South Lancaster Road, 75241 726 DALLAS DEF 150 15 rv dump I-20 Exit 472 7425 Bonnie View Road, 75241 727 Edinburg DEF 200 15 rv dump Hwy 281 & FM 1925 1305 East Monte Cristo, 78539 728 El Paso DEF 120 9 rv dump I-10 and Exit 37 1301 North Horizon Blvd., 79927 553 FORT Stockton 9 S DEF 100 I-10, Exit 259 2571 North Front Street, 79735 434 FORT WORTH 8 S DEF 185 rv dump I-35, Exit 65 2400 Alliance Gateway, 76178 375 HOUSTON 7 S DEF 90 I-610, Exit 24A US 90 E 4440 N. McCarty Street, 77013 729 Houston DEF 233 15 rv dump I-45 Richie Rd, Exit 64 15919 North Freeway, 77090

p 843-752-5047 f 843-752-7265

p 864-845-8177 f 864-845-8178

p 803-328-5700 f 803-909-5800

p 843-563-8989 f 843-563-8986

p 843-486-5770 f 843-486-5702

south dakota 932 Hermosa MG Oil 2 25 Heartland Express Hwy 79 25 Heartland Express Hwy 79, 57744 599 murdo DEF 50 4 rv dump I-90, Exit 192 601 E. Fifth Street, 57559 918 Rapid City DEF 100 5 I-90, Exit 55 2783 Deadwood Ave., 57702 931 Rapid City MG Oil 8 150 I-90 Exit 61 4200 N I-90 Service Rd Exit 61, 57701 716 Sioux Falls DEF 158 9 rv dump I-29 Exit 83 5201 Granite Lane, 57107

p 605-255-4555 f 605-255-4522

p 605-669-2465 f 605-669-2859

p 605-348-7070 f 605-348-3438 country market

p 605-342-5450 f 605-342-3011

p 605-977-1438 f 605-977-1538

tennessee 481 Cleveland DEF 75 7 I-75, Exit 20 281 Pleasant Grove Rd, 37353 265 COOKEVILLE DEF LMTD 1 I-40, Exit 287 1111 South Jefferson, 38501 406 CORNERSVILLE DEF 20 2 I-65, Exit 22 9211 Lewisburg Highway, 37047 114 CROSSVILLE 7 S DEF 80 I-40, Exit 320 2449 Genesis Road, 38571 226 DANDRIDGE DEF 80 6 I-40, Exit 417 505 Patriot Drive, 37725 409 DICKSON 11 S DEF 90 I-40, Exit 172 2320 Highway 46 South, 37055

p 423-476-3892 f 423-476-5430

p 931-528-7100 f 931-528-3893

p 931-363-3290 f 931-363-8248

p 931-787-1901 f 931-787-1905

p 865-397-3547 f 865-397-3699

p 615-446-4600 f 615-446-0763

78 C H A L L E N G E S e p t e m b e r 2 0 1 3

p 615-799-4116 f 615-799-4120

p 423-234-0414 f 423-234-0641

p 865-938-1439 f 865-938-1146

p 931-296-7180 f 931-296-7719

p 731-422-5545 f 731-422-5780

p 865-546-6776 f 865-546-7475

p 865-531-7400 f 865-531-7982

p 865-966-0445 f 865-966-2918

p 865-544-1067 f 865-544-1138

p 615-793-9856 f 615-793-9085

p 615-453-8866 f 615-453-8860

p 901-366-0337 f 901-366-1712

p 901-202-5520 f 901-202-5522

p 615-907-9595 f 615-907-3982

p 615-350-7225 f 615-350-7318

p 423-562-5000 f 423-566-1335

p 901-466-3535 f 901-465-7822

p 865-674-8570 f 865-674-8572

p 806-335-3323 f 806-335-2868

p 806-335-1475 f 806-335-1058 TM

p 972-924-2035 f 972-924-2051

p 915-886-3090 f 915-886-3404

p 915-886-2737 f 915-886-3522

p 281-424-7706 f 281-424-7730

p 281-934-4133 f 281-934-4153

p 903-527-2150 f 903-527-2103

p 903-829-2600

p 830-879-5363 F 830-879-5359

p 972-228-2467 f 972-228-4386

p 972-225-3566 f 972-225-3681

p 956-316-0149 f 956-316-4732

p 915-852-4141 f 915-852-4101

p 817-337-5324 f 817-337-5137

p 713-675-3375 f 713-670-7629

p 281-893-0423 f 281-893-9368

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texas (cont.)

texas (cont.)

Utah (cont.)

234 HUNTSVILLE 6 S DEF 90 I-45, Exit 118 639 State Highway 75 North, 77320 507 Jarrell 8 140 I-35 & Exit 275 11710 North Interstate 35, 76537 377 LAREDO 12 S DEF 300 I-35 S, Exit 13; I-35 N, Exit 12B 1101 Uniroyal Drive, 78045 730 LAREDO DEF 191 15 rv dump I-35 S, Exit 13; I-35 N, Exit 12B 1011 Beltway Parkway, 78045 733 Lubbock DEF 50 4 rv dump I-27 & 4th Street Exit 602 4th Street, 79401 257 MIDLAND 7 S DEF 84 I-20, Exit 126 4015 S. FM 1788, 79706 982 MIDLAND 0 0 7700 W. I-20 7500 W. Hwy 80, 79706 983 MIDLAND 0 0 I-20, Exit 138 7800 Interstate 20 Frontage, 79706 330 New Braunfels 7 S DEF 80 I-35, Exit 184 4142 Loop 337, 78132 734 New Caney DEF 150 9 rv dump US 59 & Exit 242 23412 Hwy 242, 77357 580 ODESSA 10 S DEF 100 I-20, Exit 121 5900 E. Interstate 20, 79766 431 ORANGE 8 S DEF 110 rv dump I-10, Exit 873 2205 North Highway 62, 77630 735 ORANGE DEF 150 15 rv dump I-10 Exit 873 7112 I-10 West, 77630 736 Pecos DEF 200 15 rv dump I-20 Exit 42 100 East Pinehurst, 79772 432 ROBINSON 7 S DEF 285 I-35, Exit 328 8055 South I-35, 76706 306 SAN ANTONIO 6 S DEF 50 I-10 E.bound, Ex 581; I-10 W.bound, Ex 582 5619 I-10 East, 78219 467 SAN ANTONIO 7 S DEF 88 I-37, Exit 125 4105 S Loop 1604 E, 78264 737 SAN ANTONIO 13 S DEF 200 I-10, Exit 583 1815 N. Foster Road, 78244

157 SULPHUR SPRINGS 7 S DEF 85 I-30, Exit 122 1200 South Hillcrest, 75482 738 Tye DEF 200 15 rv dump I-20 & FM 707 Exit 277 101 North FM 707, 79563 486 Tyler 7 S DEF 85 I-20 & FM 14 12881 FM 14A, 75706 209 VAN HORN 7 S DEF 75 I-10, Exit 140 501 Van Horn Drive, 79855 568 VoN ormy DEF 65 7 I-35, Exit 140 14555 IH35 South, 78073 739 Waco DEF 200 9 rv dump I-35 & New Road 2409 South New Road, 76711 206 WEATHERFORD 7 S DEF 110 I-20, Exit 406 1201 I-20 West, 76087 741 Wichita Falls DEF 50 3 rv dump US 287 & Jacksboro Highway 2311 Jacksboro Highway, 76301

746 Salt Lake City DEF 110 9 rv dump I-15 & I-80 SR201, Exit 17 2025 South 900 West, 84119 510 Scipio 4 100 I-15, Exit 188 810 North 800 West, 84656 774 Snowville 3 50 rv dump I-84 Exit 7 90 South Stone Road, 84336 747 Springville DEF 80 8 I-15 Exit 261 1460 North 1750 West, 84663 775 St. George DEF 60 4 I-15 Exit 4 2841 South 60 East, 84790 748 Willard Bay DEF 52 4 rv dump I-15 Exit 357 600 West 750 North, 84340

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p 936-291-1125 f 936-291-2421

Q eats

p 512-746-4341

p 956-717-5006 f 956-717-5012

p 956-712-3265 f 956-791-3057

p 806-744-0539 f 806-744-7423

p 432-563-1683 f 432-563-1748

p 877-561-8432

p 432-563-1365

p 903-885-0020 f 903-885-1580

p 325-691-9974 f 325-691-5365

p 903-593-5466 f 903-593-3204

p 432-283-8067 f 432-283-8071

p 210-622-9384 f 210-622-9302

p 254-714-0313 f 254-714-1798

p 817-341-4600 f 817-341-4602

p 940-720-0598 f 940-720-0725

utah p 830-629-1424 f 830-629-1254

p 281-689-8065 f 281-689-8271

p 409-745-1124 f 409-745-3336

p 409-883-9465 f 409-886-8224

p 432-445-9436 f 432-445-7171

p 254-662-4771 f 254-662-4951

p 210-661-5353 f 210-661-4660

p 210-626-9183 f 210-626-9201

509 Beaver DEF 150 6 I-15, Exit 112 653 West 1400 North, 84713 892 Green River West winds truck stop 5 100 I-70, Exit 164 1085 East Main St., 84525 742 Lake Point DEF 130 9 rv dump I-80 Exit 99 1605 East Saddleback Blvd., 84074 743 Nephi DEF 100 9 rv dump I-15 Exit 222 1597 South Main, 84648 772 N. Salt Lake 4 42 I-215 & Redwood Rd, Exit 27 885 W. North Point Circle, 84054 294 OGDEN 5 60 I-15 & UT 39, Exit 344 1670 West 12th Street, 84404 744 OGDEN DEF 100 9 I-15 Exit 343 1172 West 21st Street, 84401 508 Perry DEF 25 2 I-15 Exit 362 1674 W. 1100 S., 84302 773 Richfield DEF 50 4 rv dump I-70 Exit 40 35 East Flying J Drive, 84701

roberto’s taco shop

p 435-438-5191

West Winds restaurant

p 435-564-3495 f 435-564-8162

p 801-508-7400 f 801-508-7404

p 435-623-2400 f 435-623-2421

p 801-936-1408 f 801-936-1457

p 801-731-2900 f 801-731-2380

p 801-399-5577 f 801-399-9353

p 435-723-9999

p 435-896-5050 f 435-896-4044

p 801-972-3711 f 801-972-6174

p 435-758-2345

p 435-872-8181 f 435-872-8171

p 801-489-3622 f 801-489-3059

p 435-674-7104 f 435-652-3627

p 435-723-1010 f 435-723-1044

virginia 749 Carmel Church DEF 239 15 rv dump I-95 Exit 104 24279 Roger Clark Blvd., 22546 256 DANVILLE DEF 45 3 Hwy 58 & 29, Exit 104 110 River Point Drive, 24541 898 Emporia Sadler’s Truck Stop 10 250 I-95, Exit 11B 918 West Atlantic Street, 23847 750 Ft. Chiswell DEF 270 14 I-81 & I-77 Exit 80 I-81, I-77 & VA Route 52, 24360 396 Greenville 11 S DEF 100 I-81S, Exit 213A;I-81 N, Exit 213 3541 Lee Jackson Highway, 24401 491 Harrisonburg DEF 100 7 I-81m Exit 251, 22802 3634 North Valley Pike, 22802 384 RICHMOND 9 S DEF 110 I-95 N, Exit 58; I-95 S, Exit 58A 2126 Ruffin Mill Road, 23834 876 Ruther Glen DEF 250 22 I-95, Exit 104 23866 Rogers Clark Blvd, 22546 899 South hill Sadler’s trk. Stp. 0 20 I-85, Exit 12A 1011 East Atlantic Street, 23970 159 TALLYSVILLE DEF 60 4 I-64, Exit 211 6721 Emmaus Church Road 23140 258 TROUTVILLE 3 I-81, Exit 150A or B 2966 Lee Highway South, 24175

p 804-448-9047 f 804-448-9805

p 434-792-1180 f 434-792-7894

p 434-634-4312 f 434-634-5397

p 276-637-4115 f 276-637-6968

p 540-324-0714 f 540-324-0718

p 540-434-2529 f 540-434-2076

p 804-524-9556 f 804-524-9522

p 804-448-3077 f 804-448-8350

p 434-447-4528 f 434-447-6388

p 804-966-1880 f 804-966-9231

p 540-992-2805 f 540-992-1534

p 210-666-2266 f 210-666-2280

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virginia (cont.)

Wisconsin (cont.)

alberta , canada (cont.)

752 Winchester DEF 144 15 rv dump I-81 Exit 323 1530 Rest Church Road, 22624 754 Wytheville 15 177 rv dump I-77 & I-81 Exit 77 3249 Chapman Rd, 24382

164 MAUSTON 7 S DEF 95 I-90/94 & WI 82, Exit 69 1101 State Road 82 East, 53948 40 OAK CREEK 8 S DEF 150 I-94, Exit 322 2031 West Ryan Road, 53154 538 Oakdale road ranger DEF 100 5 I-90, Exit 48 102 E Woody, 54660 324 RACINE (FRANKSVILLE) DEF 80 5 I-94 & CR K, Exit 329 13712 Northwestern Avenue, 53126

785 AB-Calgary DEF 128 9

p 540-678-3641 f 540-678-3651

p 276-228-7110 f 276-228-9010

Washington 965 Ellensburg Flying j/broadway 7 100 I-90 Exit 109 2300 Canyon Rd., 98926 583 Ferndale DEF 25 4 1678 Main Street #3, 98248 970 Pasco (spokane) Flying j/broadway 2 75 U.S. Hwy 395 2216 E Hillsboro Road, 99301 963 Spokane Flying j/broadway 2 2 I-90 Exit 276 3709 S. Geiger Blvd., 99224 967 Spokane Flying j/broadway 7 80 I-90 Exit 286 6606 E. Broadway Ave., 99212 151 TUMWATER DEF 100 7 I-5, Exit 99 2430 93rd Avenue SW, 98512

p 509-925-6161 f 509-925-5748

p 360-213-1822 f 360-312-1851

p 509-547-5561 f 509-547-4570

p 509-456-8843

p 509-535-3028 f 509-535-7589

p 360-754-0151 f 360-754-0159

west virginia 474 flatwoods (sutton) DEF 55 5 I-79, Exit 67 270 Scott Fork - Bonnie Rd, 26601 243 NITRO DEF 60 6 I-64 & SR 25, Exit 45 4304 First Avenue, 25143 503 morgantown DEF 50 5 I-79, Exit 146 2309 Smithton Rd, 26508

p 304-765-9270 f 304-765-7306

p 304-755-8654 f 304-755-8655

p 304-284-8518 f 304-284-8509

wisconsin 289 BELOIT 5 55 I-43/90 & WI 81, Exit 185A 3001 Milwaukee Road, 53511 756 Black River Falls DEF 150 14 rv dump I-94 & Exit 116 780 State Hwy 54, 54615 528 Cottage Grove road ranger DEF 50 2 I-90, Exit 147 2762 County Hwy N, 53527 544 East troy road ranger 0 LTD I-43, Exit 38 1946 A. Energy Drive, 53120 470 roberts (hudson) DEF 100 9 US 65 & I-94 1191 70th Avenue, 55023

p 608-364-3644 f 608-364-3643

p 715-284-4341 f 715-284-1551

f 608-873-1610

p 815-315-4979 f 847-232-1186

p 715-749-4238 f 715-749-4241

f 608-847-3316

p 414-761-0939 f 414-761-0165

dan’s Big slice Pizza p 815-209-9040 f 608-374-2001

p 262-835-2292 f 262-835-2564

wyoming 758 Casper DEF 45 4 rv dump I-25 Exit 185 41 SE Wyoming Blvd., 82609 402 CHEYENNE DEF 120 10 rv dump I-80, Exit 367 8020 Campstool Road, 82007 759 CHEYENNE DEF 180 16 rv dump I-25 Exit 7 2250 Etchepare Drive, 82007 760 Cokeville DEF 90 4 rv dump US Hwy 30/SR 232 10501 US Hwy 30, 83114 141 EVANSTON 7 S DEF 75 I-80, Exit 6 289 Bear River Drive, 82930 761 Evanston 9 80 I-80 Exit 3 1920 Harrison Drive, 82930 762 Gillette DEF 50 4 rv dump I-90 & Hwy 59 1810 South Douglas Hwy, 82718 308 LARAMIE DEF 100 8 I-80 & Curtis St., Exit 310 1564 McCue Street, 82072 763 Rawlins DEF 200 11 rv dump I-80 Exit 209 I-80 Johnson Rd., 82301 764 Rock Springs DEF 84 8 rv dump I-80 Exit 104 650 Stage Coach Drive, 82901

85 East Lake Cres., T4B 2B5 792 AB-BROOKS 2 20 1260 Cassils Road East, T1R 1B7

4216 72 Ave SE, T2C 2C1 814 AB-Calgary 0 0 2525 23 ST N. E., T2E 7M1 848 AB-Calgary 9 80 4949 Barlow Trail Se, T2B3B5 815 ab-Drayton Valley 0 0

p 307-473-1750

p 307-635-5744

15609 121 A. Ave, T5V 1B1 850 ab-Edmonton 8 100

p 307-635-2918

16806 118 Avenue, T5V1M8 818 ab-Edson Motco 0 0

p 307-279-3050

2520 - 2 Ave., T7E 1T9 819 ab-Fort McMurray 0 0

p 307-783-5930

345 Sakitawaw Trail, T9H 4E4 820 ab-Grande Prairie 0 0

p 307-789-9129

9212 - 108 St., T8V 4C9 845 ab-Grassland 2 75

p 307-682-3562

1st Ave. 1st Street, TOA 1V0 846 ab-Hanna 2 100

p 307-742-6443

Hwy 9 & Hwy 36 South, T0J 1P0 794 AB-High Level 0 25

p 307-328-0158

10529 96 St., T0H 1Z0 817 ab-Hinton 0 0

p 307-362-4231

294 Kelly Road, T7V 1H2 821 ab-Lethbridge 0 20

f 307-473-1759

f 307-635-5746

f 307-634-2794

f 307-279-3041

f 307-783-5916

f 307-789-5461

f 307-682-5038

f 307-742-2576

f 307-328-1668

f 307-362-9710

1005 43 St, T1K 7B8 822 ab-Lloydminster 1 12

alberta , canada 813 ab-Airdrie 0 10

11511 40th Street SE, T2H 1L4 793 AB-Calgary 2 15

5505 Jubilee Ave., T7A 1S3 816 ab-Edmonton 0 0


dan’s Big slice Pizza p 815-580-4842

p 608-847-3321

p 403-948-4193

p 403-362-5594

5109 63 St Ave, T9V 2E7 869 AB-nanton 3 130 Hwy #2 2810 21st Ave., T0L 1R0 795 Ab-Nisku 2 8 302 20th Avenue, T9E 7T8

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p 403-720-0904 f 403-720-4937

p 403-236-2404

p 403-250-3835 J’s Wok and Grill

p 403-273-4949 f 403-273-0628

p 801-725-1370

p 708-413-9116

p 780-455-1111 f 780-482-4448

p 780-743-3545

p 780-532-2378 eldorado restaurant

p 780-525-2295 f 780-525-2299

cactus corner cafe

p 403-854-5000

p 780-926-2066

p 801-725-1370

p 403-328-4735

p 780-875-2990

humpty’s restaurant

p 403-646-2810 f 403-646-2872

p 780-955-3535

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rv dump

alberta , canada (cont.)

manitoba, canada

alberta , canada (cont.)

796 AB-Red Deer DEF 26 4

802 BC-Vancouver 0 0

461 ON-TILBURY DEF 150 6 Rural Route #5, Highway 401, Exit 56 19325 Essex County Road 42, N0P 2L0


67th Ave. & 67 Street, T4P 1A4 826 ab-Redcliff 1 0 115 Lockwood St, T1A 7T9 797 Ab-Rycroft 0 8 Hwy #49 & Hwy #2 Hwy #49 & 2, Box 73, T0H 3A0 786 AB-Sherwood Park DEF 142 9 Yellowhead Hwy 16/ Broadmoor Blvd. 50 Pembina Rd., T8H 2G9 824 ab-Whitecourt 0 10 Hwy #43 & West Mtn. Road, T7N 1S9


f 403-346-2852

p 403-526-2669

p 780-765-3740 f 780-765-3748

p 780-416-2035 f 780-416-2084

p 780-706-0471

8655 Boundary Rd & Marine Way, V5S 4H3 788 MB-Headingley DEF 150 9 Hwy #1 & Camp Manitou Rd. 4100 Portage Avenue, R4H 1C5 803 MB-Portage La Prairie 0 40 Hwy #1 East, R1N 3B2 804 MB-Winnipeg 2 0 1747 Brookside Blvd., R2C 2E8 835 MB-Winnipeg 0 0 131 Warman Road & HWY. #59, R2J 3R3

British columbia, canada

ontario, canada

827 bc-Abbotsford 1 10

862 ON-Ayr 5 30 Hwy 401, Exit 268 2492 Cedar Creek Road, N0B 1E0 805 ON-Etobicoke 0 0

929 Coutts Way & Sumas Way, V2S 4N2 798 BC-Annacis Island 1 4 1291 Cliveden Ave, V5M 6G4 799 BC-Chilliwack 2 21 7970 Lickman Road, V2R 1A9 828 bc-Cranbrook 0 0 2209 Theatre Road, V1C 4H4 829 bc-Creston 0 0 1411 Northwest Blvd, V0B 1G6 830 bc-Dawson Creek 0 0 1725 Alaska Ave, V1G 1P5 861 bc-HOPE 4 S DEF 50 Hwy 1, Exit 168 63100 Flood Hope Road, VOX 1L2 800 bc-Fort St John 0 0 Alaska Hwy & 109 St. 9407 109th Street, V1J 6K6 847 bc-Kamloops 5 125 175 Kokanee Way, V2C 6Z2 831 bc-Merritt 0 0 1885 Cold Water Ave. 2190 Douglas Street North, V0K 2B0 832 bc-New Westminster 0 0 24 Braid St, V3L 3P3 801 BC-Prince George 3 0 4869 Continental Way, V2N 5S5

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p 604-850-1594

p 604-521-4445

p 604-795-7265

p 250-426-3763

p 250-428-7131

p 250-782-3111

p 604-886-6815 f 604-886-6821

p 250-785-3052

p 250-573-3032 f 205-573-7828

p 250-280-1555

p 604-522-6511

p 250-563-1677

1765 Albion Rd & Hwy 27, M9W 5S7 806 ON-Kapuskasing 4 40 410 Government Road E, P5N 2X7 852 ON-lancaster DEF 110 9 Hwy 401, Exit 814 20382 Old Hwy #2, K0C 1N0 789 ON-London DEF 230 16 Hwy 401 & Highbury Ave. Exit 189 3700 Highbury Ave. South, N6N 1P3 807 ON-Mississauga DEF 65 5 1400 Britannia Road Exit 401 and Dixie Road 790 ON-Napanee DEF 165 15 401 & Cnty Rd 41 Exit 579 628 County Road #41 RR6, K7R 3L1 866 ON-Pass Lake 3200 Hwy 11/17, Shuniah, ON POT 2MO 865 on-Pickering 9 150 Hwy 401 2000 Clements Road, L1W 4A1 838 on-Sault Ste Marie 0 0 987 Great Northern Road, P6A 5K7 836 on-Schreiber 0 0 Hwy # 17, P0T 2S0 837 on-Sudbury 0 0 17 Duhamel Road, P3E 4N1

p 604-454-9578

p 519-682-1140 f 519-682-9221

Quebec, canada p 204-832-8952 f 204-832-9104

p 204-857-9997

p 204-633-0663

p 204-231-5485

808 QC-Berthierville 10

p 450-836-6581

1181 Ave Gilles Villeneuve, J0K 1A0 809 QC-Napierville 10 Hwy 15 Exit 21 1 Rang St-Andre, J0J 1L0 810 QC-Ste Helene 4 10 HWY 20, Exit 152 569 Rue Principale, J0H 1M0

p 450-245-3539 f 450-245-9642

p 450-791-2232 f 450-791-2495

Saskatchewan, canada 811 SK-Moose Jaw DEF 20 5

Papa Joe’s hot kettle p 519-624-9578

370 North Service Rd. Hwy #11, S6H 4N9 842 sk-Regina 3 12

p 416-674-8665

1511 Ross Ave. East, S4R 1J2 791 SK-Saskatoon DEF 85 4

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newestlocations Opening date: 9/1/13*

Pass Lake, On, CAN

3200 Hwy 11/17, Shuniah, ON POT 2MO

Opening date: 9/9/13*

Mount Airy, NC I-77, Exit 100

Showers: 10 Parking: 150 Restaurants:

Opening date: 9/23/13*

Odessa, TX I-20, Exit 121

Showers: 10 Parking: 100 Restaurants:

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e are a husband and wife owner-operator team driving a straight truck for Panther Expedited Service’s Elite Division. We specialize in hauling Department of Defense freight, such as munitions, military armaments and equipment, that need heightened security. We’ve been running for Panther Expedited since we started in this specialized trucking niche more than five years ago. Our loads take us to all corners of the U.S. and Canada. Medford, Ore., is our home, which we don’t get to visit very often. The nature of the expediting business focuses on the eastern U.S., so we are out normally 60 to 90 days at a time. With a small herd of grandkids back in Oregon, we are all always looking forward to some quality home time. With so much time on the road, it is important for us to take care of ourselves and treat ourselves to the best, and that includes the best that the truck-stop business has to offer. When it’s time to head in for interstate truck stop services, our first choice is always Pilot and Flying J. We have always used the MyRewards card when fueling and love the generous points program and free showers. We save the points to purchase audio books and their shower facilities are the best of class.


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