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Scott Wallace and the rest of the Strong Man competitors put on a great show at BC Big Rig Weekend. The competition was held to raise money to help rebuild the burned out Wood Buffalo Food Bank Association’s building in Fort McMurray. Scott had just won the BC Provincial Strong Man Competition at the Vancouver Convention Centre on July 10th and as I write this he is in Regina preparing for the Canadian Championships being held September 24th. We wish him all the best in the competition. seen strong man competitions on television but seeing John White it inI have person is a whole different ball game. These guys are huge and in incredible shape. Just to set the record straight – after the truck pull competition was over I was talked into getting into the harness to pull Motor Rosenau’s troop truck. Now it may have looked to some people – definitely not to the competitors - like I pulled the truck the length of the course but – and this is a big BUT – Motor, who was the instigator of this lark, was behind the wheel, feathering the clutch in order to get it moving for me. For those who were watching, it may have appeared that I did it all myself and it was a great April Fool’s Joke right there in the middle of August but, as I said, I want to set the record straight. I definitely don’t want in any way to take away from what these guys are capable of doing. After the competition Scott and I talked about doing it in Chilliwack again next year and possibly even doing one at Alberta Big Rig Weekend in Red Deer. If we can manage to put this together the funds raised would go to a local charity in each town. It was also great to have our associate writer, Colin Black and his lovely wife Isobel, visit us from Scotland. It was their first trip to Canada - actually Colin said it was the first time they had gotten a passport and the first time they had ever been on a plane. We had a great time finally meeting them face to face as did many people at BC Big Rig Weekend a number of who made sure to get their picture taken with them. Both Colin and Isobel have a great sense of humour and they did their best to keep us smiling. That is when I could understand what they were saying. Isobel’s accent was easier to understand but I’m sure that was just because Colin got such a kick out of, in his words, “watching my eyes glaze over when he knew he had lost me.”

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John The discussion of old school vs new school is a topic that has been going around since the first generation of truckers passed the torch on to the next. We’ve all heard the old timer sit around the table and say, “It’s not like it used to be - kids have it easy today.” Well I’ve been there and while I will agree that things were much different, back in the early 70’s when I first started trucking, but was it better? I really don’t think so. Sure we did not have cell phones so you had to get out of your truck to use the phone to call dispatch then sit around the truck stop or pay phone, sometimes for hours, waiting for a return call. We did not have GPS either so you had to actually pull out a map to find your way around or get directions from a receptionist who, for the most part, couldn’t find her own way home after using a slight detour that took her a block off her normal route. On top

of that most drivers had to hand bomb their own loads for little or no pay and trucks back then could almost be described as primitive when compared to the fully loaded luxury models of today. Yes, I admit those were difficult times. However some of the things we did have that they don’t have today is good truck stop restaurants where you could get a decent meal at a reasonable price and truckers back then looked out for one another. There was great camaraderie. If you were broke down on the side of the road a truck would pull over and give you a helping hand and we never had to worry about being mugged if we stopped to help a four-wheeler. If you were on a familiar route you always knew a mechanic that would come out at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning to keep you going. If a truck breaks down today it’s not like the old days when trucks were simpler and you could go to a mechanic or dealership where they usually had the part ready to put on. Today they often have to order in a part forcing the driver to sit for 2 or 3 days – days they can never get back or make up for. We also had a choice of when to drive and when not to drive. We could take a nap when our body told us to. We didn’t have some desk jockey, government official pandering for votes, telling us to go to bed at a certain time, whether we were tired or not, then forcing us to drive when tired. We got tired, went to bed, got up, kept

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on trucking - and got the job done. Yes it’s true, today the younger generation do have cell phones but does that make it easier or more dangerous? What about distracted driving? So many people are on their cell phones today that drivers must be even more alert in comparison to the early days when four wheelers were more focussed on the road. I think that in general the roads are much more dangerous today than they were back then. Roads themselves may be better but traffic is much heavier and people are so impatient they will put their life, and yours, on the line to save just a few minutes. Drivers today will soon also have to deal with electronic log books which may or may not make it more stressful. They have satellite and big brother constantly watching over their shoulders which is something that we didn’t have. They have to eat in fast food joints because the good old Mom and Dad truck stop restaurants that were our home away from home are simply gone for the most part. Todays’ younger generation do not work harder, they work smarter. They have access to the rules and regulations through the internet so they are better informed. Back in the day we had to trust dispatch or owners who were often misinformed themselves or just plain dishonest, whose only objective was to keep you moving. Yes they are better informed but at the same time

I think they are under much more stress. The industry is so overregulated today that many old school truckers are leaving the business and fewer young people are choosing it as a career. But there are some bright lights. I was speaking to a young man at Alberta Big Rig Weekend and I was thoroughly impressed with this young operator. This young man purchased a glider kit and ordered a new old-school engine out of the crate. This was a very smart and intelligent move. He stayed away from the new technology which is forcing many owner operators out of the business. I believe that this young man is going to be successful in an over regulated, highly stressful industry. He is making all the right moves and I salute him. So maybe it’s time that us old timers backed off the younger generation just a little bit and take a look at the big picture. We should sit down and listen to what they are saying. They are well informed, better educated and well adapted to the new technology, however in a more dangerous and stressful environment. So kudos to you - the younger generation, be smart, get the facts and be careful talking to some of the old school truckers who in some cases are just misinformed. Dave Marson ***** Some people should use glue stick instead of chap stick…

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By Dave Madill Dave was Pro-Trucker Magazine’s Rig of the Month in June of 2001

Slept Through an Inspection

Ever had one of those trips where everything is going wrong and yet in the end it ends up just perfect? One time I was about an hour away from the shipper when I got up and headed to pick up my next load. Now I had been get-

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loading and chaining. Since I was “working by the book,” I logged it all on duty. After all that time I finally got out of the yard and back on the super-slab and on my way. As I was driving I was trying to figure out my stops to make my log book legal when I realized I was going to have to shut down at a rest stop for the night to put things back into order and then make the truck stops for the rest of the trip. Now I am not a fan of rest stops but when I pulled in I realized this one looked pretty fair. At least it had plenty of room so that I could get away from the truck and have a bit of relaxation at some shady picnic tables. I did up the log, grabbed some groceries from the bunk, a good book and a thermos, and proceeded to relax and enjoy the fine spring weather. I hadn’t been there much more than an hour when D.O.T. showed up with about five cars, a pile of pole lights, a five ton truck and about a dozen people. They immediately started to set up to do inspections and weighing. One of the inspectors walked over to my truck and banged on the door but got no answer and finally wandered back to his group where they had started pulling trucks in. Man were they ever giving them a going over. I sat there for about two hours and in that time they had placed eight trucks out of service and had two of them towed away. Finally I got up from my spot and in the general confusion, and the fact that it was getting dark, managed to get back to my truck unnoticed. I crawled in the bunk for the night and only woke up once when a D.O.T. inspector banged on my door again. But I’m

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duty not driving” time and I should be a little more “creative” about things. You just can’t keep them happy.

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up in the moment and may run into the street in their bid to fill their goodie buckets or often a pillow case. Those poor parents. We are not only responsible for those we meet on the road but also to our companies and their equipment. I would often find a secluded rest area in-between towns and park till early morning to avoid the possible nasty goblins who would rather give than receive. Yes that’s correct. Rather than race about in search of the next sugar high, they look for a victim to offer a trick to. Those tricks often come in the form of rotten eggs. Eggs are horrible rotten grenades that don’t just make a mess. They are actually hard on paint jobs. I’m not sure what’s in them, but it is like acid. The marks they leave are toxic but they’re less dangerous than the ones left behind by Roman Candles. Those little, (in the wrong hands, hand held mini rocket launchers)

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Ed has held a commercial drivers license for 65 years and has spent the better part of 50 years on the road. You can get Ed’s new book at www.drivingthroughmymemories.ca

The End of an Era

Well it happened ... just this past week. I encountered a fork in the road of life and have been issued a timeline to decide which route to pursue. It was just a matter of time and it was inevitable but that hardly lessens the emotional turmoil created by its invasion into my normally calm and serene character. It arrived in Her Majesty’s Royal Mail and was dated August 30, 2016. It had taken almost two weeks to reach me. A good pair of legs might have brought it sooner but having hauled the Royal Mail across this vast continent years ago I am well aware of the work ethic, or lack of same, that pervades the corporation at that level. Here are a few of the words that struck me full in the gut on that fateful day, originating from the desk of one C. Zaharia who is a minion of the RoadSafetyBC initiative of ICBC: “I am writing to advise you (that word in any correspondence is often the 1st hint of calamity) that

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We were running day and night, and would be hauling premium general freight to the western part of Canada. To get a fast turnaround, we would take anything we could get our hands on. Usually a straight load of whatever, Military, Hydro cable reels (M/T) or even hides from the slaughterhouses. That was the load on this particular trip. Normally, they would be loaded in a folded, and salted dry state, tied into neat square bundles and tagged individually. At that time, the Russians had sent in a ship to the docks in Montreal, to pick up a shipload of hides for export. At the time, they were trying to get this load down east before the deadline. So when we showed up for the load, it was in such a rush that it was loaded GREEN. This means, they were removed from the animals back, within the hour. (Producing and loading directly) The hides were still draining, slop & blood and were not even salted. (That is what they mean by green hides.)

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It was in the middle of August and the temperature on the prairies was in the 90’s. The hides had to be loaded for axle weight, for going through the United States. We had no sliding axles at that time, so the load had to be shifted by hand, and then run over a scale until it came out correct. We started across the prairies, (2 drivers running double) in the extreme heat. About 3 or 4 hrs down the line, there was a car tailgating our trailer. Without a cloud in the sky for over 100 miles, I could see in my mirrors that he was running with the windshield wipers on, and starting to swerve a little erratically. He quickly pulled off and I went down the road for about another 5 or 6 mi. then pulled over also. My curiosity was getting the best of me. I was a little, but not totally surprised, that the blood and liquid crap was running out of the back doors. I had to run for my life, so it seemed; it was not only draining liquid, but also at the same time, devoured by a MILLION (or more) horse flies. The biggest swarm, I had ever seen. I jumped back into the cab, closing the window and taking off down the road, trying to out run the flies. Remember, in the 50’s air conditioning did not exist. It was well over 100 F. in the cab. We crossed over into the United States, at Noyes, Minnesota. Having the load sealed in bond on the Canadian side first. With the flies catching up and attacking the customs officers, they promptly told us to get the hell out of there. A day later, we were traveling

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it was ready while other trucks where kept rolling. I thought to myself, “It’s all highway miles and if all goes well I should be home by dinner time.” so I took the load. Everything went well and I was in the Fort and unloaded in three hours. I was just about to head home when my mobile phone rang and I made my third mistake of the day. I answered it and sure enough, it was Gordy! “Hey Mel, Bear was on his way up past Germanson landing with a 16-B Fiat-Allison Cat when he broke a motor mount on his truck. Could you drop your low-bed and meet him on the North road and deliver it?” What could I say? I couldn’t leave Bear stranded so I unhooked and headed up the North Road with nothing but a bottle of water and a sandwich that I had bought in the Fort. After about an hour I met ‘Bear’, limping his truck down the road. We stopped and he gave me the directions to find the load and how to get to the delivery point. I finally found the Fiat-Alison which turned out to be about the same weight as a D-8 Cat and after hooking up I headed up the old Takla Landing road, which was nothing more than a cat trail. I fought my way up this old goat trail, around tight corners, up sharp pitches, sometimes in first gear with the engine pulling down, almost to destruction. Then I came around a left hand corner that lead down to a narrow bridge and then through a narrow cut and up and around a right hand corner. By this time it was getting

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the lake in Manning park was stunning. As he was driving it gave me a chance to take in the scenery, including all the trucks on the highway. The two days with Werner were very relaxing, not only did he do the driving, he took us to picturesque spots that were not too crowded. But when we went to Capilano Suspension Bridge we had crowds in abundance, although getting there couldn’t have been easier. The Skytrain station was not far from our hotel, and after John White showed us where it was, we got into Vancouver and hopped on a free bus that took us right to the park. As he drove the driver kept up a very interesting commentary on the history of the city. We spent another day just wandering the streets of Gas Town and the Vancouver waterfront, again a bit too busy and hot for me, but the good lady enjoyed the shops, what woman doesn’t. And then, for me anyway, we had the cherry on the sundae with BC Big Rig Weekend in Chilliwack. The amount of work the drivers put into their trucks is impressive, the truck shows over here are a little different, we still have old and new trucks polished up to within an inch of their life. But it tends to be trucks only, very seldom do you see a truck and trailer at our shows, and there’s not so much chrome and polished aluminium. The Chilliwack show is a unique venue as far as I’m concerned, to see that many trucks under cover was amazing, and the cover was very welcome in the heat we had.

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Cola. He’s also an extreme distance runner with a 100mile race to his credit and the husband of Sara Blakely, the billionaire founder of Spanx. If there’s one thing he’s not, it’s boring. So when he was worried that he was stalling a bit--falling into a routine-he did something kind of crazy. He recruited a U.S. Navy SEAL to live with him for a month and to break him out of his rut. “I met him at a race, and I had never seen anything like it. He was so locked in, and I wanted something he had,” says Itzler, whose book about the experience is called, Living With a SEAL: 31 Days of Training With the Toughest Man on the Planet. “So I hired the guy.” If you don’t know much about the SEALs beyond the movies--think American Sniper, for example, the reallife story of the late Chris Kyle--the short version is that they’re among the fiercest and most-deployed special operations troops in the U.S. armed forces. Their initial training, which lasts a total of 50 weeks, is some of the hardest in any military in the world. Here are the top things Itzler’s warrior-tutor taught him about living an exceptional life--all while staying with him in a posh apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. 1. Get your butt out of bed. Itzler’s mentor, who had served multiple tours in Afghanistan and Iraq and had lost friends in combat, wanted to remain anonymous, so he’s referred to simply as

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-little things like making the bed, to being on time, to perfecting technique and form,” Itzler explains. “It’s hard to be late or come up with excuses when you’re around someone living life like that.” 3. Be a consistent minimalist. The SEAL was finishing his active-duty career at the time he moved in with Itzler and family, using his accumulated leave from the military (basically vacation) to do so. One of the most surprising things, Itzler says, was how simply he lived. “He showed up for 31 days with a backpack, his ID, and a debit card. If I went away for 31 days, I’d have five suitcases.” Beyond that, he added, “he was the most consistent guy I ever met. No days off. No interruptions. He was disciplined and consistent.” 4. Do. Not. Quit. We all quit. Sometimes I think it’s a good thing. Maybe that’s why I’m not a Navy SEAL. “He had all these ‘SEALisms,’ like: ‘If your brain says you’re done, you’re only 40 percent done,’” Itzler recalls. “So many times physically at work, in negotiations, when I’ve got deal fatigue, he’d have this incredible energy. There’s always more in your reserve tank.” 5. Screw your comfort zone. This seems to be a big part of the SEAL’s theory. In short, the idea is that it’s only through discomfort and pain that you have the opportunity to grow. It might be that pain

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is not simply a byproduct of growth, but part of its cause as well. “I was physically pushed out of my comfort zone every day. To jump start the concept, I slept in a wooden chair the first night. I think he took it a little too literally,” Itzler says. His mantra was: “If it doesn’t suck, we don’t do it.” 6. Wait it out. Anyone who’s served a day in the military--even in much less demanding jobs--knows this part. Patience isn’t just a virtue; it’s an absolute necessity, if you want to succeed. And Itzler says that one of the surprising things that happened to him was that he grew more patient as a result of his month of training. “I became incredibly patient--even sitting in traffic. it. The secret is knowing that everything ends. We’d do these incredible training routines, and he’d focus me on that fact to get through it: It’s going to end. Eventually, everything ends,” Itzler recalls. 7. Strip out the nonessentials. This one probably makes sense for a guy who showed up for a month in winter with nothing but a single small backpack, but Itzler said his SEAL mentor taught him to clear his mental clutter as well. “He made me eliminate all the nonessential things,” he recalled. “He’d give me a call and be like, you don’t need to do that or return those emails. We’re going for a run. And I wouldn’t--and nothing suffered. I was so scared [to break the routine], but in fact I became way more efficient.”

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8. Seek the harder challenge. Ultimately, the SEAL’s methods aren’t just about discomfort, or minimalism, but about seeking tougher challenges for the sake of the challenges themselves. “Every day escalated,” Itzler says. “You do things like physically running in a blizzard in the middle of winter. It was these ‘you can do this’ kind of mental challenges. He made it OK for me to just live way out of the box, because that’s the way he trains and lives his life.” *****

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and grandfather, both of whom were truckers, and a fuzzy blanket: “Guaranteed to never leave me stranded or cold,” she said. The more years he has behind the wheel, the less Tom Kyrk carries. “They may not be things that I look at often, but they are things that have special memories,” he said. “For example, I have several of my father’s neckties with me that he used to wear on Sunday while preaching in church. For a number of years, I carried one of his old fedoras. Like I said, for me it is items that just have special meaning and as much as possible a practical use as well.” Joanne Fatta mounted pictures of her daughter on the dash and for years carried a note written by her. She still wears a necklace her daughter gave her. “Whenever I left the yard on a snowy, bad weather day I would kiss my necklace and say a little prayer before going out the gate. “The little mementos of family can help ease the burden of our long days on the road. Make us smile, when we may not want to be smiling, and take away some of the stress we drivers deal with on an everyday basis,” Fatta said. Everyone seems to pack pictures. Thomas Miller’s sleeper has refrigerator magnets with pictures of his wife, daughters and grandson while Henry Albert keeps his photos on his phone. For Libby Clayton, it’s not as much bringing items from home on the road as it is bringing the color scheme from

home: purple. Her sleeper has purple rugs, sheets and a quilt. She also has a stuffed toy bunny clipped to her visor. “Oh, and I’m sure the mechanics think it’s funny, but I have a glow-in-the-dark mobile with stars that hang from it,” she said. Fred Weatherspoon brings pictures of his wife and grandchildren and a pillowcase “that has my wife’s sweet fragrance on it. I know, a little mushy, but that’s my babe.” But when he really wants to remind himself of home, he brings his 73-year-old mother on the trip. “She loves to ride,” he said. “If you could see how she lights up when I come to get her, you’d be amazed. She is great company and a lot of help.”

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truck stops and rest areas as well as locations for where they were most needed. When he approached me I was Executive Director of ATISA, the Alberta Trucking Industry Safety Association. This position, which put me in constant contact with trucking companies and truck drivers, plus my background of driving and owning a trucking company, allowed me to give informed, meaningful advice on the subject. I was very pleased to be consulted as I took it to mean that the government was finally showing an interest in something that I, and many others, had great concerns about. At the time the truck stops in Alberta were all but none existent and the ones we did have consisted of a slight balloon in the highway that would accommodate two trucks at best. Unfortunately these rest stops were also used by the general public to either rest or dispose of garbage. I told him that these “stops” were totally inadequate and asked if he had travelled through Oregon at any time and viewed how their truck stops were designed, as that was the design that should be used here in Alberta. Over the next few months many hours were spent working on an acceptable design for the rest stops after which there were many discussions deciding the most convenient locations for them. My experience was mainly on Highways one, sixteen, two and forty-three up to the Peace country. At that time there were no rest areas or truck stops on those highways except for two on Highway

two and both of these were in poor locations. My report was submitted to the Transportation Department, and I waited for some or any action towards building these very needed stops. Fast forward to 2016, about twenty years later, and there are still no adequate rest areas on the major Alberta or for that matter BC highways. Rest areas are vital for the trucking industry. They provide space for a professional driver to rest if at all tired, which within the hours of service is mandatory, as well a place to do a safety check on his or her truck. Too many collisions involving commercial vehicles have fatigue as a contributing factor which emphasizes the need for proper rest areas. I read that BC is finally building a truck rest area on the Okanagan Connector which is a much needed step forward but everything considered, it is still just a first step. It is high time that the Federal Government take some of the billions of dollars that they collect annually on fuel taxes, that currently go into general revenue, and direct some of those funds to highway improvements and rest areas for truck drivers and the motoring public. Everyone should take the time to write both our Provincial and Federal Transportation Ministers and insist that our highways are made much safer by building these much needed rest areas. 

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I seen him in the wrecking yard amid tons of rusted steel, Sitting in an old cab over with his hands resting on the wheel. The glass there before him was cracked and streaked with dust, The engine resting on the ground was red with dirt and rust. He called me in a quiet voice and motioned me inside, Said, “Come and take the shotgun seat and we will go for a ride”. I felt a chill come over my bones as I opened up the door, I swear I heard a starter whine as my feet hit the rusted floor. Time and space seemed to fade away as I settled in the seat, Now I heard the engine roar with a lonely deadly beat. The dust seemed to fade away, the dash shone with a ghostly light, Headlights showed a winding road and a dark and cloudy night. The radio played old rock and roll, his fingers tapped on the wheel, The old rig was a vision of shiny chrome and steel. I heard the driver telling me about how he’d dodged the scale, Tonight would see him coming home as he dropped his load of mail. He told me about his children and he cursed this trucking life, Told me of the highways and he told me of his wife. Said this would be his final run, he was headed for the barn, Back to see his family and to settle down and farm. Then I felt a deadly chill and he seemed to fade away, I sat in a wrecking yard in the cold hard light of day. I stumbled from this rusted wreck got my feet on solid ground, No old men were in sight though I checked all around. It seems that this old truck had wrecked back in sixty five, The driver never made it home from what was his final drive. Did I really see him? Was he really there? Or just a figment of my mind, cobwebs in the air? The engine fan was still spinning and it slowly wound on down, The haunting sound of rock and roll still came from all around.

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