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Anyone who knows me knows how much I love humour and I try not to let the ridiculous side of political correctness dictate what makes me laugh. What I mean by ridiculous side of political correctness are ones that poke fun at people or races - as long as they are not told with malice and intend to hurt or seriously degrade or offend people. We all know the difference and it is not political correctness that stops us from telling that type of joke it is human decency and respect. Political correctness has grown out of control. I honestly John White can’t keep up with it and am often at a loss as to what terms I should be using when referring to someone of a different race, culture, or sexual orientation. I am English, Irish and Scots and I often joke that I can’t live with myself. I have an Irish friend who I always share Irish jokes with. These are often drinking jokes. He responds with the same and believe it or not he is an Irishman that seldom drinks. (That was humour for anyone wanting to climb down my throat over the comment.) My lovely wife Donna’s Grandmother, a wonderful lady who swung a mean cane, was a true Scot who lived up to the reputation of being overly frugal. Donna often tells the story of how her grandmother would re-use a tea bag until the water was almost clear so one day her and her sister collected some tea bags and hung them up on the clothes line then swiftly ducked granny’s cane when she saw them – great stuff – great story. I had a Science teacher when I went to high school in Edmonton who was a beautiful blond Ukrainian girl about 23 years old. I had her class for the first two periods every Monday morning and to show exactly how good looking this young lady was - very few of the guys in our class ever missed school on Monday morning. She was single and liked to party and for a good part of the first period she would tell us all the new Ukrainian jokes she heard over the weekend. She took great joy in laughing at her heritage and culture. I have two nephews and a brother-in-law who are ministers and thankfully open minded - I share religious jokes with them whenever I get the chance. Most of the religious leaning jokes I have run in Pro-Trucker came from them. If the joke pokes fun at a number of different people at the same time it is even better. Paddy was driving down the street in a sweat because he had an important meeting and couldn’t find a parking place. Looking up to heaven he said, “Lord take pity on me. If you find me a parking place I will go to Mass every Sunday for the rest of me life and give up me Irish Whiskey!’ Miraculously, a parking place appeared. Paddy looked up again and said, ‘Never mind, I found one.’ Humour you have to think about for a split second as it refers to something off the wall is great. I had the pleasure of getting a quick response from our May, Rig of the Month Driver, Mike Woodford, when telling him I would send him a bundle of this month’s magazines. He quickly replied, “that’s great, I need 5 copies for my mother.” (come on now – Dr. Hook? - The Cover of the Rolling Stone?)

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Hey John, I just had quick look at the new issue of your magazine. So for starters, you gave a very detailed and polite explanation of Calcium to the ranter. Not saying I like the crap either, but I’m old enough to recall the ill effects that salt had on cars out here in the west back when it was still used. I remember hearing many years ago that Japan had something much less corrosive to deal with ice on roads, but never heard anything since. I’d hazard a guess that it’s more costly than Calcium and also look at all the jobs and revenue we currently have here on the go by still using the nasty stuff mixed with sand. Here’s a perspective on paperless logs from a nontypical freight haulers perspective. In my previous line of work, hauling shacks, I would dread the mandatory use of e-logs. As a single truck owner operator in that line of specialized hauling, not having the ability to fudge the start of your day could have a seriously negative effect on income. In a perfect world, I’d love to see the day we

all could work strictly legal hours, stay working steady all year long and make a decent living. Who wouldn’t? Now the horrible reality check. That type of work is never steady all year long. In fact during recessions, like now, it’s downright slow. Then there’s the matter of rates that are always being beat down too damn low to make a decent buck if you don’t hustle when there is work. Feast or famine. On top of that we’re always being delayed and held up by either a disorganized shipper or an ill prepared receiver. Many other reasons holds you up, like the trailer isn’t out of shop yet, or it’s not accessible in the yard, or they decided they needed to scrounge up something extra to put on the gooseneck that they had forgot about and now needed to go find. Or the yard is drifted with snow,.. or is a total mud hole you can hardly move in. All the while, the people in suits, in the office, who hire us, expect us to show up at 8:00am to load and then get to site and unload by a certain prescribed time. Then at the destination, you typically are dealing with pretty much all the same crap. Forgot you were coming, site not ready, don’t have permits yet. And the kicker is, if you’re lucky, they want you back next morning at 8:00am to do it all over. Yay!!! So let’s say you’re up at some oil sands site where you slept over in truck and you’re supposed to get in and out first thing so you should be able to get back to Spruce Grove to reload by late afternoon and head back up. But,

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filed under progress. In any case, I decided I will drag the fifth wheel to the ATHS show in Salem with the old Hayes. And I won’t be using any kind of log book…lol ! Oh, by the way John, before anybody jumps to conclusions, and pipes up that I should have been charging hourly for the wasted time loading and unloading - I was doing that at least 90% of the time. Unfortunately a lot of the guys in that racket don’t. They keep caving in to the pressure to do the work on a per trip bid basis. I’m tempted to blame that trend on the ever growing number of “freight “ companies that keep trying to scab their way into different types of work they aren’t properly equipped to do. But to be honest, the cut throat low ball rate hacking scabby mentality has always been the same. And as long as trucking stays deregulated, stupidity will prevail. By the looks of it the Taxi industry may be next. Like I said before, the one percent need and want lots of dirty low paying jobs everywhere. Globalization requires it in order to be successful. Is that too deep ?? Ha ha - Later, Trevor Cameron. Spruce Grove, AB Editor’s note: Always a pleasure hearing from you Trevor. Whenever there is a slowdown in one part of any industry – not just trucking - out of desperation, people will migrate to other areas. Certain jobs may look easy but if you are going in green and undercutting someone



the client doesn’t send escort vehicle to come get you till 9:30 then coffee break hits before you’re unloaded which is another 20-30 minutes gone. And so it goes. Now you’re one guy with one truck and you need to be getting your ass back to reload and make another rounder, or somebody else will. Any trip you miss is money you won’t get a second chance to make, and it won’t wait till your log book says you’re good to go. Actually, I’d love to see e-logs become law as long as rates come up enough to offset the lost work. Always remember, if there is extra cost to clients, especially big guys like oil companies , they don’t eat them. They just hammer their customers harder. So that means along with everyone else, truckers could just look forward to even more expensive diesel. She’s a vicious circle, eh? And do you think for one second the disorganized shippers or receivers give a crap if a one man - one truck operator makes a living? Nope would be the correct answer. So then I guess technically we’re gonna need more trucks to do the same amount of work. So more jobs, yes. Notice I didn’t say “good paying” jobs. And I guess that also means more trucks out there burning fossil fuel and polluting the environment too. Ha ha !! That’s another B.S. topic I could write a whole article about. Bottom line is, the owner operator will be squeezed ever closer to extinction. I guess that can be


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that has been doing that job for years, and knows all the the E-Logs. The U.S. is mandating the use of electronic logging tricks of the trade, you are just asking for trouble. As you have said before it takes 10 seconds to drop a rate devices (called E-logs). They announced the new rule on December 10, 2015, with a two year phase in period and 10 years to get it back. until December 18, 2017. The result is those truck drivers who are doing Editor’s note: Rumours have been circulating for years about electronic log books and everyone seems to have business in the U.S. (B.C. trucking companies operating a different opinion. Getting good information on what, if into the U.S.) will need to comply with the U.S. standard anything, Canada has planned has been difficult to say and use electronic logging devices. No decision has the least. Here is the response I got when I contacted been made yet whether to follow suit in Canada or in B.C. the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. Please let me know if you have any further questions. Kate Mukasa | Public Affairs Officer Hi John, Please see below the response to your inquiry about Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure

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he had been in the news about attempting to take his life, then saved only to be released and then disappear again the following day. We all fear the worst but hope still for his safe return. But his story makes this sculpture all that more amazing and ring true for all that are a gone for long periods of time and miss out on life’s small moments of joy. I decided I wanted a piece to be made that reflects how I feel. I took self-notice that I found myself with my elbow on either the window ledge or the wheel with my hand against my head lost and deep in thought wishing things could be slightly different. But without my job and self-sacrifice the ones I love would not be fed and sheltered. Upon this realization I began to look at other drivers and found them doing the same. So I decided to call it exactly how I would say it to my family. “I’m sorry but the road calls”. T h e s e words were captured in stone by this a ma z i ng young artist. It means so much more to me now that my dear

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didn’t know he was the boss anybody walking in off the street would’ve taken him for a driver/mechanic/handyman. He was a man who would do whatever it took to keep the wheels of his trucks turning, and you can’t do that dressed in a suit, shirt and tie. The company had a varied general haulage range of contracts with a lot of their work involving deliveries to London and surrounding areas. They even had an office down there to arrange return loads for their men. Now that Southern Transport had the contract for the day to day running of the trucks, Lep started to give them more work running trailer loads of air freight exports to London Heathrow. As Lep didn’t have any trailers of their own at the airport, it made sense if there was a full load from Polaroid or IBM to put it on the trailer that would take it south. But gradually the men could see all their old work disappearing and more work coming from Lep. Although they were still kept busy, most of the drivers thought it was a bad idea to be dependent on one contract for the bulk of the firms’ income. Most of the drivers had worked for John Patterson’s father, and were hard working, loyal men, who were not afraid to let him know they thought it was a bad idea to put all your eggs in one Lep basket. Things came to a head one day in the office when tempers flared and a fight broke out, a driver called Albert threw a few punches, but John was a big man and held his own till other drivers broke up the fight. There were no cops involved, no charges brought, and Albert moved on to pastures new. But as is the case with bad blood sometimes, what were assumed to be revenge vandalism attacks started happening. When a couple of the trucks ground to a halt out on the road it was discovered they had sugar in the diesel tanks. The Symington yard was not the most secure place so it would be easy enough to get in at night and sugar a couple of tanks. That was a messy, costly situation to put right, but at least it only cost the company money. When the cops and the Driver Vehicle Agency came in one day and sealed the yard and offices after an “anonymous” tip off, it cost everybody money, drivers,




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It was never proven that Albert was behind the tip off, but if it was I can’t understand how a man could be so angry as to cost his workmates hundreds of pounds in fines when he’d been doing the same thing himself.


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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 Is it just me or has it occurred to anyone else that there are frequent incidents involving semis and other vehicles hauling hay every year? I have witnessed several myself over the years and heard and read about many more. Maybe it’s partly because often there are vestiges of this cargo strewn about the roadway when this commodity is on the move. I admit barnyard fodder might not be the easiest cargo to get from point A to points B and/ or C nor would it be easy to tie down anything organic that is constantly changing shape and presenting nothing substantial to hang a chain or secure a belt to. Many years ago, I was motivating west bound, fully loaded, along the Trans-Canada Highway in Saskatchewan, Hwy 1 at that time was still just two

lanes with paved shoulders. It was at night, which is when I enjoyed driving as a younger version of myself and I was probably listening to George Jones on the 8 track stereo or some other artist no longer with us, who was called upon to keep me alert. There wasn’t much traffic on this particular night but off in the distance I did see headlights coming toward me and as they got closer realized that it was another semi but I also noticed a cascade of random sparks keeping pace with this unit and coming directly at me in my lane! I was piloting a cabover International, most tractors in that era being COEs in order to comply with the restrictive legal length limits. I slowed quite a bit and pulled over onto the paved shoulder to allow for more clearance, which was a very prudent choice or I might not have been around to scribble this piece of memorabilia. As the tractor and flat deck passed I saw that it was loaded with large round bales of hay and there was a long chain which had broken or come detached from the right side and was flailing about the road surface where I would have been had I not been on the shoulder. There was also a gap in the load where that chain would have been restraining a few bales for which I was now on the lookout. I hooted and hollered on the CB radio to no avail, the driver quite possibly having his stereo cranked up to help him cover the miles too or else he was napping. I had to stop at the next phone booth, today an


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endangered species, and call the RCMP but sure enough before I stopped I encountered a mountainous heap of hay right in the middle of the road. I have no knowledge of the ‘rest of the story’ but I certainly hoped that there were no injuries or property damage that night as a result of this situation. In today’s trucking environment straps would replace any chains used for this purpose but I still believe that hay and the like ought to be required to be tarped on an open trailer in order to help prevent such incidents. A few years later, during the drought in 1988, we hauled the only load of hay ever to sit on one of my rigs from south-western Ontario to a ranch in Manitoba. Our trailer was equipped with a side kit complete with short tarp to hold down our precious cargo of square bales, which I would assume are much easier to secure than the round ones. Having been raised on a farm I really don’t understand the need for round bales which are sometimes difficult to control. The cousin of a friend of mine was transferring a large round bale using a forklift but when he lifted the forks, the bale rolled over the tractor and crushed him in his seat. He did not survive. Recently a southbound semi hauling hay to an unknown destination likely in upstate Washington was struck headon by a northbound four-wheeler a few miles from our home in the interior of BC. The late model KW was severely damaged and the driver of the personal vehicle died at the scene. This occurred at a notorious sharp cor-


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and Peterbilt truck dealership shops with the idea of one day becoming a mechanic. I worked in the shops for 3 weeks at a time and ended up putting in a total of 387 hours. When I turned 16 I started working in my Uncle Dennis’ shop on the weekends, washing and greasing the trucks and trailers, fixing what I could and generally getting in the way. When I got out of school I went to work full time in bigger shops, first for A&K Mcpherson and then Morgan Bros. Both of these companies were loggers. I soon found out that I didn’t like being in one place all day. I didn’t know it at the time but looking back I guess what I was really craving was an open road with a mission. The first big truck I rode in was a red and white COE International of Ted Doyle Trucking. What a beauty it was I was hooked! My mom’s best friend’s stepdad is Ted Doyle and she knew how much I loved trucks so she talked to him and he arranged for me to go for a ride. It was an amazing day hauling lumber from Clear Lake Sawmill to CN’s reloads in Prince George. Shortly after high school I got a job driving a 5 – ton doing P&D work around Prince George for Overland Freight. After a while I started running to Dawson Creek traveling through the Pine Pass every night. I loved the job because I never knew what I would be hauling as it was different every day. It was a small truck but good experience for me and definitely a good way to start out in the industry. That being said I was itching to get into the bigger and better trucks. I used to sit at the Husky Truck Stop south

of town, while waiting for calls, and watch all the trucks heading out for parts unknown, all the time daydreaming about when I would own my own truck. The first long hood Pete I ever drove was Ron Stokes Copper 379 Legacy, I’ll never forget it. We were at his shop in town and he was waiting for his wife to pick him up when he threw me the keys and said, “Let’s go for a drive.” I was shocked but didn’t hesitate in case he changed his mind. We did a loop up the Hart Highway then left down foothills and back to the shop on the Hart. When I was 23 I challenged my Class 1 road test and passed. My Uncle Dennis, who has been driving for 23 odd years, taught me how to drive by taking me around town in his gravel truck. One day he surprised me by taking me up Connaught hill with a full load on and having me stop half way up so that I could learn how to start on a hill. Connaught hill is pretty steep but it was all good as the shifting technique that he taught me back then has got me out of a lot of trouble and served me well in the bush. My next challenge was getting a job but since I didn’t have any experience I kept hearing the same old line, that I’ve read in Pro-Trucker that other new truckers have also heard many times, “Come back when you’ve learned how to drive.” After what seemed like a never ending search I found a job with Giscome Contracting, driving an old Mack dump truck hauling snow. It was a pretty rough riding truck and had seen better days but I was in love. When I was first


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went to see him for an interview he asked me how much experience I had and I told him I had only done a few hours driving around town and basically learning how to shift. He was very understanding and said that he appreciated my honesty but he needed someone who had some experience. Then about a month later he needed someone in a hurry so he called me. Later that winter my Uncle Jim put in a word for me at Coyote Transport where he worked. (Thanks Uncle Jim). I drove a Western Star with a 500 cat and a rubber block suspension and it was just a real tough tank of a truck. Nothing stopped it or slowed it down. I hauled tree length logs into the now shut down Canfor Clearlake Sawmill. We loaded 50 miles out the Blackwater road and it took us about 4 hours for a rounder. It was quite the run as we had to make 8 different channel changes on the road and then a 9th for the mill. They were all over length off highway loads so we had to take a private road that by-passed the highway when we came in loaded. After break up I went to work for Burke Purden Enterprises where we hauled on the Alaska Highway from Fort Nelson to Ft St John. Later I came back to Prince George and hauled all over the local area, Leo Creek, the Buckhorn, Bear Lake and out the Bowron to name a few. It is amazing how hunters and tourists take their lives in their hands by traveling on radio controlled logging roads. For some reason when they get off the highway they go into a daze. They think that they are totally safe and alone out


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there. One time I came around a corner to find a couple hunters or tourists parked in the middle of the road having a B.S. session. I managed to stop in time but I’ll never forget the look on their faces when they saw me coming. I doubt very much if they will ever be that careless again. Another time I came around a narrow corner to find 2 hikers on the road. I never did figure out what 2 people were doing hiking on a radio controlled logging road. One of the scariest incidents was the time a guy on a dirt bike passed me from behind. The dust my truck was raising was so thick I couldn’t see back past my 2nd bundle let alone my trailers when this idiot came out of nowhere. I had absolutely no idea he was there and never saw him until he was suddenly right beside my cab. He must have been getting peppered with gravel and bark but worse than that he couldn’t possibly have been able to see anything in front of him when he was passing me. He easily could have wound up as road kill on someone’s bumper or just run off the road while blinded by the dust if I happened to be going into a corner at the time he decided to take his life in his hands. My favourite place to haul logs was on Vancouver Island. I stayed in Campbell River and hauled from both Port Alice and Port McNeil. The scenery was terrific and the roads unbelievably steep. There is some steep country around the Prince George area but nothing compared to Vancouver Island. It was a short but sweet job. I enjoyed working near the ocean, it is such beautiful country, I feel fortunate to have been able to spend some time there both for the scenery and to see what the coastal loggers have to deal with. When I was 25 years old and working for J.V. Logging I saw a real gem of a truck at Inland “The old Western Star that Kenwor th in Quesnel. She was I drove at Coyote Transport worn out, dirty and was my first love, but that in rough shape but boy was I in love. Peterbilt of mine was the one I stopped in and I took home and introduced talked to the salesto Mom and Dad.” man and drove it home that weekend. That is the truck I have today, a 1996 Peterbilt 379L, 3406E Cat, 18 speed and 3.90 rears. It’s about 80% rebuilt and proof that dreams do come true. On my 26th birthday I made my last payment then that fall I leased on with Salt Spring Freight hauling all over B.C. and Alberta. Mostly pin to pin general freight – whatever would fit in the box. The old Western Star that I drove at Coyote Transport was my first love, but that Peterbilt of mine was the one I took home and introduced to Mom and Dad. With things being slow I still haul logs to pay the bills. I love the challenge that logging has to offer, steep country, big loads and long hours, it’s quite a rush at times. Load her up, hammer down to the mill, reload the trailer and go again. The highway is another love of mine. Set cruise, windows down, tunes up, tires howl, mud flaps sail; following that hood and chasing that feeling. (Right Dean Griffin?) I realize the D.O.T. have a job to do like the rest of us

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there, all you have to do is ask. My Uncle Jim, Grampa Ted, Uncle Dennis were always there for me with that advice and just saying thanks doesn’t seem to be enough for the help that they gave me, not just while I was getting started but all along the way. One thing I will never forget is something Uncle Dennis once told me. He said, “Anyone can drive a truck but to drive one professionally and safely takes a whole other breed.” I think that the Class 1 testing should be harder. It seems the easier that trucks are to drive, the easier the test is to pass, and the more our industry gets a slap in the face. To start with, chaining up should definitely be part of the test for anyone in British Columbia and or anyone hauling here! I love going to the show and shines every year where I meet and make new friends and of course get to see all the ever changing sweet rides. I’ve met a lot of people on this roller coaster we call life, most good and some not but either way I say thank you. You all made me work so much harder. Thanks to those who were there when I needed parts or a helping hand or even a ride home. Your advice did not go unheard, or unheeded like when Uncle Dennis and I and about 1000 mosquitos changed a turbo on the side of the highway and many other times and friends too numerous to mention – you know who you are - I’ll never forget it. A special thanks to Ron Stokes for helping me find my way around Alberta and to Mom, Dad and Jamie, for your never ending support and occasional kick in the arse. I love you guys. 

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By Dave Madill Dave was Pro-Trucker Magazine’s Rig of the Month in June of 2001 Close Call It was one of those days where everything was going perfect, light traffic, sunny skies, dry roads, and a nice low load of forty foot beams tied down on a 45 foot trailer. This was my second load with my brand new truck - what could possibly go wrong? I was cruising along Highway 1, just about where the new scale at Golden BC is now located, when I saw a car coming towards me with what looked like something black, (a branch or a pipe?) sticking out of the rear window on the driver’s side of the car. Then I saw two blossoms of flame come from end of the “stick/pipe”, and heard the cracks of something hitting my truck. Now I am ex-service and it only took a second to realize that someone had just taken a couple of shots at me and had actually hit my truck. What I had originally thought was a pipe was a gun barrel. I was doing about 60mph and I suppose the car had been doing about the same so the closing speed was quick. I grabbed the wheel as tight as possible and got a quick look

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Mel is a retired veteran driver who has spent 40 years on the road. An Old Truckers Passion Not unlike a pretty woman, I have always had a passion for a pretty truck, but as life goes charging by me, my passions start to dwindle! The women get older and the trucks get smaller, so it was no surprise when I saw, ‘Sophie’ at a swap meet, that I was blinded to everything around me. She was a pretty burgundy, 1974 GMC low rider pickup. She was all decked out, with new upholstery and a lovely paint job, but it wasn’t until I opened her hood revealing her heart, the 350 CID Engine, that was covered in chrome, that my heart began to flutter. I knew I didn’t need her, I already had a perfectly good old pickup, so I left to examine the rest of the treasures that are to be found at a swap meet. I went wandering around but ‘Sophie’ still haunted me and I kept drifting back to her. Gerry, the owner came over to me and asked if I would like to hear her run. ‘No’, I said, “she’s too expensive for me!” But he fired her up anyway and I was hooked, her low rumbling voice from her exhaust pipes was like the Sirens of










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them on a friendlier basis and they perform better for you. This is just one of my little idiosyncrasies! The Kenworth was the ‘Mean Machine’, because of the payments and I had a Mack called ‘Spike’, after a Disney cartoon and last, ‘Olga’ a Volvo, because of her Swedish heritage. One day at a car club meeting, a drag racer friend asked me, “How fast will she do the quarter”? “I don’t know, but she’s pretty quick!” I answered. “Well, why don’t you bring her out to the track and I’ll take her for a run, for you.” He said with a smug look on his face. “No way,” I countered, “I’ll take her down the track myself!” This statement brought a round of laughter from everyone listening. “You’re eighty years old you stupid old fool” seemed to be the unanimous remark and I have to admit that this upset me. I’ve spent over half of my life driving, just about everything with an engine and rubber on the road and these clowns think I’m too old to drive this pickup down the track? Well one thing led to another and I got tied up with the Alzheimer’s Society and NITRO, the local drag racing club, and sometime in July I’m going drag racing. They will be taking pledges of one dollar for each mile per hour I can go over my age and all proceeds will go to the Alzheimer’s Society. I’ll show them, you don’t mess with an OLD TRUCK DRIVER! 

A Flower Taillights string out in front of me like beads upon a chain Headlights lose their brightness in the slowly falling rain The wipers beat a rhythm keeping perfect time The lanes stretch out before me marked by the dotted line There beside the highway a flower struggles to survive A lonely flash of colour in the grayness of my drive The gray of the season broken by a touch of green Winter struggles to hold on, spring struggles to be seen Another season passes like a footstep out of time Marked only by a daffodil by a lonely highway sign.

by Dave Madill Dave Madill was Pro-Trucker Magazine’s Rig of the Month in June of 2001 and he has been entertaining us with his poetry ever since. Dave has published three books of poems that are available by special order through Chapters Book Stores or

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