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It works! The saga of a motorcycle engine rebuild

July 24, 2012

There's a special satisfaction one gets from digging deep into the innards of a machine, dismantling it, reassembling it, and eventually getting it running again

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, July 24, 2012 8:33 AM | » Comments(0)

Shoulda made that left turn in Albuquerque

It's amazing what you find when you get far enough off the beaten path.

May 13, 2012

A few weeks ago, when that hapless driver with the load of ammunition made a wrong turn into Mexico, I spent more time than I should have wondering how one could make a wrong turn across an international border

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Sunday, May 13, 2012 11:19 PM | » Comments(0)

Come on up to Toronto's Truck World, eh

Truck World takes place April 19-21 at the International Center, just north of the Toronto airport.

April 19, 2012

Canada is celebrating all that's good in trucking this weekend. It's Toronto's turn to host Canada's national truck show, called Truck World

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, April 19, 2012 11:12 PM | » Comments(0)

The value of time

Drivers don't often get paid for sitting still. Guaranteed minimum pay reduces the stress of unproductive time.

February 13, 2012

Time means nothing to an over-the-road driver. But it seems a couple of carriers, at least, are trying to rectify that. A couple of recent announcements from Baylor Trucking and Con-way Truckload regarding weekly minimum pay for their drivers are heartening indeed

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, February 13, 2012 11:01 PM | » Comments(2)

My old logbooks tell my story

Photo by Jim Park

August 30, 2011

Down in the basement lie several boxes of my old logbooks. Twelve books a year for each of the 20 years I spent playing in traffic -- half a lifetime on 7,200 pages

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Tuesday, August 30, 2011 9:17 AM | » Comments(2)

The 1,600-Mile Sandwich: an Ode to the Supply Chain

January 31, 2011

Consider for a moment the logistics of getting a packaged but fresh deli-sandwich from Eden Prairie, Minn, to a roadside gas bar in the middle of the Arizona desert that's not even on most maps. It's a logistics triumph

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Monday, January 31, 2011 7:30 AM | » Comments(0)

Mack's Best - Old and New

Tight clearance for trailers back in the 1950s meant drivers had to give up precious cab space to make room for extra cargo. (Photo by Jim Park)

October 28, 2010

Imagine the driver shortage we'd have today if trucks hadn't evolved from what we were running back in the '50s and '60s

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, October 28, 2010 10:09 PM | » Comments(1)

Proud and Alone, Cold as a Stone

October 6, 2010

It just doesn't pay to get involved anymore, but tell that to someone wired with the willingness-to-help gene

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Wednesday, October 6, 2010 1:09 PM | » Comments(0)

Taking an Old Friend for a Drive Around Town

Jim Herriot's 1975 Kenworth W900A does the St. Catharines, Ont. Grape & Wine Festival Parade.

September 26, 2010

Who doesn't love a parade? Marching bands, clowns, crowds of people waving from the curb, dozens colorful floats ... Each September my home town of St. Catharines, Ontario, plays host to the Grape & Wine Festival, a celebration of the Niagara Region's wine-making industry

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Sunday, September 26, 2010 10:00 PM | » Comments(0)

Voice of Experience

Your scribe -- between writing assignments last summer -- out earning his keep on the big road with 55,000 pounds of frozen waffles.

August 19, 2010

Welcome to the new "On the Road" blog for owner-operators and professional truckers, from Truckinginfo.com and the editors of Heavy Duty Trucking magazine

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Author: Jim Park | Posted @ Thursday, August 19, 2010 2:51 PM | » Comments(1)

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