This past weekend, Saddle Creek Logistics Services embarked on “The Great American Green Ride,” the first cross-country trip with a for-hire, compressed natural gas truck.

Beginning Fri., Feb. 14, the CNG truck will travel from Lakeland, Fla., to San Diego, Calif., and back. On the trip, Saddle Creek will make deliveries for two CNG customers: Procter & Gamble and Lowe’s.

“This trip gives us a great opportunity to showcase CNG’s ability to reduce our carbon footprint. In the course of this 5,800-mile round trip, the truck will reduce its carbon emissions by 7,656 pounds – more than a pound a mile,” said Mike DelBovo, Saddle Creek Transportation president.

The Freightliner Cascadia Evolution truck with advanced aerodynamics belongs to Saddle Creek’s fleet of more than 140 CNG tractors. Capable of travelling up to 600 miles when fast fueled, the truck will stop for fuel at commercial CNG stations on its route across the country.

Follow the journey online with a virtual Driver’s Log at