Look for The Spirit in the Northeast this fall

October 2020

Land Line Staff

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Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s tour trailer, handed out a lot of free coronavirus face masks and copies of Land Line Magazine on the Spirit of the American Trucker’s summer swing through the Midwest.

As testament to the strange year it has been, The Spirit finally made it to its first truck show of the year at the end of July, the TopGun LargeCar Shootout in Rantoul, Wis. He was able to squeeze in two more small shows, the Tower Tree Truck Classic in Greensburg, Wis., and the Waupun Truck-n-Show in Waupun, Wis. The bigger shows all skipped their in-person blow-out productions this year.

This fall, The Spirit is scheduled to tour the Northeast before turning south in November.

The point of Osburn touring the U.S. isn’t really to hand out freebies. The more important reason is to talk with professional drivers and hear their reports from the road. Sometimes they alert him and OOIDA about important issues. Other times Osburn might be able to clarify stances the Association has taken. The best stops are those where there is a good exchange of information, Osburn said.

He and other drivers, though, also like the stops where they find an open, full-service restaurant. The coronavirus threat kept Chicago-area diners closed, but drivers, as always, keep on getting the job done regardless.

OOIDA staff gave drivers a lot of fodder for conversation over the summer, what with OOIDA Executive Vice President Lewie Pugh going to bat for drivers at the federal Truck Safety Summit, increased flexibility in hours-of-service regulations, and OOIDA launching its “Live From Exit 24” internet talk show.

There is a lot to talk about with drivers, Osburn said. LL