OOIDA on the Road – November 2020

Tasting the good life on the road

November 2020

Land Line Staff

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It’s not all work and no play for Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s tour trailer.

This fall took Osburn and the Spirit of the American Trucker to the northeastern U.S., where he got to enjoy the spectacular fall color. Another big perk of being on the road for Osburn is getting to be a bit of a “food tourist.”

A trip to New England and Maine for Osburn means lobster rolls, chowder, blue crabs, crab cakes and Whoopie pies. Whoopie pies are two round chocolate cakes sandwiching a layer of cream filling.

“Coast to coast, I am always able find and enjoy good food,” Osburn said.

Between good eats, Osburn talks with professional drivers and hears what they have seen on the road, good and bad.

For instance, though most said inspections were fair and professional during September’s International Roadcheck enforcement blitz, two drivers reported problems in Arizona.

One involved an OOIDA life member who was bobtailing to California to pick up a load. She got ticketed for not having a license plate on the back of the tractor. They don’t issue two plates for a tractor in the state where the truck was licensed. That’s also the case in Arizona and most states.

The other problem involved a life member who was stopped for a Level I inspection. The inspector dug into the electronic logs nearly a month back to find a glitch. Standard procedure is no more than eight days except in the case of a fatality collision or something of the same magnitude.

Osburn forwarded the issues to OOIDA’s Compliance Department, which began getting to the bottom of the problems.

Osburn says the folks in the Compliance Department really relish digging into issues like these. LL