OOIDA on the Road

December 2018/January 2019

Land Line Staff


The Spirit swings north for the holidays, then zips to warmer regions

The end of the year brings Jon Osburn, skipper of OOIDA’s touring tractor-trailer, home in Boise, Idaho.

“I haven’t been there since July 8,” Jon said.

He plans to get his DOT physical, and his canine co-pilot Sassi has an appointment with her beautician, he said.

It has been a busy year for Jon and Sassi. By the time they stop for family time in December, they will have been on the road 319 days of the year. They will have pulled into 82 truck stops and taken part in five truck shows. Along the way, Jon heard from truckers about industry concerns, offered assistance on business matters, explained OOIDA stances on issues, and encouraged professional drivers to let officials know their thoughts on what is important.

This year, the Spirit of the American Trucker went to places it had never been.

“We’re now getting requests from members about places for The Spirit to visit, and we’re trying to figure out how to include them on the schedule,” Jon said.

For instance, The Spirit in early August stopped in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the first interstate highway truck stop.

When he leaves Idaho, The Spirit heads to warmer regions, stopping in Nevada, at several stops in California, and ending the month in Arizona.

Jon said he is looking forward to grabbing a meal at the Black Bear Diner in Barstow, Calif.

Black Bear Diner is a chain of more than 110 restaurants in the western half of the U.S. The most popular menu item is chicken fried steak.

“It’s really good comfort food,”

Jon said.

Before that, The Spirit will stop in Santa Nella, Calif., where Jon expects to return to Pea Soup Andersen’s. No doubt, he will order up some of its famous pea soup. LL