"On the Road with Bronco Billy - A Trucking Journal" will be free on Amazon from Wednesday Sept 16 to Sunday Sept 20. It's gained some nice readership in the U.S. and U.K. (especially) recently, so we thought this would be a good time to give some more people the opportunity to experience the wonders of the road, from the jump seat of a big rig.
What follows is an account of a ten day journey through western North
America during a working trip, delivering lumber from Edmonton Alberta
to Dallas Texas, and returning with oilfield equipment. The writer had
the opportunity to accompany a friend who is a professional truck
driver, which he eagerly accepted. He works as a statistician for the
University of Alberta, and is therefore is generally confined to desk,
chair, and computer. The chance to see the world from the cab of a
truck, and be immersed in the truck driving culture was intriguing. In
early May 1997 they hit the road.
Some time has passed since this journal was written and many things
have changed since the late 1990’s. That renders the journey as not
just a geographical one, but also a historical account, which I think
only increases its interest.
We were fortunate to have an eventful trip - a mechanical breakdown,
a near miss from a tornado, and a large-scale flood were among these
events. But even without these turns of fate, the drama of the
landscape, the close-up view of the trucking lifestyle, and the
opportunity to observe the cultural habits of a wide swath of western
North America would have been sufficient to fill up an interesting
The travelogue is about 20,000 words, about 60 to 90 minutes of reading, at typical reading speeds.