Tuesday, 15 September 2015

On the Road with Bronco Billy - A Trucking Journal, free Sept 16 to 20 on Amazon

"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.

U.S.: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00X2IRHSK
U.K.: http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B00X2IRHSK
Canada: http://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00X2IRHSK

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 journal.

The travelogue is about 20,000 words, about 60 to 90 minutes of reading, at typical reading speeds.

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