David Chapman worked as a cook for 18 years, making a variety of American foods before realizing he wanted to see America — not just make its delicacies.
The first 10 years Michael Zanella drove over-the-road, he enjoyed stopping at a “nice little friendly truck stop, a real country truck stop” where at least one waitress’s mother and grandmother had both worked before her.
Trucking is singing a new song with a familiar tune: “Eastbound and down, driverless and trucking. We’re gonna do what they say can’t be done.”
While truckers can sing along to the Hank Snow hit “I've Been Everywhere,” not everyone has been everywhere. However, the lyrics cannot be any truer for Willard “O’Neal” Boyd, 65, of Wichita Falls, Texas, who has three million-plus miles under his belt.
Career truck driver and vet Jon Osburn loves to talk, and it’s a good thing. As driver of the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association’s Spirit of the American Trucker vehicle and an OOIDA ambassador, he goes to truck shows, truck stops and conferences across the country, putting him in contact with truckers far and wide.
Larry Wissel, 54, is one of the proud few who has served his country in the military and on the nation’s highways as a professional trucker for more than 30 years.