Win a hand-distressed, dog-eared, much-thumbed, always-dependable trucker’s atlas by answering a trucker riddle.
This 2011 Motor Carrier Road Atlas by Rand McNally, known by drivers as the trucker’s atlas — in use since mid-2010 because everything to do with wheels seems to be available a year earlier — says adventurer. Proof that you have a few blocks under your belt.
It is split in two pieces, chicly divided at the Manhattan city detail map. One section is Alabama to New York, the remainder is New York to Wyoming PLUS the Canadian provinces and Mexico.
The cover, although detached, has been preserved and will be included. The page with the state-by-state fuel tax listings is missing, torn out and donated to a Canadian husband/wife team trying to get the best deal on fuel in the U.S.
This is a typical problem for commercial drivers in the 365, 24/7 world of 49 states, ten provinces and three territories.
“A husband/wife team, expedited drivers, is loaded on the Pacific coast with zinc borate, a wood preservative. The load is sub-brokered. This means the drivers accepted the load from an agent who is filling a truck order from a broker, a logistics company. The shipper is not the agent’s direct customer, but both the broker and the agent, who is located in Illinois, get a cut of the rate per mile.
The load will be delivered in 46 hours about 500 miles northwest of Chicago in Wisconsin. The drivers log their driving and working time in Eastern Daylight Savings Time, the time zone of their home terminal, as required by Department of Transport regulations.
The broker on the load sent an email asking for check calls at 0900 and 1800.”
What time zone is the broker in?
Tell me that you’re interested in winning the vintage-look trucker’s atlas, either on the blog or using the Contact page and the names of those interested will go in a bowl. MacGyver, blindfolded, will select the winner. If the winner doesn’t know the answer, we’ll give them the answer.
The winner will receive the atlas by US Postal Service as soon as the 2013 atlases hit the truck stops in mid-May. Yes, we have Google Maps on the iPad, but there’s nothing like the comfort of a hard copy of the trucker’s atlas to confirm the roads we’ve chosen are really truck routes.
The answer will be posted Tuesday morning under “Follow up”.