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The 36th Walcott Truckers Jamboree last weekend was a major success, attracting nearly 41,000 attendees to the World’s Largest Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa.

The Jamboree takes place annually at Iowa 80 Truckstop, just off its namesake in Walcott, Iowa. In its recap of the event, Truckerslogic.com wrote:

Since it’s inception in 1979, the Truckers Jamboree has been celebrating America’s Truckers. This event is a great place to celebrate and learn about trucking and those big rigs. “It’s our way of saying thank you to the millions of truck drivers that deliver the goods we consume, whether it’s groceries, gas, clothes or cars — you can bet it was delivered by a truck.”

We here at Drive My Way attended the show as well and were equally impressed by the turnout. Read more of the Truckers Logic article here — and follow Drive My Way on Facebook and Twitter to see how we launched at the Jamboree (Ooooh yeah!).

As was stated in Trail Mix – The Ultimate Travel Snack Part 2 some mixes contain great amounts of sugar and fat. The best way to combat this problem is to make it yourself. The secret is choosing the right combination of ingredients that is right for your health and satisfies your tastes. Each ingredient has different nutritional benefits as well as flavor and it is possible to design your mix to suit your unique needs. Listed below are some links to great recipes for trail mix whether it’s for a quick energy boost and even recipes for children and their specific needs.

Recipes

Where should you buy the ingredients?

The freshest and most economical way to buy the ingredients for your trail mix is in bulk.   If at first, you want to try some of the recipes, you can purchase them at your local DYI_TrailMixfresh market or a whole foods store.  You will find it is more expensive this way but it is a good way to sample the products to see if you actually like them.  You will definitely get a better price and the product will be fresher if you purchase your ingredients online from a bulk distributor.  We recommend purchasing 5lb boxes and this will fit into most peoples’ budgets   There are numerous sources to purchase from.  I have listed links below to some good outlets where again you will see the difference in price.

Bulk Outlets

How do you put it all together?

Depending on the recipe you choose, the best way to start is add all the ingredients into a large bowl or container.  Mix the ingredients well and measure no more than 1/2 cup of the mix into a resealable snack baggie.  It is possible to eat too much trail mix!.  Try to limit yourself to portions under 1/2 cup.  Just use a simple kitchen measuring cup.  Store your trail mix out of the sun in a dry cool place.  You are now ready to grab the perfect snack when on the road or just because you like yourself so much.   Happy Trails!

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Health Benefits
Determining if a specific food is healthy depends on interpretation. One thing that experts (including the USDA) are clear on is increasing your intake of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains for good health. The Harvard School of Public Health concludes that you should acquire more of your daily protein needs from sourcesfruitNuts other than red meat, including nuts and seeds — which are often found in trail mix.

We know that trail mixes can be healthy but what are exactly the nutritional benefits? First we must say that not all mixes are created equal. Some mixes contain great amounts of sugar and fat. If you purchase them at the store you must read the nutrition labels on the package. Trail mix can be full of protein and vitamins and full of calories from fat, too.  The glycemic index is one way to determine if a food can metabolize — or be turned into energy — quickly. Some examples of these carbs are pineapples, bananas, and raisins, all of which are often used in a dehydrated form in trail mix. Nuts and seeds are the protein foundation for trail mix. Most commonly, you’ll find peanuts, almonds or cashews, as well as sunflower or pumpkin seeds in your mix.  Avoid trail mixes that are loaded with candy or sugar added dry fruits.  These choices offer empty calories that don’t really offer any nutritional benefits.  Some mixes use other foods — like crystallized ginger or shredded coconut — to satisfy the sweet tooth and add healthier nutrients than candy.

Trail mix can be very nutritional and healthy.  It all depends on what is in it.  Listed below are just a few of the many health benefits that can make up this perfect snack.

Sunflower Seeds

  • Cardiovascular Benefits
  • Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
  • Cancer Prevention
  • Bone Health

Almonds

  • Regulation of Cholesterol
  • Good for your heart
  • Immune System Strength
  • Regulation of blood pressure
  • Good for pregnancy
  • Weight Loss
  • Boosts energy

Raisins

  • Hypertension
  • Diabetes
  • A natural antacid
  • Constipation
  • Mood Alleviator

We must also take into consideration the portion size. In some cases a small handful of trail mix can be about 500-700 calories!  This brings us to an important concept. Make the trail mix yourself!!!  In Part 3 of Trail Mix – The Ultimate Travel Snack we will discuss how to purchase, portion, and package your own trail mix.  We will also give you links to some great recipes.

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Clinton Blackbunew-herorn of Morehead, Ky., is one of 18 winners of the Carnegie Medal. The medal is awarded quarterly by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission to those who risk their lives to an extraordinary degree while saving or attempting to save the lives of others. Honorees receive a financial grant for their efforts.

Blackburn, 44, is credited with saving the life of Darrell Herndon, a jailer from Spencer County, Ky., who was being strangled by a prisoner he was transporting along a Kentucky highway in March 2014.

Herndon was transporting a prisoner who had escaped his handcuffs and was strangling Herndon from the back seat. Herndon stopped the car on an interstate median and opened his door, attracting the attention of Blackburn, who pulled over and began trying to free the officer from the prisoner.

Blackburn remained modest about his heroism, however.

“I just thank the good Lord for putting me where he did,” Blackburn said. Read more here.

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The U.S. Department of Labor’s June jobs report shows that the  number of jobs in the for-hire trucking industry reached an all-time high in June.

The sector added 7,400 jobs,  for a total of 1.4585 million. That’s 5,100 more jobs than the record for trucking set in January 2007.

That’s also the third monthly gain in a row after the surprise loss of 7,300 jobs in March, the biggest drop in two years, states a July 2 article in Fleet Owner magazine .

The for-hire trucking sector is showing promise in more ways as well.

The industry has recovered 225,300 jobs since the low point in the recession, March 2010. Compared to June last year, for-hire trucking has added 43,300 jobs, an increase of 3.1%.

The U.S. Department of Labor report shows that the transportation and warehousing sector added 17,000 jobs in June.

Read more here.

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Understanding what fatigue is and how to manage it – through rest, diet and other methods – is vital to fostering what Tom DiSalvi, vice president for safety and loss prevention at Schneider, calls the “safety payoff” in trucking operations.

“The biggest piece of truck transportation planning is how to insure drivers are well rested so they can stay alert,” DiSalvi told Fleet Owner magazine. “For us, that starts with education through driver training: gaining an understanding about the sleep cycle, sleep debt, sleep hygiene, and proper fatigue management,” he explained.

DiSalvi touted the importance of truckers finding safe overnight parking. He also suggested truckers do what they can to make their tractor interiors more comfortable for sleeping. Taking such small but important steps will help drivers stay more alert, DiSalvi reasoned.

“It’s about helping drivers be more prepared so they understand the warning signs of fatigue and also know how to counteract it,” DiSalvi said. “We then help tie that into our safety expectations. The whole idea is that the driver is the ‘captain of the ship’ and the need to have the right information to know if they are too tired to drive.”

Better managing fatigue at the wheel ultimately can have lasting benefits, such as improving a fleet’s safety profile and increasing driver retention.

“It develops a stronger and more [positive] relationship between drivers and front-line managers,” DiSalvi noted.

Some trucking companies are becoming proactive in combatting on-the-job fatigue. Southeastern Freight Lines (SEFL), for instance, implemented a sleep apnea interdiction program designed by FusionHealth back in 2011. Learn about the positive results they saw and read more of the article here.
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For truck drivers, and new ones especially, it can be hard to stay healthy on the job. Many hours of sitting at the wheel and a lack of convenient healthy food options at stops along the

way don’t help the situation.  So for drivers, taking control of your own wellness on the road can have a lasting beneficial impact.

By staying fit, you’ll be able to take on harder assignments and longer routes — making you more desirable and opening more high-paying opportunities. Staying healthy is a gift that keeps on giving, too — you’ll be physically able to extend your career over many more years if you choose to do so.

Drivers early in their careers also should think long and hard about their career development early on. They should ask themselves what their priorities are and make decisions that will get them there over the long term. For example:

For drivers looking to work independently, it’s essential to learn the business side of trucking: accounting, fuel mileage tracking, maintenance tracking, expense tracking, tax reporting, and profit and loss calculation.

Those in the business say trucking companies make safety their top priority. Sharing that mindset will earn you the attention of employers, they say.

Every reputable trucking company on earth makes safety its No. 1 priority. If you demonstrate a serious commitment to safe hauling, you will be in high demand as either an independent driver or part of a company team.

Read more here.

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Drivers well know about the shortage of drivers out there. After all, they’re living that reality. But that doesn’t make the problem any easier to accept.

ttnews.comThe American Trucking Associations says the shortage is hitting the for-hire trucking industry most, with drivers who typically don’t get home for a week or more. And with Baby Boomers hitting retirement in high numbers now, the shortage isn’t expected to stop anytime soon.

“It’s not the most appealing career in the world,” says Jon Coca, president of Diamond Transportation Systems. “And there are roadblocks to becoming one in the first place.”

The shrinking pool of drivers is further compounded by the lifestyle of the long-haul driver. After all, many such drivers don’t get to spend much time at home.

“Often it’s a job of last resort,” Costello says, so. transportation companies have been raising pay, he says.

Sean Kilcarr, executive editor of the trucking trade publication Fleet Owner, observes that the driver shortage is nothing new; it’s been coming for the last 20 years as an onslaught of truck drivers churned toward retirement. Young people during that period, meanwhile, opted for college instead of driving careers.

“(We should) make the career available just coming out of high school,” Coca said. “I think that would increase the driver pool.”

Several other challenges to entry into the truck driving field exist as well. To learn more about them, read the full article here. 

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What is trail mix?

Trail mix is a snack mix, which is usually a combination of dried fruit, nuts, whole grains and sometimes chocolate.  Nutritionists consider trail mix the ideal snack trail_mixfood for travelers, because it is lightweight, easy to store, and nutritious, providing a quick energy boost from the carbs in the dried fruit or grains, and the sustained energy from the fats in nuts.

Brief History

Trail mix has been around longer than most people think. Californians believe that trail mix was invented in 1968 by surfers who mixed together peanuts and raisins to keep their energy levels up during their big wave encounters. In reality trail mix has  actually been around for thousands of years. Ancient nomadic tribes mixed dried berries, fruits, nuts and meats together. Trail mix was (and is) high in energy, needs no specialized storage, and does not require cooking prior to eating.

European explorers continued the use of trail mixes, for the very same reasons, taking the high-energy food with them on their rough travels over oceans, mountains, and trails. Native Americans had a unique trail mix, which they shared with those explorers they had peaceful relationships with. Their mix was called pemmican, and made up of dried buffalo, moose or caribou, mixed with animal fat and berries, and it lasted for several months.

Modern day trail mix most often includes fruit, grain cereals, nuts, flavorings, chocolate or carob, coconut, pretzels, and spices like Cajun or crystallized ginger.

 

In Part 2 of Trail Mix – The Ultimate Travel Snack we will discuss the plethora of health benefits associated with trail mix.

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Mini Sky City, as the tower is titled, is to be part of a larger Sky City series of interconnected skyscrapers that will include vertical farming spaces.

Broad Sustainable Building (a developer in China) claims that the construction technique used is one of the most profoundly innovative in human history.

This prefab construction, which has 19 atriums which are each 10 meters tall, is  environmentally friendly, as large sections were put together at another location and trucked to the building site to be stacked on top of each other.

This vastly reduced the number of trips needed to transport the raw materials, they said. The company says that 15,000 fewer trips by truck were made, greatly reducing dust and fuel pollution.

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BROAD Sustainable Building Co. Ltd. provides factory-made sustainable buildings featuring 90% per-fabrication, 5 times more energy efficiency, 99% PM2.5 filtration as well as no collapse in 9- magnitude earthquake.

BROAD Group is headquartered in Changsha, China and has products in more than 70 countries.

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