Episode 48 – Trucking Through Time

Load your cooler up with knickknacks, good buddy, we’re in for a long haul! This is our first episode covering Charles E. Harris’ “Trucking Through Time” and if the first two chapters are any indication it’s going to be quite the journey!

We’ll meet our heroes Chad and Dale, the comically mismatched duo who are more alike than many pairs of identical twins. They’re headed to the Bay Area, with nothing to keep them company but a vast library of truck stop books, plastic bags to pee in and toss out the window, and fond memories of Miss Marie. Along the way they’ll encounter authentic Western settings, harrowing tales on backs of menus, and two guys named Patch.

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We’ve got all our departments, emails, DSOTW, and some stepped up fan fiction. Plus a controversial segment involving a newly recast 372 Pages Players and a touching overheard conversation between a father and a son.

For next time, read thru Chapter 5!

(Oh, and here’s a link to the maps that listener David plotted out for us, as discussed at the end)

One Reply to “Episode 48 – Trucking Through Time”

  1. I wouldn’t say even close to a majority of restaurants (let alone *every* restaurant) has them. But there are a decent number of diner-style places out here in the West that have local historical facts or stories printed on the back of menus or on a little laminated table “flyer”. They also aren’t predominately disastrous hardships, but I’m sure there is the occasional one. And I’d guess only the most suicidal restaurant would put incidents of cannibalism on their menu.

    About Chad and Dale calling each other “boy”… My guess is that Harris’ knowledge of trucker dialogue is entirely influenced by watching Jerry Reed movies.

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