A Thousand Miles from Nowhere: Trucking Two Continents

A Thousand Miles from Nowhere Trucking Two Continents Coster takes the reader through Europe and the United States on long haul trucks As he accompanies a load of ice cream and beer from England to Moscow and Minsk the reader learns about the European t

  • Title: A Thousand Miles from Nowhere: Trucking Two Continents
  • Author: Graham Coster
  • ISBN: 9780865474895
  • Page: 143
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Coster takes the reader through Europe and the United States on long haul trucks As he accompanies a load of ice cream and beer from England to Moscow and Minsk, the reader learns about the European trucking subculture and its problems long queues at borders, currency hassles, and the economics of delivering cargo to a country such as Russia, which has little to offer foCoster takes the reader through Europe and the United States on long haul trucks As he accompanies a load of ice cream and beer from England to Moscow and Minsk, the reader learns about the European trucking subculture and its problems long queues at borders, currency hassles, and the economics of delivering cargo to a country such as Russia, which has little to offer for return trips In the United States, Coster includes two cross country runs, to Seattle and Laredo, Texas While these trips lack some of Europe s problems, there are still the pressures of just in time delivery, rate wars, and the myriad state laws, all of which present challenges The long distances allow for rumination by both author and the various drivers with whom he travels Stories are of trips past, favorite music, favorite trucks, and life on the road.

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    1. Great literature has been produced from travelers' tales, from those who walked or rode trains or even drove -- but none from a truck, says Graham Coster. In the hopes of filling in a niche, he hitched rides with British and American truckers transversing North American and Europe, to learn about life behind the wheel of a big rig. The memoir is based on three trips undertaken in 1993, but as Coster was not himself a driver, there are only three things he writes about: the drivers, the landscape [...]

    2. Oh, in many ways I should have given this 2 stars, as I was reduced to skimming much of it, but it is a topic that is near and dear to me (long distance driving, and across Russia AND the US, no less!), so I was enthralled by much of it. The problem was that the author, who is British, writes with such slang (at least I think that is what it was.) that half the time I couldn't figure out what he was trying to say, and I got worn out of trying. It was fascinating, though, to learn about the probl [...]

    3. Recommended for those with a specific interest in trucks (the vehicles), trucking (the industry), and truckers (the drivers); otherwise, although Coster writes well, it isn't a general interest book.

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