Friday, October 30, 2015

"Highways To Hell" - Haunted Sightings on North American Roads

Since it's Halloween this weekend, I felt compelled to write something of the "supernatural" to get in the spirit! Personally, I love Halloween, the costumes, the myths, the curiosity of other worldly entities, this has always peaked my interest! As I decided to write this Blog I started to research haunted and strange occurrences that drivers have reported and some fabled "Highways to Hell"! What I came across was quite spooktacular....

Route 666.....Highway to Hell

Route 666 is the 6th branch of Route 66  that runs through four states in the west. It stretches out 200 miles long and traverses through Colorado, New Mexico and ends in Utah.

Many people have reported strange encounters with spirits along this highway. One woman recalls an incident where her and her husband were driving down the highway and saw an on coming truck on fire and doing speeds of over 130 miles per hour. The tires were sparking and flames were coming from it's stacks, then the apparition vanished. Another spirit that has been reported several times is that of a young girl in a white nightgown that wanders aimlessly down the highway. When people stop to call out to her or offer their help she vanishes into thin air.


Clinton Rd., New Jersey, Dead Man's Bridge: Legend of the Ghost Boy

Legend has that if you drive down Clinton road and throw pennies off of Dead Mans Bridge into the lake below that the ghost of a young boy will throw the pennies back at you. This legend stems from the story that a little boy was walking along the road and was hit by a car as he was picking up a quarter. There is no documented evidence if this is really the way the child died but people that have visited the bridge claim they've experienced interactions with his spirit.










Tri-County Truck Stop, Villa Ridge, MO

This once thriving roadside icon closed its doors in 2006, but still remains a destination for paranormal investigators. Before it closed down, employees and customers alike reported apparitions, objects levitating, voices, shadowy figures and other foreboding paranormal activity.                                                                             The truck stop still remains vacant and no one     has wanted to revive this historic landmark....and even if someone did, there's no way to know if     the ghostly tenants would welcome new owners!








Port Perry Ghost Road, Scugog Island, Ont. CA
aka Mississauga Trail

Legend has it that back in the 1950's a motorcyclist crashed and died on this stretch of highway. Since that tragic day, motorists claim they see a motorcycle following them with it's light flashing brightly in their rear view mirror. The light quickly catches up to them, then passes their vehicle and completely vanishes. Other motorists report a white and small red light that roams up and down the highway, but these lights aren't part of any type of vehicle.

Whether these stories are fact or fiction, the more I researched this topic the more I realized there are claims of supernatural stories from all around the globe. There are even books written describing paranormal encounters that truckers have experienced whilst out on the road! So whether you're a believer or a skeptic, the chances are, we aren't alone in this vast universe. Happy Halloween!!!  


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Founded in 1990, Keystone Western provides asset – based logistics solutions for TL and LTL dry van and open deck shippers throughout North America. They also provide warehousing, regional cartage, intermodal services, logistics analysis and 3PL services. Their success has been built on reliable and cost-effective solutions for their customers. To learn more visit: www.keystonewestern.com

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

"Back To The Future" - Evolution of the Transportation Industry

Remember the movie trilogy  "Back To The Future"? Well today would mark the day that Marty McFly and Doc Brown travel in their infamous Delorean to our current day! The promises of hover boards and flying cars never quite came to reality but there would be several notable changes to the evolution of our society from 1955 to 2015. The most obvious would be our technological advances such as computers, Internet, and mobile phones. Doc Brown would have surely been in awe at the marvels of so much information at our fingertips! But it's not only our technology that has evolved over the last 60 years, so has the transportation industry!


During the 1950's, Marty and Doc would been looking at diesel fuel prices of 14.9 cents a gallon and trucks with refrigerated trailers running on propane and diesel in order to keep their frozen goods on ice. It would have also been rarer for long-haul trucks to be seen driving around small town America. It wasn't until the 1960's that the U.S. Interstate Systems started to expand allowing cities and small towns to be connected making for delivery routes. By the 1970's trucking was seen as a "rockstar" way of life with movies and songs glamorizing life on the road! Even though the 70's boasted a lot of glitz and glam for the industry, beneath that, a movement was being made to deregulate a standing law that would make way to an insurgence of new drivers and carriers. By 1980, the Motor Carrier Act was deregulated and the new Act now prohibited rate bureaus from interfering with any carriers rights to publish its own rates, it also eliminated most restrictions on commodities that could be carried and deregulated the routes that carriers could use and the geographical regions that they could serve. As a result of this, there was a large increase in transportation companies and drivers! By 1990 there were more than forty thousand licensed carriers in the U.S., that was more than doubled than what it was back in the 1980's. Moving forward into the 21st Century, the transportation industry continues to grow in leaps and bounds. Long-haul trucks are seen on our highways daily and over 70% of 11 billion tons of freight is moved by trucks. The United States alone has over 750,000 motor carriers and a Global Insights study predicted in 2014 a shortage of drivers requiring an additional 111,000 jobs! So not only has trucking evolved, it has grown into one of the largest means of transporting goods globally. Who knows what the future has in store, maybe we will eventually have flying trucks like in the movies and take the transportation industry to a whole new level! Imagine that......GREAT SCOTT!!!


About Keystone Western
Founded in 1990, Keystone Western provides asset – based logistics solutions for TL and LTL dry van and open deck shippers throughout North America. They also provide warehousing, regional cartage, intermodal services, logistics analysis and 3PL services. Their success has been built on reliable and cost-effective solutions for their customers. To learn more visit: www.keystonewestern.com

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

"What Would Really Happen If Trucks Stopped?"

The trucking industry has been part of our culture for several decades and was most popularized back in the 1970's with movies and songs depicting life on the road in a big rig. Movies like "Smokey and the Bandit" made trucking look like a thrill ride, with car chases and outlandish shenanigans in order to outsmart "the law". But what Hollywood didn't show us is the great importance that our industry has on a global scale and that this profession isn't one to be taken so lightly.

I came across this interesting Inforgraphic and it really does reiterate the importance of the transportation industry. According to the infograph our civilization as a whole would cease to function in less than a month if trucks stopped delivering goods. Really think about that....in only one month, 30 days, 4 weeks, society as we know it would be turned upside down! We would run out of medical supplies and medicine leading to an increase in illnesses and possible deaths. Our service stations would run out of fuel and travel would no longer be available. ATM's and banks would eventually run out of cash leaving our economy in shambles. Food shortages would lend to consumer panic and not to mention that cities would be overwrought with garbage. Now I know all of this may sound a bit over-dramatic at first, but the reality of it is that the trucking industry and the men and women that do this profession have a huge impact on all of  our lives, even more than you may have realized.

So the next time that you're driving down the highway and you see a "big rig", give them your respect and share the roads! They are the ones working day and night to make sure that you and your family are fed, have fuel, medicine and all of the creature comforts you've become accustomed to!


About Keystone Western
Founded in 1990, Keystone Western provides asset – based logistics solutions for TL and LTL dry van and open deck shippers throughout North America. They also provide warehousing, regional cartage, intermodal services, logistics analysis and 3PL services. Their success has been built on reliable and cost-effective solutions for their customers. To learn more visit: www.keystonewestern.com