Since the North American Free Trade Agreement was signed, there has been an explosion in the number of trucks on North American roads, carting goods from one end of the continent to the other. And just-in-time inventory management means that goods are now kept in trucks on the move, not in warehouses. It’s meant a radical change in the landscape and in the lives of truckers.
In Every Highway, Dave Feschuk rides shotgun with several truckers, finding out first-hand what it’s like to spend a working life barrelling down the road in a huge rig, up against tight deadlines. Among the truckers who take him along are an ice-road driver, who hauls staples to remote northern towns at the maddeningly slow speed of twenty-five kilometres per hour, and a neophyte short-hauler, fresh from a six-week course and shaky in traffic, who drives a 140,000-pound king of the road.
Every Highway is about the highway warriors who live in constant motion on the road, their business, and their fascinating and largely misunderstood world. Feschuk finds that, despite the incessant pressure to deliver on time, roads choked with big rigs, and a gritty truck-stop culture, the truckers’ lifestyle remains alluring.
Dave Feschuk is a sports columnist with the Toronto Star and formerly wrote for the National Post. He has been nominated for a National Newspaper Award, and his piece on the underdog’s life of Wayne Gretzky’s hockey-playing brothers was included… More about Dave Feschuk
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Published by McClelland & Stewart May 02, 2006| 272 Pages| 5-1/2 x 8-1/2| ISBN 9780771047503
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“This book is so true, so real it should come with eighteen-wheels and air brakes. Dave Feschuk is the perfect journalist to send out on the road — curious, enterprising, daring, funny and, most of all, damned good company. His Every Highway is captivating, filled with characters like A.J. and Helen, spilling with anecdotes on everything from dead turtles and pee breaks to country music and even basketball. It’s a ‘tour’ de force — and, true to the rules of long-distance trucking, can be absolutely counted on to deliver.” — Roy MacGregor
“Rich, vivid and rhythmic, Feschuk’s book achieves every writer’s goal of telling an untold story, in this case, the lives of the men and women who drive where and when we don’t, across places unseen at hours unlived.” — Dave Bidini