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Posted on February 10, 2020 at 8:31 PM Comments comments (6506)
I saw this today and felt I should post it. The transportation industry is all over, back and forth across our amazing country let’s do our part in keeping ourselves as well as others safe by using good health  hygiene. 
 FEB 10, 2020
CoronavirusKeith Varnes

What is a Coronavirus?

Coronaviruses were first identified in the 1960s and they
get their name from their crown-like shape. In fact, the common cold is a
coronavirus. They generally cause upper airway infections, with symptoms like runny
nose, sore throat, coughing, and sometimes fever. Occasionally, such as with
MERS and SARS, they migrate to the lower airways and can cause pneumonia. As you
are aware, pneumonia is very dangerous.  

What is a Novel Coronavirus?

It just means it’s a new coronavirus and the one causing all the panic is currently known as 2019-nCoV, but it doesn’t have an official name yet. 


  • Wash your hands often and thoroughly with soap and warm water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Alcohol-based hand sanitizer is better than hand washing for infection control, unless the hands are visibly soiled, or it is a spore forming microbe like C-Diff.
  • Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. This is harder to do than you realize and women touch their faces more than men. 
  • Avoid close contact with people who are infected. If you find yourself taking care of an infected patient current CDC guidelines are droplet and airborne protection, eye protection, gloves, N-95 mask, and gowns. 
  • Routes of transmission and when an infected person is contagious are still under investigation. However, the utilization of a 14 day quarantine appears to be effective in stopping the spread of the virus. 


Currently there is no vaccine and since it is a virus antibiotics are ineffective. There have been no guidelines released for antivirals. Therefore, the treatment is the same as for the common cold:

  • Get plenty of rest
  • OTC meds for symptoms, but don’t give aspirin to anyone younger than 19, use ibuprofen or acetaminophen instead.
  • Lots of fluids

Leadership, Family, Food, And Football

Posted on February 1, 2014 at 10:59 AM Comments comments (986)

Here at Roadrunner Pilot Car Services our winter months are usually slow, this is a transportation standard in the Heavy Haul industry. Most heavy haul truck companies take breaks in the winter because of ice and snow on the roads.  With the holidays most of the drivers relish this down time with family, food and football. Every year at this time we foster new plans to increase our winter revenue and capture what little of the industry is still out there working.  
 Although our winter work is increasing year by year we are still slow and have more down time than we would like. We utilize this time to work on much needed maintenance of our vehicles, we also work on improving other areas of our business.  This winter we are focusing on improving leadership in our ourselves as well as our networks.

This winter is a rather special one, my football team is going to the super bowl, yea!!!  I was born and raised in Colorado; I am a third generation native and all the generations before me rooted for the Broncos.  Payton Manning has definitely made a huge difference to the Bronco organization, when speaking of leadership, this is an area where Payton Manning excels.  Payton Manning is an example of what leadership is, from his daily life activities to, his relationship with his teammates and football organization. He makes a difference in the lives of everyone he comes in contact with.

I have been very fortunate to have people like Payton come into my life who have helped me in my journey of success, one of those people came into my life when I was in my late 20’s and I am very proud to call him my friend, he like Payton has made a huge difference in people’s lives he recently wrote an amazing article about Payton Manning and leadership principals, I would like to share that with you.

By TC. North

Five leadership traits of Peyton Manning

Denver seems to be levitating; it’s more than a mile high these days, and it’s not just a result of the new cannabis law! Bronco mania is back, and it’s returned with a vengeance.

The Broncos have had a transformational year under the leadership of their new quarterback Peyton Manning …and for the first time since John Elway quarterbacked the team, the Broncos are playing in the big show. Why has Manning had such a transformational impact on this team? Part of it is his physical skills, but part is pure leadership. Here are five of his leadership traits that make him great:

1. Have honor. While eating dinner at a restaurant, I was joking around with our server, Liz, and she said something that made me belly-laugh. Here’s the conversation that ensued:

(TC) Your tip just went up!

(Liz) Yeah, we’ll see.

(TC) Have you ever received an outrageously large tip?

(Liz) Once. It was when I served Peyton Manning’s table when he was here negotiating with the Broncos.

(TC) Really! Can you tell us how much he tipped you?

(Liz) Yes, he had a table of about eight people including family members. He was delightful and a gentleman all evening. When it came time for him to have a private discussion with the Broncos without his family present, he tipped me $500. He then asked if I would make sure that his one family member who had one too many drinks got upstairs to the hotel room safely. I said I would be happy to, and he gave me an additional $100. So, he tipped me $600 total!

During Manning’s contract negotiations he made sure that the Broncos protected their interests in case he wasn’t able to perform at the level they expected because of his neck injury. He didn’t want to be paid if he didn’t perform as expected. (How often does that happen?) Peyton Manning is a man of honor, whether it’s how he treats a server at dinner or when he’s negotiating a multi million-dollar contract. He’s the kind of person our kids can and should look up to.

2. Excel with unrelenting fire. Manning’s passion has been revived with his new team, offensive system and coach, Adam Gase. Passion is contagious. Knowshon Moreno caught it. Who would have predicted Moreno would rush for over 1,000 yards this year? The man is filled with passion. He brought a ton of his own, and he feeds off of Manning’s. This is a great video clip of Moreno celebrating a first down and also of humongous passionate tears streaming down his face  after the end of the national anthem as a game was about to begin.

3. Be maniacal in your preparation. Manning’s preparation includes an enormous amount of detail, one of the characteristics he is most known for. He’s raised the level of preparation of the whole team. His teammates have so much respect for him that they emulate his preparation and have learned that details mattera lot. When you execute with more detail, you gain a great advantage.

4. Be seriously funny. Manning is serious about winning, but he also knows how to have fun. If you’ve ever seen him on commercials or Saturday Night Live, you know he has a great sense of humor, and his teammates say that he’s not above a good practical joke.

5. Be willing to fail … in order to succeed. Manning demonstrated his courage in overcoming four surgeries to his neck to return to football. He took a big risk; there was no guarantee that he would physically perform the way he used to. He’d played his whole career with the Colts, and when they released him, took a chance with a different organization. The Colts no longer believed in his abilities, but he did, and he is willing to lay it on the line again. Everyone believes now!

Win or lose, Manning and the Broncos have given us a great high. Colorado has a football team and a leader that we can be proud of for many reasons. The only other thing that could have made the ride even betteris if we still had the Barrel Man.Go Broncos!

You can read more articles that TC has written at

The Tank

Posted on June 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM Comments comments (182)

The Tank,

I met Dave on the start of a squelching hot day in Nevada, his boss Heath had called to say he had a nightmare load that had some logistical issues, it all started from the time they had picked it up. That’s just a nice way of saying they got screwed on this load and now it was costing them a bundle. He needed me as an escort driver to help him with this load!

 I took the run and I met Dave, a tall biker guy whose passion had been driving trucks over the road for 36 years, he lives in Salt Lake with his wife and a 2003 Road King Harley. Together he and the woman he dearly loves have 4 kids, a 19 year old daughter and 3 son’s that range in age from 18 to 31. He said, "he was getting tired of the road, the passion didn't have as much pull as it use too, sure trucking had changed over the years, he didn't like where the industry was headed now. It use to be truck drivers were knights of the road but not anymore".

The wide load Dave was hauling was in my opinion a relic from our past. A big army tank with a projecting gun turret. The power of what this machine once was radiated to every person who saw it, as we passed along our route to our destination of taking this piece of our history to its final resting place. 

I can't say what it was for most of the people who were drawn by some magical force, to come touch the tank and take pictures of their loved ones in front of it, as if they were at Mount Rushmore, wanting to keep that memory in their picture books to remind them,....

Yes,... to remind them of a time in our history where the power of our United States Military meant something more, than a weak apology from our government leaders to the world. Yes I saw it on that drive to northern Nevada. If you ask me, that piece of history I was escorting deserved more. It deserved a finer escort, a ticker tape parade, flags flying, police light bars and sirens blazing, citizens in reverenced awe of the memory of what our military once stood for.

Well, I can sure tell you that there is a slow tempest rising. I could see it on the faces of the people we passed on our journey. There is a quiet resolve, a need, a slow burning desire, to honor all the dedicated military with all the magnitude, that they have stood for throughout the ages, to validate a future strength that’s united, standing for the freedoms that our founding fathers fought so hard for.

Well, Dave and I that day in the high Nevada Desert at the Navy base where this tank was being laid to rest.... validated this tanks history!

Thank You Dave and Heath from HD Transport for the experience of a life time!

See you on the flip side


Posted on May 15, 2012 at 12:41 AM Comments comments (2408)
I believe that most over the road truckers have in their heads written the best books, directed the best movies and are the best talk show radio hosts in America. If only there was enough time in a day and life of the Trucker to accomplish all the things that pass through their minds,our world would be a richer place. They have met the most amazing people and experienced the most amazing things. They know the when, where, how and the why's of some things the rest of us will never know in our lifetime. I hope through my blog I can bring to you some of their stories. So until the page turns,..... I will be seeing you on the flip side.