The OOIDA Tour Trailer Parks in West Memphis, Ark.
The Petro in West Memphis, Ark., Is a large truck stop right across the Mississippi River from Memphis, Tenn. This is the next stop for the tour trailer for OOIDA, The Spirit of the American Trucker.
The Spirit is expected to be there from March 19 to 21. The Petro from Memphis West can be accessed from I-40 via Exit 280 and from I-55 via Exit 4. There are 280 parking spaces for semi-trailers and the Iron Skillet Dining Room is open.
If you’re looking for adventure, a driver parked in West Memphis is just 8 miles from the blues music hotspot Beale Street in Memphis, Tenn., and some tasty treats, says Osburn.
The West Memphis Petro is dedicated to Jerry Fritts Jr., who was named the TA & Petro Citizen Driver in 2014. The Citizen Driver the honor recognizes professional commercial vehicle drivers whose good citizenship and leadership bring respect to the trucking industry. As part of this honor, TravelCenters of American is dedicating a TA or Petro truck stop to the winner’s choice.
Fried, a life member of OOIDA, who had been a driver for 46 years when he received the Citizen Driver Award, had traveled 5 million kilometers without an accident and was named to the Landstar Roadstar Hall of Fame.
What the drivers are saying
At the previous stop for The Spirit in Jackson, Mississippi, there was good news from the drivers on the P3 loan front.
The US Small Business Administration’s Paycheque Protection Program was created to help combat the effects of restrictions put in place due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The good news Osburn heard came from a highway carrier whose $ 12,000 loan had been largely canceled, with the highway carrier paying only $ 1,800 financed at 2% interest. Osburn said he had heard that drivers who applied for PPP loans through credit unions or small banks were more successful in getting help than those who applied for loans from large banking institutions. .
OOIDA pushed the SBA to adjust the rules for PPP loans to help sole proprietors and independent contractors. Some changes that should do this were announced at the end of February.
This week the United States House of Representatives voted extend the deadline apply for a PPP loan until May 31. The bill then goes to the Senate.
Jackson water OK at Petro
Jackson struggled with a water crisis brought on by the unwanted freezing temperatures that plagued the southern states this winter. Boil water advisories have been in effect since, but the problems mainly affect areas with older infrastructure. At Jackson Petro, Osburn said there were no issues during his stay.
While he was doing well with regards to drinking water, there was enough rain to dampen the mood of everyone involved, he said.
“I had water coming in from everywhere,” he says.
In addition, the threat of tornadoes hung over the region. WJTV has some pictures of a tornado in Waynesboro, Miss., which is 120 miles from Jackson.
Stop when you see the Spirit
If you see the trailer for the OOIDA tour, stop by and say hello to Osburn. He enjoys visiting the activities of the Association and current issues. It usually has copies of Landline Magazine to distribute. You can join or renew your membership for $ 10 off the regular price. Face masks are available for anyone with a commercial driver’s license at The Spirit. You can also get forms for drivers without medical insurance to get flu, shingles and pneumonia vaccination coupons from The Spirit.
After West Memphis, The Spirit is scheduled to stop March 23-25 in Glendale, Ky.
here is calendar for the Spirit. LL