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The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:16:16 PM »
Finn Murphy is a bedbugger & this is his rollicking account of life on the big road. I saw him yesterday on a show taped in a library in Washington DC........pretty low key guy, funny stories and considers himself (and bedbuggers) at the top of the trucking foodchain. ;D I'll order the book at my local library this week & look forward to reading it.

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The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« on: July 24, 2017, 03:16:16 PM »

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Re: The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« Reply #1 on: July 24, 2017, 08:46:27 PM »
Interesting, thanks for the tip Charlie. I have a special fondness for bedbuggers, seeing them daily around here. Definitely gonna have to check this out.

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Re: The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 12:56:32 AM »
Just finished reading the book, what a great read. I'm not gonna stop trying until I figure out where this bar/motel for bedbuggers is at, my first guess is somewhere north of Nogales lol. He provided a ton of great insight into a world I've always been curious about, my local bedbugger alley is a daily haunt for me because I never know what I'll see next down there. Thanks for putting this out there Charlie.

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Re: The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017, 05:39:05 PM »
I haven't had the chance to order this book yet but thanks for the review.........hope to do it this week. Any particulars on the bedbugger bar/motel in Arizona? ??? Put it out there........maybe someone on the Forum knows it.

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Re: The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017, 06:00:38 PM »
No, he specifically avoided mentioning any location details because of the shady activity that goes on there. But it's a motel/bar and the bar has t-shirts of various moving companies covering the walls from floor to ceiling. All the clues I got were that he got off an airport exit and looked across the street to see like 7 different bedbuggers parked there. Then his second time through he met a guy who gave him the lay of the land and told him that a dropped trailer is considered abandoned, and hardwood floors from a '53 Kentucky are a household fashion statement south of Nogales. So I figure it's somewhere southwest US, probably near the border given the high crime rate (they have 24hr armed security guarding the bedbuggers rigs'), and obviously near a highway next to an airport. I already looked north of Nogales on Google Maps but haven't seen anything yet. It's been around for many years too, Willie Joyce mentions visiting it way back in his younger years. 

As far as the book review goes though, my only complaints are that he doesn't go into any specifics about why he stepped away from trucking for a long time, and he left the bar story unfinished (Joyce Van Lines doesn't have a shirt on the wall, so he wants Willie Joyce to fly down there to put one up, which involves everybody at the bar doing a shot of Jack, and he says he'll be back to do it one of these days...).

Also it's reminded me to keep an eye out for JVL trucks now, they are semi-common down here and he gives Woodbridge/VA a couple mentions in the book with entertaining stories about a mean customer in Richmond and a power-hungry statie at the Woodbridge scales who delayed him one time for giving the trooper some lip. Plenty more entertaining tales where that came from so I won't spoil the rest, but definitely a good read.

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« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 06:13:18 PM »
Wonder if Walt Bache (wbache) ever visited this attraction in his Bekins days? ???  ;D Now I really have to make an effort to get this book. ;D

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Re: The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« Reply #6 on: October 03, 2017, 05:18:53 PM »
Just finished reading this book........very enjoyable & entertaining. Not a freighthaulers perspective but interesting to see the world through a movers eyes. 8) I spent a couple of years back in the mid '80s working on high rise building moves in Manhattan........all the aches & pains came back while reading this book. ;D

I'd love to find out the name and location of that movers bar which is somewhere in the southwest.

Overall found it a good read.........hope he writes another one.

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Re: The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« Reply #7 on: October 03, 2017, 11:33:37 PM »
Yeah it was entertaining reading about the life and how they're kinda shunned by other drivers. I'd read another one if he put it out, I'd love to hear some more stories from the road.

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Re: The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2017, 11:56:18 AM »
Well I found the motel/bar he was referring to, took me long enough but I finally got it. I spent some time searching airports in the SW, and that didn't pan out, then I spent a couple hours scouring Trucker's Report looking for mom/pop bars and such, and finally I got the bright idea to check Finn Murphy's website, which led me to his FB page, which led me to this:

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/post.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2Flonghaulbook%2Fposts%2F1942301982709374&width=500

Apologies for the crappy link but I can't figure out how to get a direct FB url for a post. Anyways, it's the EZ8 Phoenix. From another post on his FB page it's apparently under new management and all the hookers/sleaze is gone, but the shirts on the bar still remain.

https://www.google.com/maps/place/EZ+8+Motel+Phoenix+Airporter/@33.4274141,-112.066518,233a,35y,7.69h,45.29t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m5!3m4!1s0x872b11ec112abe97:0x65af8eedbe654bc5!8m2!3d33.4299525!4d-112.0667046

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Re: The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2017, 01:20:34 PM »
Good job on your part mooby. 8) I just read some reviews about the motel & even though I've stayed in some fleabags over the years I think I'd pass on this place. ;D All the ambience is gone too I guess with the hookers & sleaze removed. :(

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Re: The Long Haul: A Trucker's Tales of Life on the Road
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2017, 02:36:55 PM »
Good job on your part mooby. 8) I just read some reviews about the motel & even though I've stayed in some fleabags over the years I think I'd pass on this place. ;D All the ambience is gone too I guess with the hookers & sleaze removed. :(

Haha we've both stayed in some sleazy accomodations, but I'd pass too. Judging from the Google reviews seems like new management is trying to clean up the reputation, but the only thing they're not cleaning is the rooms. Still, I'd pass by just to see what trucks are in the lot.

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