“Pedal” to the Metal with David Foster

Written by: on October 17th, 2014

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What is the farthest distance you have ridden a bicycle? Possibly 10, maybe 20 miles? Even those distances seem like a feat, but for one Con-way Truckload Owner Operator, that is only a fraction of the distance he rides on a regular basis. This year, truck driver and avid biker, David Foster, rode a double century on his bike – that’s 200 miles!

David got into biking 15 years ago when he and his wife decided to purchase bikes so they could ride alongside their kids. Soon, David discovered that biking was not only a wonderful workout but also a fun hobby. “I started riding more and more. It became a challenge,” he said.

In 2002 David completed his first 150-mile weekend ride, riding 100 miles on Saturday and the final 50 on Sunday. He continued to take part in the ride annually for ten years, saying, “It’s a very rewarding thing to be a part of.”

To prepare for the double century, David went riding as much as he could; taking his bike on the road with him and going on rides whenever he got the chance.  David takes his bike everywhere, allowing him to see even more of the country than he would from the inside of his truck. This summer, David spent a day in Pennsylvania riding around Gettysburg battlefields. In Mississippi, he rode alongside the beautiful beaches during a daily break.

“I have been trucking for more than 32 years,” he explained. “Since I have had this bike I have seen more sites than ever.”

Biking is a wonderful way to stay in shape on the road. At 55 years old, David impressed us all by completing his double century ride, but leisurely rides are great for your body as well!

For more information about David Foster, or to share your fitness tips, check us out on Facebook: www.facebook.com/conwaytruckload.

 

 

Pressure cookers are an excellent option for your on-the-road food cravings. The device wears many hats; it can slow cook, pressure cook, steam, keep food warm and even sauté vegetables.  You can typically find a great pressure cooker for less than $100, and Con-way Truckload driver, Chris Karboski highly recommends purchasing one for inside your cab.

“You can cook a great meal during a 30 minute break,” he says.

Below is a delicious and easy recipe, courtesy of Chris and his wife Yvonne. Yvonne rides along with Chris when he is on the road and the couple swears by this hearty pot roast when they are craving a home-style meal.

SYH Pot Roast

POT ROAST

You will need:
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 (3 pound) beef chuck roast
1 large onion, diced
1 (1 ounce) package Italian dressing mix
1 (1 ounce) package Ranch dressing mix
1 (1.2 ounce) package low-sodium brown gravy mix
1 (14.5 ounce) can low-sodium beef broth

  • Heat oil in the pressure cooker over medium-high heat with the lid open.
  • Brown the roast on all sides in the hot oil.
  • In a small cup or bowl, mix together the Italian salad dressing mix, Ranch dressing mix, and gravy mix.
  • Sprinkle them evenly over the roast. Pour in the beef broth and add the chopped onion.
  • Seal and lock pressure cooker, and cook over high heat to build pressure until the indicator sounds.
  • Turn heat down to medium, and cook for 45 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes.

BUTTERNUT SQUASH & BRUSSEL SPROUTS 
 

You will need:
1 whole squash peeled 1″ cubed
1 package of Brussels sprouts
1 large sweet onion or more
1/8 cup olive oil
Fresh garlic cloves to taste
1/2 teaspoon cumin
Sprinkle cayenne pepper
Salt and pepper to taste

  • Mix olive oil with spices in a small bowl.
  • Quarter and separate the onion.
  • Mix all ingredients in the cooker and stir until the squash and sprouts are covered in the oil mixture.
  • Bake vegetables at 425° for 25 min or until cooked thoroughly.
Chris and Yvonne Karboski

Chris and Yvonne Karboski

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our most recent live Facebook chat, took place on September 3rd and we had a lively discussion about hiring opportunities, our recent pay raise and more! Check out the transcript below if you missed it.  Remember: you can always ask us questions on Facebook or Twitter, just include #ConwayTL in your post or post to our Facebook page!

 

Q. How much OTR experience to work for you?

 

A. We hire students within 30 days of finishing school, or drivers with 3 months or more of recent experience.

 

Q. Can you explain any idle policy and also talk about the in cab cameras for new hires. Thanks.

 

A. Our in-cab cameras are for student drivers and are only installed for a short period of time after they finish with our trainers. For our idle policy, we do partner with a company called FuelOpps which rewards drivers for good driving and gives points that are redeemable for prizes.

 

Q. Hi everyone I’m currently in job screening process but I worry about the cdl test. What is the right procedure to take the cdl and how can I successfully pass in order to work with Con-way?

 

A. Your school will provide the training needed, but definitely feel free to reach out to current drivers here or on our page for their thoughts or advice on the experience!

 

Q. What CDL schools do you recommend?

 

A. CDL schools that we recommend must include a complete 160-hour course with a combination vehicle. There are many schools available depending on your location. Please give us a call at 866-265-2617 and we can speak to your location. Ask for a student recruiter!

 

Q. When does the new pay raise start?

 

A. The annual productivity bonus already started accruing on Monday, Sept 1st-the first payout comes in January! The mileage pay raise starts this Sunday, Sept 7th!

 

Q. Can I request a specific lane?

 

A. We accept requests if the lane is available. Feel free to give us a call at (866) 265-2617 to see about the availability of the lane!

 

Q. What I am asking about the Idle policy is there any anti-idle technology in the trucks?

 

A.  Anti-idle technology varies between the makes-was there a specific truck you want to know more information about? We try to be easy on the anti-idle, but most everything has something that limits idling.

 

Q. What kind of miles can I expect as a new driver?

 

A. Solo over the road drivers can expect approximately 2500+ miles a week, regional can average 1900-2200 per week

 

Q. What endorsements do you need to drive? I have been driving ten plus years. I only have triples.

 

A.  You would need to have a Hazmat endorsement or be willing to obtain a hazmat endorsement within 120 days of hire. We do reimburse for that endorsement as well.

 

Q. What about tankers? Also what type benefits and can drivers relocate?

 

A. Drivers can relocate as long as they are still within our hiring area. We don’t require the tank endorsement, but it does open up the opportunity to haul more freight if you have it. Also, we offer an extensive group medical plan, including vision and dental with Cigna. More info here: http://bit.ly/1oO1SH3

 

Thanks again for your questions and participation. We’re always willing to answer questions, use hashtag ‪#‎ConwayTL or tag @True2BlueJobs on Twitter at any time and we will follow up!

 Mark your calendars for our next live chat on October 21st. Visit our Facebook event to RSVP.