As our drivers travel the highways of America transporting cars for our customers they encounter all sorts of weird and interesting sights. Some are the natural wonders of the country, others are of the man-made variety. For example one of our drivers spotted this lighthouse on the prairie! While they are not everywhere, landlocked lighthouses are not as rare as you would normally think. There are a number of them throughout the US. Just another example of the weird and wacky sights our drivers submit for our “Life on the Road” photo gallery. Photo by Sam Nixon.
Life on the Road
Pictures of the interesting and beautiful sites our auto transport drivers encounter as they deliver vehicles all over the United States.
One of the benefits of traveling the highways of the US transporting cars for our customers is getting to see the natural and man-made wonders that dot the American landscape. If you happen to be on US Route 89 near the Utah/Arizona border, you’ll get to see one of the man-made sights, The Glen Canyon Dam. U.S. 89 begins at Flagstaff, Arizona. The highway proceeds north passing near Grand Canyon National Park and through the Navajo Nation. Near the Utah state line the highway splits into U.S. 89 and U.S. Route 89A. The Alternate is the original highway; what is now the main highway was constructed in the 1960s to serve the Glen Canyon Dam. The two highways rejoin in Kanab, Utah. The Glen Canyon Dam is a concrete arch-gravity dam on the Colorado River in northern Arizona, near the town of Page. The dam was built from 1956 to 1966 and forms Lake Powell, one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the U.S. w The dam is named for Glen Canyon, a series of deep sandstone gorges now flooded by the reservoir, and forms Lake Powell,named for John Wesley Powell, who in 1869 led the first expedition to traverse the Colorado’s Grand Canyon by boat. Lake Powell straddles the border between Utah and Arizona (most of it, along with Rainbow Bridge, is in Utah). It is a major vacation spot that around two million people visit every year. It is the second largest man-made reservoir when measured by water… Read more »
Have you ever gotten a traffic ticket? If so, then you’ve likely contributed to a multi-billion dollar industry according to the National Motorists Association. While no one knows exactly how many traffic tickets are actually issued, a study done by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that an average of 112,000 people per day receive a speeding ticket. However, many of the driving-related laws that still stand today are based on ancient rulings that date back further than the invention of modern cars. Some of these laws are so outrageous that you can’t help but to laugh. Others surely have an interesting story behind them. While not all are actively upheld, they’re still on the books. The graphic below outlines the most outrageous driving laws that exist in the United States of America. Share this Image On Your Site <p><strong>Please include attribution to JanSTrasnport.com with this graphic.</strong></p> <p><a href=’http://www.jandstransport.com/weirdest-driving-laws/’><img src=’http://www.jandstransport.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/js_weirdest-driving-laws.png’ alt=’Weirdest US Driving Laws’ width=’700px’ border=’0′ /></a></p> <p> While the wildest laws may prohibit us from hiding bears or gorillas in our cars, when it comes time to transport your vehicle itself, you can trust J&S Transportation to make sure it gets there in a law-abiding manner. Get an instant quote from us to find out how much it costs to ship a car or contact us with any questions.
Delivering cars for our customers takes J&S’s auto transport drivers to many different locations throughout the US. While many of our transports are to and from big metropolitan areas, some take us to more rural settings. Fortunately, our drivers have the skill and expertise to not just travel down four lane interstates but to also navigate the less trafficked two lane highways that criss-cross the country! And when you’re out in the countryside, you experience traffic hazards of a different variety. For example, this “traffic jam” one of our drivers encountered while delivering a vehicle to Big Sky, Montana! While traveling down US Route 191, a couple of Bighorn Sheep decided to make an appearance and tie up traffic for a few minutes! You never know what you’ll find as you travel the highways of the US! Big Sky, MT, is located about midway between West Yellowstone and Bozeman on U.S. Highway 191 and just 15 miles from the northwestern border of Yellowstone National Park, and is the home to a popular ski resort! US Highway 191 was designated in 1926 and its routing has changed drastically through the years. The modern US 191 bears almost no resemblance to the original route, which was primarily in the state of Idaho. Most of the current route of US 191 was formed in 1981. Since the extensions in the 1980s and 1990s, U.S. Route 191 is much longer than its parent route, and one of the longest U.S. three-digit routes.
One of the benefits of transporting cars for J&S Transportation and the auto transport industry in general is you get to see the beautiful sights and vistas the US has to offer as your office! Our Life on the Road photo gallery showcases some of these images submitted by our auto transport drivers. For example this beautiful shot. If you’re traveling down Interstate 25 in Wyoming, keep an eye out for this sandstone bluff outside Chugwater, WY. The Chugwater area is know for it’s sandstone bluffs and in 1870, the Hayden Expedition passed through what they called “the valley of the Chug”. Along on the expedition was famed Hudson River School painter, Sanford Gifford who sketched Chugwater Bluff, and later completed a painting of it entitled “Valley of the Chugwater”. Hayden’s photographer, William Henry Jackson, noted in his journal that the Chugwater area was a wintering area for cattle: “A very conspicuous feature which we notice in descending the valley of the Chug is the high bluff of Lower Cretacious sandstone.” The town of Chugwater was surveyed and laid out by engineers for the Swan Land and Cattle Co. in 1886. As late as the 1940s, Chugwater was still a railroad stop where cattle were loaded for shipment east to the Union Stockyards in Omaha, Nebraska. Photo by Steven Covitt.
Beautiful vistas are just part of the perks of driving the highways shipping cars for J&S Transportation. For example this shot of Swan Lake, MT. In the early 1900’s Swan Lake began as a community of loggers cutting timber for lumber and the ties to build the Great Northern Railroad. Swan Lake is located east of Flathead Lake and the town of Bigfork, Montana. The Swan River comes from the south and fills the lake. The lake is similar to Moyie Lake in southern British Columbia. It is a narrow, small, and twisty lake that is hard to navigate. Swan Lake runs parallel to Montana Highway 83. MT 83 starts Clearwater Junction, about 40 miles east of Missoula, and runs north-northwesterly, mostly through forested valleys and along scenic lakeshores within the Lolo National Forest, Flathead National Forest and Swan River State Forest, before curving west to its northern terminus about 3 miles north of Bigfork. The region is sparsely settled, with small communities economically dependent on a mixture of logging and tourism. The largest communities along the route are Seeley Lake, Condon and Swan Lake. MT 83 passes through mostly forest landscape, and wildlife crossings should be expected at all times. Elk herds crossing near Clearwater Junction can be hard to see at night. The Swan Lake Area is host to numerous campsites including areas right along the lake. Swan Lake is also home to many lakeside homes. Photo by David Maxwell.
If you’ve traveled across the US, you know there are tons of neat and historical sites and stops along the way. Points of Interests, Historical sites, and scenic vistas abound. And, surprisingly, sometimes you can find some interesting historical items in truck stops. For example, this Replica of the first Sleeper Cab truck, a 1950 Freightliner truck on display in the Jubitz Travel Center in Portland, OR. The original vehicle was built for the Hyster Company, and could tow a 35 foot trailer. Hyster was founded in 1929 as the Willamette-Ersted Company in Portland, Oregon, and is an American manufacturing company specializing in forklifts and other materials-handling equipment. Freightliner Trucks is an American truck manufacturer and a division of Daimler Trucks North America, and is known mainly for the heavy duty class 8 diesel trucks it offers, as well as class 5-7 trucks. This replica can be found at the Jubitz Travel Center, a family owned and operated truck stop, travel center, fueling provider and hospitality company started by Monroe A. “Moe” Jubitz.
Sugar beets are a surprising big crop in the United States and in Montana. The Top 5 states for sugar beet production are Minnesota, North Dakota, Idaho, Michigan, and Montana. In Montana, Sugar Beets are the 5th biggest crop. This image was snapped by one of our drivers as they transported cars across Montana! Photo by Charlotte Rodriguez.
Transporting cars can take you off the major highways and onto the smaller highways and byways of the US. These roads can present their own challenges to our auto transport drivers, especially in winter. For example, this picture sent in by one of our drivers of US Route 12. U.S. Route 12 (US 12) is an east–west United States highway, running from Aberdeen, Washington, to Detroit, Michigan. It has mostly been supplanted by I-90 and I-94, but remains an important road for local and regional travel. The highway’s western terminus is in Aberdeen, Washington at an intersection with US 101, while the highway’s eastern terminus is in Downtown Detroit, at the corner of Michigan and Cass avenues, near Campus Martius Park. In north central Idaho, US Route 12 runs from the Washington state line in Lewiston east to the Montana state line at Lolo Pass (the highest point of the historic Lolo Trail, between the Bitterroot Valley in Montana and the Weippe Prairie in Idaho), generally along the route of the Lewis and Clark expedition, and is known as the Northwest Passage Scenic Byway. It was previously known as the Lewis and Clark Highway. Photo by Danny Lindstrom.
Life on the road for J&S Transportation’s drivers isn’t all auctions, dealership, and deliveries. Sometimes it’s a nice break from the auto transport biz, and winter, all at the same time. While the rest of us were suffering through yet another deep freeze in the middle of winter, one of our drivers sent us this picture of his view lounging on a beach in Florida! Everyone needs a break sometimes, and sitting on the sand, baking in the sun in the middle of winter sure seems to qualify as a great getaway to us! Now, if we can just convince Sol to take a stroll up our way, everything will be right with the world! Spring can not get here fast enough! And socks and sandals? That look will never go out of style! Photo by David Maxwell