At a glance:
- Author: John Sayles
- First Published: 1975
- Type of Plot: Fantasy, tall tale
- Time of Work: The 1960’s
- Setting: Interstate 80 in eastern Nebraska
- Characters: Ryder P. Moses, “Sweetpea,”, “Coyote,”
- Genres: Short fiction
- Subjects: 1960's, North America or North Americans, United States or Americans, Twentieth century, Roads, streets, or highways, Accidents, Death or dying, Working class, Drugs, Popular culture, Radio or radio broadcasting, Nebraska, Trucking or truck drivers, Sleep
- Locales: United States, Nebraska, North America
“I-80 Nebraska M.490-M.205” covers one night in the life of a big rig driver who calls himself Ryder P. Moses. No one has ever seen this larger-than-life trucker, but his voice rules the night citizens band (CB) radio on which the long-distance haulers depend. These eighteen-wheelers travel the highways, carrying their huge loads from coast to coast, and their drivers use their CB radios to warn one another of police cars (“Smokey Bear”) or errant passenger cars (“four-wheelers”) and to entertain fellow truckers with stories and information. All the...
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