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Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness, Part 2
May 16 • 44 min
Barry Howell, from Minnesota Coaches, Inc., Minneapolis, Minnesota, joins me today in Episode #25 for a discussion of the epic motorcoach rally, “Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness,” in Washington, DC this past Wednesday, May 13, 2020. Barry was in a…
Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness, Part 1
May 15 • 19 min
May 13, 2020, was a day most of us will never forget. Approximately 1,000 motorcoaches from over 400 companies representing all 50 of the United States converged on Washington, DC, for the “Motorcoaches Rolling for Awareness” rally organized by the ABA…
An Uncertain Future for Motorcoach Operators
Mar 31 • 33 min
Surviving in an uncertain world … motorcoach operators are suddenly, virtually without warning, navigating in a new world — and not from the driver’s seat. In episode #23 of the EightWheels Across America podcast, Sean O’Meara and I discuss the new…
What Is a Professional Motorcoach Operator?
Mar 12 • 50 min
Professionalism includes a variety of personal qualities and behaviors that demonstrate a commitment to effective performance in a given job. Commitment and confidence, responsibility and dependability, honesty and ethics, and appearance and professional…
Driving in New York City
Feb 10 • 34 min
Episode #21 — Joining me today from his home in New York City is Mr. Bill Vila. Bill is a long-time motorcoach operator who has spent most of his driving life in and around New York City, driving everything from black limos to transit buses to…
Model Bus Collecting
Feb 6 • 20 min
Collecting model buses is a passion for many motorcoach drivers. I recently had the privilege of talking to one driver, Theodore Campbell from Sumpter, South Carolina, who not only collects and modifies coaches, but also builds sets on which to display…
Protecting Your Health, Growing Your Business
Dec 16, 2019 • 31 min
Episode #19 of the EightWheels Across America podcast is a conversation with Sean O’Meara, a motorcoach operator based near Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. We discuss protecting your health (includes an update on my fall in September), to building a new…
Interview: Brian Smith, Founder/Administrator of Motorcoach Operators Group on Facebook
Nov 7, 2019 • 28 min
An interview with Mr. Brian Smith, Director of Operations at Oleta Coach Lines in Williamsburg, Virginia, and founder and administrator of the largest and most active group of motorcoach operators on Facebook, the Motorcoach Operators group.
Networking on Facebook
Oct 24, 2019 • 18 min
There are numerous networking opportunities for motorcoach operators on Facebook. Episode #17 gives you an overview of groups just for motorcoach operators and includes an interview with Frank Tomko of Klein Transportation in Douglassville, PA. Frank runs…
Tips for New Motorcoach Operators
Sep 7, 2019 • 31 min
A collection of tips and advice gathered over many years from both my own experience and shared by many other motorcoach operators (drivers). Even experienced drivers may find some value here in reviewing some of the principles discussed.
Popular Lancaster County PA Destinations
Jul 30, 2019 • 22 min
A few of Lancaster County, Pennsylvania’s most popular motorcoach destinations, including Shady Maple Smorgasbord, Sight & Sound Millennium Theater, American Music Theater, and outlet shopping at Rockvale and Tanger outlet malls. Includes Meet the Driver…
Interview: Sean O’Meara
Jul 2, 2019 • 34 min
Episode #14 of the EightWheels Across America podcast features an interview with Sean O’Meara, a young Canadian motorcoach operator many will know from his activity in the Motorcoach Operators group on Facebook. Sean’s optimistic attitude and enthusiasm…
My Workflow for Motorcoach Charter Trips
Jun 11, 2019 • 20 min
This is an overview of my weekly/daily workflow from the time I receive my trip assignments for the week, and setting up my coach, until I pull out of the yard on today’s trip. More technology and prep than most drivers, I think, but I find it helpful and…
Never Lost
May 26, 2019 • 24 min
Episode #012 Show Notes Links for more information about the US Highway System and the Interstate Highway System: https://www.fhwa.dot.gov/planning/national_highway_system/interstate_highway_system/routefinder/index.cfm…
Tips for Tour Guides on Motorcoach Tours
Apr 30, 2019 • 22 min
Episode #11 of the EightWheels Across America podcast features tips for tour guides who conduct tours on motorcoaches. The info should also be useful for motorcoach operators who supplement some of their trips with commentary of their own. Also included…
Streets of Washington, DC
Apr 14, 2019 • 23 min
Episode #10 of EightWheels Across America features an overview of the streets of Washington, DC, especially from the motorcoach operator’s point of view. There is a method to the madness! And it’s easy when you understand the patterns. Also included is…
Cherry Blossom Time in Washington, DC
Apr 5, 2019 • 22 min
EightWheels Across America, Podcast #009, features the story of the Japanese cherry trees in Washington, DC (Bob’s version!). Information on the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival is also included. Also included is this week’s “Meet the Driver,” with Jeff…
Discussion: Driving Motorcoaches in New York City
Mar 27, 2019 • 56 min
EightWheels Across America, Podcast Episode #008, features a discussion on driving motorcoaches in New York City. Participants are Jeff Reed, Courtland Gee, and EAA host Bob Bergey, all motorcoach operators for Hagey Coach, Inc., of Souderton, PA. Also…
Interview with Bob Nolen, Fleet Manager with Hagey Coach, Inc.
Mar 19, 2019 • 41 min
EightWheels Across America, Podcast Episode #007, features an interview with Bob Nolen, Fleet Manager for Hagey Coach, Inc., of Souderton, PA. Bob manages more than 200 vehicles including motorcoaches, school buses, passenger vans, and more, and shares…
Interview with Brent Kelly, Innovative Coach
Mar 10, 2019 • 22 min
Episode 006 of the EightWheels Across America podcast includes an interview with Brent Kelly, owner of Innovative Coach in Harrisburg, PA, and Meet the Driver with Dan Yoder from Perkiomen Tours in Pennsburg, PA.
The Apps I Use, Part 2
Mar 4, 2019 • 30 min
EightWheels Across America, Episode #5 is Part 2 about the apps I use on my mobile devices — this time it’s apps I use frequently but not necessarily every day. Also this episode includes the first of our “Meet the Driver” segments — meet Dee Stoltzfus…
Interview with Dispatcher Blake Hagey
Feb 20, 2019 • 26 min
EightWheels Across America, Episode 004 features an interview with motorcoach dispatcher Blake Hagey, Hagey Coach, Inc., Souderton, PA.
The 8 Most Important Apps I Use as a Motorcoach Operator
Feb 14, 2019 • 22 min
This week’s podcast includes a summary of the eight most important apps I use on my iPhone and iPad as a motorcoach operator.
Interview: Bruce Shaffer, Motorcoach Operator
Feb 7, 2019 • 25 min
The second episode of EightWheels Across America features an interview with Bruce Shaffer, a motorcoach operator for more than 40 years, and a good friend. Bruce recalls his first motorcoach and early trips, and much more.
EightWheels Across America Podcast Episode 001
Feb 6, 2019 • 23 min
EightWheels Across America is a weekly podcast for motorcoach operators, tour bus drivers, tour guides, and group leaders across the United States and Canada. Episodes will include news and information especially for drivers, interviews with drivers and…