One Idaho-based truck driver has embarked on the “haul of a lifetime,” as Gary Amoth drives a brand-new Kenworth T680 across the country with the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree in tow.
The trip, which began Nov. 6, will be the longest journey in his 33-year career as a trucker. Amoth is the owner of Twin Falls, Idaho-based Gary Amoth Trucking, a fleet of 125 trucks.
“This trip has been absolutely amazing,” Amoth said. “It’s wonderful watching all the people show up to catch a glimpse of the Capitol Christmas Tree through the trailer’s 15-foot long viewing window. Our truck with its bright red paint and beautiful graphics certainly gets lots of attention. I am proud to be hauling ‘The People’s Tree.’”
Amoth says the new Kenworth is much more highly evolved piece of equipment than the first Kenworth he rode in back in 1967 with his uncle. His new truck features a 76-inch sleeper, a 485-horsepower Paccar MX-13 with an Eaton-Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission and more.
“When they offered us this opportunity, I gladly accepted on behalf of the company and our employees. It’s really been quite an honor for us all to be chosen to deliver this very important national symbol of unity,” Amoth said.
The tree’s tour includes 27 stops on its 4,000-mile journey to Washington, D.C. A complete schedule of the tour can be seen here.