OOIDA member Gordy Grove of Langley, WA, set off from
Seattle, WA, Friday morning with an important mission - he's delivering the
65-foot-tall Christmas tree that will stand outside the U.S. Capitol building
in Washington, DC.
Grove, who is an owner-operator who leases to National Van
Lines, is hauling the hand-picked tree on its 10-day cross-country trip on an
80-foot flatbed trailer.
The selected tree is a Pacific Silver Fir from Washington
state's Olympic Peninsula.
Another 65 trees have also been selected to make the trip to
Washington, DC. These trees will be displayed in various building on Capitol
Hill, including the Supreme Court building. National
Van Lines is also handling the companion trees and handcrafted ornaments. The
driver of that truck is Willie Perry.
National Van Lines is this year's primary event sponsor. Fontaine Trailer has donated the use
of a specially‐designed, expandable trailer to accommodate the unusual length
of the tree. The journey will begin Nov. 17.
The tour will go through Boise, ID; Salt Lake City, UT; Cheyenne,
WY; Omaha, NE; Chicago, IL; Pittsburgh, PA; Baltimore, MD and finally to
The caravan is scheduled to arrive in Washington, DC, on
Nov. 27, and the big lighting ceremony will be held on Dec. 6.