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Two show-ready rigs -- and owners -- moving toward retirement in style: Meet Bruce and Kellie Cone

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Updated Jul 11, 2022

The subject of retirement is always a hot topic among owner-ops. Leaving the road well set up for it requires a diligence that isn't easily achievable, to say the least. Yet this well-matched pair of owner-operators -- Bruce and Kellie Cone of Redding, California -- have prepared better than many as they start to run out their last half-decade in business. That's the long-range plan, anyway, for the proud of owners of a pristine pair of Peterbilt 389s you'll hear all about in this edition of Overdrive Radio.

[Related: Seize the day for your own future: There's no better time than now to prep for retirement]

Antique train bell under the rear deck of Kellie Cone's 2022 peterbilt 389The podcast jumps off with the sound of the antique train bell out of North Carolina that’s mounted under the deck of owner-operator Kellie Cone’s custom 2022 Peterbilt 389, christened

Kellie comes from an education background career-wise, but several years back she met Bruce and took to trucking in an outsize way, originally on ridealong trips in-cab with the third-generation owner-operator. Bruce has hauled longtime for direct customers in California and Oregon, today mostly home every night after a 30-year career that took him all over the Western states and occasionally farther afield.

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