Sitting in the cab of his blue Volvo big rig, trucker Lee Robertson leafs through the sheaf of papers listing what’s stacked inside the refrigerated trailer hooked up behind him.
“Eggs. Cream cheese. Vegetables. Chicken,” he shouts over the rumble of engines from semi-trailers parked at this truck stop between Denver and Cheyenne. “Soy milk.”
Robertson, 56, of Kansas City, is hauling a load destined for small shops and convenience stores across the country. He’s not alone.
Across the United States, the nation’s 3.5 million professional truckers are working flat-out to keep stores and businesses stocked as consumers worry about riding out home quarantines prompted by the coronavirus outbreak and try to snap up enough toilet paper, rice, beans, tuna and other staples to get through this period of uncertainty.