This week’s CAT Scale Rig of the Week delivers a message of love and understanding wherever it goes.
Dubbed the “Rainbow Rider,” this Freightliner is driven by Shelle Lichti. She’s been trucking since the early 1990s and said that the freedom she found on the road has been her saving grace from a turbulent past and the stigma of hiding her own sexuality.
She’s used her experience on the road to become a mentor for others by advocating for their rights through her nonprofit organization called LGBT Truckers. The group started in 2008 as a conference line that anyone could call and talk to someone. The positive response inspired Lichti to give the truck its Pride-themed wrap, which features a “Love Is Love” design.
Currently, she travels with two cats and one Chihuahua, and she’s even started a Facebook group for truckers to share photos of their pets, called Trucking Furbabies.
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A former military public affairs specialist, Cody Graves has a journalism career that has spanned radio, television and print. For the last ten years, he produced special sections for Arkansas’ only statewide newspaper. During his time in the U.S. Army Reserves, Cody served tours in El Salvador, Iraq and Bosnia and Herzegovina. In his spare time, he plays guitar in a local band and spends time with his dogs, Lucy and Daisy.