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Unemployed Trucker’s Annual Charitable Trip Delayed

November 29, 1986

UNIONTOWN, Ohio (AP) _ A trucker planning a charity caravan to Guatemala hopes to be on the road by Tuesday, after a mechanical problem with one truck and a delay in loading another set back his scheduled departure.

Elton Blair had planned to set out Friday on his annual mission of mercy. Despite the setback, he says he will not be deterred from making the 4,000- mile trek to Guatemala City, taking donated goods bound for the Guatemalan Evangelical Ministries.

On Friday, Blair discovered a crack on a beam near the rear wheels of his tractor-trailer and decided the trailer may not be able to endure the trip. He said he borrowed $2,000 to help acquire a replacement 45-foot trailer.

Another man who is bringing a truck from Michigan told him that truck cannot be loaded with donations until Monday.

″I hope we will be able to leave now sometime on Tuesday,″ Blair said.

Blair, 56, recently quit his job with a trucking company to allow time for his Guatemala trip. He said he hoped to find work as an independent trucker when he returns.

He made his first trip to Guatemala by plane in 1980 to help build dormitories at mission sites.

He made his first truck expedition in 1981 and has gone there annually ever since. This year, he is carrying clothing, food, toys and medical supplies. He hopes his caravan will include three trucks and a car.

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