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Bushnell Gets Some YouTube Time

And Lots Of It ... After Trucker's Tire Blows Out On Big Rig Travels Channel

Little Bushnell is getting some big attention.

Big Rig attention.

The Kimball County village, population 115, has been a place of interest on three Big Rig Travels/YouTube videos that about 54,800 viewers watched from last Thursday through Tuesday.

BigRigSteve (real name Stephen Michaels), the trucker star of Big Rig Travels for 16 years, even spent a night outside Bushnell.

He had little choice.

A tire on BigRigSteve's semi-trailer truck blew out heading westbound on I-80 out of Kimball that forced him to reduce speed and get off the interstate as quickly as possible.

He did it at Exit 8. The Bushnell exit.

BigRigSteve stayed there all night, parked along an exit ramp, waiting for emergency tire assistance to arrive to fix the blowout and a mud flap that curled on top of the tire. It took three tries, so he remained in Bushnell from about 4:30 p.m. Thursday until 10 a.m. Friday.

Many of his loyal viewers stayed with him for hours, as they always do, watching through a windshield camera while BigRigSteve, an over-the-road trucker, crisscrosses the USA. His enduring YouTube channel is a cozy place to gather for its 71,000 subscribers.

Viewers watched I-80 traffic whiz by the Bushnell exit as late afternoon turned into the night. His first video, spanning his drive from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to its sudden conclusion outside Bushnell, ended at 7 p.m.

BigRigSteve was back at it the next morning with about two hours of video from Exit 8 before he finally got back on the road to Cheyenne.

He also added a third Bushnell episode, documenting 18 of his minutes waiting for roadside assistance to help get him the heck out of Dodge.

BigRigSteve's windshield cam captures his entire trip of 10-plus hours and 440 miles from Council Bluffs, Iowa, to Bushnell, so views of the I-80 landscape are plentiful across the Nebraska Panhandle. On the video when he leaves Bushnell, he passes through Pine Bluffs on his way to Cheyenne.

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