Denver "Breaker break, you truckers have your ears on? What's your 10-20? This is Nighthorse and Santa Claus and 20 elves delivering a Christmas tree to Washington, D.C., and we've got a convoy."
That was the send-off Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell, R-Colo., gave the nation's Christmas tree Friday as it left Denver for the nation's Capitol.
Campbell was at the wheel of the tractor-trailer hauling the tree.
Campbell drove trucks for a living in the 1950s and renewed his trucker's license last year.
He is driving a donated truck accompanied by a fleet of National Forest vehicles and 20 helpers.
The 65-foot, 77-year-old blue spruce was cut in the Pike National Forest in the mountains southwest of Denver before Thanksgiving and sent on its 2,000-mile journey Friday.
Celebrations are planned in 19 towns along the route in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri, including at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Mahaffie Stage Coach Stop and Farm in Olathe.
The tree is scheduled to arrive in Washington on Dec. 4, and the lighting ceremony will be Dec. 13.