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Wheat
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if you want to see what nebraska looks lke it's like this.


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It mostly looks like nothing at all.

It's so flat and brown, it makes me uncomfortable just watching it.
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Wheat
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nebraska is mostly hills but the highway is along the platte river for most of the way so the highway is flat

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eastern pa to massachusettes on i84, which one of the main ways to get to new england without going along the coast (route)




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Questions:
Where have you NOT been in the US?
Have you ever trucked to Canada or Mexico?
04-16-2017, 10:12 PM
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wheat's never trucked inside the white house

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Wheat
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I haven't been to alaska or hawaii in the US.

I've been to canada several times, almost always going to quebec or ontario. Twice i've been to BC, in the ol' vancouver maneuver (and also one of those times I also went to kelowna).

i've been right up near the mexican border, but us drivers usually don't go into mexico. freight comes over from mexico-side drivers who come over, drop their trailer or have it unloaded at a customs broker, and then it goes north from there. The most common quebec loads i've done came from the mexican border at laredo, and the customs paperwork on it was done in such a way that it doesn't really count as being in the country except for being transported from one port to another.

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04-17-2017, 10:23 AM
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here's starting from around the same place in central pa and going the opposite way.


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04-24-2017, 10:10 AM
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have a picture of a notice a former company i worked for had on their bulletin board

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"traveling through the animal"

cw: animal death
Spoiler :
I recently nearly hit a deer. It was crossing and had passed my lane right as i was approaching, then it stopped to start turning around before I got parallel to it. It was too late for the deer to turn around back into oncoming traffic and get hit, so this one was left unscathed - which was probably not what it wanted.
Deer seem to be drawn to the fronts of passing vehicles. Other animals will go a different direction from an oncoming vehicle. Deer will jump in front of the vehicle if they aren't in front of it already, while they will just chill in the lane you are. If you move lanes, they will match your efforts.

I've hit two before and it causes a big mess plus some damage to the front bumpers of a truck and maybe a little undercarriage (no personal injury risk, since a truck is too tall for a deer to reach the windshield). The first time it was upsetting - it stood at the bottom of a hill at night, on an unlit interstate, and there was no time to stop. There was a light "thunk", like the sound of a softball hitting a tin roof; the truck kept on moving all the same. When I stopped a mile later to check, I saw the damage and deer detritus inside the undercarriage. I was left feeling shaken about the suddenness of it all: the fragility of life, the suddenness of death where a thing is living in one second and then gone the next, and the guilt of being involved in that.
Then the stink of deer guts lingered with the truck for weeks which left me like, 'no thanks.' Now deer are just a hassle. The second one was sprinting around rural texas hill country at midnight and darted into the road at the exact moment it took to become not living anymore. Its sprint momentum left it clear on the other side of the road, on somebody's lawn, which was probably not a pleasant surprise for them in the morning.

Deer are cute, but a hazard from how death-prone they are and how much they tend to graze on roadsides. Motor vehicles are probably the leading predators of deer

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Trucks are a keystone species.
05-10-2017, 06:28 AM
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Wheat
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just for emphasis on the physics of collisions:
A car moving at 65 mph and at the average US weight of 1850 kg has a kinetic force of 781 kilojoules. A grenade (with 200 grams of TNT in it) releases 800 kilojoules. So already a car moving at highway speed is enough to very likely be fatal.

The legal weight limit of a semi truck in the US is 40 tons (80,000 lbs or 36287.4 kg). A truck loaded up to 35 tons or 31751.466 kg traveling at the same speed has 13405 kilojoules, or 13.405 megajoules, which is more than the energy from 16 grenades.
Even an empty truck/trailer combo weighs half that, so it'd be like 8 grenades.

excuse any bad math, i'm not good at physics


And when it comes to stopping distances:

According to some some website (which has other scenarios) :
Quote:A typical tractor-trailer or other large truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds by law. Most passenger vehicles are about 3,000 – 4,000 pounds. A passenger vehicle weighing 4,000 pounds, traveling under ideal conditions at a speed of 65 miles per hour (105 km/h) would take 316 feet (96m) to stop (nearly the length of a football field). In comparison, a fully loaded tractor-trailer weighing 80,000 pounds traveling under ideal conditions at a speed of 65 miles per hour will take 525 feet (160m) to stop (almost the length of two football fields).

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Trucks stop through air brakes systems that use friction against big ol brake drums (the air system actually supplies air to the chambers to take the brakes off the drums; if the air brake system fails and no air is supplied, then the truck will stop because the brakes will be set by default). A truck stops by transferring all that kinetic energy into heat energy.
Truck braking systems are designed to actually be more effective while the truck is fully loaded, as it can generate more friction, so it can stop faster when fully loaded. However, this generates more heat so when using brakes often (like when going down a hill), the brakes can lose their effectiveness and braking ability if they get too hot.

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When going from 60 mph (100 km/h) to a full stop, it takes about 4.6 seconds for a car to stop (or 6 seconds on wet pavement). On dry pavement at 65mph for a truck, it takes somewhere between 6 to 10 seconds to come to a complete stop.

People talk about tailgating, but what i've seen more often is people cutting off trucks. You should leave trucks a decent amount of space in front of them because if you don't and everybody has to brake for some worst-case scenario, you will probably get dead. The truck may not be able to stop in time, but it may be able to swerve or slow enough that a crash isn't fatal.

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05-11-2017, 01:55 AM
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the traffic is usually bad any time at day and it goes on for 80 miles. the dallas fort worth metro area.

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06-22-2017, 06:58 AM
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trinidad, colorado to el paso, tx




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Is there a risk of the noise from the truck affecting your hearing?

What kind of exercise or stretches do you do during these long trips?
06-29-2017, 04:48 PM
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Wheat
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don't drive with the windows open. otherwise the interior of a cab isn't loud enough for extended noise to cause hearing damage. may not apply for an older jalopy truck
I do use noise cancelling headphones or earplugs at some times (though it may not be legal to do so in some states, a dot guy at a weight station was like "you probably shouldn't oh well" once) because little plastic parts of the truck interior may start rattling at any time and i'm auidosensitive so it bugs the heck out of me

usually I don't do exercises but i will take long ambles with my camera to take pictures of things if the weather allows and there's some scenery or possible birdage

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gotta love that sweet, sweet birdage.
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Wheat
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here's a long one, originally 20 hours but now less than 40 minutes. the landscapes in the west are best.




route: http://tinyurl.com/y7cw8ksk

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route: https://tinyurl.com/yc346bay

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Do you ever have to back up the truck? Is that possible?


The story is describing Upper and Lower forests. Several kids are exploring the forest. Anyone who looked up from lower forest grew dizzy. When the children found something in the forest it was an amazing sight. Most parents got worried when the kids went to the forest because they thought it was dangerous.
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backing up a truck is the first thing I learned how to do truckwise. it's tricky because at first you are used to backing up cars, which back in the direction you turn the steering wheel. the trailer on a truck however goes the opposite direction that you're used to with a car, since the truck pushes the trailer and they're disconnected.

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when you start trying, the trailer will probably get away from you because you're not used to how it moves when you're backing. it's disconnected, so it takes some time/distance for you to see the trailer moving in response to your actions. because of that, often when it starts getting over to one side it'll probably be too late and you'll have to start over, or maybe you make an adjustment and overadjust for it and back too much in the other direction. it can be difficult to back up just straight, much less getting to go at a 90 degree angle (which is necessary to get into docks).
shorter trailers and shorter tractors (since they vary in length) are more responsive; also matters how much the back tandems (sets of rear axles/wheels on the trailer) are adjusted to

you learn all this in a dirt or gravel or concrete lot somewhere so you don't cause one million dollars property damage.

when you start doing it For Reals, you have to get out of your truck sometimes in the process of backing to make sure you are not going to hit anything and that you're on track to back in the right spot. You don't get to see behind you, since there are no rear view mirrors, only side view mirrors which give you a big blind spot behind your truck.


most truck related crash incidents are backing related.

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so far of all the july 4ths on road i've had this one has been the fireworkiest. the salt lake valley is pretty flat, though gradually sloping downwards and upwards again until it hits the mountain range. all of the cities are in an unbroken sprawl, and they all have fireworks celebrations all at once which you can see simultaneously from the raised highway. there aren't many trees in the way either.





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How do you stay healthy when a lot of your job is just sitting around, and you don't have access to a gym like you would if you were sitting around in an office?
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Wheat
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don't eat as much as i would if I had a reliable fridge and freezer instead of some plug in cooler that only keeps things 40 degrees below ambient temp

don't make a lot of food since it will spoil if kept too long, and it's harder to make since it's in cramped quarters so when I make a batch of something that's what i'm going to be eating for main meals for the next few days. plus bread/nuts/bakery/other dry foods

also walking on breaks sometimes. if i wanted to i'd do push ups and situps but let's face it, after driving a long period of time i'm tired

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(08-03-2017, 11:59 PM)Wheat Wrote: so far of all the july 4ths on road i've had this one has been the fireworkiest. the salt lake valley is pretty flat, though gradually sloping downwards and upwards again until it hits the mountain range. all of the cities are in an unbroken sprawl, and they all have fireworks celebrations all at once which you can see simultaneously from the raised highway. there aren't many trees in the way either.





People in Utah are very into fireworks. I watched Cedar City's last year.


The story is describing Upper and Lower forests. Several kids are exploring the forest. Anyone who looked up from lower forest grew dizzy. When the children found something in the forest it was an amazing sight. Most parents got worried when the kids went to the forest because they thought it was dangerous.
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this one i tried doing with my Good camera instead of my crappy dashcam. it's harder to do because i have to hold it down on some cardboard holder thing i taped to the dash while the truck shakes to prevent the movie from being too shakey

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