The Road to Stavanger

It sounds like a Bob and Bing movie title and may be it should have been! Back in Europe and driving the Renault Magnum I got bored with France. I have told before of the challenges in the truck sim games for those who log in via Steam. These are different to the challenges to be found in World of Trucks. Both give targets to achieve within the game and therefore, a reason to drive 🙂

My move up to Scandinavia was driven initially by a simple challenge – do a delivery over a distance of over 2000Km. The only hardship involved in achieving this Steam challenge is the timescale involved – minimum of 2 hours driving in the game. Compared with real world road driving that may not seem very long, but eye strain on computer screens leads to tiredness much quicker than the real life road equivalent. It was hard work but successfully completed with a trip from La Rochelle to Oslo. Actually, on the basis of 10km in game per real minute in life for most of a journey, this was a 3 hour drive! Only, I’m sure it wasn’t quite as long as that – at least it didn’t feel that long! The game seems to do a bit of time twisting in that it does vary according to where you are and what you are doing. What I will say is – even the longest drives in the current rescaled US map don’t take anywhere near that long…

After nailing down the 2K challenge I’ve decided that I want to achieve the Scandinavian Sightseer challenge in Euro Truck. That means visiting all the cities in the Scandinavian sector of the map. That will be fun and there is some nice scenery to enjoy. The first run was the road to Stavanger and although I may not have bumped into the ace crooner and his comedian friend, I did enjoy some great scenery which I share below…

…ps. Bing Crosby was one of my Mother’s Heart throbs with the other being Stuart Grainger and I think we both enjoyed Bob Hope’s gags 🙂

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