Trucking Digest

Last week I told you about the new Community Event ‘Operation Big Sur’. That is ongoing and I have spent my trucking time doing my community duty. At the time of writing I have completed 38 deliveries and the community total is over 382000. I estimate that the goal will be achieved sometime on Saturday. Starting out in my Peterbilt 567 ‘Purple Rain II’, I’ve since done some runs with ‘Silver Dollar’, our Freightliner FLB and most recently in ‘Midnight Cruiser’ the Peterbilt 379. It is a grind, albeit a fun one. There have been all the usual random events and badly behaved ai driving to entertain – ie. keep us on our toes πŸ˜‰ Here are some of this week’s screenshots…

Silver Dollar crosses Big Creek bridge on the way up to the work site under a brooding sky…

Dropping off a load of soil at Oxnard rail depot – that CAT is parked right where you’d like some space when manoeuvring 😦 Fortunately ‘Dollar has a good turning circle…

I did take a load of cars across to Artesia (NM) to add some variety to my driving and the game’s random events produced this rather diverting sight πŸ˜‰

Midnight Cruiser has worked exclusively on Operation Big Sur loads. Here she is taking a load of road stone up to the site from Bakersfield…

Not all of these jobs are local to California. Today ‘Cruiser took a large digger that needed maintenance back to Phoenix…

…Before returning with an excavator along I10 and passing a couple of random events – in this case a minor accident with the Fire and Sherriff’s Departments in attendance…

That just about concludes this week’s Trucking Digest. Next week I hope to write a bit about what changes to truck simulator SCS Software have in the pipeline. In the meantime, Keep the Shiny Side up and the Greasy Side down πŸ˜‰

7 Comments

    1. Hi Colline – yes it is! Fortunately, because the map is 1:20 scale, the real world time is much less than it would be in the real world πŸ˜‰ I once worked out that in Euro Truck the average distance covered in a minute was 13km (it goes up and down a bit depending on the length of drive). On a quick conversion to miles that equates to an average of 485miles per real world hour. That’s roughly Toronto to Quebec! However the interstates in the US being less variable than the European highways allows for a higher average speed. I checked in the last World of Trucks log and the run back from Phoenix took 1hr 11Mins real world time for the 648 miles. An average distance run of around 375 miles takes around 35 minutes. Normally I would fit in two runs a day so lets say that is an average of 1.5 hours in the game each day (including dead time). With the challenge I’ve been averaging 4 runs per day which means I’ve been doing around 3 hours driving per day. Incidentally, the run from Bakersfield (CA) to Artesia (NM) took 1hr 39mins of real world time! Apologies for the long-winded reply!

  1. This was a fun “drive” to take with you, Martin. Until a couple of years ago when fire and flood created a hazard going into Big Sur, we had a yearly family reunion in Big Sur. We have actually had our car breakdown on that very road. LOL! And we are in Oxnard fairly often. I wish I’d known you’d been so close! I would have had you come over for a visit. Maybe next time! πŸ™‚

    1. LoL Debra – We could have a virtual cup of coffee πŸ˜‰ Last night I was in Flagstaff but I should be passing through Oxnard sometime this morning (and probably a couple more times during the day) as I push on to help complete this Community Event πŸ™‚

      I spent quite a bit of time looking at the real road on Google maps. SCS have captured the feel of the road very well but because of the scale of the map and probably to allow jobs to be set up in both directions from the work site, they’ve manufactured their slide in a different location to the real one. I guess the road is normally quite busy with tourist traffic? Sorry to hear you had a breakdown on it. I’ve been lucky with my breakdowns (which fortunately are very rare) in that they’ve usually happened somewhere near home and I could have left the car and walked πŸ˜‰

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