After yesterday’s post I hope that I have brought some understanding of the effect that the issue with Windows 10 updates had on my life. It was evidenced by the cutting back on posts to the point where I was only responding to one of Cee’s challenges each week. If you read between the lines of my ‘Where are we with…’post you can see that I had given up early on games that I had hoped to be posting about. And that has impacted some of my readers too – I know that a few people were looking forward to the updates from Boundary Farm for example and when they never came, I lost a couple of readers. There have been times when I really haven’t felt like continuing blogging at all as a direct result of the Windows 10 issue. But – yesterday I was able to report that it is hopefully behind me and I can start to open up again with more posts each week. So, now the follow-up to yesterday’s Digest and it’s a bit more Trucking orientated.

I ended my post yesterday with the words “And thatโ€™s left me with a dilema…” I was referring to having two profiles. Should I continue with the old profile and work towards the final outstanding Steam Achievements or should I abandon that and continue to grow the new profile? The answer, like in so many real life situations, lives somewhere between. I enjoy my truck driving very much and just taking the next load to a new destination or back to a favourite haunt is what I love. But, in the background there is that nagging need to try to clear off all the Achievements associated with the game. Some of them are very hard (and getting harder with each new map release). I find the need to choose routes and break journeys to claim a new piece of road tedious, but that’s part of the burden of trying to complete the achievements. Then add in my Company and the role play element that comes with that. My existing profile was a bed of conflicting interests.

Having to start a new profile after Steam corrupted my existing one set me on the road to starting to build my company afresh. I could become the Catalan based company I had always envisaged, expanding west and south from my Montpellier starting point. When my old profile dropped back into my lap with a game update, it had the effect of opening my eyes to the possibilities of dual profiles. It finally occurred to me that I could chase the Achievements in the old profile while running my company separately in the new one – thus the conflicts would be ended. Ok, I’d have to share my gaming time between the two but I don’t think that’s too big an issue. In the Company profile I can drive for the pure pleasure of going places and in the achievements profile I can scratch away at the itch ๐Ÿ˜‰

That does have an issue though – the trucks in the old profile that belong to my company; what happens to them. Well, as I intimated yesterday, they will all get slowly migrated into the new profile. Azyet was the first. One of my young trucking friends on twitter is looking forward to Lady Galadriel moving across too. It will be a slow process but, as long as no truck ends up doing jobs simultaneously in both profiles, everything will be fine! At present I think the final company truck to work in the Achievements profile will be Carmen. Here she was yesterday, claiming some new real estate in Slovakia and Hungary…

…She may still be using one of my company trailers but that will soon cease. The departure of Azyet to the new profile left an opening for a different truck. I no longer have a need to just run types that I have decided are part of our company make-up. I can drive what I like as long as we’re progressing the Achievements. So, today I fired up a Freightliner FLB – not a common type in Europe but there are some about…

…It was fun dancing on the pedals of an 18 speed manual after the clinical calm of driving the unflustered Carmen. I cleared off lots of small pieces of outstanding map in this truck today, running from Budapest through to Leipzig via Brno and Dresden. I don’t know it this truck, or any others in this profile, will get a name – we’ll see.

Meanwhile, in the new profile, Azyet continues to work to make enough cash to buy another garage and then to expand the fleet. Here she is pulling in at Lille with a delivery of motorcycle tyres from the Michelin factory at Bourges…

So I’m juggling the two profiles but I no longer feel conflicted when driving. I pick what I want to do and open the appropriate profile to do it ๐Ÿ™‚

The renewed confidence that a fix to the Windows 10 issue has brought will see me returning to a couple of the other games that I used to post about so expect to see some of them appearing soon ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep the shiny side up!

Today I have a run in American Truck Simulator from Aberdeen (WA) to Bend (OR). The truck is Autumn Gal, our DD60 engined Freightliner FLB……and we have 39000lb of Gravel in tow. This was a generally relaxed drive although I did encounter some traffic which delayed me at the intersection with the I5. Then there was the fool who pulled out of a sliproad as I passed through Salem – could have been an accident if I didn’t have room in the adjacent lane ๐Ÿ˜ฆ Heavy loads take a long time to stop! I caught a box of neutral’s as I came into Bend – sheepish grin ๐Ÿ˜‰ Anyway, hope you enjoy the views as we pass through Portland and the trip in general ๐Ÿ™‚

ps – there is a small amount of frame loss at times in this video, probably caused by a Windows 10 update that was going on in the background ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Last time I gave you the chance to ride with me in our modern Mack Anthem, Keystone. Today I thought I’d share a drive with you down route 55 in Idaho. We’re taking a Reservoir Tank from Lewiston to Nampa on one of our flatbed trailers. Your host for this trip is our Freightliner FLB, Autumn Gal, with her 430HP Detroit Diesel 60 series 430HP engine and 13 speed box. I collected the kerb leaving Lewiston because I thought the coach in the other lane would come straight through instead of giving me room – but at least I left the sign in situ ๐Ÿ˜‰ Other than that minor issue at the start, it was a pleasant drive down Idaho State Highway 55 following the Payette River for much of the journey. Even the DoT were getting with the program and waving me through ๐Ÿ™‚ There was a nice tricksy park at the delivery point to complete the fun. I really like the way that the sound of the DD engine comes across when driving this truck – very close to the real thing! Hope you enjoy joining me for the ride ๐Ÿ™‚