Here we are back behind the wheel and riding towards new maps that are coming for both ETS2 and ATS. There were unannounced deployments to both games yesterday which may only be bug fixes but could also include preparatory work for these map releases. In Euro truck we’re expecting some more of the eastern European countries including Romania, Bulgaria and european Turkey. American truck will finally see the state of Utah – often predicted as the next state but previously subverted by New Mexico, Oregon and Washington!

This week, with The Hunter COTW taking quite a bit of my time and a short term special event in Euro Truck, I fitted in a couple of drives in ATS. The first was north from Ehrenberg to Winnemucca. This entailed driving east to Kingman to pick up Route 93 up and over the Hoover Dam to Las Vegas whose evening lights and sights we were able to enjoy as we passed through……From Las vegas we picked up Route 95 and made our way up to Beatty where we pulled into the rest area for the night. Here we are creeping through the town looking for the darn thang!…

Next morning and refreshed we continued up the 95 to Tonopah. Now, I don’t drive this route very often. As the only town with a delivery point between ‘Vegas and Winnemucca, Tonopah rarely appears on my available manifests. Most of my jobs either take me up the main interstates in California or I’m continuing up the east side of Nevada on route 93 to Ely and Elko. So the road less used becomes less familiar. Even so, there were quite a few bits along the route that looked new and when I got to Tonopah I didn’t recognise the place! The SCS Software mapping teams have clearly been back in there improving the standard once again. The new road layout is now true to the real road layout at Tonopah where we divert off the 95 and pick up the 376…… SCS’s willingness to go back into existing maps and improve them for free is a welcome change from the gaming norm and to be applauded.

A swap onto Route 50 and a quick refuelling stop in what I take to be Austin (another improvement waiting to happen?)… …before picking up the 305 to Battle Mountain and driving on to Winnemucca from there – Job done. There is a certain irony that having not driven that route for a long time, my very next job should take me back down the same trail as I took a load of Ethane all the way across to Farmington in New Mexico. I doubt that, when we get the state of Utah, a run from Winnemucca to Farmington will go anywhere near Tonopah and this route will become even more of a road less travelled! Here we are on the return journey, about to take a break at that seedy rest area in Beatty…

I mentioned at the start a special event in Euro Truck. There is a new Goodyear Tyres dlc and the event was to announce it and to give the community an opportunity to get it for free. All you had to do was carry out 10 deliveries of the special trailers but you only had 4 irl days to do it. Here is my Renault on my first delivery. Anyone spot an issue?……Yes – conflict of interests with Monsieur Bibendum of rival tyre manufacturer Michelin on display! So, at the earliest opportunity I popped into the DAF dealer in Bordeaux and bought an XF 105.460 – passing the Renault on to an employee. Here are some shots from the rest of the event in the new ‘non-partisan’ DAF…



Hope you enjoyed that quick look at what’s been going on in my Trucking world. Who knows, maybe the next Digest will be about a new map release? Keep the shiny side up everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

The past few weeks have seen me deeply immersed in sport. I’ve been listening to the Cricket World Cup on Test Match Special while driving my truck. Then this week has seen the annual Tour de France cycle race which I really enjoy watching on my computer. Additionally, Tuesday saw the first pre-season friendly game for Wingate & Finchley so I’m back at work photographing the team in action.

In my last Trucking Digest I said I’d be getting back into Europe and with the Tour de France in full flow I decided to get out and about in the Renault Magnum and give it a suitable French paint scheme. With the Tour on during the day, my driving has to be early morning or late evening – not that this affects the time of day in the game ๐Ÿ˜‰ On Wednesday evening I enjoyed a long run from Dresden to my Montpellier base with a load of carrots. This included a run along the re-mapped A4 autobahn which has several punishing climbs and this rather intriguing piece of engineering near Chemnitz……This is the Bahrebachmรผhlen Viaduct which was built circa 1870. The A4 Autobahn was built in the 1930’s. It became necessary to widen the road in the 1990’s but the viaduct’s piers were too close together so a rebuild was required. The rather unique engineering solution seen in the screenshot, was built between 1999 and 2003.

The last part of that 3-shift journey saw me making a brisk run down the eastern side of France from near Dijon on the A6 to Lyon…
…and continuing south on the A7 before picking up the A9 at Orange to park up at home just in time to turn out the lights and close up for the night ๐Ÿ™‚

This morning, before the start of the cycling, I did a rather nice ‘afternoon’ cross country run from Munich to Klagenfurt. This is a wonderful switch-back route through the Austrian Alps…


…That scenery is a great way to start the IRL day ๐Ÿ™‚ And here we are parked up in the maintenance facility at Klagenfurt…

Keep the shiny side up everyone ๐Ÿ™‚

As CEO of Transportes Martin based in Montpellier I would like to wish everyone a Happy Bastille Day with a few shots of the company’s Renault Magnum in a special paint-job. Vive la France!

Eastbound from Montpellier and about to pick up the autoroute towards Lyon and on to Dijon…

…risking the wrath of Les Gendarmes for having my main-beam lights on for the photo shoot…

From Dijon we took a tractor north-west to Le Havre…

…enjoying a glorious sunset as we crossed the Seine to complete a wonderful Bastille Day’s driving…

ps – as my regular readers know, I’m half Scot’s hence the reference to the Auld Alliance ๐Ÿ™‚