Last time I reported that I now have two profiles in Euro Truck Simulator 2 and explained the serendipitous way that the situation occurred. I have continued driving in both profiles over the 3 intervening weeks. In the Company profile I bought a garage in Toulouse, got a second DAF XF105 and hired my first driver. Subsequently I saved up enough cash to buy a second truck for myself. This time it is a MAN TGX. Christened Eleanor de Aquitaine and painted in our current standard livery. Here she is heading north on the A75 en-route to Clermont Ferrand…

…The current target for the company is to buy another garage, get another fleet vehicle and hire our second employee. Eleanor will be working towards that.

In the other profile where I am working to complete the last of the Steam Achievements for the game, I have retired all my old ‘company’ trucks from use. Along with the FLB that I showed last time, I now have a Scania R2009 with a 560HP engine…

…I did some clearance of unvisited roads around A Coruña in Spain with this truck. I’m not a lover of the Scania, but it’s a means to an end. I’m also viewing this profile as being one where I will drive trucks that won’t be a part of my company and the Scania fits the bill in that regard.

Looking ahead to SCS Software’s plans for future development, I know that there is a new section of road due to be added to Spain/Portugal with the v1.41 update. With that in mind I abandoned further work in Western Spain and turned my attention to Germany where the recent map upgrades mean there are a lot of roads to revisit.

On the 4th of July, while driving from Magdeburg to Köln, we achieved the milestone of having driven 90% of the map…

…To explain the map view, the roads I have driven are yellow and those still needed are grey – red is the planned route. I used to have all the roads in this area but everything around Dortmund was extensively rebuilt as part of the upgrades to Germany that released at the same time as the Iberia map. The whole swathe across southern Germany from Stuttgart to München and on to the Austrian border is also largely grey now along with the main route north through central Germany from Zurich to Kassel. This is what happens when you try to complete the Pathfinder Achievement – one step forwards, two steps back. Each DLC release and any map updates impact on the percentage of the map you’ve driven. It can be soul destroying if you let it. I think, if SCS had realised how big a hit the game was going to be and how far the maps would grow, they wouldn’t have put this achievement in! In some ways my predicament is of my own making – I could have worked towards this several DLC’s ago and probably had it completed 😦

90% – that’s the first time I have reached that milestone for this achievement. I had mentally set that as the watershed for an all out attack on the undriven roads. It will mean doing a lot of dead-heading – driving without a trailer. That’s something that I would not do while I was operating as my company so, it’s again fortunate that the profiles are now seperate. That’s the task I have now set about. I have a nice window to work in – apart from the new road section expected in Iberia, the next map to be released will be Central Russia. That’s a big area and although we are already seeing images of some of the scenery for that release, I think it’s still a couple of months away. Hopefully, I will be done by then!

I will be wanting to drive quickly so I needed a truck that is stable, one that has a relatively low profile. I decided to get a Mercedes-Benz Actros MP3 for this work…

…and went for a 6×4 chassis because that configuration also tends to be more stable. Again, it’s not a truck that would be part of my company fleet. I decided to start clearance operations in the Southeast – in Turkey to be precise – and work my way north up the east side of the map. Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary. Lots of industrial complexes to visit – a massive powerplant…

…A steelworks or two…

It wasn’t all dead-head work though. Once I got into the Czech Republic, I was able to clear off two longish sections of road across the border into Austria / Germany by taking loads to Linz and then on to Stuttgart for another load back to Prague…

…Grinding through the Bavarian Forest with a couple of tractors on the return run 🙂

I pushed on north clearing the roads of Poland and on into Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia before tackling the western area of Russia around St. Petersburg. Yesterday morning I completed that and here is a shot of the map in that area…

…You’ll notice that there is no yellow on the map. Don’t be alarmed, I’m using a map mod that highlights the roads that I need in red and shows everything else in grey – makes it easier to see any outstanding small sections of road. The lower half of the map is Estonia and Russia. The crumpled circle to the right of centre is the St. Petersburg ring road. The place with all the red on the upper left of the screen is Finland and that’s my next target 🙂

This post is overly long so thank you for reading. I’ll leave you with a sunset – here’s the Merc crossing the Danube at Cernavodă….

…Keep the shiny side up everyone 🙂

I thought, as it has been a while, that I should do a ‘Meet the Team’ type post. The last time I did one of these was in 2017 and a lot has changed since then. I restarted my profiles in both Euro Truck and American Truck Simulator back in May 2019, so my current fleets have been built up in the past 20 months. Looking back and seeing when I restarted, I’m amazed how far I’ve come in both games over such a short period of time. In Euro Truck I’ve reached the Level 114 with the title of ‘Divine Champion’ – quite how that would go down as an epithet in a trucker cafe I’m not sure 😉 In American Truck I’m only a ‘Legend’, but divinity calls and I’ll soon cross the threshold of level 100 there too! During the building of my companies in each game some trucks become favourites and others fall by the wayside – left in the hands of employees (I rarely sell a truck). So, the trucks I’m going to talk about in these Meet the Team posts are the ones that have survived the sifting process to become permanent members of my personal fleet.

In this post I think we’ll deal with the Euro Truck heavy-haul team. That is fairly straight forward but defining what counts as heavy-haul requires a brief discussion. So lets start with the first of the team – ‘Renzo’…

…a Euro6 DAF XF with a 530HP engine. Renzo was bought specifically for hauling construction plant during the rebuilding of the Genova Bridge and got named after its architect Renzo Piano. Although part of the heavy-haul team, with a 530HP engine Renzo is also at home on heavier general cargoes like the tanker of diesel fuel on delivery in the image. And that’s where the lines become blurred. I have another DAF called Lady Galadriel, who you will meet in another post. She shares the same engine but is a member of the general cargo fleet. The difference? – Gearbox and differential ratios and chassis arrangement – 6×4 for Renzo vs 6×2.

Actually I have 3 other DAF’s that all fall in the general cargo category. Some of my longer suffering readers will remember a time when I wouldn’t have a DAF in the fleet. A special event set up by SCS Software with DAF changed that – now they stand alongside MAN as my personal favourite truck types. Anyway, on with our heavy-haul team 🙂

Speaking of MAN, meet Charlie…

…Charlie has a 540HP engine – which again means general cargoes can also be taken when necessary. Charlie was bought during the recent Christmas Event at a time when I was doing my bit to clear off jobs in Italy. I tweeted that we were busy doing the Italian Job and thus this truck took its name from the character Charlie Croker, played by Michael Caine in the movie.

A note on pronounciation at this point – My company is French, so Charlie should be pronounced in a French manner – Shar-lee. Next up is Vincent, so repeat after me… Van-Son-te

Vincent takes the name of the character played by Jean Reno in the film Ronin and is the only Volvo in the fleet…

…This truck was a rush of blood to the head – I was debating a 640HP MAN but thought “I haven’t driven a Volvo for ages!” Company lore is that Vincent was a secondhand truck loaned from the Limoges Volvo dealer in an effort to gain our custom. I was so pleased with the truck that I decided to keep it. Who knows, maybe we’ll get a new one too in the future? Vincent has a 700HP engine, making hauling of the largest loads easy, but fuel efficiency is relatively poor so definitely not for use on general cargoes unless there is no choice!

Next time I’ll cover our American Truck heavy-haul team… Keep the shiny side up! 🙂

In response to Clare’s Challenge I’m sharing my desktop again. We’re once more back in a virtual reality, a fact that is given away by the oversized gifts on the trailer of the truck. My MAN TGX (named Charlie) has just coupled up to the trailer in Bonifacio on a sunny evening on the island of Corsica…

…ready to deliver the gifts to L’Ile Rousse on the north of the island. This screenshot was taken during the annual Euro Truck and American Truck Simulator Christmas Event run by SCS Software. Each year there is a target for the community to achieve and this year it was achieved in 10 days, which was something of a record 🙂 You can read about the event here.