The effect of the new football season is kicking in – I’m going to have to adjust my time management 😉 Here is my entry for Cee’s Midweek Madness Challenge and I have chosen a couple of options.

Lets start with Pink and conveniently our first match of this season was at home against Margate, whose away kit features a pink shirt…

Black & White with lines??? How about this Mercedes-Benz grill?..

Or this Berry’s coach with its swirly lines in white and grey?..

Finally, and a late addition. A Jersey Tiger for lines and close-up 🙂

Found that on my walk this morning. Hopefully I will be back on time by the end of this week and able to complete next week’s challenge 🙂

I would have liked to do this as a poetic entry but the mind is dead and I couldn’t find a spark of inspiration. However, I did find my camera and these were all taken today for Cee’s Midwek Madness Challenge. I hope the greens are light enough and I think the last one may count as ‘neon’ 😉

Tree Identification can be difficult but I think these ‘catkins’ belong to White Willow…

Staying with Willows, I think these belong to Grey Willow…

Some fresh green leaves – on a Crab Apple I think…

All taken at Long Lane Pasture – which has reopened after a cable fault repair by the electricity company that caused the reserve to be closed for 8 weeks. To their credit they took away a load of soil that had been contaminated with oil many years ago as well 🙂

Just as short stroll down the road and some easier to identify items…

Volkswagen Beetle and mobile advert for plastic grass…

…That was a chance catch, but the thing I was relying on for a green that might be considered ‘neon’ was this – a Mercedes-Benz Arocs belonging to SQS…

…and I knew I had a reasonable chance of catching one of the trucks as SQS do a lot of highway maintenence in the area. In fact there were two, one after the other! Don’t you love it when a plan comes together 🙂

Hot off the press this week – Oregon goes live in American Truck Simulator on Thursday next week! Here’s SCS Software’s video of the new DLC on YouTube… https://youtu.be/wilAbkIhZcE …It goes without saying that I am very much looking forward to this new state 🙂

Back in the current and both my companies are making progress. Since last week’s digest in which I had just bought a Mack in ATS and a Merc with trailer in ETS2, I have worked hard to make enough money to pay off the loans. This has been achieved. Now we’re working towards upgrading our home garages. I achieved that in Euro Truck this lunchtime and I’m in touching distance in American Truck. The road forwards from that point will differ in the two companies. Martin Transport et Logistique will add a new truck and trailer combo and employ a driver. I have added a number of updates to my current Mercedes New Actros but she will probably be handed to our new employee and I will get another New Actros but this time it will have the top of the range interior with the wood trimmings. It’s going to take a while to get the money together for that though 😉 Here’s a screenshot of the maintenance page where you can see that she’s acquired some lights and Monsieur Bibendum’s……and I quite liked this shot of us catching the last rays of the sun at an intersection near Dusseldorf…

Republik Trucking will also be saving for a second truck and it will be another old school vehicle – an FLB. They don’t come cheap so that will also take a while. I haven’t decided for certain yet but I may employ a driver to keep whichever truck I’m not using busy. I have no trailer ownership intentions for Republik at this moment in time – it’s a owner-driver set up for now. Here’s a cab view in Ol’ Dawg. We’re due to drop off a digger to the roadworks ahead. Not sure what the Bear in front is thinking – he’s not on a shout so I’m sure that red light applies to him even if it’s stopping him getting to the donut shop 😉 …And here we are arriving at a quarry with another digger…

I mentioned in the last digest that any new versions of ATS and ETS2 include some changes that are not mentioned in the release notes – they do like to surprise us 😉 One that I noted a couple of releases back was a change in the routing of one of the slip roads at the Flagstaff intersection. This time we’re counting the cost……Diesel prices have been hiked – up from $2.90c in Arizona to $3.10c. And they’re an eye-watering $3.94c in California! All of us eating at Tom’s Roadhouse want to know what the President is doing to help us beleaguered truckers!

Finally, despite all the Beta Testing before release something will always find a way through. There’s a missing bridge deck and floating trees in Northern Germany near Magdeburg……It will no doubt be already on the developer’s radar for a fix over the next couple of weeks 🙂

That’s all for this time – Keep on Trucking 🙂