15th November saw the long-awaited release of the Texas DLC for American Truck Simulator. Following that release there were new achievements to collect and a community event to engage in. We were tasked as a community to cover 125 million miles – fortunately, there’s around 300,000 of us to share the workload πŸ˜… As mentioned in a previous post, I cleared off all the achievements and my personal requirement for the event over a period of 12 days. Not everyone is in the position to put in that amount of driving on a daily basis, so I’m pleased to say that the event remains open for those still needing to earn the associated rewards – it will remain so until 15th January. You would think that with all the driving I did, I’d have seen the whole of the state wouldn’t you – but I haven’t. A glaring omission is the Houston Space Centre!

Let’s take a look at some views from my journeys in the Lone Star State. These are not in any particular order. Texas wouldn’t be Texas without Long-Horn cattle…

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Here’s a night time shot of the USS Lexington and the State Aquarium in Corpus Christi…

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In Port Lavaca, we can see Half Moon Reef Lighthouse…

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…along with its Historical Marker – these can be found all over the State of Texas and finding 30 of them was the key to unlocking one of the Steam Achievements associated with the DLC.

Passing through Fredericksburg, we find a purveyor of hats…

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…The traffic was very bad and I joked with one of my fellow drivers that I had plenty of time to go into the store and buy a Stetson while waiting for things to start moving πŸ˜‚

We crossed Amistad Reservoir a couple of times on our travels and took the opportunity to view the Governor’s Landing bridges…

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…This is a screenshot from the ‘Viewpoint’ video associated with the location. Viewpoints were another thing we needed to collect for one of the achievements.

There are many city skylines to be seen as we pass on the highway, like this view of San Antonio…

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…With its Tower of the Americas and the nearby hotels.

Here’s the Waco Stadium…

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…IRL, the McLane Stadium. There’s a bit of artist’s license been applied to the bridges hereπŸ˜…

Talking of Artistic, here is an art installation to the west of Amarillo called Cadillac Ranch…

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So, there’s a lot to see in the SCS Software rendition of Texas and I’ve only scratched the surface in this post. I think I should try to cover some more in future – perhaps with images from specific drives through the state. We shall see. In the meantime, keep the shiny side up! πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘

It’s all trucks this month for Clare’s Share Your Desktop Challenge!

The last week of October saw SCS software running an event for Halloween in their Truck Simulator games. You can read about the Happy Hauloween event on SCS’s blog. I decided to do all 13 required deliveries in American Truck Simulator. I used my ‘non-company’ profile and fired up The Undertaker to do the work. Here we are late at night with a worried looking security man…

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The Undertaker is a Peterbilt 389 and usually sports a deep gloss black paint job – but she’s wearing a pumpkin themed special for the event. While this shot is not on my desktop, I’ve included it for completeness…

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…The view from behind the wheel. While having some Halloween fun, we were also supporting Breast Cancer Awareness – hence the pink ribbon boxing gloves😎

On the photo pc, we have a shot of a DAF XF105 6×4 510HP truck parked on my road…

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…That sky makes a wonderful contrast with the yellow of the NMT livery 😎Getting the mobile crane it delivered into the factory must have been fun with the telephone pole and cables in close proximity to the entrance!

Changing the Guard – Azyet has reached the point when she goes on R & R. I parked her up for the last time on October 29th and climbed into the new truck. It seems a bit sad when this time comes although I know that we’ll be travelling together again in future. Here she is in all her glory…

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…with the Polizei. We had a laugh about that when I was asked if we were pulled over – I said, “We would have been if he’d seen my hand-signal.”🀣

The view from the driver’s seat in Azyet is very good and I like the mirror placement…

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…That’s a shot as we were running into Lyon on one occasion. The info on the dash is good too, though you’re guessing a little regards the speed for setting cruise as the needle is affected by your eye angle. I’m going to miss the reassuring rumble of the Paccar 460HP engine and the gearbox that is well attuned to my preferred driving style.

Azyet did have one last duty to do just prior to going on leave – carrying the special paint job celebrating 10 years of Euro Truck Simulator 2…

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Enter the new lady in my life – meet Aleixa…

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…She’s a Renault – I guess, as a French company we should have Renaults πŸ˜… In more depth, she’s a Range T High with a 480HP engine and Optidrive gearbox. Drive-wise it’s an interesting comparison. The engine sounds mushy compared with the DAF but it certainly has a lot of grunt. Those extra 20HP are working well. So far, the fuel consumption is looking good and I’d expect that we will achieve similar lphk between the trucks despite having more horses because of the improved technology of Aleixa’s Euro 6 engine compared with Azyet’s Euro 5.

Aleixa’s forward view is pretty good…

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…Passing another truck in northern Spain. The digital speed indication removes any doubts about what speed you’re actually doing. Lots of other important info clearly shown too! The mirrors are pretty well placed – though I prefer the DAF arrangement. I guess I’ll get used to itπŸ˜…

Aleixa is based at our Barcelona depot and, in case you were wondering, her name is Catalan in origin πŸ˜ŽπŸ‘

See you on the road soon!