Daily Summary for 2/19/2024

Big Rig Steve officially done for the day at 13:09 CST safely parked at BRT World Headquarters in Belvidere, Illinois.

Title: Delivery and a trip home

Big Rig Travels broadcast day began at 9:10 CST at Sapp Brothers in Peru, Illinois.  Rolled across the street to Speedway for coffee.  Back onto I-80 east at 9:23 CST, continuing the final leg of the trip to Joliet, IL.  

Arrived at the receiver at 10:30 CST, check in occurs and it is then learned from BRS that the live unload was changed to a drop.

BRS said at 10:42 CST, “drop trailer? How awesome is that?”

Status is changed to Bobtail Bob, to home for time off the truck at 10:50 CST.

As we roll towards home, BRS advised that we had averaged 8.3 mpg for the entire trip.  “Pretty good”.

Arrives at Love’s near Hampshire, IL at 12:10 CST, fuel for Blue Comet. Then BRS takes backroads of US 20 to BRT World Headquarters. He points out things of interest along the way.

Numbers:  0 miles km to receiver/shipper.  We covered 159 miles 255 km rolling within Illinois.

Clocks:7:33 hours on 11 hr,  9:34 hours on 14 hr,  8:28 hours on 70 hr.  Would have gained back 1:28 hours tomorrow morning. None of the clocks matter since we are going on off time and will restart at 70 hours.  Love’s status is 61 gallons to Gold for March.  We averaged 13.1 mpg as Bobtail Bob today.

No alarm clock ⏰ tomorrow, off time.   Steve advised return is 2/26, but subject to possible change due to freight.  Watch status bar and BRS Twitter/X for updates.Choose the BRT YouTube channel alarm bell to receive notifications for the start of our broadcast.  Steve has several planned projects during his downtime.

Welcome to the constantly growing Big Rig Travels family. Big Rig Steve is glad to have you as part of the family.

Another good day for Big Rig Travels.

Welcome to Belvidere, Illinois!

Please post comments anything of importance or interest of today’s trip that was not included or feedback for Steve about todays broadcast. 

Yes, if you have missed today you can replay some or all of today’s trip. Choose the YouTube channel tab on Bigrigtravels website and while you’re at the website check out the BRT store for BRT merchandise. 

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Daily Summary for 2/17/2024

Big Rig Steve officially done for the day at 16:51 CST safely parked at Sapp Brothers, Elm Creek, Nebraska.  Short watch party started after the clocks were stopped.  Road Crew meet up occured at 18:29 CST, road crew Scott who brought a couple oranges for BRS.

Title: Many broke down trucks today

Big Rig Travels broadcast day began at 7:42 MST at Sinclair, Wyoming.  Stinker Travel Plaza.  Fresh coffee was acquired before we left. BRS noted that “truck ran all night, low was to be 0, it turned out to be -11.” “I think we did good to stop when we did.”  Reports were bad in both directions last evening. 

Back out onto I-80 east at 7:56 MST with cold bright sunshine.  BRS described what sun dogs look like.  He also said road was half-decent.

“Black ice black ice” 8:21 MST near Walcott, WY.  Winter wonderland shortly after that.

Climbing up Elk Mountain at 8:27 MST. BRS points out a broken down big rig at 8:38 MST and another one at 8:40 MST. 

BRS said “we’re slipping, we’re slipping. Yuck” at 8:43 MST.  Another big truck on the side of the road at 9:02 MST near Rock RIver, WY.  Another one at 9:23 MST near Laramie, WY.  “A lot of broke down trucks today.”  BRS stated why we do our truck service when we do it, to avoid days like this.  He then advised his next service will be mid-April.

Love’s at Laramie, WY for a coffee stop at 9:45 MST while we waited in line to get through the fuel island, BRS had a public service announcement.  This would be worth playing back (9:52) to get this information.

A vehicle in the ditch was pointed out by BRS at 10:22 MST on the steep hill east of Laramie, WY.  Another big rig truck at 10:24 MST broken down, then a big rig has a close call crossing into the Blue Comet’s lane.

BRS points out Mark V’s favorite road “Happy Jack Road” at 10:30 MST, 8,560 feet elevation.

Rolling through Cheyenne, WY at 11:05 MST.

Welcome to Nebraska at 11:46 MST.

Near the Bushnell, NE exit, we passed a broken down big rig, oddly enough, that was the same exit we sat at getting our tire changed on the earlier trip west.

Rolled through Sidney, NE at 12:41 MST.  Crossed back into central time zone at 15:04 CST prior to Sutherland, NE.

Numbers:  638 miles 1026 km to receiver.  We covered  449 miles 722 km rolling out Wyoming and into Nebraska.

Clocks: 3:23 hours on 11 hr,  5:15 hours on 14 hr,  6:41 hours on 70 hr.  Gain back 8:13 hours tomorrow morning.  We were less than 20 minutes away from our 30 minute mandatory break, so instead we shut down to save the 30 minutes for another day. 

No alarm clock ⏰ tomorrow.   Choose the BRT YouTube channel alarm bell to receive notifications for the start of our broadcast.

Welcome to the constantly growing Big Rig Travels family. Big Rig Steve is glad to have you as part of the family.

Another good day for Big Rig Travels.

Welcome to Nebraska.

Please post comments anything of importance or interest of today’s trip that was not included or feedback for Steve about todays broadcast. 

Yes, if you have missed today you can replay some or all of today’s trip. Choose the YouTube channel tab on Bigrigtravels website and while you’re at the website check out the BRT store for BRT merchandise. 

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Daily Summary for 2/18/2024

Big Rig Steve officially done for the day at 19:02 CST safely parked at Peru, Illinois.

Title: The long push

Big Rig Travels broadcast day began at 8:47 CST at Elm Creek, Nebraska Sapp Brothers.  Broadcast started, BRS had just witnessed a collision of a big rig pulling out and a pickup backing up.  Insurance exchange was going on in front of the Blue Comet.  

Also, a road crew meetup had occurred last night after that broadcast had ended.

Beautiful sunshine as we rolled back on I-80 east continuing our trip to Joliet, IL.

Rolling under the Kearney Arch over I-80 at 9:13 CST.

Approaching Lincoln, NE at 11:06 CST.

Entering Omaha, NE at 11:50 CST.

Crossing the Missouri River at 12:01 CST, welcome to Iowa. 

At the Pilot in Council Bluffs, IA at 12:05 CST, we stopped for 50 gallons of fuel, coffee and a road crew meet up occurred.

We stopped at the Loves at Newton, IA at 15:06 CST for our 30 minute break.  Iowa Speedway was visible in the distance. 

BRS points out at 17:35 CST near Davenport, IA “Look, the CAT scale repair truck” as it rolled past the Blue Comet.

Near LeClaire, IA at 17:48 as we crossed the Mississippi, welcome to the third state of the day!  The home state of BRT…Illinois!!

Numbers:  64 miles 102 km to receiver.  We covered  578 miles 930 km rolling out of Nebraska, through Iowa and into Illinois.  BRS said it was a “Gold Star Day”

Clocks: 1:14 hours on 11 hr,  3:16 hours on 14 hr,  4:37 hours on 70 hr.  Gain back 8:32 hours tomorrow morning. 

No alarm clock ⏰ tomorrow.   Delivery is at 13:30 CST.  There is onsite parking, so may show up early.  This receiver has had mixed results when we’ve delivered before, taking as little at 3 hours or as much as 24 hours.  Choose the BRT YouTube channel alarm bell to receive notifications for the start of our broadcast.

Welcome to the constantly growing Big Rig Travels family. Big Rig Steve is glad to have you as part of the family.

Another good day for Big Rig Travels.

Welcome to Illinois!!

Please post comments anything of importance or interest of today’s trip that was not included or feedback for Steve about todays broadcast. 

Yes, if you have missed today you can replay some or all of today’s trip. Choose the YouTube channel tab on Bigrigtravels website and while you’re at the website check out the BRT store for BRT merchandise. 

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Daily Summary for 2/16/2024

Big Rig Steve officially done for the day at 15:13 MST safely parked near Sinclair, Wyoming.  Stopped earlier than planned due to winter weather and the other less than cautious drivers.

Title: Let’s go play in the mountains

Big Rig Travels broadcast day began at 8:04 MST at the Love’s in Springville, Utah.  Rolled back onto the big road of I-15 north continuing our trip to Joliet, IL.

Rolling onto I-215 at 8:54 near Murray, UT, BRS said “Ok, let’s go play in the mountains.”

Exiting off of I-215 we got onto I-80 west leaving Salt Lake City, UT at 9:05 MST heading up the canyon. 

Near Coalville, UT, as a second stream started, became snowy.  

As we approached Evanston, WY, we rolled past the mass/weigh station on a bypass at 10:20 MST.  BRS said “green light.  Next eastbound weigh station is 600 miles away in North Platte, NE.  Welcome to Wyoming, by the way.”

BRS spotted a train up on a hill to the right as we approached the Love’s near Green River, WY at 11:45 MST for a coffee stop and a 30 minute break. 

Just before the tunnel, at 12:29 MST, BRS points out a dinosaur tanker and honks Blue Comet’s horn as we go through the tunnel.

Steve advises at 12:47 MST, “here comes the snow”.  

We stop at Wamsutter, WY Love’s for 74 gallons of fuel at 13:56 MST.  It is snowing lightly, and BRS pushes on until his final stop for the day. 

Numbers:  approximately 1184 miles 1905 km to receiver.  We covered  324 miles 521 km rolling out of Utah and into Wyoming.  111 gallons to Love’s Gold status for March.

Clocks: 4:46 hours on 11 hr,  6:22 hours on 14 hr,  6:33 hours on 70 hr.  Gain back 8:20 hours tomorrow morning. 

No alarm clock ⏰ tomorrow.   Choose the BRT YouTube channel alarm bell to receive notifications for the start of our broadcast.

Welcome to the constantly growing Big Rig Travels family. Big Rig Steve is glad to have you as part of the family.

Another good day for Big Rig Travels.

Welcome to Wyoming!

Please post comments anything of importance or interest of today’s trip that was not included or feedback for Steve about todays broadcast. 

Yes, if you have missed today you can replay some or all of today’s trip. Choose the YouTube channel tab on Bigrigtravels website and while you’re at the website check out the BRT store for BRT merchandise. 

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