Daily Summary for 3/17/2023

Big Rig Steve broadcast day ended safely arriving with Blue Comet “Viper Blue” for 100,000 miles service at 8:50 PDT

Title: St.Patrick /Truck maintenance day

Broadcast day began 7:06 PDT In Sacramento California. BRS rolled out of the lot as a beautiful sunrise was occurring through the palm trees 🌴as we left to return to I-80 southbound.

Steve advised that his trailer load locks are safely secured to rack on the back of BC. Freaky Friday was helping to cause light traffic today as we rolled towards I-5

BRS pointed out the perfect time for screen photo of downtown Sacramento, CA as sunrise reflected. 

First stop was to resolve the low fuel issue at Flying hook in Lodi, CA. fuel along with cleaning up windshield  and then coffee. BRS rolled back on the road 8:15 PDT and advised that at this point 10:59 hours remaining on 70 hr clock and unsure how many hours back tomorrow.  (Guessing that based on eight days ago should be approximately 8 hours back tomorrow).

Yes, Steve was in good mood and his takes on what he sees while traveling make BRT must watch programing. For example what occurred at 8:22 PDT in Stockton. BRS pointed out three buildings with businesses next to each other on the right side of the BC. Steve said “Mercedes Benz, McDonald’s and Advent Health, those three are definitely good to be together after you paid for your Mercedes Benz repair you might have a heart attack, or you eat the Big Mac heart attack, you might have a heart attack. Either way, you got the hospital right there. I think that’s a good deal” 😂. 

Numbers for today: 60 miles 96 km covered from Sacramento to maintenance stop. 

Watch the website Bigrigtravels.com status bar for updates and postings of next trip. 

Enjoy another day in sunny California  😎 

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Daily Summary for 3/15/2023

Big Rig Steve officially done for the day 20:34 PDT clocks stopped safely parked found the secret hideout for the night as 70 hours clock was down to:18 minutes. Long day today, 13 hours.

Title: Hey did you miss me (yes, BRS we did)

Big Rig Travels broadcast day started 8:16 AZ time at Danny’s Big Rig Resort ( insert caption of the Blue Comet hanging out near the spa tub ) in Phoenix, Arizona. Yes, Danny has an angle to get big rigs in to the resort by offering 24 hr security patrols every 15 minutes. BRS noted it was $14.00 per day and well worth the cost. It was raining ☔️ yes, raining in Phoenix. Two local trips completed yesterday in stealth mode due to the short distances. 

Tolleson, AZ was first stop of the day at Loves for fresh coffee. Steve scored three stainless steel tumblers on clearance for bringing back to BRT World Headquarters. 

Next, was the Blue Beacon next door where it was a ghost town. No one was interested in a wash due to the rainy weather. So, we had no waiting and rolled into the wash bay. Yes, a trailer wash out was needed. Yes, woo hoo ! We are back to pulling on the refrigerated team again.

 8:47 AZ time we returned to the yard to get a tire on trailer replaced. 

Steve started the next stream at 10:45 AZ time. The plot was searching for two trailer load locks. Yes, it turned out to be as difficult as some of the trailer hunts in past seasons. Apparently, the last receiver failed to return BRS load locks and the shipper was kind enough to start loading the trailer provided BRS went to get the required load locks. Yes Steve was Bobtail Bob while enriching the BRT RC with tour of Phoenix searching for the load locks. Danny’s Big Rig Resort ended up being the spot to replace them. Yes, BRS company compensates the cost. 

Reconnected with the trailer at shipper 12:41 AZ time. BRT RC Chat Moderator John259 broke out an oldie, but goodie (after BRS suggested RC cover eyes). Fawlty Towers program ( a television show based in England) quotation from Mr. Fawlty. John might be nice enough to post it on BRT Discord page. 

As we waited for completion of loading, BRS started plane spotting as planes ✈️ were flying in front of the Blue Comet on approach to landing into Sky Harbor airport. 

Left shipper 13:33 AZ time and rolled through downtown, near the Chase Field, home of AZ Diamondbacks baseball team. 

13:39 Stopped for commuter train downtown. John 259 had posted a video about just that on Discord earlier today. 

We rolled onto Papago Freeway I-10 westbound into and through the tunnel. Exited off into the Loves 14:00 AZ time to check mass/weight on the Cat Scale. It was not communicating. Steve said “99.285% confident we are legal”. Maybe check down the road. BRT RC member Bruce L met up with BRS while Steve waited in fuel Island line. Steve advised career miles is now 1,941,686.

We continue on I-10 west through rest of Arizona into California. Loves stop for coffee 18:30 PDT at Coachella, California, near Indio, California. Yes, we are finally in Pacific time zone. Banning, California mass/weigh station did not allow bypass so in BRS went in and had no issues.

Numbers update for today 431 miles 693 km to delivery. Appointment is 17:00 PDT tomorrow afternoon. Covered 382 miles 614 km today includes loading at shipper and load lock hunt touring Phoenix AZ.
Clocks update at 20:34 PDT only clock that maters is :18 minutes on 70 hr, 1:41 hours on 11 hr, 1:00 hours on 14 hr, gain back 11:50 hours tomorrow morning.

Another good day for Big Rig Travels

Welcome to California 

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Daily Summary for 3/16/2023

Big Rig Steve safely arrived at receiver with onsite parking for the night at after mashing it with the Blue Comet on rodeo rough roads the last two days to make delivery on time. 18:00 PDT broadcast ended as BRS moved BC into the gates for the live off load. 

Title: Cowboy Big Rig Steve 🤠

Jurupa, California 7:23 PDT was starting location for BRT broadcast day. Yes, secret location was used for parking 18 minutes prior to  70 hours pumpkin 🎃 clock running out. Los Angeles area traffic proved to be the norm today.

Castaic, CA 10:30 PDT rolled in to the Pilot for fuel stop as BC had been stretched by running on fumes. 

BRS continued on I-5 northbound through the beautiful grapevine (yes, it had recently been closed due to winter weather) greened up for spring on this beautiful day. Steve pointed out serval opportunities for great photographs to be taken.  Our tour guide was sharing his excellent photography skills of knowing where to get the best images. 

Big Rig Steve advised near Firebaugh, CA at 14:11 PDT on I-5 “Welcome to California suspension testing area”. Yes, BRS Rodeo riding skills were needed today. 

Near Santa Nella, CA BRS stopped for required 30 minute break at Loves 14:11 PDT

Rolling through beautiful sunny downtown Sacramento, CA at 17:11 PDT, BC low fuel warning light was illuminating. 17:21 PDT BRS had a question for the BRT Road Crew as what is the purpose of the double stickers on back of many of the EV vehicles. Several RC members in BRT YouTube chat noted the answer was for allowing them to drive in the HOV lanes.

As BRS arrived at delivery, he flipped the camera to Australian mode as we drove into the receiver. After flipping us back we had large beautiful lot for BC to park for the night after delivery completed.  

Steve went to check in and returned at 17:47 PDT and advised we were all checked in. BRS noted, “nice people here”. Apparently smiles, no frowns here. 

Numbers 0 miles 0km  to delivery. We covered 435 miles 700 km as we moved north up through California valley. Clocks 1:45 hours on the 11 hr, 2:55 hours on the 14 hr, 1:01 hours on the 70 hr. Gain back 12:28 hours tomorrow. 

Shop day tomorrow. Appointment in the morning back down in Lathrop, CA so plan is to broadcast the short trip. Be ready to jump on the BC for the ride tomorrow. 

No snowman camera due to being on property overnight. 

Another good day for Big Rig Travels. 

Welcome to capital city Sacramento, California! 

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Daily Summary for 3/13/2023

Big Rig Steve broadcast day ended at 11:41 am Arizona time at the yard in Phoenix, AZ. Trailer was dropped, trip completed. Big Rig Steve posted status update on the website Bigrigtravels.com for upcoming local trip and longer trip starting on Wednesday.

Title: Watch the elevation change today 

Broadcast day started at 8:27 am AZ time after a low temperature of 25 degrees at beautiful location Little America Truck Stop near Flagstaff, AZ. BRS rolled back onto I-40 westbound and then exited southbound onto I-17 elevation was 6,883ft/2098m as we were now on the rough road. Snow and pines 🌲 were abundant at this elevation. 

9:00 AZ time, a warning sign for 18 miles of downhill grade for Blue Comet began after scenic overlook on the right side of I-17. We are not going to race down. Signage noted runaway truck ramp ten miles ahead.

At 9:04 AZ time & mile marker 310 we were at 6,000’ elevation. Mile marker 304 at 9:11 AZ elevation marker of 5,000’. Drop to 4,000’ occurred at mile marker 298. Near Camp Verde, AZ mile marker 297 snow was no longer to be found. Near Mayer, AZ mile marker 263 elevation 3,711 at 10:00 AZ time, BRS exited for 30 gallons of fuel as low fuel indicator light was illuminated, then fresh Loves coffee acquired. BRS advised that goal now was to drop trailer off at the yard. 
Big Rig Steve viewed 1st cowboy cactus at 10:30 AZ time 248 mile marker 3,000’ elevation. Dropped to 2,000’ elevation at mile marker 242 at 10:39 AZ time. 

BRS noted sign that stated at 10:46 wild donkeys next 20 miles at 234 mile marker. 

75 degrees in Phoenix at 200 mile marker, elevation was now down to 988ft/301m as Blue Comet exited on to I-10 west. 

No numbers covered today. We started the day with 24:37 hours on the 70 hr clock. Do not gain back any hours tomorrow. 

Welcome to Phoenix, Arizona. 

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