Special Routing

Good evening to ya! Boy, what a long day that ended with a twist!

First off, we had to leave Denver right away and fight traffic before our clocks ran out and we didn’t have time to set the new trips or update the Trip Journal right away. I just now got everything up to date. You will notice we are going to take the Southern route through Las Vegas, Nevada and Barstow, California since Interstate 80 through Donner Pass and that whole area is still closed due to the massive mountains of snow they have received during the last three snow storms. As of this posting, quite a few miles is still shutdown. The customer has approved the extra miles required and possibly an extra day to ensure a safe delivery.

As we approached the truckstop tonight in Johnstown, Colorado, we hit a pothole and we temporarily lost all electrical power. When it came back a second later, we were stuck in Manual mode in 12th gear! Nothing I did was able to go back to automatic or to a lower gear. We took the very next possible exit and tried to reset things at the stop light. We did manage to sit a few cycles of the light and traffic went around us, but we finally got things back to normal. We will keep an extra eye on things and since we will need to do our California Inspection at he end of this trip, we will get it looked at then.

Long day today with a total of 608 miles driven. Tomorrow morning, Wednesday, we will need to get fuel and a trailer washout before we reach the shipper. Our load will be ready and preloaded so it will be a quick in and out then run towards Oakland, California as fast as we safely can. See ya then!

9 thoughts on “Special Routing

  1. hi steve

    welcome back too my state of CA good planing on not going over i 80 has its shut down tonight any ways

    this is a good blog too check out since your heading for the bay area
    lots of commits on this blog so if you want to no whats happening around CA good place too look i would check road conditions if your planing a trip N has some roads in the bay area might be closed due too flooding some roads in the valleys area might be closed has well due too flooding a lot has change here since the last time you where in my state has its been vary wet the past few weeks
    any ways if and when you have a time check out the link below lots of good info and commits about whats been going on with are weather here

    http://weatherwest.com/archives/6670#disqus_thread

  2. As we approached the truckstop tonight in Johnstown, Colorado, we hit a pothole and we temporarily lost all electrical power. When it came back a second later, we were stuck in Manual mode in 12th gear! Nothing I did was able to go back to automatic or to a lower gear. We took the very next possible exit and tried to reset things

    hi steve since the truck had a issue tonight with power dont you think a trip over the high CO mts might not be the best idea ? in case you lose power again on the truck there not vary many trucks stop and if you have too call and they have too send some one it could be hrs be for they can get too you and being stuck in the mts and with cold tempers and may be snow? may not be a good idea some in too think about

    1. I would agree with this assessment. Besides that, the bay area is getting swamped right now, and hopefully the Greeley shipper has something else in mind.

  3. With a loss of electrical power, the road crew and Aunt Jemima will have to camp out in the lunar module.

  4. You managed it perfect Steve! Ha, u were doing electric in USAF so one Cascadia can’t beat you:)) On those traffic lights it was a bit of stress for me:-/ i hate such situations. Every driver behind me natter “Green light, green light, what he is doing, what he is doing?!”.
    Greatly done Steve👍 Take care and safe drive!😉

  5. I always figured it was the trucking company that approved the routing changes required by weather/landslides, etc. to make sure the load arrived reasonably close to on-time Didn’t occur to me the customer would authorize the extra expense. Difinitely a good choice to take the southern route

    1. The load is delayed for an unknown reason at this time. In all my years coming here, I have never had a load that wasn’t ready

  6. Good thing you weren’t zinging down the side of Vail Pass or Eisenhower Tunnel when you got stuck in twelfth gear.. I mean talk about hair raising!

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