Howdy and good Saturday evening. This will be the Saturday night and Sunday morning blog post so I have both days covered!
This afternoon, we started seeing the highway signs stating that 60mph+ winds were blowing just ahead of us and that the Interstate was closed to “High Profile” and “Light Trailers” due to extreme blow over risk. Guess what, that applies to us since we are a high profile truck and we happen to be loaded on the lighter side. We pulled into the truckstop for our 30 minute break and to double check the weather and https://map.wyoroad.info/wtimap/index.html for any updates about what was ahead. Yup, we called it a day and shutdown. True, the road was still open for four wheelers, so several trucks decided to ignore the road closures and rolled on past Rawlins.
Now there is a blown over big truck that has crashed and is layed across all the lanes so now the road is really closed to everyone, including four wheelers. Think about this: Now, that trucker decided to ignore the truck ban and has caused an accident. He is 100% responsible for loss to all the freight, his truck, trailer, road repairs, manpower of police, highway workers, etc not to mention more damages if he hit someone else as well.
Meanwhile, we found our spot early because we keep in touch with the changing conditions and plan ahead. This truckstop now looks like a packed can of sardines with trucks parking in the middle of rows ans every which way they can to the point nobody can move! It pays to be aware of what is up ahead and to plan accordingly!
Hey, look below, it’s your Sunday Video!