Last Call: Extreme Trying Edition


As it turns out, in the middle of the forest was where Sven was supposed to deliver his truckload of caffeinated energy beverages and Cliff Bars so it all worked out.
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Image: First Car

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    1. There are mountain passes here with a similar cascade :
      “steep, icy roads ahead, prepare to put on snow chains”
      “snow chains mandatory ahead.”
      In four languages: “you can loan a set of chains, free of charge, HERE”
      On bad days they will pull a handful of semis out of the ditches: no chains.

  1. I’ve discovered there’s a Back of the Dragon which is located off 81 in southwest Virginia. In 2008 when my brother was moving from WV to Maryland, my son and I found ourselves taking Rt16 from Tazewell to Marion.
    Bad part – we were in Dad’s Jeep.
    Good part – it was the 4.7 HO.
    Bad part – we killed the brakes.
    Many corners as in the pic above… awesome time and I need to go back before it gets too popular.
    http://tailofthedragontours.com/wp/wp-content/uploads/Map.jpg

    1. Nothing broken yet. I suspect the truck will be broken if it continues forward… or tries to back out.

    2. Driver. Needed to get that tail end broken loose and then apply a dab of oppo. Would have been fine.

  2. First thought: He got that trailer seriously sideways.
    After realizing it was a hairpin turn, my second thought: How did he get that far around before realizing that it was a bad idea?

  3. Reminds me of a B-double truck I saw a few years ago in my home town. Obviously somebody had given the driver instructions of “turn right at the traffic lights”, which are at the main highway, but not realised there were another set installed.
    The aerial photo gives an idea of what the driver would have faced – one block before a tiny roundabout and bushland beyond. None of the side streets would take his truck either. We saw him reversing his truck with two trailers back across the main road through town, regardless of traffic, in order to get back on that and continue. Luckily it is just a 60 km/h road (36 mph) road, it took a reasonable amount of time because the driver was very busy on the wheel to keep both trailers straight!
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/a97dcebeab4bb7b0bb4201b786f713954ed644251db49564bddf3d1470a2fed0.jpg

    1. Reversing a double-bottom is damned near impossible.
      Good job on ‘im, though!

      1. A B-double would be a lot easier because the rear trailer is also a semi-trailer with the turntable on the bogie of the front trailer. Still 85′ worth of truck and trailer though, with a cabover.
        This picture is a B-triple, which used to be restricted to a handful of routes in my state (Victoria in southern Australia). They have been opened up a bit but are very uncommon, while doubles are nearly as common as single trailers. In other states with less populated areas a full trailer behind the semi-trailer can be used, and a third as well.

          1. Yeah, I was thinking more of how it’s literally impossible to back up my coach with a ‘toad’ attached.
            The problem there is too many pivot points. The drawbar at the coach’s hitch, then front wheels of the towed vehicle, itself.
            I’ve managed about 3-4 feet of reversing, once, but that was lucky…and I didn’t have a choice other than disconnect everything, back the towed car up about ten feet, and put it all back together.
            Nope, I decided to see just how good I was at reversing. Not bad, but you can’t push on a rope very hard.
            Not helping is I was at maximum wheel cut on the coach at the time, mid-turn, and there just was not enough room to make it work.
            Lesson learned early in our ownership of that machine.

  4. As someone who owns a 40′ diesel motorcoach which, with the ZJ attached, is about 58′ long, the above…I’ve been close to there.
    California Highway 1, I’m looking at you.

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