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(Durango Herald)   Trucker looks outta the window, counts phone poles goin' by at the rate of four to the seventh power, puts two and two together, adds twelve and carries five; comes up with twenty-two thousand telephone poles an hour, spills 42K pounds of beer   ( durangoherald.com) divider line
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WGJ [TotalFark]
2017-07-17 02:03:49 PM  
Sign says clearance to the twelve-foot line, but the chickens beer was stacked to thirteen-nine.
 
2017-07-17 02:43:22 PM  
The headline and article speak of beer. All I see is Bud Light.
 
2017-07-17 03:14:29 PM  
"He handled that truck like an absolute champ," she said.

Um, if that were true he wouldn't have needed the runaway truck ramp. Those ramps exist because some truckers don't know how to drive in the mountains.
 
2017-07-17 03:33:59 PM  
It was Bud Light

/whar Hero tag?
 
2017-07-17 03:42:42 PM  
All I saw was Wolf Creek Pass and I knew exactly what ramp he hit.  Westbound towards Pagosa Springs, it is the last one before this hairpin turn that has seen its share of trucks go flying off to end up 1/4 (or better) mile down the mountain.

I've actually seen a truck hit that ramp back before they paved it - scary as shiat.  Looked like a bomb went off for all the dust it kicked up.

Here's a google 360 of the outcroppings near the overlook.  You can see part of the road and drop off should you take that turn too quick.  The truckers that drive through there know what awaits them if they hit that turn to fast.

https:/­/ww­w*goog­l­e­*c­o­m/m­aps/­[nospam-﹫-backwards]73*449813,-106.891494,3a,75y,104.92h,67.​0​6t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tn​hhKtkNM1Q9bagg1r2e2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC!2e4!3e11!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleuserconte​nt.com%2F-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKtkNM1Q9bagg​1r2e2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC%2Fw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya134.04549-ro-0-fo100%2F!7i​9728!8i4864?hl=en
 
2017-07-17 03:49:51 PM  

UberDave: All I saw was Wolf Creek Pass and I knew exactly what ramp he hit.  Westbound towards Pagosa Springs, it is the last one before this hairpin turn that has seen its share of trucks go flying off to end up 1/4 (or better) mile down the mountain.

I've actually seen a truck hit that ramp back before they paved it - scary as shiat.  Looked like a bomb went off for all the dust it kicked up.

Here's a google 360 of the outcroppings near the overlook.  You can see part of the road and drop off should you take that turn too quick.  The truckers that drive through there know what awaits them if they hit that turn to fast.

https://wwwgooglecom/maps/73449813,-106.891494,3a,75y,104.92h,67.06t/d​ata=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKt​kNM1Q9bagg1r2e2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC!2e4!3e11!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleusercontent.c​om%2F-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKtkNM1Q9bagg1r2e​2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC%2Fw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya134.04549-ro-0-fo100%2F!7i9728​!8i4864?hl=en


This. Wolf Creek is no joke.

It's also the "safe way home" when I go to Silverton in the winter.
 
2017-07-17 04:11:31 PM  
img.fark.net
 
2017-07-17 04:13:29 PM  
C.W. McCall must have had something to do with this.
 
2017-07-17 04:15:01 PM  
Bud Light? Thanks for doing us all a favor.
 
2017-07-17 04:15:38 PM  
Take one down & pass it around
 
2017-07-17 04:16:22 PM  

CruiserTwelve: "He handled that truck like an absolute champ," she said.

Um, if that were true he wouldn't have needed the runaway truck ramp. Those ramps exist because some truckers don't know how to drive in the mountains. sometimes a truck's brakes burn out, sometimes completely out of the control of the driver.


FIFY
 
2017-07-17 04:17:32 PM  
Did the chromium-plated, fully-illuminated genuine accessory shift knob come right off in his hand?
 
2017-07-17 04:19:36 PM  
CW McCall - Wolf Creek Pass
Youtube KHb_0Lhegig
 
2017-07-17 04:19:56 PM  

Madison_Smiled: Did the chromium-plated, fully-illuminated genuine accessory shift knob come right off in his hand?


Right before the fire fell off of his cigar, dropped on down sort of rolled around and lit the cuff of his pants.
 
2017-07-17 04:20:27 PM  
This was my pass:

https://www*goo­gle­*com/­m­aps/[nospam-﹫-backwards]14*8814082,-111.5452028,22426m/data=!3m1​!​1e3?hl=en

Almost always snowy. If you didn't manage your gears properly that ride was not going to end well. Beautiful ride, but scary due to persistent road conditions.
 
2017-07-17 04:20:54 PM  
The video makes it look like the truck shiat itself.
 
2017-07-17 04:21:09 PM  
There was a runaway truck ramp, I believe it was in Wyoming, at least 25 years ago, that was on the left hand side of the road. A runaway truck would have to cross oncoming traffic to access it.
 
2017-07-17 04:21:52 PM  

TheLogicAvenger: The video makes it look like the truck shiat itself.


It was Bud Light, so "pissed itself" is more accurate.
 
2017-07-17 04:22:58 PM  

wiseolddude: There was a runaway truck ramp, I believe it was in Wyoming, at least 25 years ago, that was on the left hand side of the road. A runaway truck would have to cross oncoming traffic to access it.


I think after a certain point, youre going to be crossing into oncoming traffic either way.
 
2017-07-17 04:24:29 PM  
That chick was crazy to park there.   It looks like , if that truck were to keep rolling backwards , it would come right at her.  Or at least it could.
 
2017-07-17 04:27:59 PM  

zpaul: That chick was crazy to park there.   It looks like , if that truck were to keep rolling backwards , it would come right at her.  Or at least it could.


The ramp is made of mostly gravel. Its designed to trap the truck. He's not getting out of there without a towtruck.
 
2017-07-17 04:31:06 PM  
The real tragedy here was the vertical video.
Made by the driver.

/ Send her a ticket in the mail please.
 
2017-07-17 04:33:04 PM  
When I lived in Alamosa, I would see trucks with smoking brakes on La Veta as well as Wolf Creek and wonder how they acquired a CDL without knowing about gearing down.
 
2017-07-17 04:34:45 PM  
Brake pedal went to the floor, and stayed right there on the floor. Said it was like steppin' on a plum
 
2017-07-17 04:36:32 PM  
Now the boys all thought I'd lost my sense
The telephone poles looked like a picket fence.
They said, "Slow down! I see spots!
The lines on the road just look like dots
 
2017-07-17 04:38:54 PM  

rummonkey: sometimes a truck's brakes burn out, sometimes completely out of the control of the driver.


Don't the brakes have to be applied to burn out? If a trucker is using his brakes instead of gearing down, he's not using due care.

Colorado DOT urges truckers to use caution on mountain passes

img.fark.net
 
2017-07-17 04:49:17 PM  
said Durango resident Rachel Smith, who was traveling behind the semi

Rachel needs a new windshield.

/No, that's not a euphemism
 
2017-07-17 04:53:39 PM  
Did his jake brake not work either.  Mine was always on unless I was in a city when I drove semis during college.  Not that it would stop it, but damn it's like he got stuck between gears and couldn't drop it down and had to stomp on the brake.
 
2017-07-17 04:57:31 PM  
Did he carry the nought?
 
2017-07-17 05:00:15 PM  
Was going to question if the sad tag was too busy mourning all that lost beer, but then I saw the blue cans.

Carry on.
 
2017-07-17 05:14:04 PM  
The last thing they heard from him over the CB was "Hold on to your ass, Fred!"
 
2017-07-17 05:22:12 PM  

smunns: Did his jake brake not work either.  Mine was always on unless I was in a city when I drove semis during college.  Not that it would stop it, but damn it's like he got stuck between gears and couldn't drop it down and had to stomp on the brake.


I didn't know they could get stuck between gears, but I wonder could he not shut off the engine?
 
2017-07-17 05:26:26 PM  

rummonkey: This was my pass:

https://www[* image 7x13]google[* image 7x13]com/maps/[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]14[* image 7x13]8814082,-111.5452028,22426m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

Almost always snowy. If you didn't manage your gears properly that ride was not going to end well. Beautiful ride, but scary due to persistent road conditions.


Logan Canyon?  Always a fun trip.
 
2017-07-17 05:36:08 PM  

holdmybones: UberDave: All I saw was Wolf Creek Pass and I knew exactly what ramp he hit.  Westbound towards Pagosa Springs, it is the last one before this hairpin turn that has seen its share of trucks go flying off to end up 1/4 (or better) mile down the mountain.

I've actually seen a truck hit that ramp back before they paved it - scary as shiat.  Looked like a bomb went off for all the dust it kicked up.

Here's a google 360 of the outcroppings near the overlook.  You can see part of the road and drop off should you take that turn too quick.  The truckers that drive through there know what awaits them if they hit that turn to fast.

https://wwwgooglecom/maps/73449813,-106.891494,3a,75y,104.92h,67.06t/d​ata=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKt​kNM1Q9bagg1r2e2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC!2e4!3e11!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleusercontent.c​om%2F-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKtkNM1Q9bagg1r2e​2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC%2Fw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya134.04549-ro-0-fo100%2F!7i9728​!8i4864?hl=en

This. Wolf Creek is no joke.

It's also the "safe way home" when I go to Silverton in the winter.


UberDave: All I saw was Wolf Creek Pass and I knew exactly what ramp he hit.  Westbound towards Pagosa Springs, it is the last one before this hairpin turn that has seen its share of trucks go flying off to end up 1/4 (or better) mile down the mountain.

I've actually seen a truck hit that ramp back before they paved it - scary as shiat.  Looked like a bomb went off for all the dust it kicked up.

Here's a google 360 of the outcroppings near the overlook.  You can see part of the road and drop off should you take that turn too quick.  The truckers that drive through there know what awaits them if they hit that turn to fast.

https://www[* image 7x13]google[* image 7x13]com/maps/[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]73[* image 7x13]449813,-106.891494,3a,75y,104.92h,67.06t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-xMS​LRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKtkNM1Q9bagg1r2e2KjkIFEi2​hQCJkC!2e4!3e11!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleusercontent.com%2F-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs​95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKtkNM1Q9bagg1r2e2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC%2Fw203-​h100-k-no-pi-0-ya134.04549-ro-0-fo100%2F!7i9728!8i4864?hl=en


There's a reason that's called the Lookout Corner.  That's what you yell just before you go through the guardrail at 9 million miles an hour.  IIRC, there's been more than one accident on that corner that left people trapped at the bottom of the ravine for days before they were able to free themselves and crawl up the mountainside to get help.
 
2017-07-17 05:38:18 PM  
FTV:

"oh my god there goes his load".
 
2017-07-17 05:52:38 PM  

CoysOdie: smunns: Did his jake brake not work either.  Mine was always on unless I was in a city when I drove semis during college.  Not that it would stop it, but damn it's like he got stuck between gears and couldn't drop it down and had to stomp on the brake.

I didn't know they could get stuck between gears, but I wonder could he not shut off the engine?


Once it starts rolling, the tires would just drive the engine if it were shut off.
 
2017-07-17 05:56:40 PM  

CoysOdie: I didn't know they could get stuck between gears, but I wonder could he not shut off the engine?


If you pop it out of gear at "Speed X" and rev match up to the proper revs for the next gear down at "Speed X", but have coasted/accelerated downhill to "Speed X+Y", the transmission will just grind at you when you try to slot into the next one. By the time you've figured out what "Y" was, it's changed and your next attempt bounces off too. By the time you think you have that worked out it's changed again, or you've finally decided to just clutch it but are now going so fast it just slips and glazes the clutch friction surface.

In anycase you're boned; think ahead and start the hill at the correct speed/gear. Shutting down the engine won't do any good if you're out of gear or have burned the clutch.
 
2017-07-17 05:58:29 PM  

smunns: Did his jake brake not work either.  Mine was always on unless I was in a city when I drove semis during college.  Not that it would stop it, but damn it's like he got stuck between gears and couldn't drop it down and had to stomp on the brake.


Not all trucks have jake brakes. In fact, most company owned trucks don't have them. The should, especially in mountainous regions.
 
2017-07-17 06:01:52 PM  
just last week a whole truck of Sierra Nevada fell over. No one was hurt.

But all that beer died. Also, they have beautiful rigs. A double tragedy.
 
2017-07-17 06:12:15 PM  
I like this measurement of beer by the pound. 
"How much did I drink last night? 'Bout 4 pounds."
/No idea how much beer is 4 pounds.
//Does it include the container?
 
2017-07-17 06:12:22 PM  

cantsleep: Madison_Smiled: Did the chromium-plated, fully-illuminated genuine accessory shift knob come right off in his hand?

Right before the fire fell off of his cigar, dropped on down sort of rolled around and lit the cuff of his pants.


and burned a hole in his sock.
 
2017-07-17 06:20:56 PM  

rummonkey: CruiserTwelve: "He handled that truck like an absolute champ," she said.

Um, if that were true he wouldn't have needed the runaway truck ramp. Those ramps exist because some truckers don't know how to drive in the mountains. sometimes a truck's brakes burn out, sometimes completely out of the control of the driver.

FIFY


Wrong, some truck drivers don't have their brakes adjusted properly and brakes don't just "burn out".  Also, beware the wolf.
https://www.codot.gov/news/2017-news/june/cdot-warns-truckers-beware-​t​he-wolf
 
2017-07-17 06:24:25 PM  

little big man: When I lived in Alamosa, I would see trucks with smoking brakes on La Veta as well as Wolf Creek and wonder how they acquired a CDL without knowing about gearing down.


Hurrying.  Everyone goes through La Veta pass at 20 miles over the speed limit.  Or it could be because the speed limit changes from 65 to 35 in about 10-feet as you roll into Ft. Garland - they have to slam on the breaks.

CSB - I'm up there in less than a month.  Every time I'm up there I look at land (casually) from La Veta to Creede.  If I were just a little bit rich, I would be retired and spending half the year in South Fork.
 
2017-07-17 06:30:20 PM  

WyDave: UberDave: All I saw was Wolf Creek Pass and I knew exactly what ramp he hit.  Westbound towards Pagosa Springs, it is the last one before this hairpin turn that has seen its share of trucks go flying off to end up 1/4 (or better) mile down the mountain.

I've actually seen a truck hit that ramp back before they paved it - scary as shiat.  Looked like a bomb went off for all the dust it kicked up.

There's a reason that's called the Lookout Corner.  That's what you yell just before you go through the guardrail at 9 million miles an hour.  IIRC, there's been more than one accident on that corner that left people trapped at the bottom of the ravine for days before they were able to free themselves and crawl up the mountainside to get help.


I've heard it called "Dead Man's curve" as well (I know there are lots of those in the country).

There are tighter curves all other the state.  Consider dropping into Lake City, for instance.  The only thing is that you *know* you can't get going that fast before you hit one of those hairpins.  The thing about that curve on Wolf Creek Pass is that you can get up some speed.

When I was a kid, they didn't have it marked as well and there was no concrete guard rail.  That guard rail was tore up half the time I saw it.  And I didn't know anyone ever lived after going over that thing.
 
2017-07-17 06:38:59 PM  

UberDave: All I saw was Wolf Creek Pass and I knew exactly what ramp he hit.  Westbound towards Pagosa Springs, it is the last one before this hairpin turn that has seen its share of trucks go flying off to end up 1/4 (or better) mile down the mountain.

I've actually seen a truck hit that ramp back before they paved it - scary as shiat.  Looked like a bomb went off for all the dust it kicked up.

Here's a google 360 of the outcroppings near the overlook.  You can see part of the road and drop off should you take that turn too quick.  The truckers that drive through there know what awaits them if they hit that turn to fast.

https://www[* image 7x13]google[* image 7x13]com/maps/[[nospam-﹫-backwards] image 7x13]73[* image 7x13]449813,-106.891494,3a,75y,104.92h,67.06t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-xMS​LRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKtkNM1Q9bagg1r2e2KjkIFEi2​hQCJkC!2e4!3e11!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleusercontent.com%2F-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs​95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKtkNM1Q9bagg1r2e2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC%2Fw203-​h100-k-no-pi-0-ya134.04549-ro-0-fo100%2F!7i9728!8i4864?hl=en


Note to self: If I ever stop at that lookout point, park as far away from the road as possible.
 
2017-07-17 07:00:26 PM  

UberDave: All I saw was Wolf Creek Pass and I knew exactly what ramp he hit.  Westbound towards Pagosa Springs, it is the last one before this hairpin turn that has seen its share of trucks go flying off to end up 1/4 (or better) mile down the mountain.

I've actually seen a truck hit that ramp back before they paved it - scary as shiat.  Looked like a bomb went off for all the dust it kicked up.

Here's a google 360 of the outcroppings near the overlook.  You can see part of the road and drop off should you take that turn too quick.  The truckers that drive through there know what awaits them if they hit that turn to fast.

https://wwwgooglecom/maps/73449813,-106.891494,3a,75y,104.92h,67.06t/d​ata=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1s-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKt​kNM1Q9bagg1r2e2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC!2e4!3e11!6s%2F%2Flh4.googleusercontent.c​om%2F-xMSLRsWYKOQ%2FVDs95Edu3wI%2FAAAAAAAAgRs%2FZ0tnhhKtkNM1Q9bagg1r2e​2KjkIFEi2hQCJkC%2Fw203-h100-k-no-pi-0-ya134.04549-ro-0-fo100%2F!7i9728​!8i4864?hl=en


You'd have no chance with that negative banking around the outside line.

img.fark.net
 
2017-07-17 07:13:43 PM  

CoysOdie: smunns: Did his jake brake not work either.  Mine was always on unless I was in a city when I drove semis during college.  Not that it would stop it, but damn it's like he got stuck between gears and couldn't drop it down and had to stomp on the brake.

I didn't know they could get stuck between gears, but I wonder could he not shut off the engine?


Yeah, it's possible to miss a gear and get hung up in between, shutting off the engine won't help and kills your power steering.
These can ALWAYS be traced to the same thing: starting too fast at the top.
 
2017-07-17 07:19:49 PM  

CruiserTwelve: rummonkey: sometimes a truck's brakes burn out, sometimes completely out of the control of the driver.

Don't the brakes have to be applied to burn out? If a trucker is using his brakes instead of gearing down, he's not using due care.

Colorado DOT urges truckers to use caution on mountain passes

[img.fark.net image 640x446]


My rule of thumb was to step it down one gear as you Crest the mountain. Sometimes you step down twice if it is a steeper grade. It is possible that he did not step down enough.
 
2017-07-17 07:26:06 PM  

CoysOdie: smunns: Did his jake brake not work either.  Mine was always on unless I was in a city when I drove semis during college.  Not that it would stop it, but damn it's like he got stuck between gears and couldn't drop it down and had to stomp on the brake.

I didn't know they could get stuck between gears, but I wonder could he not shut off the engine?


Yeah, why would he need his power steering?
 
2017-07-17 07:41:44 PM  

CoysOdie: smunns: Did his jake brake not work either.  Mine was always on unless I was in a city when I drove semis during college.  Not that it would stop it, but damn it's like he got stuck between gears and couldn't drop it down and had to stomp on the brake.

I didn't know they could get stuck between gears, but I wonder could he not shut off the engine?


That's a clutch on a semi doesn't work like a clutch on a car. You have to take it out of gear into neutral and then from neutral into your target gear. If you miss the RPM window you are going to have to either go to your gear that corresponds with your speed or use your brakes. Missing gears on the way down the mountain is never good.
 
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