Welcome to this week’s View From The Cab – Tachoblog’s window on the world.  We’re delighted to say that this one is truely international and we think it’s a great VFTC!

Let’s not waste any time then and get started.

Amishtrucker sent in ‘a view of the IH35-Loop 20 interchange from Loop 20 (driving west).  I have sent in a number of pictures that showed this interchange from IH35.

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‘A lot of the commercial/warehouse businesses in Laredo have been built along the loop 20 area, especially west of I35. This area has a lot of truck traffic and is usually crowded. The border bridge crossing to Mexico is only about 5 miles to the left on IH35 and there is another bridge if you keep going straight ahead and follow the river north for a few miles.

‘Laredo, a mix of cultures. And sometimes, a clash of cultures’.

Now click below for the rest of this week’s Views…

Now we welcome bergmanman to the Tachoblog Tribe.  Whilst we’re always delighted to get Views from someone new, the fact that they’re from a country we’ve not previously visited makes them all the better.

In his first View, bergmanman is being ‘blocked by a cyclist in a small town in northern Sweden’…

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…Here we find him ‘leaving the last stop for the day – Fors Paper Mill in the middle of Sweden’.

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And now to America to catch up with Darkstaff who starts with ‘A very special VFTC! That’s Edibledawg and his wifey Karmen! Finally got to meet them’…

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…’Another of Edibledawg and his pup Benji!’…

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Lastly from Darkstaff, this View of ‘a Snowy start in Taylor, Michigan.  This after spending two daysin rain – fitting’.

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To New Zealand now where we’ve got an appointment with Vic H.  Vic tells us that until ‘about 6 months ago State Highway 1, which runs from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, used to run through the middle of the town of Taupo and along the Taupo lake front.

‘While this gave the truck drivers excellent views of the bikini-clad sunbathers in the summer [given that Mrs H might be reading this, do you think that's a wise observation Vic?!], the Taupo residents and holiday-makers were less than enthusiastic about the procession of heavy trucks in one of their main streets.

‘A new 16km road, completely by-passing the town, was recently built at a cost of about $100 million, so I decided to take a few photos of it when I was there this week. There were 2 obstacles in the way of the by-pass, firstly the Wairakei geothermal field which obviously doesn’t make a very stable foundation for a highway. This was overcome by building this viaduct on very deep foundations over the top of the geothermal area…

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…’Then there was the Waikato River to cross, which just meant a bridge’…

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…’And they built this rather attractive one’…

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…’In this last photo, which is not mine but is a Taupo Council press photo, you can see the bridge being put into position by a few cranes’.

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Time for a big jump as we head to Canada and meet up with Al_Goodhall

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We return to America now to catch up with longstanding Tribe member LakewoodLoon (do we really need to remind you that he used to be TheNose100?).  He says that ‘they say it’s a wintry mix today in Garfield Hts, Ohio’ And it doesn’t look like they’re wrong to Tachoblog!…

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…In this view he’s ‘headed to customer having just got off the freeway’.

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And that’s all the Views for this week.

Tachoblog is really grateful to all the Tachoblog Tribe that sent in their pictures.

Don’t forget that you’re more than welcome to join in with VFTC if you’d like too.  All you have to do is email your Views to vftc@tachoblog.com or send a tweet starting #vftc to @tachoblog, or post them on Tachoblog’s Facebook Wall. Don’t forget to include a line or two of text that says, if nothing else, where the picture was taken.

Oh, and don’t forget that Frosty Fenders finishes this month.  So if you want to be part of it and haven’t yet submitted a picture, then there’s not much time left!