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Tachoblog’s View From The Cab – 23.3.12

Welcome to our weekly look through the windscreens of the Tachoblog Tribe.  Welcome to View From The Cab.  And what a belter it is too!

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Tachoblog’s really excited about this week’s View From The Cab.

Not only do we have three new members of the Tachoblog Tribe we’ll be going to three countries that we don’t think we’ve visited before too.

We begin in familiar territory as we catch up with Truckers Voice in Phoenix, Arizona…

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Now click below for more from Truckers Voice and the rest of this week’s View From The Cab…

…She’s also sent these from California, ‘along I-10 near Blythe’…

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…and these Views from Flagstaff, Arizona [justa slight change in the weather then!]…

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…Her last View From The Cab is from Durango, Colorado.  Tachoblog doesn’t think we’ve had a steam engine in a View before.  If you think we’re wrong then please let us know.

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View From The Cab Logo36 427x62To England now where Jayceebigrig was in Congleton, Cheshire.

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The first of the new members of the Tachoblog Tribe is Billybigrig who is in Spain.  On Wednesday morning he was here in Marbella…

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…This is from north of Seville….

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…And this one on the A67 ‘about 1 hour from Santander’…

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…Billybigrig’s last View From The Cab is somewhere that’s ‘Not quite Hilton Park [a motorway services on the M^ near Birmingham, England] South of Seville siesta time’.

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View From The Cab Logo36 427x62This week’s View From The Cab also sees us welcome Bigrig480 into the Tachoblog Tribe.  Here we join him ‘looking at Kennedy Quay in Cork City. Ro-Ro on left [in case some of you don't know Ro-Ro is a ferry; Roll On - Roll Off] is the now closed Cork-Swansea ferry!’.

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View From The Cab Logo36 427x62Bartkomtoveral is our final new Tachoblog Tribe member this week.  He was ‘unloading south of Amsterdam’ [in Holland]…

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…’And in the sun too’.

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We finish this week’s View From The Cab somewhere we’ve got to know over the years – New Zealand.

This means it must be time to join Vic H.  Vic has been  have been ‘carting grape juice [we don't think he means wine - perhaps Vic will enlighten us] from Gisborne to Auckland this week, but because of a huge landslip in the Waioeka Gorge the normal road is closed and we have to approach Gisborne from a completely different direction.

‘This is a completely different landslip from the one mentioned in last week’s post and means the normal return trip of 950km has become 1170km which because of the winding hilly road takes 2 days.

‘It also drags the normal fuel consumption of 2.1 km/l down to 1.4 km/l, or 5 mpg to 3.3 mpg US. I’m sure taking 2 days to drive 1170km will sound ridiculous to people who normally drive on motorways, but believe me 585km with a full load on that road is a real day’s work.

‘The road and railway line between Napier and Gisborne follow roughly the same route but the railway line is built almost entirely on viaducts and bridges, through cuttings and in tunnels. This viaduct crosses the Mohaka River’…

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…’But the road goes under the viaduct’…

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…’And winds down to this low level road bridge’…

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…’On the way the traffic was stopped to let this overheight and overwidth load get underneath this narrow railway bridge; the official clearance under the bridge is 4.45 metres; the driver told us his height was 4.5 metres but he knew it would fit. It did, but he went very slowly and I reckon there was about 1 cm to spare’.

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And that’s all for this week’s View From The Cab.

Tachoblog would like to thank the Tachoblog Tribe for sending in their Views and once again welcome our three new members of the Tribe.

We hope many of them will be back with more Views next week.

Would you like to join the Tachoblog Tribe and be a prt of View From The Cab?  Well if you’re interested and and you drive a truck then please do.

All you have to do is is email your View(s) to vftc@tachoblog.com or send a tweet starting #vftc to @tachoblog, or post them on Tachoblog’s Facebook Wall.   Please remember include a line or two of text that says, if nothing else, where the picture was taken.


Posted by on March 23, 2012.

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2 Responses

  1. “Grape juice” is correct at the moment rather than wine. While we normally carry wine, at this time of the year which is when the grapes are being harvested we carry a lot of unfermented grape juice between contract crushing plants and the wineries.

    by Vic H on Mar 23, 2012 at 19:36

  2. Vic,

    Thanks for clearing that up. Tachoblog just wondered whether ‘grape juice’ was slang for wine.

    But now we know it isn’t!

    by Tachoblog on Mar 26, 2012 at 09:51

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