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02-21-2016, 02:39 AM   #23851
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I would say 'ditto' for North Carolina, but if there's snow, we behave much more rationally.





Looks like North Carolina interstate rest area.

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Compressed gas cylinders should never be transported with a regulator attached. Only the safety cap.
I have passed dozens of trucks laden with flammable gasses ( even reactive ones like oxygen and bright yellow tanks of chlorine*) with regulators on them.


* If I ever see a truck carrying a tank of pressurized fluorine: I don't care what the speed limit is I'm getting the hell away from that.

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* If I ever see a truck carrying a tank of pressurized fluorine: I don't care what the speed limit is I'm getting the hell away from that.
Ditto for a prison bus carrying convicted squirrels.
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I have passed dozens of trucks laden with flammable gasses ( even reactive ones like oxygen and bright yellow tanks of chlorine*) with regulators on them.


* If I ever see a truck carrying a tank of pressurized fluorine: I don't care what the speed limit is I'm getting the hell away from that.
The troublesome part of getting away from what you perceive is an accident looking for the worst place to happen out on the highway is that the safest place is far ahead, not dropping behind. So if you wish to be safe, you have to pass and go faster. We had a wood pallet fly off a truck ahead of us in the middle lane of the Mass Pike close to Boston during very heavy traffic. It pinwheeled along in front of us, gradually slowing down, with no possibility to pull into one of the adjacent lanes to get around it. It finally fell flat and I accelerated over it (I was down 25mph or more below the speed limit). The thing exploded into splinters, but fortunately did no detectable damage to our car or tires.

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I was on the Interstate near Odessa, oil country big time, back about 40 years ago when I got behind a truck fully loaded with drilling stems. Long pipes hard and heavy. I noticed that the tie down straps at the rear were loose and the pipes were starting to spread out. I passed as quickly as possible and tried to get in front of the truck and stop him, but he switched lanes and tried to pass me. I blocked him and he made it clear he was going to run over me. I pulled over and stopped. About 2 miles ahead he lost it all. It wiped out two cars and ditched a bus. As far as I could tell no one was seriously injured. These guys often have only one thing in mind, getting "there" as fast as possible. Gotta stay away from loads on trucks as much as possible.

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Nothing beats golden delicious straight off the tree.
I used to eat them a lot. I have not seen them over here though.

Red delicious is entirely different, a bit fluffy in my experience.

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I was on the Interstate near Odessa, oil country big time, back about 40 years ago when I got behind a truck fully loaded with drilling stems. Long pipes hard and heavy. I noticed that the tie down straps at the rear were loose and the pipes were starting to spread out. I passed as quickly as possible and tried to get in front of the truck and stop him, but he switched lanes and tried to pass me. I blocked him and he made it clear he was going to run over me. I pulled over and stopped. About 2 miles ahead he lost it all. It wiped out two cars and ditched a bus. As far as I could tell no one was seriously injured. These guys often have only one thing in mind, getting "there" as fast as possible. Gotta stay away from loads on trucks as much as possible.

Regards!
So much emphasis on charging down the road. Maybe the drivers should be made to pay for damage or loss of load, like it was their own stuff, and uninsurable. Plain carelessness. It was obviously not loaded properly to start with in a vehicle of suitable design for the type of load. And in the end the stuff did not get there on time and the owner needed to source another set of the stuff since it was all busted.
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So much emphasis on charging down the road.
There are quite a few pipe accidents in Texas with all the drilling over the years. One of the worst I've seen was when a load came off and went through the windshield of a SUV killing a mom and one of her children. She was too close and the pipes came off, hit the pavement and cartwheeled through her front windshield. Many more similar pipe accidents. Just stay clear of trucks with pipes, they are very dangerous.

I guess driving is one of the most dangerous things we do, and we hardly recognize it as such when we crank up and head down the road. The unexpected happens so fast we don't have time to react....many don't even see it coming...they are too busy texting. I see it all the time. They drive fast, then slow, in their lane and then in yours...all over the road like a drunk. Damn scary!

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I guess driving is one of the most dangerous things we do
I ride a motorcycle, and I am abundantly aware of this fact. People in cars feel safe, secure, cocooned in their environmentally controlled boxes made of steel and glass on rubber wheels, hurtling down the road at speeds humans were never designed to go.

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They drive fast, then slow, in their lane and then in yours...all over the road like a drunk. Damn scary!
When an 18 wheel Semi engages in this kind of behavior, things are even more terrifying.

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they are too busy texting. I see it all the time. They drive fast, then slow, in their lane and then in yours...all over the road like a drunk.
Yep, I've come to recognize a texter when I'm on a road trip - crosses line to the left, slows down, gets back in the lane, speeds up, crosses line to the right, slows down, gets back in the lane, speeds up. When I finally get past them, they're either looking at their lap or have the darned thing in their hand in front of their face.

Drunks usually just wobble back and forth and can't seem to reach the speed limit - at least they are looking where they are going.
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Local distressing accident. A state road, one lane each direction 50mph max, parallels a RR track along a stretch near us. A train without a spark arrestor started a brush fire the smoke from which reduced visibility along the road to near zero. A tractor-trailer hauling one of those pre-stressed concrete bridge roadway supports on its flat bed entered the fog, he hit the emergency stop, and the massive cement thing slid forward right through the driver's cab, shearing off the entire top of it. Do I need to say what happened to the driver?
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A tractor-trailer hauling one of those pre-stressed concrete bridge roadway supports on its flat bed entered the fog, he hit the emergency stop, and the massive cement thing slid forward right through the driver's cab, shearing off the entire top of it. Do I need to say what happened to the driver?
The condition of his underwear was subject to public inquiry?*


*seriously, this is a horrible thing to have happen I feel sorry for all involved in that completely preventable accident.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Racer X 69 Quote
Looks like North Carolina interstate rest area.
The rest stops have more gunfire.

(Kidding, but I am selective about which rest stops I will use and when. There's one on I-85 that seems to be popular for muggings.)
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I was on the Interstate near Odessa, oil country big time, back about 40 years ago when I got behind a truck fully loaded with drilling stems. Long pipes hard and heavy. I noticed that the tie down straps at the rear were loose and the pipes were starting to spread out. I passed as quickly as possible and tried to get in front of the truck and stop him, but he switched lanes and tried to pass me. I blocked him and he made it clear he was going to run over me. I pulled over and stopped. About 2 miles ahead he lost it all. It wiped out two cars and ditched a bus. As far as I could tell no one was seriously injured. These guys often have only one thing in mind, getting "there" as fast as possible. Gotta stay away from loads on trucks as much as possible.

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QuoteOriginally posted by Digitalis Quote
When an 18 wheel Semi engages in this kind of behavior, things are even more terrifying.
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Local distressing accident. A state road, one lane each direction 50mph max, parallels a RR track along a stretch near us. A train without a spark arrestor started a brush fire the smoke from which reduced visibility along the road to near zero. A tractor-trailer hauling one of those pre-stressed concrete bridge roadway supports on its flat bed entered the fog, he hit the emergency stop, and the massive cement thing slid forward right through the driver's cab, shearing off the entire top of it. Do I need to say what happened to the driver?


It is rarely good when a load slides forward through the cab of a truck.


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Coke.


Its the real thing.


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It is rarely good when a load slides forward through the cab of a truck.






Another angle of this wreck.


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