Enough With The Winter!

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Susan D. 's Comment
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It will freeze on the road surface causing black ice.

Wiggle wagon 's Comment
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If I-80 is bad over Sherman just east of Laramie then check on hwy 287 south (no hazmat allowed). I’m assuming you were hoping to keep running I 80 so you would have to backtrack back north on I25 but it would be in the lower elevations and less likely to have the severe snow that Sherman will. It’s mostly a two lane road. It is too bad you didn’t have one more hour available you would have got past the area that will be bad. I’ll be over there trudging though it later tonight too.


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PackRat's Comment
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In inclement (freezing) weather, I always wait for daylight. Easier to see any potential ice and the sun and other traffic helps melt it. Beware of freezing fog.

Could not agree more, especially for a new driver on new areas you've not driven on. The only plus side is less traffic, but out west, it's already less traffic. One big "downer" is if you slide off the road in the dark, they may not find you for awhile. Seriously. I've seen the heavy snow, coupled with high winds, wipe out the tracks of your tires in a matter of minutes. Not trying to scare you with "what ifs", but prepare for the worst. If the worst happens, you'll already be prepared for it.

Villain's Comment
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@ Wiggle Wagon thank you! I can be kind of rigid in my thinking. I'm going to check that out.

Wiggle wagon 's Comment
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Hopefully you got trough I-80 safely. If you waited it out I-80 is improving quickly. It’s good going up the hill then is snow covered with some ice. It will clear off quickly when the storm brakes.

Villain's Comment
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Got up at 5am left at 6. Took I80 because if not now, when? Didn't realize the climb was so close, I hadn't even finished my coffee! Got in right behind Old Dominion. I have yet to see an OD lose his track on a curve so I've developed the opinion that they're good drivers. He was going 50MPH no matter what anyone else might have wanted him to do. I was good with that. We wound up last in a convoy of about 20 trucks, which meant that 342 tires were breaking the trail for me.

I'm glad that during my training, I took every opportunity to drive in manual mode without using the Jakes. It would of been a hell of a time to be figuring it out for the 1st time! It was a great learning experience. Thanks for checking on me.

Susan D. 's Comment
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Glad to hear you did well, and yes, OD trucks are slow and their driver's tend to be very safe. Good call.

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