How risky is it to run a full length truck on 101 south from Eureka to Bay Area?

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  1. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    You should see 299 in the winter. Like chaining up?
     
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  3. LameMule

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    How about before the realignment of the highway near Whiskeytown lake? It used to have some pretty good switchbacks there.
     
  4. REO6205

    REO6205 Trucker Forum STAFF Staff Member

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    Buckhorn Summit? I never minded that too much. You couldn't get going fast enough to get in any real trouble if you used your head.
    What got a lot of guys in trouble on Buckhorn was hauling S4S lumber and not gut wrapping it. All those turns, not enough straps, and rough handling would cause a load to move.
    A truck and trailer or doubles was usually okay but a semi could be flexing in two different directions at once on some of those turns.
    LOL...I wish I had all the lumber I've seen scattered up and down through there.
    It's much easier now but the challenge is gone.
     
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  5. LameMule

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    Exactly the spot, there was a truck and trailer on it's side in the ditch last time I went through there and that's since it's straightened out! A fun stretch of road!
     
  6. REO6205

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    That was my "school road". When I first started driving I was pulling four trips a day between Weaverville and Redding. No power steering.
    The haul lasted all summer and I was glad to see the end of it.
     
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    I like the 3 over Hayfork summit to get to 36. You must have been hauling logs to the mill or lumber from it? You spend much time at the Diggins?
     
  8. REO6205

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    We were hauling logs from a cold deck just north of Weaverville.
    I never made it to the Diggins but I sure heard some stories about the place.
    Hayfork was always good to haul lumber out of. Not much going on there anymore since SPI closed the mill. If you're not retired, a FS employee, or a pot grower it's pretty tough to make a living there.
     
  9. Dennixx

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    Some sportbike buds and I ran that area a few years back. 96 to 299 then 36 to the coast...
    What a workout.
    Fun when the locals try and succeed to keep up in cars.
     
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    Once or twice a month I take a ferry I’m typically 73 feet with a 244” wheelbase tractor.
     
  11. SteveScott

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    I've lived within a mile of 101 for over 40 years. There are many routes in this state where length restrictions make absolutely no sense, and others where it makes perfect sense. Don't be a moron and tempt fate.

     
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