I-77 Mountain Driving

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  1. bzinger

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    WVA would be as big as Texas if it were flat.
     
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  3. Moose1958

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    I have heard it said that if you flattened out West Virginia it would be larger than Texas. I will say this. As a Trucker, you need to respect ALL grades. Many a trucker has disrespected some of these east coast hills and paid for it with their lives. I know of deaths on I 40 and I 26 in NC and on I 77 in West Virginia and Virginia. I will toss in I-24 in Tenn! While I am on the subject, I have heard about deaths on I 68 in Maryland, but can't confirm this.
     
  4. Frank Speak

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    I *think* it was WV where I encountered a 13% grade. I remember thinking to myself “I didn’t realize there was such a thing legal for big trucks”. But it was...
     
  5. God prefers Diesels

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    Going over Vermont Scenic Route 125 is "not recommended for trucks", but it's not prohibited. 12% on the way up, 12% on the way down, and the last half mile or so is 15%. Gives even ISX Jakes a workout. I'm not taking it again. It would SUCK to get stranded on that road.
     
  6. Frank Speak

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    Yeah, I wasn’t thrilled about the 13% goat trail. Lol
     
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    In the late 80s green as grass me decided to use us 60 from Lynchburg VA over to Buena Vista VA to get on I 81 .
    My truck was an 85 international coe 300 Cummins and no Jake.
    Load was roll stock paper nice and heavy!
    I made it to the top of the hill with out any fatalities and started down but about halfway down my brakes started smoking so I parked it to cool them .
    While sitting there a cop came flying up the hill and parked behind me , he thanked profusely for parking it as he explained runaway trucks blow thru the town at the bottom frequently.
    After things cooled off he escorted me to the bottom and I promised him he would never see me on that road again .
     
  10. Frank Speak

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    Should’ve told him “You want it at the bottom, you drive it. I’m taking the patrol car down!”. Lol
     
  11. bzinger

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    Roflmao
     
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