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Old 03-13-12, 05:11 AM
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18 Wheels to Where??

I didn't really think much of it the first time, but now that it's happened on two separate occasions, while it has NEVER happened with a car, I figured I would ask the forum...

Do you ever get asked for directions by people driving 18 wheelers??? This is around 5:45am both times.

For the record, I was able to give solid directions on both occasions.
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Old 03-13-12, 05:59 AM
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No, but I've almost gotten run over by three of 'em!
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Originally Posted by WestMass View Post
I didn't really think much of it the first time, but now that it's happened on two separate occasions, while it has NEVER happened with a car, I figured I would ask the forum...

Do you ever get asked for directions by people driving 18 wheelers??? This is around 5:45am both times.

For the record, I was able to give solid directions on both occasions.
Yes, out of town trucker, guess he didn't have a GPS and the area he was in doesn't have the roads marked very well.
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Old 03-13-12, 06:50 AM
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I have had the phone handed to me a couple times to tell a driver how to get to my work location. They said up front they'd never been to my town before, so I just gave them what info they needed.
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Several times.

One guy said I probably knew the area very well, having ridden my bike around a lot.

Guess what? He was right.

I hadn't even thought about it, but he was right. I know the area like the back of my hand. I even knew where the company was to which he was delivering.
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Old 03-13-12, 10:11 AM
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Not while cycling. But I have been asked on a few occasions while I have been directing traffic at road works sites, the best one being the guy driving a B-Train (double trailers) looking for directions to the Adams Lake sawmill. I was able to get him pointed in the right direction. The manager of the City Compost facility came by a few minutes later and asked why a chip truck had turned around in the facility. So I told him. He was like: "You have got to be kidding me..."
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A set of double trailers?, they usually drop one trailer right on the Interstate
when making deliveries in town ..
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Old 03-13-12, 11:28 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
A set of double trailers?, they usually drop one trailer right on the Interstate
when making deliveries in town ..
Double wood chip trailers. This happened in a semi rural area of Kamloops. He was headed to a sawmill about an hour east of Kamloops to pick up a load of wood chips to bring back to the local pulp mill. Somehow, he got it into his head that he needed to head west.
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Not by truckers, but all the time by motorists... cyclists seem to be considered the best resources for local information... Of course it then shocks the heck out of the motorist when you respond "I'm not from here."
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Old 03-13-12, 01:07 PM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Not by truckers, but all the time by motorists... cyclists seem to be considered the best resources for local information... Of course it then shocks the heck out of the motorist when you respond "I'm not from here."
LOL, true!
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Old 03-13-12, 01:19 PM
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Somehow, he got it into his head that he needed to head west.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_West,_young_man
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horace_Greely
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I think I've only been asked once by a trucker. I was sitting at a red, and he ran across the street to ask me for information. I'm not even sure if I gave him the right directions, as I'm not intimately familiar with this city.

I've been asked for directions many more times by people driving cars. I guess it's easier to shout out their window at a guy on a bike than into another car.

I kind of like getting asked for directions.
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I get asked occasionally. My commute takes me through an industrial area with a lot of ag packing houses. And one of the streets runs east/west for half its length and north/south the other half so addresses can be really confusing.
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The best part is when they ask for directions, you give them directions, and then they tell you that you are wrong.
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Chip trucks go straight thru Down town here.. the sharp left turn by the post office
indicates who in the left lane understands how much room a big rig needs to make that corner..
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lol..., i didn't bumps into this kind of situation
 
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Originally Posted by SlimRider View Post
No, but I've almost gotten run over by three of 'em!
None of em was me back in my long haul days*

I have both asked (back in those days of driving long haul) cyclists for directions (as well as talked bikes with em whilest being loaded/unloaded,or taken a ride around town with local cyclists on the bike I carryied with ),and been on the other end,giving trucksters directions (not while out riding though)



(*after serving my time in the ARMY,getting out in late '94,went to trucking school and drove 48 state+Canada+Mexico until being forced into "early retirement" in 12-08,though mid-'07 was about the time I went to more local/regional driving)
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Several times. Even with GPS you can't always tell the best approach to a loading dock for the big rig.
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