Unbelievable Stuck Truck You Have To See
Remember those old westerns where the Cowboys will try to drive their herd of cattle across the river only to get stuck halfway and have to deal with the threat of drowning or being attacked by Indians? Well, this is a similar scenario. Only, in this version we have a very large truck instead of a cowboy. Also, there are no cattle, just a trailer attached to a truck. Oh yeah, there are no Indians either. But other than that, these two scenarios are exactly the same! Take a look to see what I’m talking about.
How Deep is That River?
At the beginning it looked a bit uncertain for our friend and his big yellow beast. In fact, at the beginning I bet you were just trying to figure out what you were looking at. To me, it looks like maybe the guy was driving some sort of small bulldozer or bobcat that was stuck in the river. It honestly looked like construction equipment to me. I had no idea how wrong I was.
Then, towards the end, my jaw dropped. Who would have thought that all of that was hiding in the river? No, better yet, who would have thought that somebody could get all of that out of the river without choking the engine or sinking the big rig entirely? Not me, that’s for sure. That is one deep river! (more…)
â¨â¨Yet, this seems to be more common than not in Russia, where this post takes place. Crossing rivers with major pieces of construction equipment seems to be the only pas
Yet, this seems to be more common than not in Russia, where this post takes place. Crossing rivers with major pieces of construction equipment seems to be the only pastime that is acceptable in a country that is always on the brink of another cold war with the United States. You have to do something to pass the time, and since watching non-state controlled television is not an option, this wins. I do need to point out, though, that there are some pretty monster-ish tires on this truck. This is what they do in the Soviet Union.
They are known for making extremely heavy duty vehicles that look like our vehicles on steroids. Hence the reason this look-a-like semi truck that has been injected with human growth hormone. The extra large size is needed to accommodate the massive diesel engine. The larger tires help the truck negotiate uneven terrain. These trucks are produced in such a large size for reasons of efficiency, ironically enough. Since the distance between the product source and the job site can be quite great (Russia is a huge land mass after all), the larger trucks are able to haul greater quantities of supplies to the build site. This means fewer trips back, which saves time and money. However, don’t think driving one of these is all fun and games.
Chevy vs Ford? No, Heavy vs Fjord
A bit of skill, that is required, too. It’s not like you just hop into a truck that big and try to cross an icy cold river as a newbie. No, you have to know how to throttle the diesel, let out the clutch, engage the 4 wheel drive mechanism, and be extremely patient. It’s that last one that would trip me up the most. Here in the states, we are so used to running big 4 x 4 trucks through mud bogs that the temptation would be to keep gunning it in hopes of creating some sort of traction on the riverbed.
However, we both know that there are always two components to traction… tread and weight. Look at the tires on that thing, my friends. They are huge and loaded with tread. Yet, it is waiting for the weight of the truck to firmly embed that tread into the muddy, icy river bottom that creates the most efficient means of traction. The kind of traction that allows you to claw your way up to the top and onto a nice sandbar in the middle of the fjord. That’s also the kind of tread that makes the guy behind the wheel spew Russian from his mouth in disbelief. We don’t know what he’s saying, but you can certainly tell he is impressed. If this post were all about keeping score, I would say the score is driver and big yellow truck = 1, icy river bottom = 0. Before you laugh, just keep in mind that score is more impressive than most hockey or soccer games. Ouch!