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Old 08-01-2013, 05:46 PM   #1
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Got to watch those big trucks

About a week ago we were going from Chattanooga tn toward Nashville I was raised in this area and should know the area. There is a mountain call mont eagle you have to go over. Well my Triton was doing really great and running strong At the top of the mountain there is a big sweeping turn. I was in the process of passing an 18 wheeler. The road is 3 lane up there. As I pulled even with the cab of the truck another truck came up on my left. Well we went through that turn like 4 abreast in Datona. There could not have more that a foot between us as the overtaking truck was hogging the line. I think the hair on my neck pushed my cap forward. I just tried to hold as smooth and steady as I could. All I could think was it would take a week to clean this mess if some doesn't hold their line. seemed to take 15 minutes for him to pull ahead and I punched the 4000 rpm to get out of there. I now have a different pattern on my flexsteel seatBig lesson learned
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Glad things turned out all right for you this time. Safe travels from here on out!
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Old 08-02-2013, 08:51 PM   #3
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I KNOW MONT EAGLE, not fun with one on each side of you, and those RUN OUT LANES don't give a guy much confidence for sure. I have traveled that route on numerous occasions. I know the feeling about a new impression on the seat and also the steering wheel. Wonderful view up there, glad you made it my friend.
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We go over Monteagle Mt twice a year - on the way to FL and back again. We live about 20 miles SE of Nashville. My teeth are clenched and fingernails dug into the seat until we're on level ground again. :(
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Johnny Cash Song

There's a stretch of Highway on Interstate 24 between Nashville and Chattanooga
That's claimed many trucker's life
And your life is in your hands when you start down that long steep grade
On Monteagle Mountain
I just rolled out of Nashville in my big rig headin' south
My eyes are on fire feels like cotton in my mouth
My whole body's achin' but I got to make them big wheels roll
I got to be in Florida by tomorrow morning with a full heavy load
I got to get passed Atlanta as soon as I can tonight
I got to try to dodge the scales and stay out of Smoky's sight
But there's one big thing standin' like a nightmare in my way
I got to top Monteagle Mountain a little bit later today
Goin' down Monteagle Mountain on I-24
It's hell for a trucker when the decil's at your door
He'll tempt you and tell you come on let her roll
Cause the mountain wants your rig and trucker I want your soul
When I started down Monteagle the brakes just wouldn't hold
I knew I was in trouble and bout to lose control
The runaway ramp was waitin' I saw the warnin' sign
I said Lord help me make it have mercy on this soul of mine
Well I ploughed into that runaway ramp and I could feel that bigh truck groan
My life flashed right before my eyes and for a minute I thought I was gone
But when the smoke cleared I thanked God that I was still alive
Cause when there's a runaway on Monteagle some truckers don't survive
Goin' down Monteagle Mountain...
Yeah many a good man had lost his life on Monteagle Mountain it's a long steep grade
Many a good hard workin' boy gone over the side watch out for Monteagle
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About a week ago we were going from Chattanooga tn toward Nashville I was raised in this area and should know the area. There is a mountain call mont eagle you have to go over. Well my Triton was doing really great and running strong At the top of the mountain there is a big sweeping turn. I was in the process of passing an 18 wheeler. The road is 3 lane up there. As I pulled even with the cab of the truck another truck came up on my left. Well we went through that turn like 4 abreast in Datona. There could not have more that a foot between us as the overtaking truck was hogging the line. I think the hair on my neck pushed my cap forward. I just tried to hold as smooth and steady as I could. All I could think was it would take a week to clean this mess if some doesn't hold their line. seemed to take 15 minutes for him to pull ahead and I punched the 4000 rpm to get out of there. I now have a different pattern on my flexsteel seatBig lesson learned
I don't know that stretch of road but since I'm not in a hurry I'd have considered backing off a bit or a lot just to feel more comfortable not being sandwiched between the big rigs.
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Old 08-03-2013, 11:35 AM   #8
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Thanks, patmsp . . . had to find that song on YouTube!

Johnny Cash-Monteagle Mountain
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OH MAN!! Been in that situation and wondered - What the heck were those big rig drivers thinking?!!

It's not just that road.

I always back off and let them duel it out between themselves...even if it means that I lose a bunch of momentum.

If you have ever seen a big rig tire blow out, you would NEVER want to be next to them for anything more than to make a quick pass.

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If you have ever seen a big rig tire blow out, you would NEVER want to be next to them for anything more than to make a quick pass.
Truck Tire decapitation Mythbusters did a show about that. They found that a chunk of truck tire traveling at the velocity it would likely be after a blowout was sufficient to penetrate an automotive windshield and DECAPITATE the driver.

No, I will never travel next to a big rig for any longer time than it takes to pass or be passed.
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Why, oh Why, did you continue to try to keep up with those dipsticks. Back off... it is just not worth it. When an 80 thousand pounder pulls that kind of stunt, I let them have as much of the road as they want. You can't fix stupid !!!
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Old 08-03-2013, 07:28 PM   #12
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I was gradually over taking one on right and we were doing fine. I don't know where Joey Chipwood came from all of a sudden he was there. I was trying my best to just hold steady and actually did ease back but seemed that it took forever to get away from that dude. He went down the west side of the mountain like he had a death wish. when I got to the bottom you can see a long way and he was gone.....
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This sounds like a good place to avoid.
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Shoulda tried that Mtn. In 1965. 185 horsepower Mack, 2 gear shift levers,no jake brake, going up was not fun, going down was worse.
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