The Svalbard Challenge (ProMods 2.1+)

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14 Aug 2016 13:27

I upload them to imgur and then paste them here with the IMG tags. I guess they turn smaller in the process ;)
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15 Aug 2016 16:54

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Morning in Trelleborg and we are going to Stockholm!

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Even with advanced coupling, I managed to couple this trailer to my truck in 1 go!

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Highways in Sweden.

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Premium-ception!

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It became late (IRL) so I didn't even bother to find a resthalt.

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Jönköping Lake District.

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Love this part of the highway.

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Linköping, the city of planes.

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Beer vs Milk :D

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More planes!

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Stockholm!

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The infamous Globen Arena.

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Load 4 delivered!

Stay tuned for the first part of proper 2.1 territory: Umea.
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17 Aug 2016 21:15

This post took longer than I hoped because I changed image-host (from imgur to Postimage.org). Imgur uploads my pictures in random order which is annoying.

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Anyway, from Stockholm I headed to Gävle, to pick up the next cargo.

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I like Gävle but I can't explain why... :)

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This Krone farmer-equipment thingy (sorry, I'm not that agriculturally developed) is going straight to a Finnish farmer, in Vaasa.

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Sundsvall, the city we will enter and cross...

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But first, breakfast in Söderhamn.

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Oh come on I wanted my food to be fast, don't hate me :D

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Sundsvall!

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Suddenly the highway stopped and there was a traffic light.

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A big bridge, the eh *tries to not look at cheat sheet* Hogakustenbron!

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Swedish lakes...

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Unfortunately, this didn't go as planned. The town of Ornskoldsvik (or something) has an annoying bug with a grass texture on the road. Me and my hero moves thought "let's cross that". Which resulted in 2% trailer damage.

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Approaching Umea.

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And we're in Umea!

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I decided to leave my trailer in the port and drive into the city to get my truck fixed.

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And we're in Vaasa Port!

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The farmer was very happy to take delivery of his new (yes, I've looked this up) hay press!

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So happy that he reserved the spot next to the barn for me so I didn't need to find a hotel...
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But he also had a new job for me!

This time, we're headed for Kärsämaki, a small town on the route towards Oulu.

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Busy junctions...

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....beautiful lakes....

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....stretches of more than 100km at once....

....and the Renault keeps holding up!

Until it seemed to don't.

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A very crappy parking job to check the map real quick (remember, I still don't use a GPS). And I honestly thought I had beached it.

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But the mighty Premium didn't even cough and got out without any trouble. So with the destination in sight, let's crack on!

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Quick refuel, after exactly 3.826 km. Second refuel of the adventure.

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Hello Kärsämaki, and hello new job!

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Quick travel to Oulu to pick up a new job.

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Oulu, one of the last big cities we will encounter.

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Delivering some doors to Tornio.

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Crappy AI, I could've prevented this but sadly, I didn't.

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Quick back on the route towards Tornio.

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Entering the final stretch of highway on this adventure....

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I rushed that so bad I didn't even put a delivery picture on. Here's the next delivery, a nice boat to Kemijarvi.

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With lakes like this, I'd want a boat too.

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Rovaniemi, after Murmansk the last big city we will see.... It's really counting down here guys.

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Rovaniemi's skyline.

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The arctic circle town of Napapiiri...

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Another section of endless roads...

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And we're in Kemijarvi!

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Delivery complete, yet again.

Next part: Kemijarvi - Murmansk. It's gonna be rough.
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17 Aug 2016 23:03

Great shots and story!

Your next stage is definitely going to be different than the previous ones.. Say goodbye to the tarmac and hello to gravel!

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17 Aug 2016 23:22

Uhm.... yep. Been there, done that :)

Greetings from Murmansk, where it's 23:30 right now and still not dark :o
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18 Aug 2016 14:37

Yeah, IRL in Northern Norway, and I guess it concerns Murmansk as well, never has dark during summer. They've got "midnight sun", meaning it can be in the middle of the night, and the sun can be shining high up in the sky!


Sounds nice, right? yeah, but here comes the bad new. To balance this out, its dark the whole winter. They literally dont have the sun shining at all, in the winter months. Its just not there

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19 Aug 2016 10:40

Shit this is fun, I like a challenge so might try this. Thing is, I've been looking for a load going to Longyearbyen for ages but none pops up...

Is the Renault truck bound to the challenge or can you just use any truck? I might use my regular truck for this... (Scania Streamline 6x2/4 580hp V8), or a similar equipped truck as the Renault but from another brand.

Amazing screenshots by the way!

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19 Aug 2016 11:07

Supralisma wrote:Yeah, IRL in Northern Norway, and I guess it concerns Murmansk as well, never has dark during summer. They've got "midnight sun", meaning it can be in the middle of the night, and the sun can be shining high up in the sky!


Sounds nice, right? yeah, but here comes the bad new. To balance this out, its dark the whole winter. They literally dont have the sun shining at all, in the winter months. Its just not there
Yeah, I looked this up, it seems balanced out, just not in a way that we are used to it :)
FastFred wrote:Thing is, I've been looking for a load going to Longyearbyen for ages but none pops up...
That was problematic indeed, so I just went from town to town, and sleep a lot. I use console to advance the time 24 hours, so that it won't say "you're not tired so you can't sleep". Otherwise it would take ages.
FastFred wrote: Is the Renault truck bound to the challenge or can you just use any truck? I might use my regular truck for this... (Scania Streamline 6x2/4 580hp V8), or a similar equipped truck as the Renault but from another brand.
I used this as a "goodbye" for the Premium, proving it will do these kind of things, because once the Range T comes (soon...) I will drive that a lot and there's just no reason anymore to use the Premium. I don't want the Premium to not appear in any memory, so the biggest adventure I've ever took, features it, so I can happily drive the Range T :)
FastFred wrote: Amazing screenshots by the way!
Thank you!
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19 Aug 2016 11:14

I actually found a load from Kemijarvi to Murmansk!

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The lake just outside Kemijarvi.

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Ah, the Russian border, we're in for a big time...

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And they needed a big cargo inspection!

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So big that the hours passed by...

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And it was around 18:30 that we could drive further...

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As Supralisma said, let's test the suspension on this stretch of unpaved 80km/h road!

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Another lake...

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This really is going hard on the suspension...

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Then I traded the dirt for a not very sturdy looking wooden bridge...

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A small town with some militairy stuff in it.

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This is where I realised it's summer in Siberia, so the sun is shining night and day! And I thought the Luminator spotlights were necessary :)

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This beautiful sun :o

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Sun back high in the sky but the time suggests it should be dead on dark!

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Ouch, that is not good.

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More sun.

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A kind of highway in Murmansk

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Delivered!

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Also, doing business is necessary, I decided to buy a garage so I could sleep, too.

Tomorrow, the big reveal, will the Renault make it to the big snow path on Svalbard?
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19 Aug 2016 12:09

Supralisma wrote:Yeah, IRL in Northern Norway, and I guess it concerns Murmansk as well, never has dark during summer. They've got "midnight sun", meaning it can be in the middle of the night, and the sun can be shining high up in the sky!
I've been to Norway 10 years ago, in July. It was still bright as day at 2 AM and we where pretty far south, near Oslo! I never knew that would happen and it was the first time I experienced something like that, weird af



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