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The Old-fashioned Way

There are times when you just feel more at home in a piece from the olden days.

There’s also the benefit of after having spent time driving around in European trucks right beforehand, this oldie from the turn of the millenium sort of feels more at home with its “the nose ends just in front of the windscreen” construction. I must admit that.

Cabover trucks are as I understand it not all that common in North America anymore, at least not as heavy long hauler trucks. The Freightliner Argosy was produced and sold in the US and Canada between 1999 and 2006. After that its main markets was Australia, New Zealand and South Africa until it was disconinued in 2020.

The Freightliner Argosy in question is a mod available in the Steam Workshop and is made by Harven and Lucasi.

Harvest time in Nebraska

It’s time to harvest the sorghum on the big fields in Nebraska so it’s time to bring out the big equipment.

Here we have the John Deere 9620 R and a Demco 1300 auger wagon taking a short break in the work. The John Deere is the basegame tractor while the Demco 22 Series grain cart is a very nice third-party mod from Custom Modding and is available in the official modhub.

And once the sorghum has been safely stored away it’s time for the next crop. This time soybeans. And there’s not always time enough during the daylight hours when there’s a lot to harvest.

Screenshot from FS22 showing harvesting with John Deere equipment
Soybean harvest at Green Valley Farm, Nebraska.

This time the tractor used is an older model year John Deere 9620 by SiiD Modding and a John Deere S790 harvester made by Giants Software themselves.

The Nebraska map is called Green Valley, Nebraska and is made by DJ Modding. It is available for download at their itch.io site.

Farming, old style

This is quite possibly the smallest harvester I’ve ever driven. But this little Vistula is so cute that it’s hard not to fall in love with it! Also you can almost feel the wind in your hair as you sit in the open seat, watching the golden straw go by.

The Vistula KZB-3 is a Polish harvester from earlier times manufactured by FMŻ. The mod is made by Deus_Volt and can be found in the official modhub.

The map I am on is the “eastern part of Europe”-inspired Osada, also available in the modhub. It is made by RajotGPLAY.

On the road in (new) Austria

With the latest patch for Euro Truck Simulator 2, SCS Software has released the new version of the Austria part of the basegame map.

Unlike the earlier revision of Germany, the Austria part is a total rework of every road and city in the country. And it shows! The difference from the old version is huge as this part of the map now is up to par with the latest DLCs when it comes to visual presentation and road network.

The fact that big parts of the country consists of very visually delightful Alpine views does make the result of the rework even more welcome. I can’t help but find myself loving to drive through the tunnels and across the valleys.

English farming

Doing some harvesting in the picturesque English countryside (although I admit it’s not the best picture for showing that). The map mod Calmsden Farm is made by Oxygendavid and is a very lifelike replica of the real life area in Gloustershire, England. The mod is available in the official modhub.

The harvester used in the picture is a basegame New Holland. And yes, it’s leased, because when starting from scratch the money for such shiny, new things are a bit limited.

Going north

After having accepted to do a delivery to the end of civilization, I sort of found myself taking ad photos in a Canadian sand pit. Seriously, Promods Canada offers some really nice scenery and looong winding gravel roads to get there.

Volvo truck with anime paint job

Then however I got back to civilization and had to spend more time sitting in a queue again. But at least even here the scenery sort of made up for it.

ATS Volvo truck with anime paint job queuing behond a school bus in a forest area

They grow up so fast

I’m not entirely sure what is the worst here. That my three year old son Ramadeva apparently has some very unusual friends for his age, the fact that I seemingly have no problem with socializing with him at inns, or that he’s trying to hook me up…

Wintertime

It is winter all around, so why not in Euro Truck Simulator 2 too? On my way with a delivery between the wintry Danish islands.

The winter feel is thanks to a package of mods called Frosty Winter which is made by Grimes and available on his web site. There’s also other seasonal mods there as well as some other. I haven’t yet used any of those though. But the winter one is truly great when you need a change from the ever-summer in the game.