The Secret to a Successful Tour ...
By pmonday on May 12, 2008
... is having a clean truck. Dan sent me this montage of pictures (the originals are in the gallery) showing the effort that goes into keeping the truck and its payload clean throughout the 1,000s of miles of travel.
You may have also wondered, "if I were to get run over by this semi with the Sun MD unit attached to it, what type of truck, exactly, would I be run over by?"
Well, its a Kenworth Model T2000 (no, not a Sun SPARC Enterprise T2000 which merely runs over competitive servers). It has a Detroit Diesel Series 60 engine in it with 12.7 L displacement and 500 HPs (as opposed to the SPARC system that has an UltraSPARC T1 processor with up to 32 CoolThreads running).
The engine is Air to Air charged, cooled and turbocharged. It has 6 cylinders in a line that are microprocessor controlled.
It gets 5.5-6.5 Miles / Gallon (6.5 downhill from Denver, 5.5 up to Denver . The weight of the truck alone is 24,000 lbs., with the Sun MD and the trailer it is 62,000 lbs. rolling down the highway.