The latest version of Interstate 10, known as V1.1, brings some exciting new additions to the game. One notable feature is the inclusion of the city of Telluride, OK, which connects Denver and Kayenta, AZ. This addition is accompanied by the famous “Million Dollar Hwy,” a challenging route for truckers.
The Million Dollar Hwy is not for the faint of heart. It consists of hairpin turns, steep angles, and a rapid ascent of 590 ft in just a few miles. Only experienced drivers should attempt this route with any loads. I have personally tested it with a heavy load, and most loads can be pulled up the mountain pass in 1st or 2nd gear. However, for heavier loads, I recommend using low gear (L) throughout the ascent to maintain power.
It is crucial not to stop during the ascent, as restarting the truck on the steep incline can be challenging. The truck may stall or spin if not handled correctly. Therefore, it is essential to have a good understanding of the route and be confident in your driving skills. On a positive note, oncoming traffic has been disabled on the trickiest parts of the road, so you don’t have to worry about that.
Interstate 10 V1.1 also introduces new cities, including Van Horn, TX, Cape Coral, FL, and Hayes, Kansas. These cities feature Valero SUPER TRUCK STOPS, which provide convenient fuel pumps, sleeping areas, and truck repair services. Furthermore, all of these truck stops have pull-thru lanes, eliminating the need for backing in and out.
The G.A.T. tunnels have made a comeback in this version. The east coast-west coast tunnel entrances are located in Nogales, AZ, and Jacksonville, FL. Additionally, there is a shorter tunnel that connects the Valero Super Truck Stop in Lafayette, LA, to Cape Coral, Florida. The best part is that it no longer rains in the tunnels!