Pay Attention, and Arizona (one more state to go)
They weren't just kidding about the crosswinds. This is the one time I was glad I have my bike loaded down. The crosswinds in conjunction with the semis created hurricane force winds which I am certain could have lifted lighter bikes and riders off the road.
Always on the look out for the Wide Load lead trucks. The sometimes honk there horns to warn of wide loads behind. I have seen loads extend completely across the shoulder. I have pulled completely off the road several times.
Welcome to Arizona, with the wind at my back and a record day, still going like the energizer bunny. The truckers tell me that the winds blow west only about 10 percent of the time during this season. Taking full advantage. One trucker who normally gets 7.1 miles to the gallon with a 2007 tractor said he was only getting 5 to 6 mpg against the wind, while one going the other way was getting 10 mpg. I had travelled 61 miles when I hit the Arizona border and wasn't about to stop.