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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:21 PM   #61
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What I have noticed were those little green signs every 100m indicating the road number and distance... so convenient. However, I imagine how much materials they sue for installing and maintaining those signs. Perhaps making them every 200 or 500m would also do. Anyway, can't really complain about something being too good
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In the US, the norm used to be every mile. At some point between, say, 1995 and 2008 (I was living in the city, didn't own a car, and wasn't driving much....) they switched, in most places, to every 10th of a mile.

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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:23 PM   #62
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Let's continue...


We're in Deutschland, the ultimate driver's dream... primarily, of course, due to nonexisting speed limits in many stretches of the Autobahnen. This means we'll be seeing more cars simply rocketing away on the left lane at speeds exceeding 200km/h

Roads: A40, A3, A2, A12

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The impressions from Germany are rather mixed. We hadocasional stretches of bad-quality surface, concrete, a few road-works (one of which caused something that could even be described as almost a traffic-jam), some missing hard-shoulders while on the other hand most stretches were in good condition with some to match the quality observed on NL motorways. Perhaps there is nothing new in what I say. Simply, Germany and it's generally great roads.


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Speed limits. There is nothing better in the world than a blue sign with white font indicating speed 'limit'. That's why we gotta love Germany
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Looks like concrete to me
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Germany is perhaps the only location in the world where such cars really make sense and can do what they were made for
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I just wonder how the residents of the town Wankum preffer to be called? Wankumers? Anyway, in any case it sounds somewhat bizzaire
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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:26 PM   #63
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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:27 PM   #64
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Still on A40
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I have noticed that many infrastructure objects (such as viaducts, noise barriers, fences etc.) around Autobahns are painted with graffitti. This didn't seem so obvious in other countries we've crossed. Is there some specific reason for that? That looks very strange knowing that Germany is known for being clean and tidy with people behaving well and being nice and polite. I really wish the responsible institutions crack down on that because it really damages the aesthetical look of the road and its immediate surroundings
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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:28 PM   #65
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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:28 PM   #66
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A2 near A31
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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:29 PM   #67
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Some construction works in what seemingly used to be a resting area.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 06:32 PM   #68
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Nijmegen used to be signed with the German exonym "Nimwegen". They've changed it now. In exchange, the Dutch are now signing Köln by the German name and not the Dutch "Keulen".

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This interchange used to be called "Kreuz Bottrop", as there were plans in the 1960's to extend A31 southwards through the Ruhr Area, all the way to Dreieck Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler on A61 south of Bonn. These plans were shelved in the mid to late 1970's.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 07:52 PM   #69
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Is the Polish part scheduled for today as well ?
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Old April 27th, 2010, 08:05 PM   #70
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Is the Polish part scheduled for today as well ?
Not really. I still have a bunch of photos from Germany some of which are not even edited or uploaded. So I guess it will take another day or two. But I certainly won't lag.
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Old April 27th, 2010, 08:09 PM   #71
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How about a small preview?
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Old April 27th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #72
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Nice pictures Pansori It seems that you had a good weather fortunately.

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I think those signs are found next to most highways in Europe, but they might not be as visible in every country. In Belgium for example, they gave the big kilometer-signs (like the one on your first picture from Holland, in front of the "Nederland" sign) and small hectometer signs which are directed towards the motorway (so not very visible from a passing car).

Reason why they have so many is that if you break down or you had an accident, you could specifiy your location to emergency services as efficiently as possible.
Yes, in Spain we also have a sort of hectometre signs apart from the typical kilometre & miriametre signs. Basically, the hectometre is written on these things called "hitos de arista", which are normally placed every 50 m:


So one of each two have a number. The kilometre is not written though.


An example in a national road: http://maps.google.es/maps?hl=es&ie=...93.92,,1,13.53
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Old April 27th, 2010, 08:29 PM   #73
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Very nice, great photos Pansori; i noticed that in most European countries (Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and France) the colour of the plates in motorways its blue except of France also use Green ones like here in Greece
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Old April 27th, 2010, 08:39 PM   #74
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How about a small preview?
Ok, a very small preview

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Old April 27th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #75
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For now Germany continued...




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Some yellow paint aka how to have 3 lanes instead of 2
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Looks like a railway bridge
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We thought we were about to hit a traffic jam... although it didn't last too long. We were speding at 100+km/h just a few minutes later
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The roadworks seemed to be related to cutting the crash barriers... to be honest, I have no clue what exactly they were doing because those barriers seemed in a reasonably good condition to me. Any ideas? This was taking place on A2 between road 236 and A1 if I'm not mistaken
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A2. 446km to go to Berlin and another 50 or so km to the Polish border
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