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Old April 28th, 2010, 04:50 PM   #101
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Old April 28th, 2010, 04:50 PM   #102
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Old April 28th, 2010, 04:51 PM   #103
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Old April 28th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #104
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Old April 28th, 2010, 04:52 PM   #105
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This is it from Germany. It was getting too dark to take photos on the move so there won't be any pictorials from this spot to Poznan in Poland where we'll be hitting the Polish A2.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 04:53 PM   #106
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We're near A391... I could barely spot this road on the map. Any ideas what's the story behind that one?
A391 is a rather important urban Autobahn, it serves the city of Braunschweig. There is an even shorter A392, which is a tangent of A391 and only like 2 km long.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 07:20 PM   #107
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Finally we're in Poland

The Polish part of the trip was certainly the most interesting and exciting as well as diverse in terms of road quality, types and layouts. We spent the night in a cheap hotel in Poznan and also crossed Warsaw via the city center instead of going around which lost a few minutes of time but was more interesting

Roads: 2, A2, 14, 8, S8, 63, 61, 16

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Overall the impression was very good with seemingly a lot of work having been done during the last few years to improve the quality of roads, not to mention the construction of new motorways. The most exciting part was, of course, from Warsaw towards the Lithuanian border which featured a number of roads with dramatic differences: everything from the excellent motorway-like S8 (which is called expressway but is nothing short of a motorway) to some really bad stretches of local road with an immediate need for reconstruction (which I'm sure will happen over the next few years). The local roads were dotted with towns with constant speed limits to 70km/h or less but on the other hand there were lots of excellent places to have a meal. Too bad most of them would not accept credit/debit cards. Overall travelling in Poland was very smooth and exciting if a little slow.


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Trying to find our way to the A2 in the outskirts of Poznan
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This is not A2 yet... just some local road near Poznan
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Expressway-like street which will bring us to A2
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And here it is, the long-awaited Polish A2 which I deservedly call the best road of all during our 2100km long trip. The surface was perfectly smooth and apart from some very smooth turns it went in a straight line for large part of the distance so making the driving exceptionally comfortable and stress-free. Traffic intensity also seemed very low which made things even better. Too bad the sun was positioned in front of us which didn't help with the quality of pictures but I did my best
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Old April 28th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #108
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We were driving at 120-130km/h (i.e. maximum legal speed), however some cars were going as fast as 180km/h
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All photos are taken with a 70-300mm which allows to see a distant perspective of the road. You can see how perfect the surface is
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Old April 28th, 2010, 07:23 PM   #111
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An unusually steep gradient... I realized it was a viaduct over a railway track. Perhaps it made more sense to make a motorway bridge over a railway than the other way around
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End of motorway... easy life ends here
If only road like this would go all the way from DE/PL border to PL/LT border the journey time would probably be cut in half... however it's more exciting this way and I'll post my next batches of pictures to show why.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 07:39 PM   #113
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So did you get to Poznań (from German border) by 2 or A2 from Nowy Tomyśl?
Great pics BTW.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 07:52 PM   #114
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Poland seems to have really good motorways
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Old April 28th, 2010, 08:13 PM   #115
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Poland seems to have really good motorways
yeah you can say it in 5 years time, now it just has good quality roads, and only few motorways and expressways.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 08:45 PM   #116
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On the German pictures, what are the little blue signs with the letter U and two numbers (U35, U52...) that you see on some directional signage?
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Old April 28th, 2010, 09:35 PM   #117
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what about the stretch between poznan and germany?
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Old April 28th, 2010, 09:36 PM   #118
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So did you get to Poznań (from German border) by 2 or A2 from Nowy Tomyśl?
Great pics BTW.
We got on A2 near Novy Tomysl. I think it's where the A2 starts at the moment.
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Old April 28th, 2010, 09:48 PM   #119
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@ Pansori More, more...

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what about the stretch between poznan and germany?
Here:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...0&postcount=27
and:
http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...7&postcount=29

Pics are of course in reverse order and for the time being the section just before the border is repaved.

One representative pic:
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Old April 28th, 2010, 09:49 PM   #120
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what about the stretch between poznan and germany?
its under construction now and will be ready before EURO 2012

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpo...postcount=4455
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