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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:04 AM   #161
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Border betwen Poland and Lithuania near Ogrodniki (and Lazdijai from Lithuanian side). This is one of the two main crossings between PL and LT the other one being on E67 (Via Baltica) route which is much more intense and generally more eimportant. Some of the border-crossing infrastructure is still in place although after Poland and Lithuania joined the Schengen agreement there are no more formal border controls. However there is a border security car stationed nearby which can choose to stop cars at random
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:05 AM   #162
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We're in Lithuania... sweet home

Map (we did some zig-zagging... I'm not sure why but it just happened ) :
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:06 AM   #163
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The road doesn't look too good and neither it is comfortable... however, keep in mind that none of the roads from the border crossing on the Lithuanian side are main roads (i.e. the highest rank "A" roads) but rather national road (i.e. road of local importance without a letter and a step below main road). The most striking occurance is the lack of road-signs... after Poland it felt as we entered no-mans land: just very basic signage (i.e. directions to some local vilages... as if Vilnius or other larger cities did not exist), no traffic, no people, nothing. Lithuania's residential density is noticeably lower than Poland's and this is very obvious while on the road
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Fancy going to Veisiejai? Or perhaps Leipalingis? No? Would rather go to Vilnius? Of course, only if you know which way it is . If you're not familiar with road signage peculiarities of Lithuania's national roads it's your own problem... or at least that's what the responsible people of the Lithuanian Road Agency believe. While main (A) roads use relatively decent signage, national roads usually show only directions to some local villages and towns. Very smart.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:08 AM   #164
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Hell yeah!
We were not speeding or doing anything wrong. However our left headlight didn't work (it did before leaving!) which, I guess, was the reason our car caught their attention. The cop didn't seem very happy and sounded as if we should be feeling guilty about something (perhaps that he was in a bad mood). After checking the documents he wished us good journey and suggested we change the headlight
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A roundabout... finally there should be directions to Vilnius... or maybe not.
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The road is reasonably good and... empty
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:09 AM   #165
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Near Druskininkai (it's a rether important SPA town in Southern Lithuania). This is where we join the Lithuanian A4 which for most part is an excellent road with relatively low traffic volumes
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:11 AM   #166
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Driving in Lithuania after all other countries seemed like driving on the moon: traffic was virtually nonexistent with only occasional cars passing by.
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It was getting too dark... we made it to Vilnius at about 22:00 hours which was precisely as planned.
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If anyone's interested how the A4 route from Druskininkai to Vilnius (i.e. one that we used to get to Vilnius) in Lithuania looks like, can do it here in my last year's report on the same road.


Thank you very much all who were patient enough to watch and comment! It was the greatest road-trip experience of my life to date and I'm happy if anyone found it interesting.


For the end, two bonus pictures of driving in Vilnius (entering the city via A14 road)

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P.S. for those who are interested, many new reports (including video) are coming to the Lithuanian road thread very soon.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:13 AM   #167
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Very interesting! Great photos and descriptions, as we've come to expect from you
While the roads are pretty much great throughout, I have to say that i'm a little disappointed with the natural settings/ scenery - it looks pretty ordinary.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:14 AM   #168
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Thanks very much! one of the furum best posts.

This is one of the best. see a large portion of Europe roads west and east!
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:22 AM   #169
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Very interesting! Great photos and descriptions, as we've come to expect from you
While the roads are pretty much great throughout, I have to say that i'm a little disappointed with the natural settings/ scenery - it looks pretty ordinary.
Thanks!

True, the only view that I would describe as scenic was that nice bit in Germany... other than that it was rather boring. You can't expect mountains or huge valleys in Northern part of Europe though

Beauty-wise nothing can beat Austria, Northern Italy, Switzerland and similar locations.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:30 AM   #170
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True, the only view that I would describe as scenic was that nice bit in Germany... other than that it was rather boring. You can't expect mountains or huge valleys in Northern part of Europe though

Beauty-wise nothing can beat Austria, Northern Italy, Switzerland and similar locations.
Did you have a car with British platses and built for left-hand traffic?
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:34 AM   #171
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Old April 30th, 2010, 01:38 AM   #172
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While the roads are pretty much great throughout, I have to say that i'm a little disappointed with the natural settings/ scenery - it looks pretty ordinary.
Pansori and Bleetz basically crossed the great European plains... No real mountains for hundreds, if not thousands of kilometers.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 02:06 AM   #173
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Driving in Lithuania after all other countries seemed like driving on the moon: traffic was virtually nonexistent with only occasional cars passing by.
That's why I've made a cycling trip through the Baltics twice, and I may go there again this summer

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After the end of A2 driving towards Warsaw became much slower and more stressful.
If I were you, I'd go from the end of A2 to Warsaw through Rawa Mazowiecka, like this. You'd join the DK8 in Rawa Mazowiecka, which is 2+2 road. Although its constant stop-and-go due to numerous traffic lights and the pavement is not-so-great, it is certainly faster and less stressful than DK14+DK2 variant.

Concerning the whole thread - Pansori, great work. You can really feel the atmosphere of international road trip here.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 03:06 AM   #174
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Again, great job Pansori! Although I do have to admit that not signing Kaunas or Vilnius but just small villages along the road does seem rather odd. What do you do if you don't know the area, have no GPS or map and don't speak the language? Just keep driving and hope for the best? Then again, I'm sure most international transit from Poland goes through the Budzisko/Kalvarija crossing where you join the A5 where they (hopefully ) sign the bigger cities.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 03:14 AM   #175
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nice police car btw.
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Old April 30th, 2010, 04:01 AM   #176
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Great job, thumbs up! Pansori, you're my favourite baltic guy now
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Old April 30th, 2010, 04:09 AM   #177
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Good photos .. great job!
This summer I will drive from Oslo via Sweden to Poland, Bielsko-Biala. If someone is interested I can take pictures and post them here on the forum
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Old April 30th, 2010, 06:17 AM   #178
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You were asking about those solar panels on Polish roads, they provide energy for those yellow sign poles - they blink at night.
But most of them use regular electricity, we call them "aktywny znak drogowy" (active traffic sign)




also pedestrian crossings use similar system






dude on the sign walks after dawn.

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Old April 30th, 2010, 08:38 AM   #179
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Nice job Pansori
Strangely I am unable to see trucks in your photos, maybe that’s because you didn't go to Suwalki towards Kaunas and maybe the day time for truck drivers isn't the best time. As I was driving recently from Kaunas to Suwalki, I was furious, because I had too many trucks in front of me. I hope that one day, Poland will make the highway till PL/LT border. Nice job again. I will take pictures now for your thread about Lithuanian roads

Overtaking cars like in that video is a common thing in A5 road from Kaunas. I hate drivers who are driving on 70 km/h very near middle, as he has plenty space on the right side.

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Old April 30th, 2010, 10:51 AM   #180
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This summer I will drive from Oslo via Sweden to Poland, Bielsko-Biala. If someone is interested I can take pictures and post them here on the forum
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