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Old August 8th, 2010, 04:18 PM   #41
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Driving along the A7 Milan - Genoa motorway, I experienced something like taking 2 hours for 2 km road.

A huge accident involving a track transporting wood and another truck carrying pieces of pottery, more or less at Serravalle.

One truck had a downfall of blocks of ceramics, that hit the other truck on the lateral side, since the other driver noticed something wrong with the truck in front of him and tried to move on the right along the emergency lane.

A wonderful show, with the motorway becoming suddenly red and pieces of wood everywhere.

Then the A7 was completely blocked.
People turned their cars off and started to go around, some of them even crossed the guardrail to go to the nearest Autogrill.
People sunbathing, playing football...
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Old August 8th, 2010, 04:41 PM   #42
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Last year on C-14 road we went into slow traffic all the way from Reus to Montblanc (Junction with N-240). We took about a hour to go 20 km, despite that between Reus and Alcover it's an expressway.
No, I've been on a worst traffic jam. Back in 2007, on then A-23 near Saragossa (Now A-23 has been realigned and part of the section I went jammed has been renumbered back to N-330) we took about a hour to go 3 kilometers. The reason is that they were repaving and went from 2 lanes to only one.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 12:28 PM   #43
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I've been stuck in a couple of terrible jams in France, once 20 years ago on the way from Orleans to Reims just south of Paris, can't remember which road, it wasn't a motorway, 4 hours moving at an average of 5km/h

Another time I got trapped in traffic on the ile d'oleron for about 3 hours.
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Old August 9th, 2010, 02:40 PM   #44
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Worst jam I've ever been in was this winter, coming back to Italy from holidays in Munich... It was January 2nd, and the traffic jam was basically uninterrupted between A8-A93 junction in Germany near Rosenheim and Trento, in Italy. More or less 300km in queue. Instead of the usual 5 hours form Munich to Bologna it took more than 11 hours...
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Old August 9th, 2010, 09:45 PM   #45
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Yesterday evening was a traffic jam on Kecskemet bypass due to the International Air and Military Show in Hungary. But at least the police made all it's best to keep the traffic flowing.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 05:41 AM   #46
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One of my worst traffic jams was also on 11th August 1999, on the day of the total solar eclipse. It was visible in a tiny corner of NE Slovenia, which means tens of thousands of Slovenes went there that day (me included). It was basically a jam for the last 80 km. We needed some 6 hours to get there.

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Old August 10th, 2010, 10:38 AM   #47
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So you've missed it?

I was present at the 1999 solar eclipse too, in Landsberg am Lech, Germany.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #48
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Me too, in the suburbs to the east of Paris!
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Old August 10th, 2010, 11:20 AM   #49
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I went to Munich to watch the eclipse, after an epic train trip Ancona-Bologna-Brenner-Munich...
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Old August 10th, 2010, 11:26 AM   #50
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I remember it vividly, we were driving through the rain all the time, it was pouring down, and it was cloudless for just the time around the eclipse, talk about luck.
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Old August 10th, 2010, 11:31 AM   #51
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That's my recall also of the eclipse: cloudless for just the time of the event How far is Landsberg from Munich anyway?
I also remember trying to take pictures of the eclipse (I took a full equipment), but unfortunately the film malfunctioned and it was not loaded by the camera....
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Landsberg is some 50 kilometers west of München. We were at vacation near Imst, Austria at the time and decided to drive north to experience the eclipse. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 01:58 AM   #53
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No no, we departed early enough; we didn't wanna miss such an occurence. Oh, it's exactly 11 years since the eclipse.
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Old August 11th, 2010, 11:47 AM   #54
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Yep, and I saw a partial eclipse then. I saw two more (consecutive!) eclipses, one of them had the ring zone going through Spain (In 2005)
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Old July 18th, 2013, 09:09 AM   #55
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The worst traffic jam I have ever been was in 2007 on SRB-H border when I was getting back from the holiday. The arrival to congestion was at 00:30 AM in night near Subotica and I left the border crossing at about 9:00 AM. It was definitely annoying since I have to be awake. If I had fallen asleep, every driver would have overtaken me. I also didn't know how to decide, whether should I have let my engine running or should I have started it before moving and then turned it off.
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i went from eastern slovakia with my friends from astronomy club down to szeged, hungary to see eclipse. what the great experience it was !

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Old July 18th, 2013, 11:47 AM   #57
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In the summer of 2005 I was in a traffic jam on the A1 at Hamburg due to roadworks. The delay was 4 hours and outside temperatures were 30 degrees Celsius or more.
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Old July 19th, 2013, 09:15 AM   #58
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My worst idea ever must have been to visit London (hotel just a couple of blocks from Oxford Street) by car. Took more than two hours to get from the M25/M20 interchange to the hotel. Should have parked at a train station somewhere on the outskirts of town instead.

Second place for Paris at evening rush hour. This time I decided to be adventurous and drove from Pte de Italie to Pte de la Chapelle right through the center of town instead of taking the overcrowded Boulevard Périphérique. Still took quite some time but at least I had some sightseeing to do. Probably should have taken the A86 or A/N104 instead.

Third place is for Hamburg, trying to take the Elbe tunnel at afternoon peak hour on the first day of some spring holiday for most of northern Germany. Not much of an alternative here.

Fourth place is shared by Brussels (trying to deliver a package at morning rush hour) and Prague (arriving on friday afternoon for a weekend).
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Old July 19th, 2013, 03:39 PM   #59
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When I drove a taxi in Stockholm in the 90's and there was an event taking place. I had a 3km drive from Östermalm to Gamla Stan and it took an hour. We had a maximum fare during that time, so the customer didn't have to worry, because the meter stopped. I lost money though.
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The worst jam I experienced this year, was on the E4 northbound at Jönköping. It was a total stop and people walked out of their cars on the motorway. The reason was asphalting going on.
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Old July 21st, 2013, 01:21 AM   #60
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Me also experienced the worst jam this year (may 2013), in Albacete, on the A-31 Motorway going from Alicante to Madrid.

I remember that it started at the exit 91 and I leave the road at the exit 41 because i got mad.

The first 10kms were completed in 1h and 15' and the other 40 in a 1h. 2h 15' of jam. I was fun because we made the lunch, a karaoke and algo get tanned inside the car.
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