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Old January 12th, 2011, 11:54 AM   #21
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No, the Talimena is in the Ouachita Mountains. It is said that Oklahoma is the most varied state in the nation in terms of landscapes. It's not all prairie and plains.
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Old January 12th, 2011, 02:47 PM   #22
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It's not all prairie and plains.
but 99% is lol. I'd California was more varied, desert, Mediterranean, grassy plains
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Old January 12th, 2011, 06:57 PM   #23
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A local parkway we get a lot of use out of, is the 1000 Islands Parkway, between Brockville and Gananoque ON. The section was to be twinned, before plans for the 401 were fully realized. In fact, it was once labelled the 401, before the current 401 was finally completed in 1967. Fortunately, the 401 was moved further 'inland' leaving us the Parkway to skirt the edges of the St. Lawernce River.


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There's a lot more history behind it and Cameron Bevers covers it very well at his excellent site here ~> http://www.thekingshighway.ca/PHOTOS/Hwy2Sphotos.htm

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Old January 12th, 2011, 11:34 PM   #24
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Well I meant speed traps which Virginia is one of those lovely places where if you get pulled over for speeding at 5mph over and you are guaranteed a ticket. 55mph would seem about right.
The Blue Ridge Parkway is no speed trap as far as the police are concerned. I've never seen any police there at all except in one drunk-driving sting. (can't remember what it was called but it had a specific name and a lot of TV ads) Pretty much, if you drive too fast on this road, you won't get a ticket, you'll die - so the police aren't especially concerned about speed enforcement on this road. There are a handful of other places I know where the police will very often hide and wait for someone driving too fast, but that isn't one of them. (It is, however, perfectly legal in this state to get a speeding ticket for 1mph over the limit, but depending on conditions, 5mph over the limit is what people generally do)
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Old January 13th, 2011, 08:24 PM   #25
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Some more "parkways".

Grand Parkway also known as SH 99 (really just another freeway) which will be the third beltway to encircle Houston.




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That "Parkway" will probably evolve into one of those massive 10-lane Houston freeways with toll lanes if Houston keeps growing at 100,000 people per year like it did in the last two decades.
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I drove most of the Blue Ridge Parkway back in Oct 2001, great road, one of my best driving experiences ever. Calm, beautiful scenery, great surface quality, I remember a section was tolled would that have been Skyline Drive? I'll look on the map when I get home.

Our UK landscaped inner bypass type parkways don't quite compare somehow!

The Natchez Trace Parkway is another big one I've seen on the US map, is that a good drive too?
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The Blue Ridge Parkway is no speed trap as far as the police are concerned. I've never seen any police there at all except in one drunk-driving sting. (can't remember what it was called but it had a specific name and a lot of TV ads) Pretty much, if you drive too fast on this road, you won't get a ticket, you'll die - so the police aren't especially concerned about speed enforcement on this road. There are a handful of other places I know where the police will very often hide and wait for someone driving too fast, but that isn't one of them. (It is, however, perfectly legal in this state to get a speeding ticket for 1mph over the limit, but depending on conditions, 5mph over the limit is what people generally do)
IMO The Blue Ridge Parkway could be listed as one of the TOP 10 parkways - not only in America. The drivers could fully enjoy that great countryside and any higher speed is not the key issue there - no matter if in North Carolina or Virginia section.
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