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Old May 19th, 2008, 03:06 PM   #2241
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When I was in Canada in 1998 we would visit some friends somewhere in a small town in BC. We were driving to them from Vancouver. I still remember me asking how long it was. The one who was driving us answered: not a lot, only 500 km. See how relative distances are.
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Old May 19th, 2008, 03:06 PM   #2242
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Me too, i drive 15,500 miles private and 6,000 miles for work per year. A lot of Dutchmen drive over 15,000 miles per year. The average commuting distance by car is 12 miles. A commute of 25 miles is seen as far here.
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Old May 19th, 2008, 03:13 PM   #2243
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When I was in Canada in 1998 we would visit some friends somewhere in a small town in BC. We were driving to them from Vancouver. I still remember me asking how long it was. The one who was driving us answered: not a lot, only 500 km. See how relative distances are.
After 500 km (300 mi) I say: more! I don't like more than 600 mi a day though.
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Old May 19th, 2008, 05:51 PM   #2244
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I have done super drives before in a day, solo, like

LA-Seattle: 1130mi / 1818km
LA-Portland: 960mi / 1545km
Chicago-Cape Cod: about 1000mi / 1610 km

that was when I was younger, but I recently did
LA-Las Cruces (New Mexico) in a day: 760mi / 1223km
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Old May 19th, 2008, 06:31 PM   #2245
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LA-Seattle in a day? Are you crazy or what? How can someone drive for that long?
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Old May 19th, 2008, 06:40 PM   #2246
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But you guys don't have to drive long distances do you???
But I bet that their Public Transport infrastructure is:
- more convenient to use (better hours, frequency, more days)
- safer to use
- gets you to where you want to go more
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Old May 19th, 2008, 07:45 PM   #2247
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LA-Seattle in a day? Are you crazy or what? How can someone drive for that long?
It can be done in a day if you define a day as 24 hours. If you averaged 70 mph (optimistic speed) you could conceivably do it in about 15 and a half hours. Rand McNally estimates more like 17+ hours.

But think about it, you've got to refuel atleast two or three times, you've got to get through major metro areas like Sacramento and Portland, and you've got to deal with major speed enforcement in all three states. I suppose you could do like that crazy astronaut lady and wear diapers so could save some time there.
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Old May 19th, 2008, 08:16 PM   #2248
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Strange HOV sign, never seen this type before. Location: US 59 in Houston.

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Old May 19th, 2008, 09:03 PM   #2249
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Am I seeing it right? "Trucks over 1 ton prohibited". Hell, it's hard to find a compact lighter than a tone, not mentioning a truck
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Old May 20th, 2008, 03:16 AM   #2250
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We feel so much better after this statement. I don't think a Texan drives to New York every day.

Well,a driver in Dallas probably has to drive many more miles to work than one in Amsterdam,Vilnius,etc.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 03:19 AM   #2251
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I know, but still, that doesn't make me feel any better about fuel prices. You can make tens of thousands of miles over your small country, which actually is the case. I empty my tank in a couple of weeks.
Well over here we empty our tanks at LEAST once a week.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 05:22 AM   #2252
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US signage is pretty clear if you understand the system, especially the cardinal directions. We don't have that in Europe, because our highway system is far less of a grid, so people always complain about the bad signage in the US.
Chris, last summer I went to Italy/France and, although I'm a Frenchman (though living in Canada), I still got lost, especially in Italy. Signage is not that clear in Italy, especially on "SuperStrada" or "Nationales". We even encountered contradicting signs in Italy. One arrow pointed to the left, and one to the right... for the SAME destination.

Actually, the worst is in the city themselves, where street signs are not properly shown and indications leading to highways are not shown at all. It's easy to get lost in an European city unless you have a good map.

Highways are pretty clear though. It was nice to get lost, especially in Tuscany during sunset. I won't complain even though we reached our hotel 3 hours late. Here in North America, you can take the country roads and still reach your destination pretty easily. I won't say that it's not the case for Italy, but it's definetely not as easy as in North America.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 09:01 AM   #2253
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Italy has one of the worst signages in the world.

In the US it's very easy to follow the roadnumber.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 04:14 PM   #2254
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Well over here we empty our tanks at LEAST once a week.
In Puerto Rico? I doubt. I know you have wide highways though. My tank is 67 l, btw. Anyway, fuel here is much more expensive.
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Am I seeing it right? "Trucks over 1 ton prohibited". Hell, it's hard to find a compact lighter than a tone, not mentioning a truck
A imperial Ton is diferent to a metric tonne.
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Old May 20th, 2008, 04:27 PM   #2256
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A imperial Ton is diferent to a metric tonne.
Not much different. ~1016 kg.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 03:46 AM   #2257
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In Puerto Rico? I doubt. I know you have wide highways though. My tank is 67 l, btw. Anyway, fuel here is much more expensive.
Why not??? It might be considered a tiny country but trips sure are long and traffic jams are horrible,few cities in the US have such bad traffic as San Juan.

Although fuel here ain't very expensive (about 97 cents per liter),it's really bad for a car loving country.
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Old May 21st, 2008, 03:38 PM   #2258
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Why not??? It might be considered a tiny country but trips sure are long and traffic jams are horrible,few cities in the US have such bad traffic as San Juan.
So you're saying that trips are long in the tiny Puerto Rico, but people don't need to drive long distances in the Netherlands, which is thrice as big? How does this go together? And I believe traffic jams are more horrible in the Netherlands. Also, Puerto Rico is an island, whereas from the Netherlands you can drive to Singapore, if you wish. Even my country is bigger than Puerto Rico.
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from the Netherlands you can drive to Singapore, if you wish.
I'd love to do that once.
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