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Old July 15th, 2008, 04:59 AM   #1381
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The dutch "Big Dig" on the A73 will close down for two weeks in the end of August
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Old July 16th, 2008, 10:58 PM   #1382
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Looks like you have the best highways in Europe!
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Old July 16th, 2008, 11:00 PM   #1383
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Yeah maintenance is pretty adequate in the Netherlands. Well, they have to spend the budget on maintenance since it's virtually impossible to improve a motorway otherwise here.
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Old July 16th, 2008, 11:04 PM   #1384
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What a breathtaking view! Picture perfect motorway,hope we south africans learn from you guys.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 02:10 AM   #1385
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Yeah, first we learned the world how to build proper dikes, now we'll learn them how to build motorways
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Old July 17th, 2008, 09:23 AM   #1386
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you mean "teach"...
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Old July 17th, 2008, 10:17 AM   #1387
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I made 2 video's of nice scenery here in the region.

Zalkerdijk: A dike of the river IJssel. The dike has a road on top, it's windy, it's curvy and it has bad pavement. Check it out.


Zwartendijk: A highly debated area for new housing. Let me show you this video why they should construct those houses elsewhere.


N764/N331: The secondary (but shortest) road between Kampen and Zwolle. I drove faster than the speed limit here Speed limit was 80km/h.
looks like...home.
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Old July 17th, 2008, 11:17 AM   #1388
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Another one:
[IMG]http://i34.************/2s6k7jl.jpg[/IMG]
I see they designed the highway forecasting a possible future widening
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Old July 17th, 2008, 11:44 AM   #1389
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Yeah, it was a standard during the 60's and 70's to build a motorway with reserved space for a widening to 6 lanes.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 06:46 PM   #1390
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At the Dutch wegenforum, we try to collect all city limit signs from all places in the Netherlands. (there are about 4.000 of them). I did a little journey in my region:

1. Boerhaar (translated: farmer hair)
[img]http://i37.************/16h3f4k.jpg[/img]

2. Boskamp (translated: woodcamp)
[img]http://i33.************/wgopk8.jpg[/img]

3. Den Nul (translated: the zero/nothing/zilch)
[img]http://i34.************/vyw0ph.jpg[/img]

4. Elshof
[img]http://i35.************/nl2zok.jpg[/img]

5. Frankhuis (fake sign, this is within the Zwolle city limits)
[img]http://i35.************/v7ma.jpg[/img]

6. Haerst, more an area than really some kind of village
[img]http://i38.************/kdwg29.jpg[/img]

7. Herxen (unusual Dutch name)
[img]http://i38.************/dxbbmg.jpg[/img]

8. Laag Zuthem (Low Zuthem)
[img]http://i35.************/a0azbt.jpg[/img]

9. Langenholte (loosely translated: Long hollow)
[img]http://i34.************/2it4r8.jpg[/img]

10. In the Middel of nowhere.
[img]http://i33.************/2a6lb3n.jpg[/img]

11. Wijhe:
[img]http://i35.************/5cwpe9.jpg[/img]

12. Windesheim (not in Germany though )
[img]http://i38.************/fm5lw2.jpg[/img]
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Old July 20th, 2008, 12:04 AM   #1392
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At the Dutch wegenforum, we try to collect all city limit signs from all places in the Netherlands.
You've got crazy ideas!
And/Or too much time..
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Old July 20th, 2008, 12:10 AM   #1393
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You should try the same in Germany, that'd take some time
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Old July 20th, 2008, 11:05 PM   #1394
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Round two today, the weather was somewhat better, but still not optimal.

1. Broekhuizen (loosely translated: pants homes)
[img]http://i34.************/294rj9e.jpg[/img]

2. Dalfsen, a touristic town just east of Zwolle.
[img]http://i36.************/rkt2yd.jpg[/img]

3. Dalmsholte (Dalmshollow)
[img]http://i37.************/9qyy9u.jpg[/img]

4. De Schiphorst (The Shiphorst)
[img]http://i37.************/flhc9k.jpg[/img]

5. De Wijk (The Neighborhood)
[img]http://i34.************/2vwu068.jpg[/img]

6. Emmen (not to confuse with the larger Emmen in Drenthe Prov.)
[img]http://i38.************/10y07tk.jpg[/img]

7. Halfweg (Halfway)
[img]http://i38.************/6nz2ow.jpg[/img]

8. Hoonhorst (translated as "ironyhorst", though not very accurate translation, Defamationironyhorst might be better).
[img]http://i35.************/2d195ht.jpg[/img]

9. IJhorst
[img]http://i35.************/6jpyww.jpg[/img]

10. Kolderveen, a funny placename in Dutch, it means something like crazy moor
[img]http://i34.************/2505tmr.jpg[/img]

11. Meppel (ugly placename imo)
[img]http://i35.************/117y3v7.jpg[/img]

12. Nieuwleusen: Newleusen
[img]http://i33.************/2cxw1oj.jpg[/img]

13. Nijeveen (Frisian, though it's not in Friesland, translated as Newmoor)
[img]http://i33.************/2ywbeaq.jpg[/img]

14. Near Newleusen is also Oldleusen
[img]http://i38.************/2dtx1d0.jpg[/img]

15. Punthorst (Pointhorst)
[img]http://i36.************/20apca9.jpg[/img]

16. Legal city limits of Punthorst (the other being an outlying rural area)
[img]http://i35.************/24yntio.jpg[/img]

17. Rogat. Very unkown in the Zwolle region, it's a village
[img]http://i35.************/scc03q.jpg[/img]

18. Rouveen: Roumoor in English.
[img]http://i38.************/2dkn6ex.jpg[/img]

19. Staphorst, Stephorst in English. I have to tell a little more about this small city, it is a very strict religious city in the Netherlands, if not the most religious. In the 70's when the A28 motorway was being build, they throwed stones on cars passing by on sundays. I was there today on a sunday, and no rocks where throwed at me however, it was completely deserted, nobody on the streets, however, the parking place around the church was overcrowded.
[img]http://i34.************/dw9dn9.jpg[/img]

20. Try to pronounce this name: (it's always done wrong by people from the area too). We in Zwolle say Wiet-um, however it's Wijthmen, but most people say it in dialect, while there is no dialect in Zwolle.
[img]http://i35.************/fx4dax.jpg[/img]
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Old July 21st, 2008, 10:43 AM   #1395
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Heh funny story:

The Dutch government promotes the "new driving style", that means driving economically in the highest gear possible. So what do those holiday-goers in Switzerland, try to drive a mountain pass with caravan in 5th gear Many came into problems because of this
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Old July 21st, 2008, 01:41 PM   #1396
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Translating town names makes no sense whatsoever.
Newcastle and Neufchatel would both be Nieuwkasteel.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 02:06 PM   #1397
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No, but it's funny
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Old July 21st, 2008, 04:41 PM   #1398
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Guys, what a crazy task with the city limit signs!

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Heh funny story:

The Dutch government promotes the "new driving style", that means driving economically in the highest gear possible. So what do those holiday-goers in Switzerland, try to drive a mountain pass with caravan in 5th gear Many came into problems because of this
Tipically economically Dutch.

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Zalkerdijk: A dike of the river IJssel. The dike has a road on top, it's windy, it's curvy and it has bad pavement. Check it out.
What a reckless driving. And what a quiet road. Is it just me, or there are really some kind of lines or "dots" in the middle of the road, as they normally are, just that this road is too narrow for that IMO? I only see them when you get really close, not from afar.
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They removed the center lines, and replaced them with the correct 60 km/h broken side markings. I guess this road used to have an 80 km/h limit (I drove 95 in some sections).
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They removed the center lines, and replaced them with the correct 60 km/h broken side markings. I guess this road used to have an 80 km/h limit (I drove 95 in some sections).
I guess that's why I still see some remnants of it?
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