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Old October 24th, 2008, 07:33 PM   #1241
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i think it's from king arthur's sword...
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Old October 24th, 2008, 07:37 PM   #1242
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Oh yeah, I forgot to add that to my previous post
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Old October 25th, 2008, 01:04 AM   #1243
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Perhaps you guys will like this, some pictures i took on the way towards Dusseldorf last monday. Most of the pictures aren't of good quality because they were made towards the sun, which explains why some signs aren't clearly visible. Nevertheless, enjoy and ignore the dead bugs on the windscreen.

The first pics are made on the A31, the Autobahn that connects the coast of the North Sea and the city Emden to the Ruhr area. This Autobahn is quite unique considering the construction was not only paid by the German governemt, but also by individuals, companies, towns, counties and the Netherlands!
The A31 isn't very busy and the scenery isn't very interesting, but this Autobahn is a fast one, very fast because of almost a total lack of speedlimits.


01) The A31.




02) An excellent car for highspeed cruising on the Autobahn.




03) Entering North Rhine-Westphalia.




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05) A concrete crashcarrier. One person wouldn't be impressed by this barrier because it isn't shiny...




06) Notice the brown sign, signalling 'Ruhrgebiet' which means Ruhr area. These kind of brown signs are used for (touristic) interesting locations in Germany. In the Netherlands they are also used.




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08) Entering the Ruhr area, somewhere near Gladbeck and Bottrop. There was a Stau (trafficjam) where the A31 meets the A2.




09) The end of the A31 in Bottrop.




The A2 is an important and busy Autobahn. It starts in Oberhausen in the Ruhr area and passes through the north of the Ruhr valley all way towards Berlin.


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11) The Dutch city Arnhem is written in Dutch on this sign, while on the previous pic we can see the same city written in German ('Arnheim').




12) This is where the A2 ends (or begins) and changes into the A3. A small section is 2x4 lanes, but after that it's 2x3 lanes till Cologne (Koln). This Autobahn starts in Oberhausen and connects cities like Duisburg, Düsseldorf, Leverkusen, Cologne, Wiesbaden, Frankfurt, Würzburg, Nuremberg and Regensburg in southern Germany.




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16) Non-interesting oddities: look at the sign with the plane on it above 'Dusseldorf' and compare it with the one on the previous pic.




17) These pics were taken on the way back home. This is also the A3 near Oberhausen. Notice the mill on the left.




18) For people who like carspotting: a VW Phaeton.

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Old October 25th, 2008, 10:09 AM   #1244
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18) For people who like carspotting: a VW Phaeton.
I've seen only one in the U.S., out of my entire 10 years of living here. It's verrryyyy rare. I suspect that it's rare in Europe also. It's one of the worst-selling cars in Britain.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 11:45 AM   #1245
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16) Non-interesting oddities: look at the sign with the plane on it above 'Dusseldorf' and compare it with the one on the previous pic.
I believe they do that on purpose. They direct the plane in the direction where you have to drive. (so to the right if you have to exit and straight up if you continue down a lane).
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Old October 25th, 2008, 02:23 PM   #1246
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i would have never noticed such a detail
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Old October 25th, 2008, 05:30 PM   #1247
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Nice pics! The A31 seems to be a good highway for racing. I'd also try the A20 to test my car
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Old October 25th, 2008, 08:02 PM   #1248
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On Thursday the first part of the A26 east of Stade has been opened.

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http://www.presseportal.de/polizeipr...spektion_stade
http://www.strassenbau.niedersachsen...=50862065&L=20

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The Autobahnatlas has a new map:
'Speed limits on motorways'


Map: http://autobahnatlas-online.de/Limitkarte.pdf
Legend: http://autobahnatlas-online.de/LegendeLimit_e.pdf
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Old October 25th, 2008, 08:07 PM   #1249
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I've seen only one in the U.S., out of my entire 10 years of living here. It's verrryyyy rare. I suspect that it's rare in Europe also. It's one of the worst-selling cars in Britain.
Not that rare in NL. I've seen in several times.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 08:39 PM   #1250
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my friend owns one
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Old October 25th, 2008, 08:55 PM   #1251
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On Thursday the first part of the A26 east of Stade has been opened.
Finally. I was there on a saturday and the Stade - A7 route is very slow, especially in Hamburg. On maps it seems like it's mostly forest but there are quite some Hamburg neighborhoods there.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 10:10 PM   #1252
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Wow, incredible, great job, a lot of work here.
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Yeah indeed, the level of detail is very high.

Lots of Autobahnen in the Ruhr Area without a speed limit... Unthinkable in the Netherlands.
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Old October 25th, 2008, 10:54 PM   #1254
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Imagine driving 150 km/h on the A13
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Old October 26th, 2008, 08:13 AM   #1255
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That would be my dream. Imagine if the U.S. was controlled by Germany...the wide flat middle states would have straight motorways for dozens of miles. Just imagine that speed :]
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Old October 26th, 2008, 09:07 AM   #1256
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I think Timon was being rather ironic Just imagine driving 150 km/h on I-5 near Seattle centre at 8 o'clock in the morning.

Back to US motorways. I wish they at least raised the speed limit to 130 km/h on straight rural stretches. They did it in Texas, why not in other states?
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I think Timon was being rather ironic Just imagine driving 150 km/h on I-5 near Seattle centre at 8 o'clock in the morning.

Back to US motorways. I wish they at least raised the speed limit to 130 km/h on straight rural stretches. They did it in Texas, why not in other states?
Haha I'm not sure if it was intentional, but you said 'back to US motorways', but this is the Autobahn thread :P.

I just wish they would eliminate speed limits for rural sections altogether. Oh wait...US highways are designed only for low speeds. And US drivers don't have the capacity to travel more than 70 mph.

Maybe the US motorways would be better off being taken over by the Germans
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Old October 26th, 2008, 10:56 AM   #1258
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I don't think a speed limit is needed on the I-94 in Eastern Montana, for instance. Anyway, we're getting OT. Any updates on the plans of the extension of the A20?
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Old October 26th, 2008, 02:47 PM   #1259
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On Thursday the first part of the A26 east of Stade has been opened.

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http://www.presseportal.de/polizeipr...spektion_stade
http://www.strassenbau.niedersachsen...=50862065&L=20

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The Autobahnatlas has a new map:
'Speed limits on motorways'


Map: http://autobahnatlas-online.de/Limitkarte.pdf
Legend: http://autobahnatlas-online.de/LegendeLimit_e.pdf
Nice job!

Only very few stretches with 100km/h limit or lower. It sure is one of the things why German roads are my favourites to drive on.
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Old October 26th, 2008, 03:24 PM   #1260
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That'll count for lots of Dutch
I like the detailed map. The only bad thing I encountered that they haven't got the info of all autbahnen yet. Still, they did a great job with publishing the info of the other 95%.
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