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Old January 12th, 2018, 05:51 PM   #38001
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Tumbleweed

Tumbleweed in Big Spring, Texas.

Do we have any of this in Europe?

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Old January 12th, 2018, 08:20 PM   #38002
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We do have them in Spain.

I once had to stop in order to remove one of them from the front grill of my car because it was making an annoying rattle.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 08:27 PM   #38003
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Last year I was driving on Route 66 in USA and the scenery was like you see on TV. Then a few tumbleweed rolls (2-3 pieces, not more) rolled in front of us, on the road. Like in the movies. I found it quite cool.

But to answer your question, no, I haven't seen anything like that in Europe.
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Old January 12th, 2018, 08:36 PM   #38004
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Last year I was driving on Route 66 in USA and the scenery was like you see on TV. Then a few tumbleweed rolls (2-3 pieces, not more) rolled in front of us, on the road. Like in the movies. I found it quite cool.

But to answer your question, no, I haven't seen anything like that in Europe.
*insert enrico moricone's music*
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Old January 12th, 2018, 09:04 PM   #38005
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*insert enrico moricone's music*
You mean Ennio Morricone

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Old January 12th, 2018, 09:06 PM   #38006
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Was not aware of him, but his music fits quite well in the scenery I've seen there:



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Old January 12th, 2018, 09:22 PM   #38007
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You mean Ennio Morricone

Yep, I wrote it on Slovak keyboard and concentrated too much on correct spelling of "Insert"

I meant this song in particular:
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Old January 13th, 2018, 10:29 AM   #38008
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Ha, that movie was partially filmed not far from my hometown . Every year fans of the movie meet at the Sad Hill cemetery to recreate some of the scenes and watch the movie.

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Old January 14th, 2018, 12:03 PM   #38009
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We do have them in Spain.
Tumbleweed in Spain:

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Old January 14th, 2018, 08:48 PM   #38010
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Old January 14th, 2018, 10:00 PM   #38011
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Tumbleweed looks an imminent fire hazard to me.
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Old January 15th, 2018, 01:12 AM   #38012
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This is on N-122 near its terminus at N-232/A-127, exactly around here. I quickly identified the mountain in the background, the 2,313 meter high Moncayo.
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Old January 15th, 2018, 05:56 PM   #38013
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Rest area on Southern Expressway in Sri Lanka

Rest area on Southern Expressway in Sri Lanka



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imagine this land, without this road..
southern expressway penetrating the western belt of wet zone Sri Lanka
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Old January 16th, 2018, 10:52 AM   #38014
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seing too many people idling the car in the mornings while removing ice from the wind shield. Its bad for the engine oil but most importantly its actually illegal. Do you idle the car while doing the pesky job ? I think its 1-3 minutes that is being allowed before getting fined but not so many people know it and/or care about it
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Old January 16th, 2018, 11:53 AM   #38015
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seing too many people idling the car in the mornings while removing ice from the wind shield. Its bad for the engine oil but most importantly its actually illegal. Do you idle the car while doing the pesky job ? I think its 1-3 minutes that is being allowed before getting fined but not so many people know it and/or care about it
It is illegal here to leave your engine running with no reason which also includes removing ice from a wind shield. Lot of people do that though. I do it sometimes when the ice is too thick.
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Old January 16th, 2018, 12:17 PM   #38016
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I think it's a necessary evil. If I don't run idle and crank the A/C, the windows will fog up. Which means I can't drive legally / safely.

Almost everyone does it. I tried it a few times, scrape the windows first and start the engine after. But then I still have to wait and idle before the windows get defogged, so it makes no difference.
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Old January 16th, 2018, 01:44 PM   #38017
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I always turn on the car, then clean the ice/snow, and then drive away. As Chris said, there's no point in cleaning the snow with engine off, and then wait in the car for the A/C to do its thing.

I don't think it's healthy for the engine to turn it on and 5 seconds later drive away, especially after a cold night. On the other side, I also don't think it's ok to leave it on for too long (>10 min) before actually driving away.
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Old January 16th, 2018, 01:46 PM   #38018
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I bet nobody, at least in Italy, has ever been fined for this.
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Old January 16th, 2018, 03:16 PM   #38019
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My neighbour, for instance, leave the flat little bit earlier to "warm up" his car for his wife. So he start the engine, remove ice, light up a cigarette and wait for approximately 10 minutes for her. Engine is kept running
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Old January 16th, 2018, 10:26 PM   #38020
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As Chris said, there's no point in cleaning the snow with engine off, and then wait in the car for the A/C to do its thing.
Sure there is a point. If you turn the engine on while the air input channels are covered by snow, after some milliseconds the cockpit will be full of humid air, which will stuck into the windshield and freeze.

Thus:

1) Clean the windshield and the air channels from snow
2) Get in. Clean your shoes to avoid snow to get in.
3) Start engine, turn fans to full speed to blow on the windscreen
4) Get out.
5) Clean windows from ice, roof and bonnet from snow
6) Get in. Again, clean the shoes.
7) When the windows remain open from ice, allow passengers to enter.

If the car is equipped with an extra remote-controlled heater, such as Webasto (like often in the North), the procedure is simpler:

1) Turn the Webasto on.
2) Have your breakfast
3) Enter the car and go.
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