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Old August 17th, 2010, 12:45 AM   #8361
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Old August 17th, 2010, 10:30 AM   #8363
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Old August 18th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #8364
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Old August 20th, 2010, 01:17 PM   #8366
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Old August 20th, 2010, 02:55 PM   #8367
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Companion on road trips

Hi there. This post is semi-ranting and semi-whining because I'm in a bad mood today

I know many people here in this forum like to do road trips just for the sake of the roads, for the driving/sightseeing/vehicle maneuvering/journey much more than for any destination. This is my case too.

Of course, as I have a special relation with such trips, it is not always easy to find people willing to travel with me. Since I've got my license and while in University I had always been the "designated driver" on normal holiday trips with my family or friends. They were always happy to let somebody else navigate the highways while they relaxed. The fact I don't speed and drive on a cautious approach help it.

Still, sometimes I want to make detours through highways I haven't driven in a while, or, in Italy, take mountain passes 2-lane roads instead of regular tunnel-viaduct-cut highways. My parents even started to love some of my detours through scenic routes or so, but their limits are 50 hairpins per day.

My friends always want the fastest route. So when we were in the University, I could lure them to compromise on longer journeys because I had the patience to drive through alternative routes during holidays, which didn't take more then congested highways

Now, I use to say that my next girlfriend have to, at least, tolerate road trips enough to stop suggesting "let's take a train instead", and even short flights, time allowing.

After 7 years with my license, I learned that it is better to take a road trip alone than with companions not really enjoying the road. So I've driven, at most, 14.500km in 21 days alone, like waking up, having breakfast, shaving, getting behind the wheels, stopping for photos and scenic vantage points/roadside landmarks or no more than 45 min. walking, coming back and repeating it, driving until dawn then crashing into a cheap roadside hotel.

So it is a paradox: travelling without any worries about bothering my companion(s) is great, but sometimes I feel like I've been not speaking enough and getting too introspective hahaha. After that 21-days trip, I felt like I was a little unused to hear people talking all the time, and it took me 1 day to adjust back to life out of the road - but the trip was the most amazing ever, a pity I've lost ALL the photos hehe.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 03:02 PM   #8368
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Hi there. This post is semi-ranting and semi-whining because I'm in a bad mood today

I know many people here in this forum like to do road trips just for the sake of the roads, for the driving/sightseeing/vehicle maneuvering/journey much more than for any destination. This is my case too.

Of course, as I have a special relation with such trips, it is not always easy to find people willing to travel with me. Since I've got my license and while in University I had always been the "designated driver" on normal holiday trips with my family or friends. They were always happy to let somebody else navigate the highways while they relaxed. The fact I don't speed and drive on a cautious approach help it.

Still, sometimes I want to make detours through highways I haven't driven in a while, or, in Italy, take mountain passes 2-lane roads instead of regular tunnel-viaduct-cut highways. My parents even started to love some of my detours through scenic routes or so, but their limits are 50 hairpins per day.

My friends always want the fastest route. So when we were in the University, I could lure them to compromise on longer journeys because I had the patience to drive through alternative routes during holidays, which didn't take more then congested highways

Now, I use to say that my next girlfriend have to, at least, tolerate road trips enough to stop suggesting "let's take a train instead", and even short flights, time allowing.

After 7 years with my license, I learned that it is better to take a road trip alone than with companions not really enjoying the road. So I've driven, at most, 14.500km in 21 days alone, like waking up, having breakfast, shaving, getting behind the wheels, stopping for photos and scenic vantage points/roadside landmarks or no more than 45 min. walking, coming back and repeating it, driving until dawn then crashing into a cheap roadside hotel.

So it is a paradox: travelling without any worries about bothering my companion(s) is great, but sometimes I feel like I've been not speaking enough and getting too introspective hahaha. After that 21-days trip, I felt like I was a little unused to hear people talking all the time, and it took me 1 day to adjust back to life out of the road - but the trip was the most amazing ever, a pity I've lost ALL the photos hehe.
How in the world have you lost ALL the photos???

Where have you driven 14.000 km in 21 days?
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Old August 20th, 2010, 04:13 PM   #8369
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Hi there. This post is semi-ranting and semi-whining because I'm in a bad mood today

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After 7 years with my license, I learned that it is better to take a road trip alone than with companions not really enjoying the road.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 08:08 PM   #8370
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How in the world have you lost ALL the photos???

Where have you driven 14.000 km in 21 days?
The trip was in Western Europe, covering mostly remote and rarely visited places, combined with some long stretches of highway driving (the longest one from Catania, Italy to Zaragoza, Spain).

My pen(flash)-drive (backup) was damaged due to overheat. I was in the road and didn't mind trying to buy some (they were not as ubiquitous as now) in a German speaking country's most remote rural villages. So Murphy came and the HD was damaged too, on the 18th day of my trip. I was so upset I didn't dare to take any further pictures from that trip.
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Old August 20th, 2010, 09:31 PM   #8371
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The trip was in Western Europe, covering mostly remote and rarely visited places, combined with some long stretches of highway driving (the longest one from Catania, Italy to Zaragoza, Spain).

My pen(flash)-drive (backup) was damaged due to overheat. I was in the road and didn't mind trying to buy some (they were not as ubiquitous as now) in a German speaking country's most remote rural villages. So Murphy came and the HD was damaged too, on the 18th day of my trip. I was so upset I didn't dare to take any further pictures from that trip.
Sorry for your photos.

Can you google-map your 14k km trip?
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Old August 20th, 2010, 09:46 PM   #8372
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Sorry for your photos.

Can you google-map your 14k km trip?
I'm planning to do so. And I'll post it here as soon as I'm done with it.
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 03:08 PM   #8373
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Going Nowhere: Traffic Jam Enters Ninth Day

10:17am UK, Monday August 23, 2010

Kat Higgins, Sky News Online



A 100km long traffic jam in China has entered its ninth day and drivers are being warned the bottleneck could continue for a month.



The road network into Beijing is struggling to cope with the volume of vehicles

Hundreds of trucks heading for Beijing on the Beijing-Tibet Expressway have been at a standstill because of roadworks in the capital.
Small traffic accidents or broken-down cars are aggravating the congestion which started on August 14.
But those affected have been taking the disruption in their stride.
Drivers have been playing chess or cards, with some joking "concerts should be held at each congested area every weekend, to alleviate drivers' homesickness".
And local residents have been benefiting from the queue too by setting up temporary stalls selling food and drink to the car owners.
There has been anger that some vendors have been making a small fortune by overcharging drivers for items including noodles and hot water.

Around 400 police officers are at the scene 24 hours a day to make sure the situation stays calm.

It is hoped the roadworks will be completed by the end of September but congestion and road safety are a huge concern for Chinese motorists.
Traffic jams have been frequent since May due to the rapid increase of trucks to a daily peak of about 17,000.
Niu Fengrui, director of the Institute for Urban and Environmental Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences told the Global Times poor road planning was part of the problem: "If there's no traffic jam in the city, that would be news.
"Our government should pick up the pace of urban infrastructure construction and spend some of its budget."

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Old August 23rd, 2010, 03:33 PM   #8374
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I wonder how these roadworks are carried out. I mean, you don't get a 100 km queue unless you narrow the road from 5 to 1 lane or something like that.
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 04:01 PM   #8375
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I wonder how these roadworks are carried out. I mean, you don't get a 100 km queue unless you narrow the road from 5 to 1 lane or something like that.
Or block all the exits preventing drivers to take alternative routes...
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 08:02 PM   #8376
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oh, so all media has transmitted that news i read that there was a huge jam, then appeared lots of minor accidents and finally lots of cars got broken in that jam because of heat.
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Old August 23rd, 2010, 11:46 PM   #8377
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Slovak media are also full of this jam..
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Old August 24th, 2010, 09:39 PM   #8378
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"Google StreetView" is coming to Latvia. They will start making pictures this week.
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Old August 24th, 2010, 10:57 PM   #8379
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They are also making pictures in 8 Slovak towns.

"StreetView car" in Bratislava



on some German autobahn - http://pocitace.sme.sk/c/4969167/ako...v-nemecku.html
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