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Old November 17th, 2012, 11:34 PM   #17101
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I've read that cars should be equipped with special air filters for such higher altitude places, because oxygen and air pressure is different and the whole combustion process changes, the car looses engine power etc.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 12:01 AM   #17102
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The Eisenhower tunnel on I-70 in Colorado reaches the extreme altitude of 3401 meters! It's probably the highest motorway in the world.
Except that Americans don't use the word "motorway", but it counts as one.

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There is a substandard motorway in La Paz, Bolivia at 4.000 meters altitude.
I'm awaiting for the arrival of G6 to Lhasa. It will reach 5400 meters altitude .
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Old November 18th, 2012, 12:45 AM   #17103
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Except that Americans don't use the word "motorway", but it counts as one.
I use "motorway" to refer to every full grade-separated, access-controlled and divided road with at least two lanes for each direction and reserved to motorized traffic only, regardless how it's called in the local language.
Otherwise only UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand have motorways!
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In real life, electronic toll collection was first introduced in Bergen, Norway in 1986, and well into the 21th century many countries still struggle to implement it.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 12:45 AM   #17104
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There is hardly any info about snow tires (as they are called in the U.S.) in the United States. So I take it they are not required state-wide anywhere, but I believe the authorities can make a decision to allow only vehicles with snow tires or chains in mountainous areas.
I believe snow tires were required between certain dates when I was too young to drive. In states where the weather justifies it, of course.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 12:48 AM   #17105
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Wow, just after the page refreshed after my post, the new Penn's Wood's post appeared after mine! Never happened to me before.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 02:45 AM   #17106
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I just booked a 4 night stay in Vienna starting 15.12.12.
I hope Christmas Market will rise to expectations

I'm thinking to spend a day also in Bratislava, maybe another in Graz.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 02:50 AM   #17107
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^you really know how to relax!



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Old November 18th, 2012, 03:07 AM   #17108
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Actually it's not so relaxing, usually there's a lot of walking and driving involved.
But it's fun, I love seeing new places, and not only the touristic advertised stuff.
But I'm young, don't have children, so enjoy it while it lasts.

I am not the person that waits for retirement to go and see the world
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Old November 18th, 2012, 03:12 AM   #17109
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Good spending of time just before the world ends.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 11:01 AM   #17110
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about winter tyres - i have always been watching those videos from USA where the cars are sliding and crashing at the snow and ice, but those are probably all seaside areas (at least i hope so) because similar things were happening here in HR last year when the guys down there at the seaside had a lot of snow, which happens once in 30 years
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Old November 18th, 2012, 11:10 AM   #17111
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snow tires are not very effective on ice anyway.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 11:25 AM   #17112
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snow tires are not very effective on ice anyway.
true for the frozen lake surface. but the ice in asphalt pores, which is the most often ice-thing on the road, they are effective, at least more than summer tires. (mostly because of their softness; summer tires turn into rolling piece of stone at low temperatures, and make very low friction)
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Old November 18th, 2012, 06:45 PM   #17113
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snow tires are not very effective on ice anyway.
Only on pure black ice which is not common. If there is just a tiny bit of snow for additional grip and usually this is the case, then snow tires are much much better better than normal tires.
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Old November 18th, 2012, 07:59 PM   #17114
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I believe I have what are advertised as "all-weather tires." If it's icy, I don't drive.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 11:37 PM   #17115
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Meanwhile in America (strangely, not Russia ):
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Old November 20th, 2012, 03:49 PM   #17116
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Have you ever used one of these, young people



Britain's 'last typewriter' produced
Makers of the last typewriter to be built in the UK will donate the machine to a museum, it was revealed today, bringing to an end the 130-year history of the machine in Britain.


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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:07 PM   #17117
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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:16 PM   #17118
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Have you ever used one of these, young people
Yes I have My parents had an old typing machine when I was young. I also worked on a pre-MS DOS laptop from the early 1980s.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 05:23 PM   #17119
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I still have a typewriter somewhere, but I haven't used it for like 15 years.
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Old November 20th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #17120
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I owned one, too,actually still have it. It has been inherited from my father and I used to write poetry on it, which I sent to some newspapers Though, my machine had a different layout to that one on the picture. It was so called QWERTZ, where 'Y' and 'Z' were switched to match Polish language requirements. We do not use 'Y' too often, so 'Z' appeared in more suitable location (I think).
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