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Old December 9th, 2012, 12:55 PM   #17521
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In the Netherlands it would be cows and clogs for dinner.
cows?! do they really get hit often by vehicles on the roads?
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Old December 9th, 2012, 01:06 PM   #17522
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In Scandinavian countries it will be moose then
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Old December 9th, 2012, 02:15 PM   #17523
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Old December 9th, 2012, 02:33 PM   #17524
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Old December 9th, 2012, 03:01 PM   #17525
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I hit one in Romania. It's very dangerous, I was lucky I wasn't speeding...
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Old December 9th, 2012, 03:08 PM   #17526
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I hit one in Romania. It's very dangerous, I was lucky I wasn't speeding...
i have once hit a roe-deer with my 1 day old car. fortunately, i was going very slow, maybe some 30-40 km/h and hit it into soft part (the part of leg where ham comes from, i don't know the word in english for it).
and once i have almost hit a fox. that would be very messy because i was speeding. very speeding. 140 or something like that.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 03:38 PM   #17527
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one of the most bizzarre accidents that i have ever heard of happenned. the guy was drunk, wanted to drive, but fell asleep afterd he had turned on the car. as his foot pressed the power pedal, the engine overheated and got burned. and not only that, it burned also the other car beside. and still not all, it burned also the boat parked nearby

article in croatian: http://www.vecernji.hr/regije/pijan-...-clanak-484863
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Old December 9th, 2012, 03:55 PM   #17528
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I know someone who almost ended in a ditch along a country road to kill a wild hare with his car and bring it at home to cook.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 03:56 PM   #17529
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I know someone who almost ended in a ditch along a country road to kill a wild hare with his car and bring it at home to cook.
useless. their bones spread to the meat and you cannot eat it. my friend did it with roe deer (killed it, but the meat was useless)
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In Romania some people are hunting rabbits with the car, by night.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 04:11 PM   #17531
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i have once hit a roe-deer with my 1 day old car. fortunately, i was going very slow, maybe some 30-40 km/h and hit it into soft part (the part of leg where ham comes from, i don't know the word in english for it).
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and once i have almost hit a fox. that would be very messy because i was speeding. very speeding. 140 or something like that.
I hit a fox once. It was in Abruzzo, in a zone where I saw foxes often. It was night, I was like "I hope to see a fox this time too", when in the middle of the road there were two of them. I managed to avoid one but hit the other... my front license plate is still bent.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 04:28 PM   #17532
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I almost hit an owl in flight. It was night and it flew very low, but luckily it raised just in front of my windscreen. Speed was about 90 km/h.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 04:31 PM   #17533
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now i rermembered my friend who hit a boar at autobahn near München. his Mercedes was destroyed.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 04:37 PM   #17534
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I once did a test drive with a new car and a hit a flying duck. One of the headlights was shattered and there was blood everywhere. I also hit a number of pigeons in the last few years, one with the bumper and another one straight at the windshield at 80 km/h.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 05:42 PM   #17535
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I've hit a labrador once on the A26 in France.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 05:43 PM   #17536
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Few years ago I was returning with a friend (each with his own car) from a swimming pool in Hungary by night. He was in front, and suddenly he hit the brakes hard... he did hit a rabbit and killed him (not on purpose). He took the rabbit and put him in the trunk.

At the border crossing the police officers didn't know why we were laughing
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Old December 9th, 2012, 05:44 PM   #17537
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Once a flying pigeon hit my front right lamp and damaged it.
This summer, while I was driving 120kph on A28, a bird sh*t on my windshield.
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I've hit a labrador once on the A26 in France.
Are highways fully fenced in France? If so, it was surely abandoned on purpose by someone I'd call criminal.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 05:49 PM   #17539
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In Estonia you can hit pretty much anything from foxes and rabbits to bears and moose with your car.
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Old December 9th, 2012, 06:36 PM   #17540
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Very nice. Some of those Queensland road signs gave me a chuckle -- never seen "TIRED DRIVERS DIE" down here in Sydney.

It was cool to see signage for the A1 in Queensland. That was still very recent at the time you posted those pictures; it would have been National Highway 1 (same symbol without the 'A') previously. NSW is switching over to alpha-numeric numbering next year, I think it's a huge improvement over the old system.

I was surprised to see that you encountered a lot of trucks going 120 km/h. They're supposed to be limited to 100 km/h (at least in NSW, I don't know if Queensland is different) and they usually stick to that in my experience.

I see you enjoyed the cuttings coming into Sydney. That freeway is one of the better roads around here, I think it's a marvelously engineered route through some unforgiving terrain. Sadly, Sydney is lacking in many other good roads .

The "complicated interchange" pictured from a bus isn't actually a very complicated interchange -- it's a slight variation on a half-diamond. It looks complicated from that angle because the elevated freeway to your right is leading into a cut-and-cover tunnel. There are a couple of ramps from the street below that connect them to the freeway. The top isn't part of the interchange at all, it's the top of the tunnel.

When I saw you were going from Cairns to Melbourne, I thought you'd be taking the A2/A39 and not the M1/A1/M31 from Brisbane to Seymour. Did you choose that route so you could take in Sydney?

Sorry for the sudden barrage of comments. I wish I could have commented on this before, but I don't want to quote a years-old post in that thread now.
Thanks for your comments!

About trucks going 120 km/h: I probably exaggerated a bit. I usually drove about 105 km/h where speed limit was 100 km/h (depends on accuracy of the speedometer), so trucks that overtook me must've driven 110-115 km/h, which is still fast for trucks.

The cuttings before Sydney were very impressive. But I forgot to take a photo of cuttings between both carriageways - those were most interesting to me. Like here.

I took the M1/A1 because of Sydney and the coast of course. I'm not sure the A2/A39 is very interesting. But I took the M31 only to Goulburn, then I turned to Canberra and the coast (Princes Highway).
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