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Old August 13th, 2008, 11:18 AM   #81
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Ok guys, after a 40 hour long exhausting journey (8 hours of driving, 1 day flight, 2 night flights and lots of waiting) I'm home, so I can start uploading my pictures. I don't really know where I made lots of pics and where I didn't, but I'm sure to have pics of:
- route 2 in Massachusetts and some secondary roads in MA and NH
- US 395 in Washington State
- Parks highway, Richardson highway and Glenn highway in Alaska
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Old August 13th, 2008, 02:03 PM   #82
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So, the first batch of pictures. The US 395 in Washington.
The route:
[IMG]http://i33.************/2r6po50.jpg[/IMG]

Pictures here: http://picasaweb.google.nl/timonabcoude/US395
I'll try to do some more whenever I have the time for it
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Old August 13th, 2008, 06:28 PM   #83
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Very nice pics, you had good weather. I commented on some in your picasa album (As: C.)
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Old August 13th, 2008, 06:32 PM   #84
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Very nice pics, you had good weather. I commented on some in your picasa album (As: C.)
Thanks for your comments
Weather over there is mostly like this - blue sky is no exception
My Alaska pics have a lot of clouds and rain. They aren't as good as these.

By the way, the pictures of the border crossing are missing. I'll post them asap in the national border crossings thread.
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Old August 14th, 2008, 11:42 AM   #85
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Ok, here's the second batch. The Parks Highway from Anchorage to Fairbanks. To give a general idea of the route:
[IMG]http://i38.************/ve6bex.jpg[/IMG]

It's about 360 miles. The pictures (76) are available here
The quality is worse than the first batch, due to my photographical qualities, the weather and the sometimes bumpy roads.
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Old August 14th, 2008, 11:47 AM   #86
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That's quite some distance:


Very nice pics, Timon!
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Old August 14th, 2008, 11:51 AM   #87
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The furthest distance sign I've seen is indicating Deadhorse 454 (or sth.) on the Dalton. There is also a sign there saying 'Speed limit 50, next 454 miles'
The furthest one on a 'normal' road I've seen indicates Valdez near Fairbanks, a distance of 360 miles. I did that in 8 hours, with lots of stops.
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Old August 14th, 2008, 02:13 PM   #88
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Just a small extra, some pics of the Dalton Highway over here
It's not a lot, since I couldn't get a spot in the front of the bus, but only in the middle. Some of the zoomed pics are quite bad compared to the others.
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Old August 14th, 2008, 06:58 PM   #89
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Another batch of 60 pictures. The Richardson Hwy from Fairbanks to Valdez. All taken on the 9th of August. It took me about 8 hours, including lots of stopping, to complete the 365 miles. The weather was a bit of everything. Temperatures ranging from 4 to 23 degrees Celsius. I've had rain, sun, clouds, wind and snow. Pictures over here
The route:
[IMG]http://i36.************/10535ax.jpg[/IMG]
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Old August 14th, 2008, 09:42 PM   #90
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Interestingly, several of those highways in Alaska are on the federal books as 'interstates', but the parts that are up to standard are not marked as such. The Glenn Highway freeway is officially 'I-A1' (unmarked) and the Parks is 'I-A4' (unmarked and most is not up to standard). Apparently, these designations are for federal funding purposes and not for navigation.



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Yeah, there are no real interstates in Alaska. Are there actually any 2-laned interstates in the US?
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Old August 14th, 2008, 09:57 PM   #92
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Maybe some tunnels. I believe the I-76 in Pennsylvania has 1 lane tunnels, though I'm not sure.
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Old August 14th, 2008, 10:09 PM   #93
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Great pictures Timon! I hope you enjoyed your trip!



Suicide road section, it really needs a warning sign "always wear your helmet (and seatbelt)"

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Old August 14th, 2008, 10:36 PM   #94
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The biggest danger are the moose actually. Luckily I didn't hit any, but I've seen a few on the roadside.
And what about this suicide gravel road. I was really scared here
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^ Doesn't look too scary.
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Old August 14th, 2008, 10:46 PM   #96
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The rocks are quite loose actually, and there were a few big ones next to the 'road'
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Seems that pavement ain't that bad on this road. Not a single "big" rock on it.
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It must have been fine to drive the route with not so much traffic and a scenery like that. Cliffs in the back reminds me a bit my home country part.. How about gas stations, rest areas on the route. Are there some between Fairbanks and Valdez?
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Yeah, there are no real interstates in Alaska. Are there actually any 2-laned interstates in the US?
The only two-lane sections of true interstate that I am aware of are on I-81 in the Thousand Islands area of New York (on a bridge) and on I-93 through the Francona Notch in New Hampshire. Both are not major impediments to commerce due to light traffic.

All of the former two-lane tunnels on the Pennsylvania Turnpike (and elsewhere on the I-system) have been twinned.

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How about the I-75 near Sault Ste. Marie at the Canadian border?
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