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Old August 3rd, 2009, 12:39 AM   #281
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An unnumbered road towards Kapciamiestis which is our last urban destination from where we'll be trying to advance towards the LT/PL border via a forest road
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A surprisingly good forest road connecting only a few little villages. We meet a wedding ceremony
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A few meters of a cobble-stoned road which was left since the 19th century of the Czarist Russia. It is not pleasant to drive on but is actually just about 50m long and perhaps was left on purpose as a "heritage" road
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Driving further towards the border. Our TomTom indicates that the road will soon be a dead-end
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Now TomTom is shittin' us . The road was there and actually in a very decent condition which didn't cause any problems even to our little Mitsubishi Colt
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 12:40 AM   #282
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Witamy w Polsce! The checkpoint is not in use since both LT and PL joined the Schengen agreement which allows to travel without stopping at borders. After a few minutes of wandering around we saw a truck coming from that forest road. It seems that even on such little roads there is some traffic which surely benefits the economic activities of the nearby villages and towns.
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This sign was built some time after the 2004 EU membership... but it seems they didn't find money to dismantle it after the Schengen membership. The checkpoint is actually abandoned and there is noone guarding it at any time (contrary to what is written on it)
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Welcome back to Lithuania. We soon drove back via the same road which doesn't "exist"
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Old August 3rd, 2009, 11:42 PM   #283
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Great set of pictures
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Old August 4th, 2009, 02:30 PM   #284
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Audi is by far the most popular premium/luxury car brand in Lithuania. One may get an impression that it's the national car because no matter if you are rich or poor, you have an Audi. Old Audi 80 remains one of the most popular models among those who can't afford anything reasonably new (very obvious in the countryside) while all kinds of new Audis are popular among those who can afford a new car. Being a die-hard Audi fan myself I don't mind that at all. Why drive anything else if you can drive Audi? .
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That's an Estonian license plate, though

I just came back from Lithuania this morning. I took the overnight bus to Vilnius and back. Seems that border control is still very much in place in Lithuania. We were woken up for some ID checking on the border between Latvia and Lithuania both times. Doesn't bother me, though. Vilnius-Panevežis motorway looked and felt great. In addition, traffic was really light around 10PM(sometimes there were no cars in sight) and I would love to drive there. Since we stayed at a lake near Moletai, we could also see a bit of A14. I was surprised to see some sections with concrete pavement since the use of concrete on roads in the Baltic states is really rare. Signage is very similar to Estonian signage but place names are often poorly signed, at least on the A14. I didn't drive there, but as much as I could see, driving culture is a bit more agressive and less tolerant towards pedestrians and cyclists than in Estonia but both are way behind Finland and other Scandinavian countries.
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Old August 4th, 2009, 04:12 PM   #285
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^ A14 is an only road in Lithuania which has concrete pavement. But more and more of it is replaced by an asphalt. As for example 6 km near Vilnius



Or last year reconstructed 11 km part ~40 km away from Vilnius. A seen here:





Also ~5 km before Utena is asphalt, but still ~70 km of a14 road is concrete pavement :

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Old August 4th, 2009, 04:23 PM   #286
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Looks like old Reichsautobahn
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Old August 4th, 2009, 05:49 PM   #287
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^ A14 is an only road in Lithuania which has concrete pavement.
What about A3? Is the road repaved to asphalt?
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Old August 4th, 2009, 08:42 PM   #288
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Concrete isn't that bad. It needs to be maintained though. Look at the Germany, there are quite many concrete motorways over there.
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Old August 5th, 2009, 02:08 AM   #289
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Perhaps one also needs a more decent car to get used to concrete. I was driving on the A13 last year with a Citroen C3 and it kinda sucked... the road was good but that "hard and cold" feeling under the wheels wasn't as nice as riding on fresh and "soft" asphalt
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we could also see a bit of A14. I was surprised to see some sections with concrete pavement
A reserve runway for Soviet Air Force in time of war if needed. Usual tarmac/asphalt would not be able to handle contemporary fighters or bombers.
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What about A3? Is the road repaved to asphalt?
As far as I know - A3 has asphalt, not concrete surface, but I'm not entirely sure
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Old August 5th, 2009, 09:11 AM   #292
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^ According to this map, half of the road is with concrete surface,

http://www.lra.lt/en.php/lithuanian_...pavements/4108
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Nice report from A6 road (Kaunas-Utena-Zarasai-Daugavpils(LV)) by Romas from ************/forumas. All following pictures are his. There are quite much roadworks on A6 at this moment. 26 km from 3 stretches is being reconstructed at this moment

In some parts road was very curvy, as example seen in following map


So It was decided to straighten it, by constructing a entirely new stretch of road






Old stretch on the right




In some stretches road is already paved





Other stretches are also under construction







Last year reconstructed parts







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Old August 8th, 2009, 06:15 PM   #294
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Really like the reports, Pansori!! Great to see such high-quality even regional roads! Thanks also Xmaster!
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Old August 8th, 2009, 06:51 PM   #295
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Really like the reports, Pansori!! Great to see such high-quality even regional roads! Thanks also Xmaster!
Thanks for your appreciation. Nice to hear that you enjoyed it.

I would love to see some reports from Via Baltica though.
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 10:43 PM   #296
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Some OT: A guy decided, that on Lithuanian motorways speed is unlimited as it is in Germany. Action takes place between Vilnius and Kaunas very early morning.

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That really doesn't look like 275 km/h. Maybe 160 - 180 at the end. Look at the road furniture passing by.
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I think at the end he was already slowing down, when camera was filming outside the car
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Old August 23rd, 2009, 11:17 PM   #299
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Perhaps this was the same 200SX, that overtook me on A1 near Kaunas, earlier this summer.
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Old August 24th, 2009, 02:35 AM   #300
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That really doesn't look like 275 km/h. Maybe 160 - 180 at the end. Look at the road furniture passing by.
He certainly did well over 200km/h. I think it's very likely he actually did 275km/h.

160km/h is something I do with my mother's Citroen C3 1.4TDI
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