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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:05 PM   #341
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Giro d'Italia

so, i have finally started to upload photos from my trip from this summer. uploading will probably last few more days, but i can allready start to put some pics. first - the plan of mytrip. blue line is going there, purple line is when i went back on different routes.

most of you will ask why i used ferries. well, i had only 4 days , i wanted to be in central Italy at friday morning, and at thursday i still had to work, so night driving was not option, and ferry was great because i took rest and was brand new in the morning to discover Italy. and one more thing - since i was a kid i wanted to tak a trip by ferry from Croatia to Ancona and now finally my dream came true!

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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:11 PM   #342
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That seems like a nice trip. I'm very interested in the roads around Nápoli, I heard some horrifying stories about the substandard freeways and drivers there.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:20 PM   #343
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No panic, you get used to that pretty soon.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:21 PM   #344
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so, first part: reaching Split. i picked my frinds in Zagreb, entered A1 and continued to Split. it was very crowded in first 40 km till Karlovac, but after that it was very pleasant to drive.











only 1 more year of jams at tunnel Mala Kapela!












also, jams at tunnel Sveti Rok are going to history soon, too!


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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:22 PM   #345
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my favourite point at A1




who would say what nice bridge this is! it is so unattractive from this perspective




this one promises...


...'cause you can see it from nearby rest area






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I like the signs indicating the almost finished tunnels. I'm looking forward to the rest of you pics
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:25 PM   #347
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Nice photos, and interesting signs with those smiles!
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:33 PM   #348
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rarely photographet exit 24a - Vučevica. probably because it is unusefull (untill they build tunnel under Kozjak)
























exiting the motorway and enterin Split's suburbia

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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:48 PM   #349
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going down to Split at D1








still not 2/2 at whole route


i hate this road, it is dangerous, full of curves and descending all the time








finally our ferry!








my x-type in ferry garage capacity is 300 vehicles, they are at 2 levels


this one left 1 h before us, but we overtook him and entered Ancona sooner


Split




it was interesting to investigate the ship, and when i was tired of it and wanted to make few more photos of Split and ship, it got too dark
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That seems like a nice trip. I'm very interested in the roads around Nápoli, I heard some horrifying stories about the substandard freeways and drivers there.
acutally, i heard it too, but there was no way of it. and i must say that Italians are good drivers. only when they exit from motorway, they got crazy in cities then comes the rule of the stronger
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http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a2...8/P8140075.jpg

Dutchmen everywhere

There are hardly places where you can't find Dutchmen in Europe.
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Video: A20 Montauban

A drive on the southbound A20 past Montauban in southern France.

you can check it here on high quality or watch below:

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sunrise at sea was really nice


i couldn't believe how the sea was calm while we were entering port of Ancona!






we took direction SS76 to Perugia because our first stop was Assisi. it is blue motorway and i was really interesed into its condition.

and it was not bad. a bit narrow as all italian expressways (also, often motorways), but quality was ok.




exit ramps are bad. they are very short and ending to merge the road very soon after leaving expressway. descents are also large. as those exits were built as addition.








entering the tunnels zone means end of dual carriageway.


road is still not bad, although not gorgeous.


Fabriano's bypass is 2+2


this is SS3. it is getting a new route to connect Fabriano and Foligno (probably een with Terni).




SS75 near Foligno




this Spello is really nice little city, we didn't plan to visit it, but when we saw it from expressway, we decided to visit it. and it was not fault at all!




and finally, our first planned stop point - Assisi!
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Who knows why they sometimes have the arrows pointed up, and pointed down? There doesn't seem to be a system in it. To be frank, I think the Italians are just dicking around with their signage and road guidances.
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there is also third way for arrows: km, dunno how to describe it, it goes straight and has a curve, as letter J upside down. i don't know does it have something with age of signs.

also, interesting thing - i expected direction signs to Perugia, but allready from Ancona we have Roma. somewhere around Foligno appears Perugia, and Roma dissappears made in Italy
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i'll try to keep the traffic on topic, but i must put at least some photos from Assisi: Santa Chiara and, of course, basilica San Francesco


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we're continuing in direction Perugia on SS75


this is intersection of SS3bis and SS75bis, so exit to Perugia actually


Balanzano means egg-plant


road has suddenly became totaly crappy and made in Italy




the name of this city (Deruta) describes road very well




we're taking exit Todi and continuing at SS448 to Orvieto
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SS448 is interesting. nice scenic road, lots of anti-avalanche covers, curvy, but nice to drive. condition is ok.






Radi may not see these wooden crash barriers because he will get a heart attack hoe human being dares to make something like this!




this is so "made in Italy". mass of direction signs makes you to stop in front of them and read them in order till you find your destination. i'm not oversizing, i really did it few times. this one is actually not that bad (and i remember that it was the first place where i stopped in front of it and read them)




Orvieto at the top
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again, few intermezzo photos of Orvieto. Duomo is really fascinating. people ask me "why Orvieto", and when I show them Duomo, they say "I see now why"




time to show myself


now again category "made in Italy": have you ever seen more weird placement for direction sign to motorway??


if you think you have, look at the street which leads to A1, according to that direction sign


this one is also not far from the first one
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ok, that's all for today. and it was all from free roads in Italy

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