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Old September 21st, 2008, 01:39 AM   #561
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... be aware that the date format most commonly used in the USA differs from that used elsewhere, here it is (annoyingly, to me) 'MM-DD-(YY)YY', *NOT* 'DD-MM-(YY)YY', in case of any confusion.
Hehe, on the flight from München to Denver, Lufthansa showed an instructional video about the differences between American way of writing date and digits and that of the rest of the world

However, in the immigration inspection area, when American border officers wanted to deport one Russian, they asked him his height in centimetres and weight in kilogrammes
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Old December 17th, 2008, 09:43 PM   #562
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Roadtrip Advice - Cross-Country North America

Hi all.

I hope I can get a few responses. I am traveling from Southern Ontario, through the continental United States to reach Vancouver, British Columbia.

Now that may seem fine and dandy, but realize, I am driving this route later this month/early January.

I am wondering if any locals could have any driving advice.

Here is the route I have chosen. Basically Google Maps says it takes 1 extra hour to take the more southern I-80 route compared to the 'shorter' I-94 route through North Dakota and such.

I would prefer to go more south, just due to it likely being a bit warmer in winter, since the I-94 runs an average of 800 km (500 miles) more north than I-80.

Just wondering for some tips. What to expect, some hazard areas, what equipment to bring along. I'm reading about tire chains online, however, they are completely illegal in Ontario in all circumstances. New tires will be on the car.

Here is the route: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sadd...550781&t=h&z=5

Hope you can help me out. And hey, maybe we can give travel advice to roadtrippers if they need it.

Thanks all in advance!

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Old December 17th, 2008, 09:52 PM   #563
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I-80 through Wyoming can get pretty hazardous... They sometimes close the entire Interstate there due to blowing snow and blizzards.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 06:01 PM   #564
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5-country roadtrip: NL / D / F / L / B

I did a two-day roadtrip to 5 countries, well, 4 counting only the foreign countries to me.

route:

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Distance: ~1100 kilometers
Fuel consumption: 1 liter on 17 km and 1 liter on 19 km
Traffic jams: 1 near Köln, no big deal.
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Photos and videos will be added shortly! Check back often

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Old April 11th, 2009, 06:06 PM   #565
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First set:

A12 - A3 Dutch-German border.

Good Friday, or "Karfreitag" began with a lot of patience for many Germans. There was a 25 km traffic jam between Emmerich and Arnhem.

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Old April 11th, 2009, 06:12 PM   #566
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Any bigger please?
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Old April 11th, 2009, 06:40 PM   #567
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I can post bigger pics, but then the loading time will be longer.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 06:43 PM   #568
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No Chris, don't. The size is perfect.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 06:50 PM   #569
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950 photos, OMG! Chris, do you enjoy driving (and for so long) even though you have to take photos all the time? Btw, how did the battery survive for so long?
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Old April 11th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #570
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Chris, I also think that the size should be larger (at least 800x600). Now, it's too hard to see details.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 07:25 PM   #571
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Set two:
A59 Duisburg

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I decided to break up the A59 set into three parts, one for every part of the A59. This one's in the vast urban landscapes of Duisburg.

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1. Entering A59 near Dinslaken.
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2. Dinslaken-Hiesfeld
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3. The first Duisburg exit. There are 12 exits of Duisburg along A59, plus two interchanges.
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4. Oberhausen is not far from here.
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5. Duisburg-Fahrn.
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6. Duisburg-Marxloh
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7. Passing over a canal
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8. Interchange: Kreuz Duisburg-Nord (A42)
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9. The A59 is build on narrow lands in a dense urban area
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10. It kinda looks like a Parkway though at times.
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11. Distance table.
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12. Lots of exits ahead.
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13. Duisburg-Meiderich
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14. No shoulders here.
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15. Duisburg-Ruhrort
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16. Interchange: Kreuz Duisburg (A40).
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17. Passing over the port of Duisburg, the biggest inland port of Europe.
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18. Interchange.
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19. Construction ahead, the roadway parts into two separate lanes.
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20. Urban landscapes touching the Autobahn.
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21. Duisburg-Duissern.
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22. Road renovation.
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23. Umwelt zone in Duisburg. Do you think those cars make a big difference considering the shipping and industries of Duisburg?
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24. No traffic jam at this construction site.
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25. Temporary exit Duisburg-Zentrum.
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26. Is this the famous Autobahn? Yes it is.
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27. The Duisburg-Hochfeld exit was closed at this time.
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28. Ancient bridge
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29. Duisburg-Wanheimerort.
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30. Six lanes, yay!
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31. Duisburg-Buchholz
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32. It's only six-laned for a short section.
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33. Duisburg-Großenbaum.
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34. Distance table
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35. End of the A59 in 1500 meters
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36. I go right. I went left the last time (2006).
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Old April 11th, 2009, 07:32 PM   #572
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The next video is a video registration of the exact same road as the pictures above: A59 Duisburg.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 07:52 PM   #573
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A59 Düsseldorf - Leverkusen

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The second part of the A59 runs between the Landeshauptstadt Düsseldorf and Leverkusen, a major suburb of Köln (Cologne). It's a much more quiet Autobahn than the adjacent A3.

route:
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1. Interchange: Kreuz Düsseldorf-Süd.
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2. Exit within the interchange.
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3. Exit Düsseldorf-Benrath.
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4. 2x2 lanes here.
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5. Distance table
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6. Düsseldorf-Garath.
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7. Oddly signed Solingen, possibly because of the planned A54 which was never build.
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8. Richrath exit ahead.
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9. Power lines almost touching the signs
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10. Leverkusen is the next major city.
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11. Exit Monheim. There's some rural area between Düsseldorf and Köln.
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12. Interchange: Kreuz Monheim-Süd
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13. The A542 is nowadays a short connector to the A3 motorway, but was planned as the A54 Autobahn.
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14. Standard interchange signage.
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15. Some A1 destinations now
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16. Rheindorf exit
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17. I thought Opladen was a part of Leverkusen, but it's signed as a independent city here.
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18. Last interchange: Kreuz Leverkusen-West.
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19. We need to take the A1
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20. A59 ends immediatly after this interchange.
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21. The A59-A1 connector is very long, almost 2 km.
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22. That's the A1.
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23. A1, we need to take the A3 South.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 08:29 PM   #574
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A59 Köln - Bonn

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The third and last part of the A59 runs from Dreieck Heumar near Köln (Cologne) to the east side of Bonn, and is a busy commuter Autobahn. It also serves the Köln-Bonn Airport.

route:
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1. Interchange: Dreieck Heumar A3/A4/A59.
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2. We take the A59
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3. A59 and A4 splits seconds later.
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4. Exit Rath.
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5. A559 traffic from Köln-Zentrum merges on the left. (actually A59 merges onto A559)
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6. Flughafen = Airport
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7. Exit Köln-Porz + Airport
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8. Ugly
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9. Bonn 21km
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10. Exit Köln-Wahn
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11. Busy traffic, though freeflowing.
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12. Exit Lind
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13. Major exit, with the B8.
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14. Next exit: Spich
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15. Spich plus Niederkassel. Niederkassel is not near Oberkassel or Kassel.
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16. Exit Troisdorf
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17. Traffic is easing now we left the Köln urban area
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18. Interchange: Dreieck Sankt Augustin-West
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19. A560 is the last chance to get onto the A3 to Frankfurt, since the A59 ends not much further in the Bonn urban area.
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20. Bonn is straight ahead.
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21. Interchange: Dreieck Beuel is ahead. 2x3 lanes in between.
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22. Bonn is actually signed via A565, though you can reach it too via A59/A524
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23. We're heading for Bad Godesberg, which is a part of Bonn.
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24. Two exits close after eachother.
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25. Exit Bonn-Beuel
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26. And exit Pützchen
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27. The last interchange on A59
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28. B42 continues south on the east side of the Rhine as an expressway.
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29. A562 to Bonn/Bad Godesberg.
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Old April 11th, 2009, 08:43 PM   #575
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The A59 gap near Köln is filled by the A3 Autobahn. Here's a video of it. It was quite busy, but most of the congestion was north of Kreuz Leverkusen, where I took the A59.

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Old April 11th, 2009, 10:24 PM   #576
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Cool. Very nice pics and vids Chris. Thanks for sharing. You did this in one day?
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Old April 11th, 2009, 11:38 PM   #577
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Nice report, Chris! The A59 looks quite substandard on some places, and some spots suffer from Belgiumism
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Old April 11th, 2009, 11:48 PM   #578
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A562 Bonn

The A562 is not much more than a bridge across the Rhine, and is only like 3 kilometers long. It gives a great view on the Bonn urbanized area though.

1. Exiting the end of the A59 Autobahn.
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2. Entering A562.
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3. Bonn's tallest.
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4. Immediatly an exit
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5. Exit Bonn-Beuel-Süd
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6. And the last two exits:
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7. DHL tower with an S-bahn in the median.
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8. Bonn-Rheinaue, last exit before the bridge.
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9. A view on the DHL tower
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10. U-bahn station
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11. Exit Bonn-Bad Godesberg.
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12. Exit Bonn-Zentrum / B9
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13. New dive-under with a S-bahn station on top of it. Germany at it's best.
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14. Sharp U-turn, end of A562.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 12:11 AM   #579
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Wow, it is already that green in Germany? Here in central Poland we have (mostly) no leaves yet, buds only... Vegetation is surely few weeks faster in the West
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