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Old October 15th, 2007, 11:33 PM   #41
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Zagreb - Belgrade is fully motorway
Zagreb - Budapest: croatian part is fully motorway (only 1 km of access to border is normal road), in Hungary you have about 30 km 2 way road between Nagykanizsa (city about 25 km after border) and Balaton Lake, other part is full motorway.

there are not any restrictions for any vehicles (except special occasions such as holidays).

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Old October 15th, 2007, 11:35 PM   #42
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The Hungarian part of the Budapest - Zagreb route isn't quite finished i thought. But Hungarian members can answer this better.

Belgrade - Zagreb is a full motorway.
Croatia-Hungary 1km border with bridge is u/c,and we have a gap of M7 between Nagykanizsa-Balatonszentgyörgy,which is also u/c
(I'd gladly show it,but imageshack refuses to show the pic I uploaded...)
Restriction we have is that trucks are not allowed to travel at weekends,except ones that transport perishable goods.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 01:59 AM   #43
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Victoria trip

My wife and I made a short trip to Victoria by ferry, so several pictures from our trip ŕ la Chriszwolle style

Heading North on Provincial Highway 99 after passing the border check point. This European-like guide sign is almost non-existent in the USA

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Entering the City of Surrey

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Sign indicating distance to ferry terminal at Tsawwassen and to Vancouver. Not quite a European style, but not US-like either

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Exit 10: King George Highway. Canada honours its royalty by naming highways, streets and other places after them

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Exit 20: Local access road to Point Roberts, a US exclave located south of Tsawwassen. To get to Point Roberts by car, one would need to cross into Canada and then back into the USA

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Google maps told me to take exit 20, and then follow the Ladner Road, but then I saw a guide sign telling me to continue on BC-99 further to reach ferries, so I re-entered the motorway

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To get to ferry terminal, we take exit 28 - a junction between BC-17 and BC-99.

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Now, we are passing over BC-99 and a sign tells us to take BC-99 South if we want to get back to Seattle. Notice the font is different from Interstate

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A not-so-clear guide sign directing to continue straight for the ferry terminal. From the picture, it may appear that you may get to ferries by taking either West or East Ladner Trunk Road, which is incorrect

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Now, we are heading South on BC-17 which will end at the ferry terminal. Along the way, they have an electronic sign that shows the delay time for ferry schedule. This time the 11:00 Ferry was full, so we had to wait 2+ hours

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Finally, we are boarding on a 13:00 ferry to Swartz Bay (Victoria)

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To be continued...
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Old March 16th, 2008, 02:59 AM   #44
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Thanks for the pics!

Last year I drove from Whitefish, Montana to Franks Slide along Hwy 3 in Alberta (OMG, now I'll have to post pics of my trip!) and your post reminded me: BC consistently uses jersey barriers instead of metal guardrails. Very unusual.
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Awesome pics, post more
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Old March 16th, 2008, 04:31 AM   #46
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BC consistently uses jersey barriers instead of metal guardrails. Very unusual.
You mean concrete barriers? I am not good in terminology. If so, then it is not that unusual on the West Coast because concrete barriers are much more abundant here than metal guardrails. Plus, they are safer
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Old March 16th, 2008, 04:55 AM   #47
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Vielen Dank für die Blumen... err, Bilder! Hehe, I remembered a song and got carried away... But the statement holds, great photos! I guess there's continuation?
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Hehe, whatever I can gather from the Island and the Vancouver itself A bit later.
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Old March 16th, 2008, 05:26 AM   #49
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You mean concrete barriers? I am not good in terminology. If so, then it is not that unusual on the West Coast because concrete barriers are much more abundant here than metal guardrails. Plus, they are safer
Yes, concrete barriers with that magically-shaped double-beveled face. I haven't been out west much, but on my trip I noticed that BC used them far more than either Montana or Alberta.
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Nice pictures.

I think the Interstate Font is the most used, a lot of countries are using it.
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Wow, great pics! I hope it was an enjoyable trip!
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BC has a nice route marker. Its very bright and colourful.
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I'd like to see this more often in North America- combining the route marker and direction ON the sign giving distances. Obviously, that's a common practice in much of Europe- I think it would also work quite well here.
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Great pics, can't wait til the next part.
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Now, we are passing over BC-99 and a sign tells us to take BC-99 South if we want to get back to Seattle.

Notice the font is different from Interstate


Yeah, that's an old sign with outdated font circa 1960's or 1970's. Notice the route marker is just simple black lettering on white background as opposed to the correct coloured route marker.
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That old font looks like the Mexican font.
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Yeah, that's an old sign with outdated font circa 1960's or 1970's.
In former USSR they still use the font similar to this with only capital letters.

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Thank you, it was a very enjoyable trip indeed especially in the middle of a crazy semester Too bad the break is over and I need to go back to school

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I'd like to see this more often in North America- combining the route marker and direction ON the sign giving distances. Obviously, that's a common practice in much of Europe- I think it would also work quite well here.
I would even prefer yet the greater degree of standardisation than this, but at least it's better than the US distance signs without route number on the sign.
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I would even prefer yet the greater degree of standardisation than this, but at least it's better than the US distance signs without route number on the sign.
And here's the best part: it would be cheaper than what's done now. The distance signs are already in place- it would be less expensive to add the route marker to those signs in the future with the eventual goal of not needing the stand-alone reassurance route marker. Win-win.
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And here's the best part: it would be cheaper than what's done now. The distance signs are already in place- it would be less expensive to add the route marker to those signs in the future with the eventual goal of not needing the stand-alone reassurance route marker. Win-win.
Agree 100%. But then some conservative whinnies would cry about their heritage being taken away
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All right, a few pictures from Vancouver Island. The ferry arrives to Swartz Bay after ~1.5 hours of sailing from Tsawwassen and we continue on the same BC highway 17. The distance from the ferry to Victoria city centre is about 30 km.

Find something unusual about this SUV? Yeah, an invisible driver My guess would be that the car was imported from Australia or New Zealand

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Again, a sign telling drivers to think metric. This one is very similar to the one posted right after the border, except for the green background. Intended for Americans arriving on the Washington State ferries from Anacortes, WA to Sidney, BC

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Some general BC-17 pictures

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Here, if you pay closer attention you will see snow peaks of the Olympic National Park across the Straight of Juan de Fuca

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I like that the acceleration lane marking (thick broken line) is run to the very end like in Europe (and pretty much everywhere else except for the USA)

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If you take a right turn, you will get to Trans-Canada Highway 1 which will lead to Nanaimo from where you can take ferry to Horseshoe Bay. From Horseshoe Bay you can either continue on Sea-to-Sky Highway toward Whistler or to the inland on Trans-Canada Hwy 1.

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Getting close to the city centre

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For now, I will take a break. Later I will try to find some pics from the drive to Vancouver. Hope you enjoyed this small report
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