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Old April 12th, 2009, 10:11 AM   #581
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Cool pics of the Autobahn, Chris. I hope you enjoyed your trip, and look forward to updates. Can't wait to see the other countries.

Oh, and I agree with Fuzzy Llama...seems like the trees start to bloom early in Germany. Nothing here yet either.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 10:39 AM   #582
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B9 Bonn - Koblenz - Bingen

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Time to get off the Autobahn, and take the scenic route! This one travels through the Rhine river valley, which is almost a gorge at times. The B9 is a high-standard road between Bonn and Koblenz, with a lot of expressway standard sections, especially in Koblenz. All those grade-separated intersections would be unthinkable in any city in the Netherlands. I post them in parts, since there are over 200 pictures of the B9.

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1. Tram station in Bonn, on top of the A562.
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2. The B9 is a nice 2-lane road in Bonn.
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3. Another tram approaching, seems like a high frequency service.
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4. Rare sign. To turn left, you first have to turn right and then left twice to cross the intersection. As y'all probably know, the left turns are the worst on an intersection.
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5. Mini-church on this intersection. Also notice the traffic light.
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6. White signage. I'm heading for the "straßentunnel".
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7. A nice tunnel to relieve this neighborhood of traffic. Way to go Germany!
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8. Tunnel was about 1 - 1.5 km long or so.
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9. Short expressway here. It turned out later that I should've passed that Buick.
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10. The "Siebengebirge" (Seven Mountains)
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11. The river Rhine (Rhein)
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12. Lots and lots of cyclists. Though cycling is mostly of recreational nature in Germany.
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13. Gas prices in Germany. Diesel is slightly more expensive, Gasoline is cheaper than in the Netherlands.
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14. B9 with shoulders. You see that from time to time in Germany, but it's surely not a standard.
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15. Local exit. Notice the railway on the right. The B9 parallels a railway very close along it's entire route to Bingen.
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16. Spring colors.
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17. Peeking across the Rhine.
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18. Remagen. I thought this was the place where the Allies captured the first bridge across the Rhine intact in WWII.
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19. Aral is a very common gas station in Germany, but I've never seen one in NL.
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20. Remagen-Süd exit.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 10:46 AM   #583
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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?
Nah, 950 photos for 1100 kilometers is not that much, you should talk to ABRob

I had a couple of sets of batteries, and I recharged at the campsite. ( € 3,50 for electricity for one night is nuts though, seems like campsites want to make a profit from providing power).
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Old April 12th, 2009, 10:49 AM   #584
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Beautiful pics, Chris. I passed there by train about a year ago. Unfortunately it was foggy and raining. It made it look very mysterious though.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 10:50 AM   #585
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Cool. Very nice pics and vids Chris. Thanks for sharing. You did this in one day?
No, two days, I stayed at a campsite in Kirkel (just east of Saarbrücken).

€ 13,95 for one night. I usually pay between € 10 and € 15 for a night on the campsite, much cheaper than hotels, plus you get to be outdoors
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Old April 12th, 2009, 10:58 AM   #586
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Let's continue down the B9.

21. Expressway
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22. Sinzig-Süd
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23. Bad Breisig industrial zone.
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24. Shopping mall Bad Breisig.
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25. Bad Breisig: end of the expressway
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26. Nice church.
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27. LOTS and LOTS of motorbikes this day.
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28. Rhine valley.
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29. Almost alpine with those rocks.
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30. Major intersection.
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31. Another expressway part.
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32. Andernach exit.
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33. Parkway-like. We should have had that concept in Europe too.
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34. Another Andernach exit, it's a somewhat larger town.
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35. And a third Andernach exit.
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36. Exit Andernach-Ost.
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37. Interchange with the B254 to Neuwied across the Rhine.
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38. Nuclear power plant near Andernach.
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39. Local exit.
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40. I think this road can be considered a "Gelbe Autobahn" (Yellow Motorway).
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Old April 12th, 2009, 11:18 AM   #587
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Continue into Koblenz.

41. Interchange with the A48 Autobahn ahead.
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42. Weird center sign. Never seen this before.
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43. 8-lane bridge.
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44. Exit Koblenz-Lützel.
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45. Welcome in Koblenz.
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46. Old, dirty sign.
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47. Another 8-lane bridge. With speed cameras
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48. I have to get on the right two lanes here.
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49. Very urban expressway.
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50. Koblenz has some great scenery around the city.
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51. B9 narrows down to one lane, end of the expressway ahead.
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52. We're going to Boppard.
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53. We're next to the railway again.
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54. Local exit.
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55. Intersection to Rhens and A61, which runs just a few kilometers to the west, and at a much higher elevation.
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56. Nice castle ahead.
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57. Running adjacent to the railway.
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58. Lots of vineyards here.
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59. A train coming towards us.
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60. Entering Boppard town.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 11:34 AM   #588
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61. Church in Boppard.
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62. The valley.
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63. Another village across the Rhine.
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64. Rhine view.
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65. Another regional train.
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66. Local tour caravan.
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67. Castle.
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68. Sign.
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69. Loreley.
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70. Express train.
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71. Ancient tower.
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72. Intersection towards the Autobahnen.
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73. Castle in the middle of the Rhine river!
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74. General valley view.
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75. Another motorcycle.
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76. The valley is completely gone after you pass Bingen. Quite weird.
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That's the B9 set
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Old April 12th, 2009, 11:54 AM   #589
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I'm so jealous now...

Here in Finland it's always lake, trees, snow, lake, trees, snow,... :p.

And now the snow is almost completely gone, so it's quite boring.. I'm hoping to see some green in a few days..
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Old April 12th, 2009, 01:13 PM   #590
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Great pictures Chris!

Wish I could go for a drive in 5 countries in two days, but I can't do that in Australia.

I would love to see some pictures of France.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 02:20 PM   #591
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A60 Bingen - Mainz

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The next journey takes us back on the Autobahn, from the interchange Dreieck Nahetal (A61/A60), eastbound to the city of Mainz. The set ends near interchange Kreuz Mainz-Süd (A60/A63).

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1. Interchange: Dreieck Nahetal.
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2. Exit Bingen-Ost.
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3. The next exit is closed,
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4. See?
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5. Old signage.
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6. Exit Ingelheim-West.
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7. The pavement quality of the A60 is rather low.
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8. Exit Ingelheim-West.
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9. Provisional 2x3, no shoulders, as seen often in Germany.
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10. Exit Ingelheim-Ost.
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11. Ingelheim-Ost.
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12. Distance table.
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13. Exit Heidesheim.
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14. Overhead sign.
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15. Heidesheim.
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16. Last distance table before Mainz.
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17. Interchange: Dreieck Mainz.
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18. We're heading for Mainz.
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19. Exit Mainz-Finthen.
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20. The beltway of Mainz is also shoulderless.
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21. Yellow signage for the local roads.
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22. I think this road is jam-packed during rushhour.
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23. Mainz touristic sign.
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24. Exit Mainz-Larchenberg.
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25. Short exit ramp.
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26. Interchange: Kreuz Mainz-Süd.
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27. A63 to Kaiserslautern.
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28. I'm exiting here.
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A63 Mainz - Kaiserslautern

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The A63 is a north-south motorway connecting the larger cities of Mainz and Kaiserslautern. The last part near Kaiserslautern is relatively new, it opened in 2004.

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1. Entering A63 southbound at Kreuz Mainz-Süd.
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2. Exit Klein-Winternheim ahead.
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3. The right lane becomes the exit.
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4. Exit Nieder-Olm ahead. The pavement quality of the A63 was only mediocre.
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5. There ain't a hilly scenery either, this is Rheinhessen.
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6. Exit Nieder-Olm.
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7. Next is exit Saulheim.
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8. Standard fork-signage
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9. This is a minor exit along A63.
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10. Kaiserslautern 59km.
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11. Spring colors, that's how I like it.
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12. Exit Wörrstadt ahead.
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13. This is a more important exit, an Autohof is planned here.
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14. This part of A63 is quite old, but I'm not sure how old exactly.
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15. Finally a view, and huge windmills in the hazy distance.
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16. Exit Biebelnheim.
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17. This one's rather close on the next Interchange.
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18. Notice the two fonts; mittelschrift and engschrift.
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19. Interchange Kreuz Alzey ahead with the A61.
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Layout of the interchange:


20. Most traffic heads to or from the A61 south here.
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21. First the southbound directions exit.
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22. Then the northbound, it's usage would be low considering you also came from the north.
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23. Pirmasens is the new city on the signage.
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24. Exit Erbes-Büdesheim.
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25. The area becomes somewhat more hilly.
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26. Exit Freimersheim.
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27. Next is Kirchheimbolanden (nice name).
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28. First parking area since Mainz.
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29. Exit Kirchheimbolanden ahead.
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30. This is a somewhat larger town.
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31. Typical German; no shoulders on the exit-lane.
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32. Finally Saarbrücken signed.
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33. General view.
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34. Göllheim exit.
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35. This is a more important exit.
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36. These are the foothills of the Hunsrück mountains.
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37. Exit Winnweiler ahead.
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38. Exit signage.
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39. Closing in on Kaiserslautern, an American-inhabited city.
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40. This part is newer. Notice the relatively narrow shoulders, a truck doesn't fit there.
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41. One of a few bridges across a valley.
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42. Exit Sembach.
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43. I'm heading for Saarbrücken.
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44. Forests.
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45. Dreieck Kaiserslautern.
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46. The last part of the A63 has some curves.
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47. Exit Kaiserslautern-Centrum is within the interchange.
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48. There wouldn't be much traffic heading for Mannheim here.
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49. Merging with the A6.
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Old April 12th, 2009, 06:00 PM   #593
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"Centrum" and no "Zentrum"?
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Old April 12th, 2009, 06:02 PM   #594
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Yes, "Centrum" becomes more common in Germany Same as "Hafen" => "Haven".
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Old April 12th, 2009, 06:35 PM   #595
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I really enjoy your pics here, especially as it is close to my home region and know these places Good job so far, Chris!

Haven is the common in the north (which is closer to Old German/Frisian/Old English/Dutch; Bremerhaven, Cuxhaven, Wilhelmshaven) while Hafen is more central and south (Ludwigshafen, Friedrichshafen).

Centrum developed in Hamburg, because of the local Congress Centrum, which usually would be Kongresszentrum. But the abbreviation of that would be KZ, which is usually associated with the nazi camps (Konzentrationslager), that's why Congress Centrum was chosen. I think, many of nowadays Centrum-signages derived from that story.
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I know about teh CC/KZ story, but I thought is was developed in Berlin. Oh, never mind, but why couldn't the Germans use "Centre" (or "Mitte") anyway. Centrum is not an official German word, as far as I know. (it is Dutch, so thanks to Germany for using Dutch words )
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We like to have it more ways examples in this thread:

Kaiserslautern-Centrum

Mainz-Zentrum
Oberwesel-Zentrum
Rhens-Zentrum
Koblenz-Zentrum
Bonn-Zentrum
Köln-Zentrum
Leverkusen-Zentrum
Duisburg-Zentrum

Mainz-Innenstadt
Remagen-Innenstadt

Andernach-Stadtmitte

Bonn-Bad Godesberg-Mitte

PS: oh, and yeah, the B9 in Koblenz is quite an urban expressway

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I was up there! :P And overslept in a camp below, but I can't recognize it from pics, it must've been in Sankt Goarshausen.
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PS: oh, and yeah, the B9 in Koblenz is quite an urban expressway
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B9 Koblenz
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Old April 12th, 2009, 08:58 PM   #600
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Nice pictures, Chris, thanks for posting .
The scenery is great, less shoulders than I expected though.
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