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Old July 13th, 2009, 07:53 PM   #741
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here are pictures i took from vienna-budapest-szeged-arad road taken during my one week bus trip to vienna:
http://picasaweb.google.com/rmihailucian/Vienna#
unfortunately i couldn't take photos of more romanian roads because we travelled through romania during the night.the route chosen was the classical one: vienna-A4-M1-budapest(M0)-M5-Szeged-national road 43-nagylak-national road DN7-arad-sibiu-pitesti-bucharest.
Do you mind if I borrow a pic or 2?
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Old July 13th, 2009, 09:15 PM   #742
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Do you mind if I borrow a pic or 2?
no problem, everybody can use the pictures for any purpose.
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Old July 13th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #743
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Thank you!
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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:06 PM   #744
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Hi!
Now I want to present you my New Years Eve trip to Macedonia and Greece.
I left Braila around 3 a.m on 26th of December 2009.On the first day I used the following route:Braila-Slobozia-A2-Bucharest bypass-Giurgiu-Ruse-Pleven-Sofia bypass-Pernik-Kustendil-Kumanovo-Skopje-Tetovo-Ohrid.
I have pictures only from the section Sofia-Ohrid because I was the driver till Sofia and my friends are not so keen on taking road pictures. We arrived in Sofia around 11 a.m. The road was very good, I have achieved a medium speed of around 85km/h.
So we start with E79 national road, still inside Sofia:




Immediately after Sofia, climbing Vladaja mountain pass:




Intersection with the access road for Vladaja village. E 79 national road bypasses the village:


Continuing towards Dragichevo intersection, on E-79:




Traffic lights in Dragichevo:



Now we are at the Dragichevo intersection. From here we leave E 79 that's heading towards Blagoevgrad and Greece and continue on E871 towards Kustendil and Macedonia. This intersection is a 2 level one. Gyusevo is the border crossing point.

Now we are in Pernik on a road with expresway profile. However speed limit is only 60:




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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:08 PM   #745
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From Pernik till the following town, Radomir, the road is 2+2:




We can now see Radomir:

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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:13 PM   #746
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From Radomir the road becomes a normal 1+1:






Typical Bulgarian asphalt:





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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:28 PM   #747
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The scenery gets better, we are approaching a mountain pass at about 1000m a.s.l to shortcut a meander of Struma river(yeaahh, the same Struma):






Now we enter Kustendil county, the last in Bulgaria:



Pavement around here is not that good. However, there are no serious potholes:




Pavement gets better as we approach Kustendil. We are going down from the mountain pass, on the uphill there are 2 lanes:



Near Kustendil:

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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:32 PM   #748
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I am sorry that most pictures are so dark, I don't have a very good camera (Fuji A900). However I hope that you will like the photos, as more will follow shortly...
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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:42 PM   #749
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Thank you! Very interesting trip.

I was surprised to see quite a few cyrillic-only road signs.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:48 PM   #750
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Intersection with the bypass of Kustendil. We use the bypass so we go right:



On the bypass of Kustendil:



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Old January 6th, 2010, 02:54 PM   #751
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Thank you! Very interesting trip.

I was surprised to see quite a few cyrillic-only road signs.
Indeed in Bulgaria there are very few cyrillic-only road signs, and most on very secondary roads. Many people fear they can have orientation problems, but that's not true. Roads are nice to drive, mostly they bypass villages and the important intersections are 2 level. This makes driving more comfortable and you can obtain a higher average speed.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #752
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We are leaving Kustendil bypass and go straight to the macedonian border. This border is a natural one, on the ridge of these mountains:






Trafic is almost nonexistant closer to the border:



Skopje appears on signs:
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Old January 6th, 2010, 03:05 PM   #753
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Closer to the border pavement becomes better, this road is nice to drive as the traffic is scarce and we are going up the mountains up to 1160m, on the mountain pass between Bulgaria and Macedonia:










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Old January 6th, 2010, 03:27 PM   #754
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I am sorry that most pictures are so dark, I don't have a very good camera (Fuji A900). However I hope that you will like the photos, as more will follow shortly...
The problem is not the camera,but your aiming. Aim lower(or zoom in),so that the autofocus wont recognise so much bright areas. This is especially true if its not the sun that is shining into the camera,but the reflection from the clouds.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 03:50 PM   #755
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Thanks for the advice!
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Now some pictures from the border area between Bulgaria and Macedonia:















We stayed at border only 10 minutes.
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Old January 6th, 2010, 03:55 PM   #757
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The next pictures, from Macedonia, will come tomorrow.
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Now, as I promised, pictures from Macedonia:
The first part is a downhill to Kriva Palanka town, placed in the Kriva Reka valley. As usual there are 2 lanes for the ones going up on the most inclined parts, even if traffic is scarce:









Inside Kriva Palanka town:





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After Kriva Palanka, for a few kilometres the road lacks a proper maintenance:







But it gets better as we are closer to Kumanovo and the motorway:








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The road is very wisely made through Stracin mountain pass, with very high curves radius. Also it bypasses the few villages around:







A broken traffic sign. I encountered many in Macedonia:



Continuing towards Kumanovo:



















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