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Old January 12th, 2010, 07:21 PM   #801
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Here is the one-way map of a Trans-Canadian journey I am going to undertake in late March or early April. The idea is to drive across the country on Trans-Canadian highway and finally reach the Atlantic Ocean. Total trip length will be 12000+ km both ways.




In November of 2009, I have travelled to Victoria through British Columbia (map is below):



By combining these two trips, I will finally be able to say that I crossed the entire continent on Trans-Canadian highway
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Old January 12th, 2010, 09:52 PM   #802
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@panda80

The E90/E92 signs on Greek National Road 6 should have been removed as the E-route is now following the A2, but who cares to remove them?

The signs at A2 Exit 1 are @%$#^$&. The A6 is Attiki Odos (in Athens of course!), where there is no National Road 1 there as well. It is A2 and "New" National Road 18, although the latter is not confirmed as the number seems to have been stayed to the old road via Paramythia, Morfio and Kanallaki and Arhaggelos (inland road).

But it seems that in Greece they erect signs with road numbers chosen by a lottery!
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Old January 13th, 2010, 02:01 AM   #803
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@Alex Von Königsberg: did you enjoy Grand Forks, BC?
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Old January 13th, 2010, 05:06 PM   #804
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On the December 31 we made a trip to Albania on the route Konitsa-Martziani-Permet-Tepelene-Gjirokaster-Kakavia-Kalpaki-Konitsa.

Albania is a really nice country with warm people, still very cheap, and with beautiful landscapes. I was happy that even that tax of 10 euro/person was removed, a very good measure to improve tourism, in my opinion.

In terms of roads, Albania is modernizing very fast, and only some roads are still narrow or with bad pavement. One of these narrow roads is the one from Martziani to Tepelene, but this only adds to the pictoresque of the road.

First pictures from Albania are exactly from this road, starting from the Greek border to Tepelene:







From the intersection with the road towards Korce, SH75 gets more narrower, and the view over Nemercke mountains is fantastic. We mainly follow Vijose river valley on this road:















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Old January 13th, 2010, 05:07 PM   #805
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Albanian bunkers, some half million were constructed during Hodza regime:



We are continuing towards Tepelene on the same pictuoresque narrow road:













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Old January 13th, 2010, 05:08 PM   #806
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Narrow bridge on the Vijose close to Tepelene:







Now on the beautiful road SH4 to Tepelene:





Oil prices in Albania. 1euro is about 135lek:



Inside Tepelene:



Tomorrow I will post other pictures from Albania, from Tepelene to Kakavia, on the nicely rehabilitated SH4.
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Old January 13th, 2010, 08:20 PM   #807
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thank you for the photos panda !
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Old January 13th, 2010, 08:54 PM   #808
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@Alex Von Königsberg: did you enjoy Grand Forks, BC?
I actually stopped there for 10 minutes to get petrol. It was a small town, but what struck me was the number of Russian restaurants there I even saw a Russian cultural centre which was very weird because otherwise Grand Forks looked like an average all-American small town. We could not spend some time there because we wanted to catch a 7 o'clock ferry from Tsawwassen which was good 600 km away.
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Old January 14th, 2010, 09:49 AM   #809
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Great pictures!
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Old January 14th, 2010, 04:10 PM   #810
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A picture inside Tepelene:



Now we drove for a few kilometres towards Vlore:





But unfortunately I couldnţt convince my friends to take a longer tour, through Vlore-Sarande-Kakavie. So we are back on SH4 towards Gjirokaster:





















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Old January 14th, 2010, 04:11 PM   #811
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Closer to Gjirokaster:







Inside the town:





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Old January 14th, 2010, 04:16 PM   #812
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Gjirokastër, is a town in southern Albania with a population of around 34,000. Lying in the historical region of Epirus, it is also the capital of both the Gjirokastër District and the larger Gjirokastër County. Its old town is inscribed on the World Heritage List as "a rare example of a well-preserved Ottoman town, built by farmers of large estate." Gjirokastër is situated in a valley between the Gjerë mountains and the Drino River, at 300 meters above sea level. The city is overlooked by a large castle, the Kalaja e Gjirokastres.

Gjirokastër is home to a small ethnic Greek community of about 4000, as well as communities of Vlachs and Roma.

I visited the town and it is very nice with that big castle and preserved architecture.
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After Gjirokaster, following the same SH4 to Kakavie border point:









Does Albania has its own Zagori?







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Intersection with the road to Sarande:





Closer and closer to border. The frontier is placed on that hilly area in front:





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Old January 14th, 2010, 04:40 PM   #815
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Border area:









And now we are back in Greece:



The road is a very large 1+1 for the first 10-15kms:







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I actually stopped there for 10 minutes to get petrol. It was a small town, but what struck me was the number of Russian restaurants there I even saw a Russian cultural centre which was very weird because otherwise Grand Forks looked like an average all-American small town. We could not spend some time there because we wanted to catch a 7 o'clock ferry from Tsawwassen which was good 600 km away.
That's right, there is a relatively large Russian population there. Some family members of mine live in Grand Forks
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Old January 15th, 2010, 12:08 PM   #817
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I think it's better to move to next page for a new bunch of photos.
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Still on E853, immediately after Kakavie border crossing, on a large 1+1 road:







Police car ahead:



And a military aircraft:



Road is still wide, but traffic is almost nonexistant:







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Old January 15th, 2010, 01:11 PM   #819
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As we get closer to Kalpaki, the road narrows to a normal 1+1:











We enter Kalpaki:



We intersect NR20 in the village of Kalpaki:

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We take NR 20 in the direction of Konitsa to finish our beautiful circuit:



Now some pictures from NR20, section Kalpaki-Konitsa:









Obsolete sign for E-90, which is now rerouted through Egnatia motorway:

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