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Old January 6th, 2011, 12:55 PM   #1241
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A small section without median. Probably prepared to be used by planes in a state of war? The motorway ends at the the start of this section and starts again after. There is a speed limit here of 90, and police was present.
Yeah, it was built as a wartime runway. There are a total of 12 such runways on the Bulgarian roads. Here is a list, given by blagun in the Bulgarian section:
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12-те писти са:
- писта „Соколаре" при Бяла Слатина;
- писта „Межда - Скалица" при Ямбол;
- писта „Поройна - Леново" при Пловдив;
- писта „Младиново - Пъстрогор" при Свиленград;
- писта „Криво поле - Малък извор" при Хасково;
- писта "Усойка - Слатино" при Дупница;
- писта „Мало Конаре - Цалапица" при Пловдив на автомагистрала „Тракия";
- писта „Маноле" при Пловдив на автомагистрала „Тракия";
- писта „Карналово - Петрич" при Благоевград;
- писта „Мустрак - Райкова могила" при Свиленград;
- писта „Млада гвардия" (АМ „Хемус")
- писта „Ботевград" при Ботевград.
(цитат от 24 часа: http://www.24chasa.bg/Article.asp?ArticleId=603878)
The news from the last few weeks is that they would be putting in crash barriers etc. on both of Trakia's emergency runways.
Anyway, thanks for the great pics and I hope you enjoyed your stay
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Old January 6th, 2011, 01:09 PM   #1242
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How bad is pavement like this?

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Old January 6th, 2011, 01:33 PM   #1243
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It is not. This is my favourite part of the highway, because the cohesion of asphalt is superb.

panda, unfortunately I can see only 3-4 of your pictures
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Old January 6th, 2011, 01:57 PM   #1244
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It is not. This is my favourite part of the highway, because the cohesion of asphalt is superb.

panda, unfortunately I can see only 3-4 of your pictures
There must be something wrong with your connection. I have no such problems
This kind of pavement maybe more noisy and unpleasant for passengers but as Lokum said, the cohesion and the general stability of the car is better.
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Old January 6th, 2011, 02:00 PM   #1245
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How bad is pavement like this?

It's actually noisier to travel on road with that surface cus there are little dots on the asphalt. However it's really hard and durable surface and that's how all Bulgarian motorways (and many national roads) were build 15 years ago. This section at the photo was opened in 1995 and is still in great condition I thought!
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Old January 6th, 2011, 02:02 PM   #1246
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Yes, I confirm that such pavement is quite good, even if is noisier. Probably also the adherence of the car in case of snowy conditions is better.
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Old January 6th, 2011, 02:04 PM   #1247
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somehow reminds me of Belgium (but of the good roads in Belgium)
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Old January 6th, 2011, 02:07 PM   #1248
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Continuing with photos...

This is where Maritza motorway starts (now it ends just after less than 2km):



Nice motorway:





Long straight line:



The motorway continues to Stara Zagora:



We intersect the road Stara Zagora-Plovdiv:



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Old January 6th, 2011, 02:35 PM   #1249
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How bad is pavement like this?

It is really very durable, especially for heavy trucks, but the grip is much lower, because the friction surface between the tyre and the asphalt is lower. When wet, it is very slippery.


Nice trip report, panda!
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Old January 6th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #1250
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Small hills area:





The motorway ends:









We take the bypass of Stara Zagora:

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Old January 6th, 2011, 03:48 PM   #1251
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On the bypass. It was foggy:



Still on Stara Zagora bypass:







We take road nr. 5 to Ruse:



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Old January 6th, 2011, 03:58 PM   #1252
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The road is 2+2 for quite a long stretch. We pass through Sredna Gora mountains:













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Old January 6th, 2011, 04:29 PM   #1253
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Unfortunately, I have troubles seeing the pictures and cannot see any of them
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Old January 6th, 2011, 04:38 PM   #1254
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Unfortunately, I have troubles seeing the pictures and cannot see any of them
If I am right, I saw pictures are from server lh5.ggpht.com, so this should be Picasa Server, I had the same problem, that my pictures were not seen when I used Picasa, so I had to upload them to something else, I used imageshack, and problem disappeared.
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Old January 6th, 2011, 05:04 PM   #1255
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I opened them with a different browser and it worked. Thanks anyway
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Old January 6th, 2011, 05:15 PM   #1256
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We go to Tulovo. This road is a shortcut, to get to national road 6 faster:





Already on national road 6, whih is of high quality:











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Old January 6th, 2011, 05:29 PM   #1257
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Intersection with national road 55, which is now used for transit traffic between Romania and Turkey:



Republika pass is open:



In Gurkovo:



The road was rehabilitated in recent years and is of great quality:







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Old January 6th, 2011, 05:45 PM   #1258
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2+1 on most uphill sections:







The spa resort of Voneshta Voda:






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Old January 6th, 2011, 05:57 PM   #1259
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Continuing to Veliko Tarnovo:













After the intersection with national road 5, that comes from Gabrovo and Shipka pass, the road is 2+2:

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Old January 6th, 2011, 08:35 PM   #1260
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We go to Tulovo. This road is a shortcut, to get to national road 6 faster:
Thank GOD you didn't took IV-5007 shortcut near village of Yagoda as it happened to me. The road looked heavily meteor showered Anyway, building motorways and upgrading first and secondary roads are more important than a fourth class road.

BTW, magnificent report. You seem to know Bulgaria quite well.

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