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Old August 19th, 2011, 09:47 AM   #1501
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I have to tell you, at the end of that part of the road with steep descent, a very unsettling smell of burnt brakes spreads over...
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Old August 19th, 2011, 09:50 AM   #1502
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Most car drives grossly underestimate the power of using their car engines on lower gears as brake
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Old August 19th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #1503
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Since the (very smart) sysadmin here at work blocked all my data for some software upgrade (shouldn't this be done on weekends?), this is a good time to post the last part of my Tri-State trip -- Italy!

We left at Brennerpass, so that's where we resume our journey. First tunnels, few meters after the border:


and the landscape:


Toll gate at Vipiteno/Sterzing. On the right you can see the (now useless) escape ramp.


Roadworks just after the toll gate:


Artificial Isarco/Eisack lake near Fortezza/Franzenfeste:


Exit Val Pusteria/Pustertal:
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Old August 19th, 2011, 12:19 PM   #1504
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Tunnels near Gardena/Grodn:




Beautiful landscape:


On of the (very long) viaducts in this part of the road. On the right you can see the National Road 12 with one of its tunnels:


Tunnels near Bolzano/Bozen:

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Old August 19th, 2011, 12:20 PM   #1505
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Characteristic church tower very close to the motorway:


Exit Bolzano Sud/Bozen Süd


Bye bye Alto Adige/Südtirol; welcome to Trentino!


Exit Trento Nord:


5 km from Trento sud, I stopped taking pictures because they were starting coming out of focus :


Hope you enjoyed!
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Old August 19th, 2011, 12:27 PM   #1506
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Great pics from Brennerpass. I should do it on it's entire length one day (I've been on it only from Innsbruck to the first exit after Europabrucke). But now I have another (great) roadtrip planned...
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Old August 19th, 2011, 12:34 PM   #1507
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Great pics from Brennerpass. I should do it on it's entire length one day (I've been on it only from Innsbruck to the first exit after Europabrucke). But now I have another (great) roadtrip planned...
There is one particular spot I love on Italian Brennerautobahn. Can't remember exactly where it is, somewhere between Affi and Verona I guess. It's a steep descent from where you can see the Padana Plain almost down to the river Po. Every time I drive there and see that landscape... I feel home.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 04:28 PM   #1508
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I went through the Brenner on a train once, early on a June morning (had left Florence at something like 1:30 a.m., and slept until it started to get light out (except during a stop at Bologna). Beautiful.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 04:29 PM   #1509
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nice report Spinoza. anybody knows why A22 has brown barriers?
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Old August 19th, 2011, 04:33 PM   #1510
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I went through the Brenner on a train once, early on a June morning (had left Florence at something like 1:30 a.m., and slept until it started to get light out (except during a stop at Bologna). Beautiful.
I went by train once as well... it was August 11th 1999, the day of Central European solar eclipse... so basically half Italy was on that train. I could write a book about that particular trip

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nice report Spinoza. anybody knows why A22 has brown barriers?
I read somewhere they are made of a special alloy created to better withstand atmospheric conditions, or something like that.

EDIT: This is the alloy they're made of:
http://www.siderservizi.com/corten.htm

It's designed to rust only on a thin superficial layer, so that the rest is better protected.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 04:44 PM   #1511
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I went by train once as well... it was August 11th 1999, the day of Central European solar eclipse... so basically half Italy was on that train. I could write a book about that particular trip
I remember that day vividly. I was on vacation with my parents in Imst, and we decided to drive north into Germany to get a view of the eclipse. It was pouring rain the entire trip, and we eventually stopped in Landsberg am Lech. It was cloudy the whole time, except for the 15 minute timeframe during and around the eclipse. It was so amazing. A solar eclipse is really worth a 1000 km road trip in my opinion.
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Old August 19th, 2011, 05:24 PM   #1512
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Same thing with me, we went - ironically - in Munich, and it was raining all the time except the exact length of the eclipse 800 km for me
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Old August 19th, 2011, 11:29 PM   #1513
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I was at Lake Balaton (130 km from Budapest). The weather was nice back then

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Old August 20th, 2011, 12:27 AM   #1514
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I was more lucky, the eclipse had it's total phase in my hometown, as you can see on the map above. It was raining also, and all cloudy, but on that time frame when it reached the total phase, the clouds left a blank space to see it. After that, all clouds dispersed and it was (half)sunny until the eclipse finished.
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Old August 20th, 2011, 01:21 AM   #1515
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I was in my local park in London, and I think that it was a pretty good day, I remember that an Indian family gave us some special glasses
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Old August 20th, 2011, 01:28 AM   #1516
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I was in Plovdiv in Bulgaria and I remember it was a hot and sunny day
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Old August 20th, 2011, 02:24 AM   #1517
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I did this trip last weekend. I will try to post pictures here, but I have to make some selections first. It passes the 2 most tallest roads in Romania, Transfagarasan - 2042 m and Transalpina - 2,145m

Google Maps Link, just a little over 1000 km in total



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I'm in the middle of my Alpine Pass tour. However, we've got problems. Yesterday, the front plate of my rental fell of while I was driving near Mals. Now, I'm in Bormio and will have to include a detour to Orio Al Serio airport to exchange my car without front plate by a new one. It will be hopefully a fast operation so I'll still drive thourhg the Splügenpass later today.
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Old August 21st, 2011, 11:23 AM   #1519
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I remember that day vividly. I was on vacation with my parents in Imst, and we decided to drive north into Germany to get a view of the eclipse. It was pouring rain the entire trip, and we eventually stopped in Landsberg am Lech. It was cloudy the whole time, except for the 15 minute timeframe during and around the eclipse. It was so amazing. A solar eclipse is really worth a 1000 km road trip in my opinion.
I drove to a village near Reims in France, that night (departed around midnight - arrived there 4 hours later). Fortunately, It was one of the few places in western-Europe where the eclipse was quite visible. The journey back home took me 12 (!) hourse instead of 4. I was not the only one But a nice trip that day (via Antwerpen-Brussels-Charleroi to France)
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I take it, from the chart in BND's post, that the reason I've never heard of this eclipse is that it was the middle of the night here? (And I'm way too far south - latitude 40?)
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