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Great pamastro 2005-04-14 23:50

Your story really brings me into this, Kaj. The mountains are very majestic and like an incredible wall as you say. And the way you mention that they suddenly appear like a giant wall gives me a feel of awe as if coming around a bend and suddenly looking up at these peaks lit by the disappearing sun. It's composed very well, with the road nice and flat and straight to the mountains. Great job, Kaj, all around.

Another thing I notice is the smoothness of the road. Something so alien to us here, I think, especially in Michigan. After driving on the Autostrada so much on my last trip to Italy it was a shock to come back to the potholes and improvised piles of asphalt filling others. I suppose I think of this now, especially, since it's the time of year when so many new holes and cracks are breaking up the roads.

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Default To pamastro: Smoothness of the road...

Paul,

Thanks as always for your comments and reflections to my uploaded picture.

Yes, we have discussed the different road surfaces before - comparing Europe and the United States. And I must say that some of the best roads are found in Switzerland. What you see here in my image is more rule than exception, whereas some parts in Germany - especially in remote parts of former GDR - might be really bad.

On the other hand, as there's a priority in repairing and upgrading these parts - and when treated the right way, from the bottom up - they'll have the best roads in Europe. Like they have the newest and best technology in many other areas.

So I find it odd that the highways and freeways of Michigan are in such bad condition - being the home of the car manufacturing industry. In Europe we often connect the manufacturing and the state of the roads.

Germany with a large industry of high perfomance automobiles has a large net of autobahns with no speed limit. France is a large producer of high class rubber tires (Michelin), needed on the many roads having bends without correct rake, a.s.o.

So perhaps your roads were built for another time with other cars - cars that really could smoothern the roads... ;o)

Best regards,

Kaj
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