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Post by yiraheerai » Sat Oct 04, 2014 4:10 am

Leaving for San Diego early tomorrow morning. I have no idea what we're going to be doing or if I'll have much time to check computer stuff. SO MUCH TO DO. Won't be back until Thursday. Will probably start posting regularly again on Friday.
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Good luck, have fun, and a safe trip, Yira. :D :ymhug:
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YOU'RE LEAVING THE STATE??? :-o

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Post by yiraheerai » Sun Oct 05, 2014 6:21 pm

I DID leave the state! :o

So far, so good. We have some awesome views of the water - on both sides of the resort. We took a shuttle from the airport to the resort, so we don't know what we're going to do yet about travelling to see the Zoo and maybe a museum or two. May have to pay for a rental car. It's beautiful out here *_*
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Post by Radbaron » Sun Oct 05, 2014 7:57 pm

...and she never returned to the desert again. The End :)
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Dude, the desert is so much better. ;)
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Post by yiraheerai » Tue Oct 07, 2014 5:06 am

Oh I'm definitely returning. My dog's at home and this city is just Too Big for me. Taken off facebook because I am TIRED and fixing to bug Mom for a back rub.

So, today was productive. Found a blister on my toe that burst without my realizing it; got to ride in a mustang; shopped at a Sanrio store; managed to get lost and freaked the hell out; found out big cities like this aren't for me and proceeded to be incredibly homesick. I want my puppy.

So those people who say you have to get lost at least once in a big city. Fuck. That. Shit.
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Post by Don Alexander » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:58 pm

Necroooooooooooooooooooooo...

So, right now, I'm home, visiting my mom again, a kind of vacation before my job resumes on November 2. Probably no one cares but I'm going to write this stuff down anyway.

My trip home is generally about 485 km (300 miles), and depending on how fast I drive, it usually takes 4.5 to 5.5 hours. The eastern half of the route is "non-negotiable", taking the A4 west through Thuringia and eastern Hesse, to a point close to a city named Gießen. There, I can either continue roughly west along a country road to a town called Limburg, where I hit the big A3 northwest to Cologne, though I myself turn off toward Koblenz in the Rhine valley, and then through the Eifel mountains (north of the Moselle river) to Trier. The alternate route is to go southwest past Gießen to Frankfurt, then on to Wiesbaden, Mainz, and into the Hunsrück mountains (south of the Moselle). The two routes are almost exactly the same length, and each contains a stretch of country road where you need to drive more slowly. I normally take the first route to Trier, and the other one back, just to have some variability. But since my last return trips would have brought me into the Frankfurt area in the late afternoon, I always used route A, both ways. And generally, no matter where I travel, I get through without incident; the traffic jams and accidents are almost always on the other side.

This return home was NOT without incident, nooolee! This time, since it was Sunday, I decided to take the Frankfurt route west, the "rarest" trip for me. I left - about 15 minutes later than I had planned to - at 2:45 P.M. I had called my mom, saying to expect me between 8:00 and 8:30 P.M. Giving me an easy 5.5 hours, drive 100 km/h, save some gas. Time for supper.

Everything went fine until I reached a place called Bad Hersfeld, where there's a big Amazon warehouse. I was opening a bottle of drink between my legs when it slipped out of my hands, the cap sliding over my leg and down next to the seat. I barely managed to grab the bottle's neck between my ring finger and pinky, somewhat painful, actually, and some of my ice tea spilled on my t-shirt. Not much, luckily. This was all rather annoying since I was just on the passing lane and losing speed! But I got the bottle up, managed to reach into the back for an empty one, exchanged caps... A bit later, I managed to find the cap next to my seat - only to push it even further in! It's still there now, hidden treasure... :P

If that had been the whole of my "adventures", I'd not be writing this. Not too long afterward, though, approaching a big Autobahn crossing point called the Kirchheimer Dreieck, I suddenly landed in a traffic jam. Stop-and-go traffic. It went on and on and on. Two police cars passed, I thought there must be an accident up ahead, but I never saw anything. It's just that the Autobahn is three lanes here, then goes down to two, and in the triangle, down to one lane for a short bit before merging with another Autobahn. It seems it was just the traffic volume. Where the hell so much traffic came from on a Sunday, I do not know. The joined Autobahns go on for a few miles to yet another splitting point, the Hattenbacher Dreieck, where they go their separate ways again. This is a long climb up a hill, and on top there's a construction site, though no lanes are closed, they just get less wide. In the middle of the construction site, the backup just magically disappeared, suddenly everyone was up to 80 again and there was loads of road between the cars. :-?? I stopped at a rest station shortly afterward to tell my mom I'd be late - and decided to drop the driving 100, so as to be able to catch up.

But no! Near Gießen, I stay on the Autobahn, and just 10 minutes later, at yet another triangle (Gambacher Dreieck), the next traffic jam. There were lots of cars coming from the other Autobahn, the access ramp was also clogged. Okay, I get it, they need to merge... But the traffic jam just continued! Three lanes, and it was nothing but stop, go a bit, stop again, go... I felt I could have walked faster, it took 30 minutes just to go a few klicks. Then, another construction site comes up. The culprit? Well, not really! It stays three lanes, again, the width is somewhat reduced, there's a speed limit of 100 (which is quite fast in a construction site, usually it's 80 or 60) - and right after entering the construction, everything speeds up and the traffic jam melts away. Like magic. Bad magic!

While there's a lot of traffic around Frankfurt, it flows smoothly. On to Wiesbaden - and there, not too far from the city and the horrible dilapidated bridge where you cross the Rhine (Schiersteiner Brücke, they've been renovating it since forever...), there's a sign stating that the Autobahn is closed off due to construction. Oh, HELL! I get rerouted back south again, back on to the Autobahn I had already been on! And then across another bridge, now to the south of Mainz instead of to the north, then west past that city (Mainz and Wiesbaden form a kind of double city on the two sides of the Rhine; amusingly, Mainz is the state capital of Rhineland-Palatinate, Wiesbaden [and not Frankfurt!] the state capital of Hesse), where I land in another short-lived traffic backup... Thank you for the 20 km detour!! 8-|

After passing Mainz, at least, it was smooth sailing, but I did not get home until nearly 9:30 P.M., after a friggin' 6.5 hour trip! #:-s One thing is sure, it was not boring!! (Oh, and of course, my mom had eaten without me...)
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Re: The Travelling Forumite

Post by Azrael » Wed Oct 28, 2015 2:54 am

What? You couldn't make a 300 mile trip in less than three hours? But...you're in Germany. I am disappoint. :p


Good to hear you made it safely home, Alex. Enjoy your vacation. :D
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Post by Don Alexander » Wed Oct 28, 2015 12:19 pm

Despite what people may think, only a rather small portion of German Autobahns have no speed limits. And even in those cases, heavy traffic would prevent you from consistently going over 100 miles an hour.

Then of course, there's those country roads I mentioned, AND do you recall me saying something about saving gas? :P
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Post by TheDude » Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:56 pm

I'll depart for Boston on Thursday to see the Dresden Dolls. And then I'm off to New York to see..... The Dresden Dolls. :D
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Post by Tenjen » Tue Aug 23, 2016 10:03 pm

hope you have a great time!
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Post by yiraheerai » Tue Aug 23, 2016 11:15 pm

Awesome! I've had Good Day stuck in my head for.. days. I hope you have fun.
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