Some questions on a Europe trip, and motorcycle shipping...

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  1. RBEmerson

    RBEmerson #1 Earl Pitts fan!

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    You have my sympathy for the time change between Vancouver and Middle European Time. NTL, IMHO, being doped while flying (as a PAX) rather sets you back a bit if the shite and fan are about to meet. Mercifully it's been rare, but I've been on a couple "screamer" bad turbulence flights. If you're not strapped in tight and miss the warning bumps... Not Good. Again, ride your own ride.
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    RBEmerson #1 Earl Pitts fan!

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    Austria sells short term "vacation" stickers. I carried a ten day sticker, for example. Switzerland only sells the full year stickers. In either case, you're quite right about being able to get stickers at gas stations, etc. Sort of like buying Sun Pass stickers in FL.
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    I never unbuckle while flying, I did enough work for pilot / FA groups to hear every horror story, and I have seen passengers fly when the plane dropped without warning. It is not pretty and wordse when the overheads start popping open spewing crap.
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    +1

    Plus, the cabin crew won't wake you to see if you're bucked in if you're napping.
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    I can't remember who posted it, but the German radio traffic reports are indeed by ascending route number. Thanks! Until it was mentioned, I wondered how the information was put together. One problem with that scheme is two that are close or cross but have significantly different number but share the same problem don't show up. A3 crosses A66, but A5 and A7, for example, are covered in between. Oh well...

    Recently there were repeated reports of cows on the road. How that came to be I have no idea. The one scary report that shows up too often is drivers going the wrong on the autobahn!!! Eek!
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    The German system works on the general presumption of drivers not being too stupid to know which road they are on, and which junctions and intersections are relevant.
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    GvG Been here awhile

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    Are there other systems being used? I only know of this one (Germany, France, the Netherlands, Belgium)
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    In the UK its mostly a mishmash of local stations. I have my radio RDS enabled, but the info is usually a bit vague, often focusing on the "news" aspect, ie the gory details, and too localised. The biggest problem is that the actual show content between the traffic signals is so banal, it is often switched off.
    The small amount of BBC stuff is better, but there is little apparent organisation. And of course it is very London centric - "traffic on the Westway is flowing" "Park Lane has heavy traffic"
    So the usual, mostly too little, too late.
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    For those that use a Smartphone (or similar), an app called "Maps.me" might be useful. You download map segments to your device and it now shows traffic density in a large number of countries. The USA is covered and, I would assume, most of western Europe. You don't need connectivity for navigation purposes, but, obviously, you need it for traffic data.

    FWIW, I have all of North America and Western Europe installed for about 24 GB of data. f your device doesn't accept supplementary memory, this may be a less than useful app.

    Android & IOS versions available.

    One note - when the app has an update, it wants to update ALL of your installed maps. When I do mine, I usually start the update when I go to bed and it's done by the morning.
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    Places I go, I seldom have traffic problems. There are so many places to see that aren't crowded, why put yourself through the ballache of dealing with traffic?
    Maybe M Blanchard slooowly backing out of his gateway because he spent more time with his mates in the Bar des Sport than was wise.

    I remember while doing some meandering around the Jura, coming across a large herd of cattle being moved, with much resultant bovine exhaust on the road. They weaved their way into and out of fields on either side of the road for a couple of miles. Attentive dogs being attentive, farmer's lad probably wishing he was in Paris. I was quite content to edge forwards at their pace.
    I doubt the hold up registered on any radio station or app.
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    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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  12. RBEmerson

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    Well there is that but imagine being from Husum, jumping to Munich, and trying to keep everything straight. :)

    And then there's the poor Husumer trying to comprehend Bayrisch... Moin und Grüss Gott. :D
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    Unless I was behind them with Waze active, then it would've shown up :clap
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    I'll check maps.me. Thanks for the tip.

    FWIW, Waze would be a dead loss in the Jura: no Waze support. At least was dead in the Wiesbaden area. The mapping portion (basically Maps) was awake, but lots of "can't reach servers" for traffic info.
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    I have a £5 phone and still the original "free" SIM. So far I have only sent txt to my partner to keep the account active.
    It doesn't do apps, maybe not even gps.
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    Where do you even get these 'facts'? It worked perfectly fine for me (both around Wiesbaden and in the Jura).
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    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    I found "ignore" works perfect.
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    GvG Been here awhile

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    But that doesn't solve the problem of other people getting personal opinions (and wild guesses) presented as facts and basing their decisions on those 'facts'.
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    I was driving down B54/275 from Bad Schwalbach towards Bleidenstadt (Taunusstein Hessen). The phone had full connectivity. As I said previously, the Maps portion was updating appropriately, which confirms having connectivity. Since Waze kept saying it couldn't find its servers, that sounds like a fail to me. However, I've seen Waze go down on occasion, albeit rarely. Maybe that's what happened, but I'm guessing. OTOH if you saw it working, then there it is. Life is good.

    When and where (Wiesbaden area) were you using Waze? Was it showing traffic conditions (e.g., through bridge construction on A643 and A66 around Schiersteiner Kreutz - the A66 construction and lane limitation extends from near WI-Frauenstein to about WI-Biebrich and about a km north of A66 to about Mainz-Mobach)? If so, I'm sorry I missed having Waze available.

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    As happens to everyone, I sometimes get things wrong, but I'd be much obliged if you'd give me credit for being truthful in my posts. I call opinions just that. The same holds for guesses (see above). If that bothers you, GvG, that's your problem, not mine.
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    Even more fun when they're coming to you on a narrow road. You just sit there hoping that you don't get knocked over as you become a rock in a stream of cattle.

    But +1 on road choice, although sometimes you're overcome by events.