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Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: MikeF
Date: October 24, 2015 02:09PM
Traveling from Southern California to New Orleans and back (mostly I-10). Some notes (not quite returned home yet):

1. Crazy drivers in each state, although Texas seemed to have the most "I can fit my crew cab pickup truck with boat trailer in the 10 feet of space between your car and the car in front of it" drivers (and at the last moment before passing someone else).

2. Is it really necessary to have "Obey warning signs; State Law" signs posted on the side of the road? Do people really think all the other signs are posted just for fun?

3. Nobody obeys speed limits. By a lot. Regardless of road work conditions. Unless a patrol car or trooper is within sight.

4. People do not know what "Slower traffic keep right" means.

5. No state or the feds spend enough on road repair.

"Muscle car" statistics: Way more Camaros than Challengers. More Challengers than Mustangs. Probably 5-10:1 Camaros to Mustangs.

We live in a gorgeous country when you get away from the city centers.
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 24, 2015 03:19PM
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4. People do not know what "Slower traffic keep right" means.

My single biggest pet peeve.


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5. No state or the feds spend enough on road repair.

I drove from L.A. to Sedona via Phoenix a few years back. I could literally tell exactly where CA ended and AZ began by the EXPONENTIAL improvement in the quality of the road. CA roads are @#$%&.



It is what it is.



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/24/2015 03:22PM by N-OS X-tasy!.
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: October 24, 2015 03:30PM
I have yet to see worse drivers than those from New Jersey.

Saw a couple of bikers jump a car once in Jersey when the car was only doing 70 on the 'Pike.

Nice way to keep you alert on a long road trip.

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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 24, 2015 03:35PM
What do you mean, "jump a car"?



It is what it is.
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: October 24, 2015 03:41PM
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What do you mean, "jump a car"?

They kicked up their motorcycles over the back of the car and rode over it.

It was an old Beetle, which probably helped a bit.



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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: October 24, 2015 04:02PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
What do you mean, "jump a car"?

They kicked up their motorcycles over the back of the car and rode over it.

It was an old Beetle, which probably helped a bit.

Two bikes? 70 mph?

Are there any videos of this actually being done?
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: mattkime
Date: October 24, 2015 04:04PM
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MikeF
2. Is it really necessary to have "Obey warning signs; State Law" signs posted on the side of the road? Do people really think all the other signs are posted just for fun?

the rules of the road need to be enforced more strictly to get more widespread adherence. self driving cars may come first.

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5. No state or the feds spend enough on road repair.

best to leave it for the next guy to come along.



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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: hal
Date: October 24, 2015 04:04PM
that's right out of Road Warrior!
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: October 24, 2015 04:14PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
What do you mean, "jump a car"?

They kicked up their motorcycles over the back of the car and rode over it.

It was an old Beetle, which probably helped a bit.

Two bikes? 70 mph?

Are there any videos of this actually being done?

Sorry. It pre-dates camera-phones and traffic cams.



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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: wurm
Date: October 24, 2015 04:17PM
I see a lot of idiots in my (way too) long daily commute; ignoring stop signs, running red lights, texting while driving. I often wish I could pop a blue light on my car and issue tickets to the arseholes.
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: neophyte
Date: October 24, 2015 04:27PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
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MikeF
4. People do not know what "Slower traffic keep right" means.

My single biggest pet peeve.

Here in South Carolina, the unofficial state motto is "Slower traffic keep left".
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: DeusxMac
Date: October 24, 2015 04:28PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
What do you mean, "jump a car"?

They kicked up their motorcycles over the back of the car and rode over it.

It was an old Beetle, which probably helped a bit.

Two bikes? 70 mph?

Are there any videos of this actually being done?

Sorry. It pre-dates camera-phones and traffic cams.

Sure sounds like a fish story. After all these years it's now two bikes and 70 mph. grinning smiley
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: October 24, 2015 04:42PM
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N-OS X-tasy!
What do you mean, "jump a car"?

They kicked up their motorcycles over the back of the car and rode over it.

It was an old Beetle, which probably helped a bit.

Two bikes? 70 mph?

Are there any videos of this actually being done?

Sorry. It pre-dates camera-phones and traffic cams.

Sure sounds like a fish story. After all these years it's now two bikes and 70 mph. grinning smiley

Would it be a better story at 65MPH?



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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: Todd's keyboard
Date: October 24, 2015 07:03PM
Was a passenger in car driving on I-95 near Baltimore. Was compelled to point out to the driver that he was tailgating the Mustang in front of us. There was also a Camry between our car and the Mustang.

After that it became a matter of pride to not just tailgate two cars at once, but three.

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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: testcase
Date: October 24, 2015 07:27PM
Then there's the Gestapo Checkpoint at the NM ~ TX boarder......




Your papers please........




God forbid Homeland "Security" should try to catch illegals AT the international border when it's so much easier to harrass American citizens.
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: October 24, 2015 07:31PM
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Todd's keyboard
Was a passenger in car driving on I-95 near Baltimore. Was compelled to point out to the driver that he was tailgating the Mustang in front of us. There was also a Camry between our car and the Mustang.

After that it became a matter of pride to not just tailgate two cars at once, but three.

That's just Maryland.

They can't drive straight without a leader 3 inches ahead.



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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: chopper
Date: October 24, 2015 10:35PM
Drove in Italy a few times.

Will never, ever, badmouth drivers in the US or the USA traffic.
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: October 25, 2015 12:39AM
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Drove in Italy a few times.

Will never, ever, badmouth drivers in the US or the USA traffic.

but they know how to drive even if it is insane.



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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: October 25, 2015 01:43AM
They will usually pull out of the passing lane in Italy, because there is occasionally an even faster car than what the one behind you flashing it's lights. My Dad told a story about driving a dinky Fiat behind a truck in the slow lane. There was a gap coming up and he accelerated for a few seconds and put on his blinker. A car he could barely even see started flashing it's lights from a km back and flew by about 15 seconds later.



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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: N-OS X-tasy!
Date: October 25, 2015 03:27AM
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chopper
Drove in Italy a few times.

Will never, ever, badmouth drivers in the US or the USA traffic.

Right?



It is what it is.
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: max
Date: October 25, 2015 07:34AM
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They will usually pull out of the passing lane in Italy, because there is occasionally an even faster car than what the one behind you flashing it's lights. My Dad told a story about driving a dinky Fiat behind a truck in the slow lane. There was a gap coming up and he accelerated for a few seconds and put on his blinker. A car he could barely even see started flashing it's lights from a km back and flew by about 15 seconds later.
Sorry about that....
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: JoeBob
Date: October 25, 2015 10:03AM
My small university town is constantly in danger from texting while driving.
You can take as a given if the driver is under 30 (predominantly female), they are texting at any given second.
If someone invents an EMP weapon that would destroy a cell phone at a distance of 30-50 feet, I would buy one.
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: Forrest
Date: October 25, 2015 11:10AM
I drive about 30,000 miles per year in NJ. I fully agree with your comments about poor drivers in this state - though never saw a motorcycle drive over a car. However I have seen them pass between cars and on the road shoulder at over 80 mph!
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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: GuyGene
Date: October 25, 2015 02:17PM
All drivers are terrible except y'all and me. Sometimes I'm not so sure about y'all.



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Re: Road Trip notes (and rant)
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: October 26, 2015 08:52AM
All drivers are terrible except y'all and me. Sometimes I'm not so sure about y'all.

LOL, that belief is epidemic!






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