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 Post subject: Crossing St. Nazaire bridge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 9:53 am 
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Just in case you liked Millau, here's another, still can't see much from a car though. :( Times like this I wish I still had something higher to drive. ;)


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 Post subject: Re: Crossing St. Nazaire bridge
PostPosted: Tue Nov 07, 2017 12:44 pm 
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Love going over this on the big bikes!!

It can get a bit blustery at the top though :lol:

Edited : you get a good view of the railing in a car don't you! :(

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scooby wrote:
Love going over this on the big bikes!!

It can get a bit blustery at the top though :lol:

Edited : you get a good view of the railing in a car don't you! :(


Sends you quite dizzy with those railing uprights flashing by. I just wish I had had the camcorder setup in the big Magnum all those years ago. Perhaps I should get a long selfie stick and hold it upright out of the window. :-?

Check the first link below if you don't know what I'm talking about.

But I think you do. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Crossing St. Nazaire bridge
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Just in case you weren't overwhelmed with boredom during the trip over the bridge, and on the off chance that you like pretty coloured moving lights, this is the return trip northbound, after dark.

Also the burning question of modern times, map, or GPS? 8-|


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 Post subject: Re: Crossing St. Nazaire bridge
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Map. Everytime.

Big papery thing.

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I think people fannying around wirh gps whilst driving is as bad as texting to be honest. With a map you have to stop and find somewhere you can unfold it!

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scooby wrote:
I think people fannying around wirh gps whilst driving is as bad as texting to be honest. With a map you have to stop and find somewhere you can unfold it!


I prefer map, but use it before I set off, very rarely stop and look at it when on the road. In any case I have never had a car where the light was good enough to read one in detail at night.

Which is why I use both. My routes are printed out in bold 28 point type on the sun visor but I can't read them at night either.

Which is where the GPS comes in, as in the video, but you may have noticed that I did overrule it from memory (correctly) at the 1st roundabout. (Pity I didn't at the 2nd, the bit where I had to go to a 3rd roundabout and return, because of false information from the GPS, was edited out).

I have learned to largely disregard the voice though, a swift glance at the scrolling map screen is more accurate.

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 Post subject: Re: Crossing St. Nazaire bridge
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I keep the voice switched off on GPS at all times. I usually have a good idea where I'm going as well! But paper maps are a thing of the past - they're in the car but never looked at

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scooby wrote:
Map. Everytime.
Big papery thing.

Me too, Scoobs. Apart from anything else, it can be vital if you come across a problem and have to divert. A proper map can give you a rather better idea of interesting scenery (Michelin green roads for example) than GPS.
We've got a GPS in our Golf, but we never use it. I think the positioning of the fitted ones is dangerous because you have to look down to see it. My sister has one that sits on the dashboard and I think glancing aside is safer. But it's got a ghastly woman's voice .... %-(

Re maps and GPS - I am amazed to see people taking small boats out and relying on GPS, and having no knowledge of chart work. They'd be a bit stuffed if their battery gave out ... (I'm talking sailing now).
But I'm a map and chart fan and have used both for years ! Never used a sextant though :lol:


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 Post subject: Re: Crossing St. Nazaire bridge
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Always use Michelin maps, never GPS.
Before setting out I plan my route and jot down road numbers and towns, its only when I hit a deviation that I pull in to see the best route round it, its worked for me for about 40 years of driving in Europe.

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