Roadscapes Wednesday: Road Videos Of The Transfăgărăşan

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This is Roadscapes Wednesday on a Thursday!  As you might have heard by now, the BBC has fired Jeremy Clarkson from Top Gear.  And while the BBC says they might bring back Jeremy, Top Gear won’t be the same.  And let’s be sure about something, we have not heard the last from Jeremy Clarkson!  Nope, he will be somewhere else very soon, maybe the US version of Top Gear, one can hope!

So, I wanted to showcase Jeremy Clarkson’s most favorite road in the world!  The road is in Europe and the country of Romania.  The road is called the Transfăgărăşan and is a part of Romania National Road route 7C.  The road is the second-highest paved road in Romania and was built in the 1970’s.  The Transfăgărășan was constructed between 1970 and 1974, during the rule of Nicolae Ceaușescu. It was built as a response to the 1968 invasion of Czechoslovakia by the Soviet Union. Ceaușescu wanted to ensure quick military access across the mountains in case the Soviets attempted a similar move to a previous one during 1921.

Yes, Romania already had several strategic mountain passes through the Southern Carpathians.  But, these passes were mainly through river valleys, and therefore easy to block and attack in event of a military invasion.  So, why not build a road over a major mountain.  The sad part about this road, was the cost in human lives.  Estimates of around 40 people were killed while building this road.  The Romanian Military built this road, and many soldiers were untrained with dynamite.  Not a good mix!

So, what does this road have to do with Top Gear.  The show visited the Transfăgărășan in 2009.  And after filming, Jeremy Clarkson declared this road as the best road in the world!  Here is a video clip of this from the BBC.

So, in honor of Jeremy Clarkson and the Transfăgărășan.  Here are various road videos featuring this mountain pass!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Painting New Road Lines On The Roads

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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, let’s show some pictures of Anniston repainting the lines on the road.  And the way they repaint the lines is somewhat interesting.  Today, I caught city workers repainting the lines along Greenbrier Dear Road.  When I got to the area, part of the road was already repainted.  You can see the black paint on the right side.  The workers were painting over the white line on the right side of the road.


Apparently, the workers were painting over the white and yellow lines with black tar.


And after letting the black tar dry, they were painting over that with either yellow or white paint.


The workers use this small lawnmower like machine to paint new road lines onto the road.


And after everything is done, this is what it looked like.


So, its road painting season time!  It’s also pothole filling time!


Roadscapes Wednesday: What If All Major Roads Were Private

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This week on Roadscapes, I am bringing you an interesting question.  What if all major roads anywhere, including America were private today.  And each road charged a toll to use the road?  Back in the early days, some roads in America were private.  And each road charged a toll to use them.  Today, mostly all roads in America and most of the world are public.  But, there are still some private roads and bridges today.

For example, in Alabama there are several private toll bridges.  Some roads like the Indiana Toll Road are leased to a private company, with bad results!  And in France and Italy, their freeways are owned by private companies and come with tolls.  The YouTube channel Tom Scott has done a video featuring a private toll road in London.  And presents a different question about private roads.  What if history was different, and most roads were still private?  In my opinion, it would have led to less growth, and people still living in downtown areas of cities instead of sprawling out like today.  Enjoy the video!

Roadscapes Wednesday: Three New Road Drawings Including An ALDOT Bashing

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This week on Roadscapes Wednesday, I am including three new road drawings!  The first road drawing features a part of an interchange coming to a traffic light.  The second road drawing features a top of a large hill with passing zones coming to an end on both sides.  I also included a truck pulloff.  The third road drawing, is a bashing against ALDOT.  I drew this because ALDOT is corrupt, and it includes parts of the road missing, crooked paint lines, speed cameras, lights not working, and toll responders.  Since Alabama wants to toll our roads.  Enjoy my road art!

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The Southern Geek Vlog Episode 19 – Bashing ALDOT In Alabama


On the latest episode of The Southern Geek, I present a video bashing ALDOT in Alabama.  I was kind of getting tired of the bad things and corruption ALDOT was doing, so a video had to be made!  This video talks about why ALDOT is corrupt, and I even present a song at the end bashing ALDOT!  So, enjoy my 11 minute video below, and learn why ALDOT is one of the most corrupt government agencies in Alabama and the United States!