Both Shaken and Stirred: A Thursday Morning on Trakia Highway

Written by on August 11, 2016 in Bulgaria - No comments

While waiting at the last traffic light on Zarigradsko Chaussee this morning, my right foot shivered. I finally wanted to race up the hills and get my kicks on Trakia Highway. My intention was to complain about the state of that highway as much as possible. During the ride to Burgas, which lasted 2 hours and 50 minutes, I found issues, but not nearly as many as I had hoped to list in this post. This is what happened:

km 000: Fired up the 160 Diesel horses (yes, I know).

km 007: It didn’t take long, until this imbecile in a Skoda tried to push me on to the right lane, even though I was at the maximum speed allowed on Bulgarian freeways, and in spite of the traffic on my right.

km 011: Incident on the service lane. The repair service car, which was supposed to be waiting for cars to brake down, in order to service them, was – guess what – broken. Two guys were busy servicing their own engine.

km 019: The first Vignette camera checked out Vignette, which we had just purchased for 15 Leva. Yes, the inflation.

km 024: Another Vignette cam. Didn’t we ……. whatever.

km 046: The right lane is suddenly very rickety, in spite of repairs and lots of visible patches. We felt both shaken and stirred.

km 054: The tunnel. Finally.

km 055: This retard in his 7-series BMW thinks he is Jason Statham. W…..!

km 062 to km 067: Trakia Highway is changing back and forth between a pretty good road and the opposite of that.

km 069: Already had my only cheese sandwich.

km 087: Burger King on our right. Very tempting.

km 089: McDonald’s. Are they kidding me? What is going to be next? Jack in the Box?

km 097: Another intellectually challenged nagger is trying to force me into the traffic on the right lane, at 140 km/h. This time I got your registration number and photo, Rambo: White 3-series BMW, driver with dark sunglasses, number plate CA 2016 CH.

km 118: New radar trap on the right. And a lonely hitchhiker at the Plovdiv exit.

km 134: What had been a relatively smooth ride, suddenly turns into a roller coaster. The right lane is damaged beyond repair, I guess. It should be closed for traffic, but we all know how these things are being handled on the Balkans.

km 140: Boom! Here we have it, the only real pothole on Trakia Highway. And I managed to hit it. Good!

km 140: Repair patches, shaky right lane.

km 189: Deep truck ruts on the right lane, which would be closed to traffic and repaired, in Western European countries.

km 207: This is where Trakia Highway is really nice and smooth. I’m impressed and I wish I had more to complain about.

km 358: The highway ends and that old urban motorway starts. It sucks.

km 360: Police hidden behind a bush. Got you, guys.

km 366: The pre-Burgas radar trap.

There was a traffic jam at the roundabout, right at the entrance to Burgas, due to a crash. A bit more than a fender-bender.

An hour later: Kiten, the Black Sea marvel.

By Imanuel

Stopped on the service lane for this one. Dangerous stuff. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.
Stopped on the service lane for this one. Dangerous stuff. Photo by Imanuel Marcus.
The last traffic light on Tsarigradsko Chaussee. Let's get going, guys!
The last traffic light on Tsarigradsko Chaussee. Let’s get going, guys!
Don't shoot and drive at the same time.
Don’t shoot and drive at the same time.
The imbecile, thinking he is in a 760. It was a 318. Or was it even a 1-series?
The imbecile, thinking he is in a 760. It was a 318. Or was it even a 1-series? Idiot.
This is what happened at the entrance to Burgas. You should see the other one.
This is what happened at the entrance to Burgas. You should see the other one.
There he is. Ouch.
There he is. Ouch.

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