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How to avoid accidental trespassing while exploring rural US?

I trespass for a living (I'm a geologist) in Georgia mostly, but have in pretty much all of the Eastern U.S. So, when planning field work the first thing I do is get on the internet and search for ...
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What does this road sign mean? (Germany; red circle and X on a blue background, with a right-pointing arrow.)

Provided there were no other sign or rule forbidding it, turning was perfectly fine. The red X cross on blue background means it's forbidden to stop (absolutes Halteverbot). It's somewhat similar to ...
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How to avoid accidental trespassing while exploring rural US?

When you're out driving around If you're not on a road, you're probably on private property unless otherwise indicated. National or state parks would be the primary exception to that. Granted, there ...
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Longest uninhabited road segments

There are some very remote roads in northern Quebec. The James Bay Road (Route de la Baie James) is one option. Located in northeastern Canada, in the province of Quebec, the James Bay Road runs ...
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Driving through Croatia: can someone tell me where I took this photo?

On the E65 interchange north of Stupica...
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What is the highest road in the world that is accessible by conventional vehicles?

For paved roads accessible to ordinary rental cars, I nominate Ruta 27 in Chile, a 156 km road between San Pedro de Atacama and the Argentinian border. At its highest point it is 4,832m (15,853 feet) ...
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How to access the internet during a road trip in the USA?

I traveled all the way through the USA from the east coast to the west coast, by car and RV. I thought about getting a UMTS / LTE stick for my Notebook, too. But there really wasn't any need for this. ...
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How to buy a car for a road trip in the United States?

First off, don't let anyone tell you it's not worth it: you can find cheap cars that are very likely to keep running for a the duration of your trip. They won't be in the best shape, but that's true ...
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Do road signs showing a country and a city as destinations really exist?

Sure they do, here's a few: (credit ojdo.de, CC licensed) However, these are uncommon for anything larger than city states, because drivers are usually trying to go a specific city, not an entire ...
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What does this road sign mean? (Germany; red circle and X on a blue background, with a right-pointing arrow.)

Red circle means Prohibition, round signal means law-enforced (as per driving code and rules), upper left to lower right red bar means prohibition to park your vehicle (2 or more minutes and stopped ...
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Which is flatter for a trip from Los Angeles to Kansas in August, I70 or I40?

With all other things being equal(1), I-70 runs through the rockies , while I-40 runs south of them. So based on your desire not to travel on mountain roads that would make I-40 the better choice. I ...
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Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

There are obviously a lot of gas stations along this road too, some of which have restrooms you can pay a little to use. See hours on the linked page as well. These are frequently treated as public ...
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Longest uninhabited road segments

A good contender should be Russian Р-297 Amur, from Chita to the Svobodnyi fork. It's 1400 km of road accompanied by Transsib, but it is barely inhabited and barely traversable. Maybe it got better in ...
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Is it possible to get from Canada to Greenland by road or ferry?

The Greenland tourist board says No. There are no ferry connections between Greenland and Iceland, Denmark or Canada. However, more and more cruise shipping companies are choosing to include ...
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Do road signs showing a country and a city as destinations really exist?

Yes, they do exist. The first situations that come to my mind are: On motorways when you are approaching the border and there are not many "big cities" ahead. For example: Sign for France When you're ...
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How to rent a car quiet on the inside - Netherlands

Here are a few things you can do: Rent a car in a higher category (a Fiat Panda is typically the cheapest one you can get). There are still differences between different makes and models but ...
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How to access the internet during a road trip in the USA?

You can walk into any large carrier store - AT/T or T-Mobile in your case (since you probably have a GSM phone), and ask for a prepaid SIM card. No address proof, I don't even think they check your ID....
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How to avoid accidental trespassing while exploring rural US?

Unlike some European countries where one is expected to hike through what look like fenced private property, the U.S. is generally more like New Zealand: private property is usually marked, often ...
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Bangalore to Tiruvannamalai : Even, asphalt road

As I said in chat, I have been living in Tiruvannamalai for the last four years and have traveled to Bangalore by road several times. However, I haven't done it since 2013. Back then, the road was ...
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Which is flatter for a trip from Los Angeles to Kansas in August, I70 or I40?

Do not like heights... Wow, that's not even a contest. I-70 was such a difficult and perilous road to build that it wasn't even finished until the 1990s. It goes right through the center of the Rocky ...
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Is it possible to cross Switzerland without using a vignette?

I did the similar trip this year, starting in Worms, Germany with Zurich stopover and finishing in Milan, Italy. I've decided to pay for the vignette for two reasons: to avoid any fines if I ...
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Is it possible to cross Switzerland without using a vignette?

It is totally possible to cross Switzerland without a vignette and avoiding motorways and expressways, as @jcaron mentioned. Swiss highways are indicated by green signs and are usually easy to spot. ...
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Do road signs showing a country and a city as destinations really exist?

There exists plenty, even if they are way common than in old times. Scope of road signs is not always the same, but generally they should help you move to a destination and at the same time give you ...
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How accurate is Google Maps for travel times?

I've found (anecdotally) that initially in London, the walking times were way too slow - I was beating the times regularly. Then I moved to Vancouver and found them too fast. I'm a quick walker, so ...
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Can I pump my own gas in New Jersey, USA?

I have lived in NJ (currently living in NYC) for several years and I can confirm that it's not legal to pump your own gas. Pull your car at the gas station and someone will attend to you.
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Long road trips in Iceland - where to relieve ourselves?

My girlfriend and I did this drive about 3 years ago, and we went all the way through Vik and up to Egilsstaðir. We never struggled to find petrol stations, small coffee shops and guesthouses where we ...
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How to avoid accidental trespassing while exploring rural US?

Taking North Carolina as an example, since you did, if the property is not posted, you are not trespassing if you do not enter any buildings, and until someone tells you to leave: First degree ...
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Is it safe and legal to sleep in my car in California (L.A. area)?

My partner and I have been road tripping in the states for the past couple of months and spent quite a bit of time in L.A. We too wanted to keep our costs down so lived out of our rental car and then ...
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How to avoid accidental trespassing while exploring rural US?

Generally most law in the US goes like this: you must reasonably search some length of every fenceline for "No Trespassing" signs, e.g. Every 500 feet. You don't need to search a length of ...
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