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    Post by Joy on Mon 20 Apr 2015, 3:25 pm

    Truck rest stop at the bottom of this hill.
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    Post by Joy on Mon 20 Apr 2015, 3:26 pm

    Definitely back on the Pacific Highway now. Have travelled on the Hume & Cumberland highwayss as well as the Pacific highway so far today.
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    Post by granny on Fri 24 Apr 2015, 5:09 am

    :clap:  Wonderful pictures Joy!!  It was a beautiful time of the year for a road trip.   Loved all the flowers on the trees.
        
    Oz has a lot of trucks on the road just like we do.  Are they required to stop for inspections?
         Did you use the toll road?  If so how did you pay if no cash booths?
         :good:  Thanks so much for all the great pictures!!
                        :hello2: Granny
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    Post by Joy on Fri 24 Apr 2015, 11:21 am

    Thanks, Granny.  :D Was typing a lengthy response to your questions earlier & had almost finished when my PC had a BSOD!!!  :grr: So, here we go again & this time I shall keep a draft.  :yes:

    Yes the weather was mostly good for this trip & it was great seeing the eucalypts out in flower. They don't flower on a regular basis or even yearly, it seems, so it was extra special to see so many in flower. Don't know exactly what species this was but they were growing nearly the whole length of our 1000km trip. The lovely reddish new growth seems to appear after the tree had finished flowering.  :smile:

    As Australia is a large country we do indeed have a large long-distance trucking industry, with many B-Doubles travelling our highways taking freight from point A to point B, C & even D. :lol3:  Most of them are at least 32 wheelers with some having even more. Over in the west they even have "road trains" with three trailers which travel at high speeds!! 

    There are roadside inspection bays run by each state's road traffic authorities. They aren't all open every day, however, but truck drivers are told by electronic signs, further up the highway, as to whether they are required to enter them for checking. Sometimes police are also present at these truck inspection bays. The drivers have to keep logbooks etc & there are speed averaging cameras along the highways which take pics of every truck passing to see how long it takes them to travel to the next lot of speed averaging cameras. Tells the road authorities how fast they are going & whether the drivers are taking their mandatory rest breaks. Rumour has it that they will start doing the same with cars soon.  :aargh:

    We used three toll roads (I think) both ways as they really cut the time travelled immensely plus reducing the enormous time-wasting & frustrations of driving in the hazardous traffic jam conditions common in the built up areas around Sydney. The Sydney region is very spread out, much like LA, so to travel from the north of Sydney to its southern or south western outskirts can take much time. These toll roads make it so much quicker. Those who use them on a regular basis have electronic tags in their cars & their credit cards are automatically debited for payment. Those who only need to travel once or twice can organise this easily online. Each car is "tagged" as it passes under a device similar to the speed averaging camera overhead cameras then their credit card debited after they pass under the exit overhead device to see how far they have travelled on the toll roads. Don't seem to have taken any pics of these to show you what they look like.  :blush2:

    Yay!! :dance018: Did find one that shows a glimpse of these devices look like. This would be on one of the exits from the toll road we are travelling on.
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    Post by granny on Fri 24 Apr 2015, 9:34 pm

    :hi:It seems our states handle the trucks about the same way. 
    Keeping track of cars would not be good. :rofl:
          I don't have any toll roads close to me and I am not sure if they have gone to no cash here.  That would make it much faster then having to stop and pay.  Great picture of the cameras!
         Thanks again for all the pictures!
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    Post by Joy on Sat 25 Apr 2015, 9:09 am

    Thanks Granny. 

    The toll roads here tend to be in the major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, etc. as an easy, more stress-free way of getting through the CBD & surrounds plus the built up outskirts to the outer suburbs & to the highways. 

    Fortunately, the Pacific Highway is currently toll-free but some state governments have broached the possibility of making certain sections toll roads. The hue & cry was loud so the suggestion was quickly dropped. Thank goodness.
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    Mooney Mooney Bridge on the Central Coast of NSW. Australia's highest bridge.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 25 Apr 2015, 1:32 pm

    A low loader with a sense of humour.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 25 Apr 2015, 1:33 pm

    This is another long-based low loader. This one has at least 38 wheels including the truck cab. Would hate to have to pay for the tyres.
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    Post by Joy on Sat 25 Apr 2015, 1:35 pm

    Aussie bush with flowers & new growth.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 2:40 pm

    Plenty of flowering eucalypts in the bush here as well as many trees with new growth.
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    Post by Joy on Thu 30 Apr 2015, 2:44 pm

    Wildlife safety crossings meant for possums to safely cross the highway without becoming roadkill. These are being placed across all new highway upgrades now, such as this one bypassing Buladelah.
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    New growth on young eucalypts/
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