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Leaving Sweden southbound shortly before noon on a Friday usually means that you hit Hamburg around 5 p.m. And this means that you'll be trying to pass a major urban area during the weekend rush hour.

And when you're met with heavy snowfall at Lübeck – increasing to a blizzard in a couple of miles – you know you're in for trouble. So for sure traffic goes into a standstill when we merge with the Berlin Autobahn A24/E26.

The freezing precipitation – unusual for March – makes the surface of the road glassier by the minute. And the dense traffic would not allow for any actions to prevent or keep the ice away.

So we line up – cars to the left and trucks to the right – and "tiptoe" forward with great caution in jerky moves at maximum 10 km/h (6 mph). The local radio station reports more than 300 incidents only within the Hamburg area.

This is not the first time I have difficulties passing Hamburg. Already in 1965 I spent 13 involuntary hours here on a hitchhike to Paris. And a couple of those were in hiding from the early morning rain under this very bridge.

A slow ride brings on many memories!

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Image cropped, ran autocontrast and adjusted levels, increased saturation +15, resized for TE, USM sharpening, framed and saved for Web.

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