Defective Road in Germany

Defective Road in Germany
I was riding along a lovely smooth country road in Germany one day, when I noticed the surface was decorated with hundreds and hundreds of hi-viz circles. After about thirty seconds of this, I could no longer resist my curiosity so I stopped to take a closer look. As far as I could tell, the road had recently been resurfaced, but the quality was not good enough for the inspector. In the centre of each circle there was a tiny defect. In a couple of places the defects were more obvious, but mostly it was these barely visible pits. The inspector probably decided this was not good enough because such pits trap water that in winter freezes and expands, damaging the asphalt and creating a pothole. Despite the much harsher winters, I almost never see any evidence of potholes in Germany. Patches are fairly rare, whilst actual holes are extremely rare. The attention to detail shown here probably explains that. Finally, if you're wondering why I'm barefoot (I included my foot for scale), it's because in the summer when I'm not on hostile infrastructure, I prefer to walk and cycle barefoot.

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