I'm starting to become very curios to how visible the Milky Way is at night. I biked 10.4 km (Exact distance using Google Earth) from the last city light. The view was just stunning, so many stars and trying to find M31 proved to be a challenge, but after some scanning of the general area I knew it was in. I finally managed to get it in my Bino's. The Milky Way not only was Visible, but it jumped out at me. You could clearly see it rising from the SW and arcing across the sky. When I realized how close I was to the city later on, I wondered how it's visibility would increase as I got further from the City. Is it even possible to make out the dust lanes ?
The best picture I could find is below. It looked similar to this, minus the dark dust lanes and not as bright.