Saturday, July 14, 2018

Highland Lake Inn and Resort

Route
Mount Mitchell Observation Deck

NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, I 485 Outer, I 85 South, US 74 West to Flat Rock NC.
I 26 West, NC 191 South, Blue Ridge Parkway West, US 276 East, US 64 East, Local Roads to Flat Rock.
I 26 West, NC 191 North, I 40 East, US 25 North to Biltmore.
US 25 South, I 40 West, I 26 East to Flat Rock.
I 26 West, I 40 East, US 25 North to Biltmore.
US 25 South, I 40 East, US 74A East, Blue Ridge Parkway East, NC 128 North to Mount Mitchell.
NC 128 South, Blue Ridge Parkway East to Linville Falls.
Blue Ridge Parkway West, US 221 South, NC 226 South,  I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill.
Notes
There are 26 tunnels on the Blue Ridge Parkway. On this trip, we drove through 18 of them: 10 between NC 191 and US 276 and eight between Asheville and Little Switzerland. Many years ago, we drove from Great Smokies National Park to US 19, which has five tunnels, and along the section of the Blue Ridge in Virginia that has a tunnel. This leaves me two tunnels on the parkway left.
Overmountain Victory Trail Monument
At the Parkway Visitors center at the NC Museum of Minerals, I discovered a new (to me) category of NPS recognized places: the National Historic Trails. The Overmountain Victory Trail passes through the Blue Ridge there, on its way from Virginia to Kings Mountain, South Carolina.
Results
Clinched NC 128. Mileage on US 221; NC 226; Blue Ridge Parkway.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Acadia

Route
Day 1: US 15/501 North, I 85 North, I 95 North, VA 234 West to Monclair VA.
VA 234 East, I 95 North, Balt/Wash North, MD 100 West, I 97 North, I 695 East, I 895 Spur North, I 895 North, I 95 North, I 495 North, I 476 North, PA 3 East to Havertown PA.
Day 2: Local Roads including US 1, US 30.
Day 3: Local Roads including US 30.
Day 4: PA 3 West, I 476 North, US 22 East, PA 33 North, US 209 North, I 80 East to Delaware Water Gap PA. Local Road, PA 611 South to Arrow Island Overlook. PA 611 North, Local Road, I 80 West, US 209 North, PA 739 East to Dingman Ferry Bridge. PA 739 West, US 209 North, I 84 East, Local Road, NJ 23 South to High Point State Park. NJ 23 North, Local Road, I 84 East, I 87 North, I 787 North, US 20 West to Albany NY. US 20 East, I 787 North, NY 7 West, I 87 South, NY 2 East, US 9 North to Ladham NY
Day 5: US 9 North, I 87 North, US 9 North, Local Road, NY 9N North, NY 185 East, VT 17 East, VT 22A North, US 7 North, US 7 Alt North, Local Road to Burlington VT. Local Road, US 2 East, I 89 South, VT 100 North to Moss Glen Falls. VT 100 South, VT 108 West to Von Trapp Lodge, VT 108 East, VT 100 South, I 89 West, Local Road, US 2 East, US 302 East, Local Road, VT 62 South to Montpelier VT.
Day 6: VT 62 North, Local Road, US 302 West, US 2 West, I 91 South, I 93 South, US 302 East, NH 16 North, NH 16A North, NH 16 North, US 2 East, ME 17 South, US 202 East, US 201 South to Augusta ME. US 201 North, US 202 West, I 95 North, I 395 South, US 1A North, US 1 North, ME 3 South, ME 102 South, ME 102A East, ME 102 North, ME 3 North to Ellsworth ME.
Day 7: ME 3 South, Paradise Hill Road, Park Loop Road, Cadillac Mountain Road, Park Loop Road, ME 233 East, ME 3 South, ME 198 South to Northeast Harbor ME. ME 198 North, ME 102 South, ME 102A East to Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse. ME 102 West, ME 102 North, ME 3 North to Ellsworth ME.
Day 8: US 1 South, ME 73 South to Owls Head State Park. ME 73 North, US 1 South, I 295 South, ME 125 South, US 1 South, I 295 South, ME 100 South, ME 77 South to South Portland. ME 77 North, ME 100 North, I 295 South, I 95 South, US 1 Bypass South, US 1 South, Local Road, NH 1A North, NH 1B North to New Castle NH. NH 1B South, NH 1A North, Local Road, NH 33 West, I 95 South, NH 101 West, I 93 South, I 293 North to Manchester NH.
Day 9: I 293 North, I 93 North, US 3 North, US 20 East, I 93 South, I 89 North, NH 9 West, VT 9 West, VT 9 Truck West, I 91 South, I 90 West, US 20 East, MA 102 West, US 7 South, I 84 West, Local Road, PA 611 North, PA 248 West, US 22 West, I 476 South, PA 3 East to Havertown PA.
Day 10: Local Roads including PA 3, US 1.
Day 11: PA 3 West, I 476 South, I 95 South, I 495 South, I 95 South, Local Roads, US 250 East, I 95 South, I 85 South, US 15/501 South to Chapel Hill.

Pictures
Dingman Ferry Bridge, Delaware Water Gap NRA
Lake Champlain Bridge, NY 185/VT 17

Jackson Falls NH 16A

Rumford ME

Waterfall Bridge, Acadia National Park ME

Penobscot Narrows Bridge US 1, ME

Cross Section of Penobscot Narrows Bridge

Sarah Mildred Long Bridge, US 1, Portsmouth NH

Bulls Covered Bridge, Kent CT

Notes
There is an observation deck in the south tower of the Penobscot Narrows Bridge.

Results
Counties:
CT : Litchfield, state complete.
MA: Franklin, Hampshire, mainland counties complete.
ME: Androscoggin, Franklin, Kennebec, Oxford, Penobscot, Somerset.
NH: Carroll, Coos, Grafton.
NJ : Sussex.
NY: Dutchess, Essex, Greene, Orange, Putnam, Ulster.
PA: Monroe, Pike.
VT: Addison, Caledonia, Chittenden, Lamoille, Washington.
For a new total of 1141.

New highway mileage:
CT: Mileage on I 84; US 7.
MA: Mileage on I 91; US 7, 20; MA 102.
MD: Clinched I 895 Spur A. Mileage on MD 100.
ME: Clinched ME 102, 102A, 198. Mileage on I 95, 295, 395; US 1A, 201, 202; ME 4, 5, 11, 15, 17, 26, 27, 41, 73, 100, 125, 133, 135, 136.
NH: Clinched I 293; NH 16A. Mileage on I 89, 93, 95; US 1 Bypass Portmouth, 2, 3, 302; NH 1A, 1B, 3A, 16, 16B, 18, 33, 101, 116, 142.
NJ: Mileage on US 22, NJ 23.
NY: Clinched I 84; NY 9P Truck Saratoga Springs, 185. Mileage on I 87, 787; US 9; NY 2, 7, 9N, 22, 32.
PA: Mileage on I 80, 84; US 6, 22, 209; PA 33, 248, 611, 739.
VT: Clinched I 93, VT 9 Truck Brattleboro. Mileage on I 89, 91; US 2, 2 Truck St Johnsbury, 7, 7A, 302; VT 14, 17, 22A, 62, 100, 108.

Highway Ends:
I 89 South Terminus, I 93 North Terminus; US 206 West Terminus, US 302 West Terminus.

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Augusta GA

Route
NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, I 74 West, I 84 Bus South, I 85 South, I 77 South, SC 277 South, I 20 West, US 1 South, SC 19 North, I 20 West, GA 104 East to Augusta
Local Roads, including I 20, I 520, US 1, US 25, US 78, US 221, US 278, US 25 Business North Augusta, GA 4, GA 28, GA 104.
GA 104 West, I 20 East, US 178 West, US 1 North, US 378 East, I 26 East, US 1 North, SC 12 West, SC 48 North, US 21 North, I 20 East, SC 277 North, I 77 North, I 85 North, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill  

Notes
US highways are not well signed in downtown Columbia.

Results
GA: Clinched GA 28. Mileage on US 1, US 25, US 78, US 278, GA 4.
SC: Clinched US 1, US 25, US 25 Business North Augusta. Mileage on US 1, US 21, US 178, US 321, US 378, SC 12, SC 19, SC 48.

Monday, October 16, 2017

PIsgah Inn

Route
High Shoals Falls in South Mountains State Park
NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, I 485 Outer, I 85 South, US 74 West, US 74 Business Shelby, NC 180 South, US 74 West to Flat Rock NC.
Local Roads, NC 225 South to Flat Rock. NC 225 North, US 25 Business North, US 64 East, I 26 East, Local Road to Saluda NC.  US 176 North, Local Road, US 176 South, Local Road, US 176 North, Local Road, I 26 East to Flat Rock. I 26 East, US 25 North, Local Road, NC 280 West, NC 91 North, Blue Ridge Parkway West to Pisgah Inn. Blue Ridge Parkway East, NC 191 South, Local Road, NC 214 East, I 26 East to Flat Rock.
Local Road, US 25 Business North, US 64 East, I 40 East, NC 18 South, Local Roads to South Mountains State Park. Local Roads, NC 18 North, Local Roads, I 40 East, Local Road to Icard, US 70 East, US 321 South, I 40 East, US 64 East to Mocksville. Local Streets, US 158 East, NC 801 North, I 40 East, US 158 East, I 40 Business East, I 40 East, NC 86 South.
Notes
This was a trip of many detours, starting in Shelby and ending in Winston-Salem.
Results
Mileage on US 25 Business Henderson, US 64, US 74, US 74 Business Shelby, US 176; NC 18, 180, 191, 214, 225.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

AHS Class of 70 @ 65

Route
Twin Observation Towers - Irish Hills
Day 1 - NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, I 73 North, I 40 West, Bus 40 West, US 52 North, I 74 West, I 77 North, US 33 North, Local roads, US 40 West to Franklin Park.
US 62 East, I 670 West, I 71 North, Local roads, US 23 North, OH 15 West, I 75 North, I 275 North to Plymouth
Day 2-3 - Local roads, including I 94, I 96, I 275, US 23, MI 1, MI 8, MI 14, MI 153.
Day 4 - I 275 North, I 96 West, US 23 North, I 75 North, I 75 BL West Branch, MI 55 East, MI 33 North, Local roads to Black Lake Conference Center.
Day 5 - Local roads, MI 68 West, US 31 South, Local Roads, MI 72 West, Local Roads, MI 22 West, MI 109 South to Sleeping Bear National Lakeshore.
MI 109 South, MI 22 South, Local Road, US 31 North, Local Roads to Kaleva.
Local Roads, MI 115 South, US 131 North, US 131 Business North to Cadillac.
Day 6 - US 131 Business South, Local road, MI 115 South, US 10 East, US 127 South, I 69 BL South, Local streets to Lansing.
Local streets, MI 143 East, Local Streets to MSU.
Local streets, US 127 South, Local Road, MI 50 East, US 12 East to Irish Hills.
US 12 West, MI 50 South, US 23 South, I 475 East, I 75 North, I 280 East, OH 51 South, OH 579 East, OH 2 East, OH 2 Connector, OH 163 West to Port Clinton.
OH 163 East to Marblehead. Local Roads, OH 269 South, OH 2 East, US 6 East, OH 60 South, OH 2 East, OH 57 South, I 80 East, OH 21 South to Richfield OH.
Day 7 - OH 21 South, Local Roads to Cuyahoga Valley National Park. OH 14 South, I 271 South, OH 8 South, OH 261 West to Akron. OH 261 East, I 77 South, I 74 East, US 52 South, Bus 40 East, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill.
Notes
. Results
MI: Clinched I 75 BL West Branch, MI 109. Mileage on MI 1, MI 33, MI 50.
OH: Clinched OH 579. Mileage on I 271, I 480, I 670, US 6, US 33, US 40, US 62, OH 2, OH 14, OH 60,
OH 163, OH 261, OH 269.

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Yosemite

Route
Golden Gate Bridge South End


Day 1: From Sacramento Airport, I 5 North, I-5 Bus Woodland North, CA 113 South, I 80 West, US 101 North to San Francisco.
Day 3: US 101 North to San Rafael. US 101 South, I 580 East, I 205 North, I 5 North, CA 120 East, CA 99 South, CA 180 East, Park Roads, CA 180 East to Cedar Grove. CA 180 West to King's Canyon National Park.
Day 4: CA 198 South, CA 99 South to Tulare.
Day 5: CA 99 North, CA 41 North to Yosemite.
Day 7: CA 140 West to El Portal. CA 140 East, Park Roads, CA 120 East, CA 99 North, US 50 West, I 80 West to Davis. I 80 East, US 50 West, I 5 North to Sacramento. US 50 West, I 80 West to Davis.
Day 8: I 80 West, CA 113 North, I 5 South to Sacramento Airport.
 

Notes
There is construction at the US 101 north exit from I 80. We ended up on the wrong ramp onto Mission Street instead of Van Ness.
There is work being done on the supports of the south end of the Golden Gate bridge (see photo). The sidewalks on the bridge have been designated bicycles only on the west side and pedestrians only on the east side. Even so, we encountered a few bicycles while crossing the bridge on foot.
There is a lot of construction with closed exits on CA 99 in Fresno.
There is a great deal of road reconstruction going on in Yosemite due to this winter's flooding.

Results
Counties: CA: Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Napa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, Stanislaus, Tulare, Tuolumne, Yolo; for a new total of 1115.
Clinched I 205. Mileage on I 5, I 80, I 305, I 580, I 80 Business Sacramento, US 50, US 101, CA 41, CA 99, CA 113, CA 120, CA 140, CA 180, CA 198.

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Annville Graduation Party

Route
Day 1: US 15/501 North, I 85 North, I 95 North, I 495 North, I 476 North, PA 3 East to Havertown.
Day 2: PA 3 West, I 476 North, I 76 West, PA 72 North, US 322 West, PA 934 North to Fort Indiantown Gap. PA 934 South, US 322 East, PA 72 South, I 76 East, PA 3 East to Havertown.
Day 3: PA 3 East, US 1 North, Local Roads, US 13 North to Philadelphia Zoo. US 13 South, Local Roads, PA 320 North, I 76 West, US 202 West, US 422 West, PA 23 West to Valley Forge. Local Roads, PA 251, PA 23 East, US 422 East, US 202 East, I 76 East, PA 3 East to Havertown.
Day 4: PA 3 West, I 476 South, I 95 South, US 322 East, I 295 South, I 95 South, I 895 South, I 95 South to Springfield-Franconia.
Day 5: Local Road, VA 296 East, US 1 North, VA 235 North to Mount Vernon. George Washington Parkway North to Fort Hunt. George Washington Parkway South, VA 235 South, US 1 South, I 95 South, VA 234 West to Monclair. VA 234 East, I 95 South, I 85 South, US 15/501 South to Chapel Hill.
 

Notes
I 85 is being completely rebuilt with both directions one-laned on the northbound side from Henderson to the Virginia state line.
US 1 is being widened through Fort Belvoir from VA 296 to at least VA 235.

Results
Mileage on US 322 in PA and NJ, I 295 in New Jersey, VA 234, VA 235, George Washington Parkway.