Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden

Route
NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, NC 273 South, NC 279 West to Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden
NC 279 West, I 85 North, I 485 Inner, I 85 North, NC 147 East, US 15/501 to Durham  

Notes

Results
NC: Mileage on NC 273, NC 279.

Sunday, June 09, 2019

Alaska

Klondike Highway Suspension Bridge
Route
Day 1: From Sea-Tac: Airport Expressway North, WA 518 East, I 5 South, I 705 North to Tacoma.
WA 509 North, Local Roads, WA 509 North, Local Roads to Browns Point.
Local Roads, WA 509 North, Local Roads, WA 99 South, Local Roads, I 5 North, WA 520 East, I 405 North to Kirkland.
Day 2: I 405 North, WA 20 East to Ross Lake NRA.
WA 20 West, WA 530 West, I 5 South, I 405 South to Kirkland.
Day 3: I 405 South to Bellevue. I 405 North to Kirkland.
Day 4: I 405 North, I 5 North, WA 539 North, BC 13 North, BC 1 West, Local Roads to Canada Place.
Day 6: On foot, Local Streets, AK 7.
Day 7: Local Road, AK 7 North, Local Roads to Mendenhall Glacier.
Local Roads, AK 7 North to Echo Bay,
AK 7 South, Local Roads to Douglas Island.
Local Roads, AK 7 South to Juneau.
Day 8: Local Roads, AK 98 North, BC YT2 North, YT 2 North to Carcross.
YT 2 South, BC YT2 South to Fraser BC.
AK 98 South, Local Roads to Skagway.
Day 11: AK 9 North, AK 1 North, Alyeska Highway to Alyeska.
Alyeska Highway, AK 1 North, Local Roads to Anchorage.
Day 12: Local Streets to Anchorage train station.
From Denali train station, local roads, AK 3 North to McKinley Park.
Day 13: AK 3 South, Park Road to Denali NP.
Park Road, AK 3 North to McKinley Park.
Day 14: AK 3 North, Local Roads to Fairbanks.
Day 15: City Bus and on foot, Local Roads. Local roads to Airport.
Notes 
There is a most unusual suspension bridge on the Klondike Highway. It is suspended from only one side, so as to make repairs easier.
AK 3 is closed in west Fairbanks from Geist Road to Airport Way.
Results
New State: Alaska, for a new total of 47.
New Territory: Yukon, for a new total of 8.
State Capitol: Juneau AK.
Counties:
Alaska: Anchorage, Denali, Fairbanks North Star, Haines, Hoonah-Angoon, Juneau, Kenai Peninsula, Ketchikan Gateway, Matanuska-Susitna, Petersburg, Prince of Wales-Hyder, Sitka, Skagway, Wrangell, Yukon-Koyukuk.
For a new US total of 1165.
British Columbia: Central Coast, Comox Valley, Kitimat-Stikine, Mount Waddington, Powell River,  Skeena-Queen Charlotte,  Stikine,  Strathcona,  Sunshine Coast.
Yukon: Yukon.
For a new Canada total of 122.
Highways:
AK: Clinched AK 7 Juneau. Mileage on AK 1, AK 3, AK 9, AK 7 Ketchikan, AK 98.
WA: Clinched WA 530, WA 539. Mileage on WA 20, WA 509.
BC: Cliched BC 13, YT2.
YT: Mileage on YT2.
NPS Units: Denali NP, Glacier Bay NP, Kenai Fjords NP, Klondike Gold Rush NHP, North Cascades NP, Ross Lake NRA.

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Wilmington

Route
US 15/501 South, NC 54 East, I 40 East, US 74 East, US 17 South to Wilmington
US 17 North, US 74 West, NC 133 South, NC 87 South, NC 211 East to Southport
NC 211 West, NC 906 South to Oak Island.
NC 906 North, NC 211 West, US 17 South, NC 904 South, NC 179 East to Calabash
NC 179 West, NC 904 North, US 17 North, I 140 East I 40 West, NC 54 West, US 15/501 North to Chapel Hill.
Notes 
I 140 is a fast bypass around Wilmington. It has the rare trait of having no services at any of its exits for the length of the Interstate.

Results Clinched I 140.

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Williamsburg Illumination

Route
US 15/501 North, I 85 North, I 95 North, I 64 East, VA 199 East, US 60 East to Williamsburg VA.
US 60 East, VA 132 South, VA 132Y East to Colonial Williamsburg Visitor Center.
US 60 East, VA 5 West, VA 132 North, US 60 West to Williamsburg hotel.
US 60 East, VA 132 South, VA 132Y East, Colonial Parkway East, local road, VA 162 East, VA 143 East, I 64 East, VA 143 East, US 17 North, US 17 Bus North, VA 14 East to New Point Comfort.
VA 14 West, VA 198 West, VA 33 West, I 64 West, I 295 South, VA 10 East, I 95 South,  I 85 South, US 15/501 South to Chapel Hill.

Notes
Mathews County is considered one of the rarest counties to collect in Virginia. It is a peninsula. All highways (except VA 3) in the county end at the coast.
I 66 has significant construction just east of Richmond and near Busch Gardens.
I 85 has its new carriageways open in both directions, but with only one lane open from Henderson to the Virginia State Line.

Results
Counties: VA: Matthews, Gloucester, King and Queen, King William. For a new total of 1150.

VA: Clinched VA 162; New mileage on I 64; US 17, 17 Business Gloucester; VA 3, 5, 14, 30, 33, 143, 198.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Williamsburg VA

Route
US 15/501 North, I 85 North, VA 40 East, US 460 East,  SR 504 East, VA 31 North, Scotland/Jamestown Ferry, VA 31 North, VA 359 East, Colonial Parkway West to Jamestown.
Colonial Parkway East, VA 132Y West, VA 132 North, US 60 West to Williamsburg VA.
US 60 East VA 132 South, VA 132Y East, Colonial Parkway West, VA 199 West, US 60 West to Williamsburg Pottery.
US 60 East, SR 646 North, SR 603 East, VA 199 West, I 64 East, VA 171 East, US 17 South, VA 312 South to Mariner Museum.
VA 312 North, US 17 North, I 64 East, VA 169 East, VA 143 South to Fort Monroe.
US 258 South, US 35 West, I 85 South, US 15/501 South to Chapel Hill.

Notes
There is no signage for US 258 at Fort Monroe.

Results
Counties: VA: Isle of Wright, Surry, Sussex. For a new total of 1146.

VA: Clinched VA 359, Colonial Parkway; New mileage on US 258, 460; VA 31, 40, 171, 169, 199.

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.