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.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Future Interstates: I 495, I 587, I 42



Route
I 40 East, I 440 West, US 264 East to Hyde Co.
US 264 West, US 264 Business Belhaven West, NC 99 South NC 92 North, US 264 West, NC 32 South, US 17 Business Washington North, US 17 South, NC 55 East to Pamlico Co.
NC 55 West, US 70 West, NC 148 East to GTP, NC 148 West, US 70 West, US 70 Bypass Goldsboro West, US 70 West, US 70 Bypass Smithfield West, US 70 West, I 40 West to Chapel Hill.
Notes
Photographed the Future Interstate signs for the three fairly new Future Interstates in NC. However, I 495 Future is a lame duck, as it is already replaced by I 87.
Major construction on US 70 Bypass around the east end of US 70 Business Smithfield.  
Results
Counties: Hyde and Pamlico, NC, for a new total of 1103.
Clinched US 17 Business Washington, US 70 Bypass Goldsboro, US 264 Business Belhaven, NC 92, NC 148. Mileage on US 17, 264, NC 32, 43,  99.



Monday, March 06, 2017

Augusta GA

Pearl Fryar Topiary
Route
NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, I 77 South, US 1 South, I 20 West, GA 25 North to Augusta
GA 25 South, I 20 East, US 15 North, SC 34 East, SC 151 North, SC 151 Business, US 15 North, US 1 North, US 15/501 to Chapel Hill  

Notes
The construction in Concord now extends from the US 29 split to NC 73.
We stopped at a marvelous topiary garden off of US 15 between I 20 and Bishopsville. It is tended by Pearl Fryar, who came out and greeted us. He certainly is a character. Besides his own property which is full of huge abstract topiaries, he has tended topiaries in all of the houses on the block, as well as in area parks and golf courses.

Results
Mileage on US 15, SC 34, SC 151, SC 151 Business Hartsville.