Thursday, May 19, 2022

Lawrenceville GA

Route
Bantam Chef in Chesnee SC
Day 1: NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, I 485 Outer, I 85 South, Local road, GA 316 West to Lawrenceville hotel.
Local roads, US 29 South, local roads, GA 20 South, local roads, US 78 East to Logansville GA.
US 78 West, local roads, GA 20 North, local streets, GA 120 West, local street to hotel.
Day 2: Local roads, I 85 North, GA 317 North to Suwannee GA.
US 23 North, GA 317 South, I 85 North, GA 20 South, local roads to Tribble Mill Park. 
Local Roads, GA 20 South, GA 84 South, US 78 West to Stone Mountain Park.
US 78 East, Local Roads, US 29 North, Local roads to hotel.
GA 316 West, I 85 South to Atlanta.
I 85 North, GA 316 East to hotel.
Day 3: Local roads, I 85 South, local streets to Georgia State Capitol.
GA 154 East, I 85 North, GA 378 North, US 23 South to Norcross GA.
US 23 South, GA 140 South, I 85 North, GA 316 East to hotel.
Day 4: Local roads, I 85 North, US 221 North, GA 11 East, I 85 North, I 485 Inner, I 85 North, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill. 

Notes
I 85 is under reconstruction in South Carolina from Gaffney to the North Carolina state line.
The Bantam Chef restaurant has a ton of roadgeek memorabilia. 

Results
GA: Clinched GA 84, GA 317. Mileage on US 29, US 78, GA 20, 120, 154, 316, 378,

NPS Sites: Cowpens National Battlefield

Cowpens

Sunday, April 03, 2022

Arizona

Route
Day 1: I 40 East, I 540 to RDU airport. Phoenix airport: I-10 East, Local Roads to Tempe. Local Roads to Gilbert. AZ 101 North, US 60 West to Phoenix. Local streets to Tempe hotel. 
Day 2: Local streets to Desert Botanical Garden. Local streets to Tempe Hotel. AZ 143 North, AZ 202 East, AZ 101 North to Scottsdale. AZ 101 North, local streets to Taliesen west. Local streets, AZ 101 South, US 60 West to Tempe hotel.
Day 3: I 10 East, AZ 387 East, AZ 87 South to Casa Grande Ruins, AZ 87 South, I 10 East, I 19 South to San Xavier del Bac. I-19 North, local roads to Saguaro NP. Local roads, I 10 West, I 19 South, AZ 86 West to Saguaro NP. Local roads, I 10 West to Tempe hotel.
Day 4: AX 183 North, AZ 202 West, I 10 West, I 17 North to Montezuma Castle. I 17 North, AZ 89A North, I 40 Business East, I 40 West, I 17 North, AZ 89A North to Flagstaff. AX 89A South, I 17 South, I 40 East, I 40 Business West, US 89 North, FS 395 North, US 89 North, AZ 64 West to Grand Canyon Village.
Day 6: AZ 64 South, I 40 Business West to Williams. I 40 Business East, I 40 East, I 40 Business West to Holbrook. I 40 Business East, I 40 East to Petrified National Park. US 180 West, I 40 Business East to Holbrook. I 40 Business West, AZ 77 South, US 60 E, AZ 260 South to Show Low hotel.
Day 7: AZ 260 North, US 60 West, AZ 101 North, AZ 202 West, local streets to Papago Park. Local Streets, AZ 202 West, I 10 East to Phoenix airport. I 540 West, I 40 West to Chapel Hill.

US 60 New Salt River Bridge


US 60 Salt River Bridges from overlook

US 60 Old Salt River Bridge

US 60 New Queen Creek Tunnel


US 60 Queen Creek Bridge

Notes
US 60 through the Salt River canyon is one of the great roads. We stopped at the rest area at the US 60 bridge, walked the old bridge and photographed the canyon and the new bridge.
Historic US 80 is signed on US 60 just west of AZ 89 (historic US 80). It is interesting that there is a Historic sign for US 80, but not for US 70, which also ran along this road.

Results
Counties: AZ: Gila, Pima, Pinal  for a new total of 1177.
Clinched: I 17. Mileage on: I 10, I 19, I 40, I 40 Bus Flagstaff, 140 Bus Williams. US 60, US 89, US 180. AZ 77, AZ 86, AZ 87, AZ 89A, AZ 99, AZ 101, AZ 143, AZ 202, AZ 260, AZ 287, AZ 387,
NPS Sites: Petrified Forest NP, Saguaro NP, Casa Grande Ruins NM, Montezuma Castle NM, Sunset Crater NM, Wupatki NM. Revisited Grand Canyon NP.

Petrified Forest National Park

Saguaro National Park - Rincon Mountain

Saguaro National Park - Tuscon Mountain

Sunset Crater National Monument

Montezuma Castle National Monument

Wupatki National Monument


Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

Saturday, September 18, 2021

Tennessee


Route

Day 1: NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, I 73 North, I 40 West, US 74 West, US 441 North, local roads to Mingo Falls.
Local roads, US 441 North, local road to Clingman's Dome.
Local road, US 441 North, local roads, US 321 South, US 441 North, TN 66 North, I 40 West, I 140 South, US 129 South to Alcoa TN.
Day 2: US 129 North, I 140 North, I 75 South, TN 30 West, TN 284 South to Fall Creek Falls State Park.
TN 284 North, TN 30 East, TN 101 North, TN 392 East, TN 101 North, I 40 East, TN 58 East, TN 95 North to Oak Ridge. 
TN 62 East, TN 162 East, US 129 South too Alcoa.
Day 3: US 129 South, TN 32 East, US 321 North, Foothills Parkway East, US 129 South, NC 28 East, local road to Fontana Dam.
Local road, NC 28 East, US 19 North to Bryson City,
Local roads to the Road to Nowhere. Local Roads to Deep Creek,
Local roads, US 19 South, US 19 Connector South, US 74 East, I 40 East, local road, US 221 North, NC 226 south, I 40 East, local roads, US 421 South, I 85 North, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill. 

Tunnel
Tunnel on the Road to Nowhere

Trail
Appalachian Trail on Fontana Dam

Gift Shop
Gift Shop on the Tail of the Dragon - US 129

Notes
I 40 is under repaving for a good stretch near Mocksville.
Newfound Gap Road is being repaved on the Tennesee side of Newfound Gap.

Results
Counties:
  NC: Graham
  TN: Bledsoe, Blount, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Rhea, Van Buren
  for a new total of 1174.

NC: Mileage on US 129, US 221, US 441, NC 28.
TN: Clinched I 140, TN 35. Mileage on I 75, US 127, US 129, US 321, US 441, TN 30, TN 58, TN 62, TN 95, TN 101, TN 162, TN 392.

NPS Sites: Appalachian Trail, Great Smoky Mountains NP, Manhattan Project NHS

Manhattan Project NHS

Great Smoky Mountains NP


Saturday, July 17, 2021

Van Gogh, Charlotte

Charlotte Skyline from Camp North End

Route

NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, NC 16 South, Local Roads to Savonna Mill.
Local Roads, I 77 South, I 485 Outer, NC 51 West to Carolina Place.
NC 51 East, I 485 Inner, I 77 North, US 29 North, Statesville Road to Camp North End.
Statesville Road North, US 21 North, NC 24 East, I 85 North, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill. 

Notes
Immersive Van Gogh is magnificent.  Gogh see it. Accept no substitutes. 
The exhibition is in an old Ford factory, where they built Model A and Model T automobiles. Later, it was used for munition manufacture during the war. They repaved part of the factory floor with wooden bricks to prevent sparking if munitions fell on the war.
They are still working on the new ramp into Concord Mills. It seems to be taking forever.
Construction through Kannapolis is done, but there is bridge work happening between China Grove and Salisbury.

Results
Mileage on US 21, US 29, NC 24, NC 49, NC 51.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

Greensboro/Winston-Salem

Route

NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 785 North, US 29 South, Local Roads, I 840 West, I 40 West, US 421 North, NC 150 East, Local Road, US 421 North, NC 74 West, US 311 South, US 52 South, I 40 East, I 73 South, I 85 North, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill  

Notes
There are several new segments of highways in Greensboro and Winston-Salem that opened during Covid: I 840 extension from Lawndale to Elm, NC 150 rerouting in Kernersville and NC 74 (Future I 74) in Winston-Salem.

Results
Clinched NC 74. Reclinched I 840. New mileage on NC 150.

Monday, December 21, 2020

NC 56 Reclinch

Route
US 15/501 North, I 85 North, NC 56 East, US 15 South to Chapel Hill  

Notes
NC 56 was recently realigned in Creedmoor, removing a short concurrency with US 15.

Results
Reclinched NC 56.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Augusta GA

Route
US 15/501 South, US 1 South, local detour, NC 177 South, SC 177 South, SC 9 West, US 52 East, US 15 South, I 20 West, I 77 North, US 1 South, I 20 West, GA 28 West to Augusta.
Local Roads, including GA 104, US 25 Business.
GA 28 East, I 20 East, SC 277 North, I 77 North, I 85 North, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill  

Notes
I 20 in West Columbia and Lexington SC is being widened. For nineteen miles, eastbound I 20 is divided into separate roadways, one lane each, divided by Jersey barriers.

Results
SC: Mileage on US 15, US 52.