Sunday, October 23, 2022

Stone Mountain NC


Route

NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, I 73 North, I 40 West, US 421 North, I 77 North, US 21 North to Stone Mountain State Park.
US 21 North, Blue Ridge Parkway South, NC 18 North, NC 88 West, NC 16 South, Trading Post Road, Blue Ridge Parkway South, US 421 South, I 40 East, I 73 South, I 85 North, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill.

Notes
The Blue Ridge Parkway is detoured due to a bridge replacement onto NC 18, NC 88, NC 16 and Trading Post Road. On NC 18 just north of the parkway is a large motorcycle resort. 
There is major clearing and earth moving going on at the future interchange of I 40 and the relocated I 74 south of Winston-Salem.

Results
New mileage on NC 18, NC 88 and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

NPS Sites: Revisit Blue Ridge Parkway.








Wednesday, October 05, 2022

DHS Reunion

Y-Bridge, Zanesville OH

Route

Day 1 - NC 86 North, I 40 West, US 421 North, US 52 North, I 74 West, I 77 North, WV 61 West, I 77 North, I 70 West, OH 60 South, US 40 West to Zanesville. US 40 East, OH 60 North, OH 208 East to Dresden. OH 208 West, OH 60 North, OH 16 East, OH 13 North, US 36 East to Mount Vernon. US 36 West, OH 13 North, OH 95 West, US 23 North, OH 15 West, I 75 North, I 275 North to Canton MI.
Day 2 - I 275 North, I 696 East, I 94 East, MI 29 North, I 94 Business Port Huron West, I 94 West, I 75 South, I 96 West, I 94 West, US 12 West to Dearborn. Local Roads to Plymouth. Local Roads to Livonia. I 275 South to Canton.
Day 3 - I 275 South, I 75 South, OH 25 West to Toledo Zoo. OH 25 East, I 75 North, I 275 North to Canton. Local roads to Dearborn. MI 153 West to Toledo.
Day 4 - Local Roads, US 24 South, I 75 South, I 280 South, OH 2 East, US 250 East, US 20 East, OH 303 East to Lagrange OH.
Day 5 -  OH 303 East, OH 8 South, I 77 South, OH 7 West to Marietta. OH 7 East, I 77 South, WV 61 East, US 60 East, US 19 South,  I 77 South, I 74 East, US 52 South, US 412 South, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill.

Notes
Construction all over this trip. I 275 under rebuild from I 94 to I 96 in western Detroit suburbs. I 94 is detoured in downtown Detroit onto I 75 and I 96.
On a construction zone on US 24 (Telegraph Road) south of US 20 in Dearborn, I saw an MI 24 shield, instead of the correct US 25 shield. 
We visited to famous Y bridge on US 40 in Zanesville. We went up to Y Bridge Overlook park which has views of the bridge and downtown Zanesville.

Results
New counties for a new total of 1193: OH: Knox, Morrow

MI: Clinched MI 29.  Mileage on I 94 Business Port Huron.
OH: Mileage on I 70, US 20, OH 7, 13, 16, 60, 95, 208, 303.
WV: Mileage on US 60, WV 61.

NPS Sites: Revisit Cuyahoga Valley NP, New River Gorge NP.








Friday, August 26, 2022

AHS 50th Reunion

Route
Day 1 - NC 86 North, I 40 West, I 85 South, I 73 North, US 421 North, US 52 North, I 74 West, I 77 North, I 64 West, US 35 North,  OH 327 North, OH 93 North, OH 56 West, OH 374 North to Hocking Hills.
OH 374 North, US 33 North, I 270 North, I 71 North, OH 37 West, US 23 North, OH 15 West, I 75 North, I 275 North to Plymouth
Day 2-3 - Local roads, including I 275, US 23, MI 14, MI 153.
Day 4 - I 275 North, I 96 West, US 23 North, I 75 North, MI 61 East, US 23 North, Local Streets, MI 32 West to Alpena. 
MI 32 East, Local Roads, US 23 North, Local Roads, US 23 South, Local Streets, MI 32 West to Hotel.
Day 5 - MI 32 West, Local Roads, US 131 South, MI 20 West, MI 37 South, Detour, MI 37 South, Detour, US 131 South, I 196 West, Local Road, US 31 North, Local Streets to Holland State Park.
Local Streets, US 31 South, I 196 West, Local Road to Douglas.
Local Streets, I 196 West, I 196 Business West to South Haven.
I 196 Business East, I 196 West, I 94 West, I 94 Business West to Stevensville.
Day 6 - I 94 West, US 12 West, Local Roads, US 12 West, IN 49 South to Visitor Center.
IN 49 North, US 12 West, IN 53 South, US 30 East, I 65 South, Local Streets to Indiana State Capitol.
Local Streets, I 70 East, I 65 South to Hotel.
Day 7 - I 65 North, I 465 East, I 74 East, I 75 South, I 71 North, US 50 East, I 471 South, US 27 South, KY 8 East, KY 1566 South, KY 1997 South, KY 9 East, KY 1/7 South, I 64 East, WV 20 South, Local road, I 77 South, I 74 East, US 52 South, Bus 40 East, I 40 East, NC 86 South to Chapel Hill.

Notes
Construction all over this trip. I 275 under rebuild from I 94 to I 96 in western Detroit suburbs. US 23 freeway from I 75 to MI 13 closed for rebuild. MI 37 closed north of Sparta. Ramp from US 12/20 to I 65 closed in Gary. I 65/70 closed in downtown Indianapolis. KY 8 closed at KY 1566.
This was our first trip of US 35 in West Virginia after the last divided four-lane section was built. This bypasses the old by the drag strip on WV 617. The drag strip used to be the halfway point between Chapel Hill and Detroit.

Results
New counties for a new total of 1191
    IN: Clinton, Decatur, Franklin, Jasper, Newton, Ripley, White
    KY: Bracken, Campbell, Lewis, Mason, Pendleton
    MI: Newaygo
    OH: Vinton

IN: Mileage on I 65, I 70, I 74, US 12, US 20, US 30, IN 53.
KY: Clinched I 471, KY 1566. Mileage on US 27, KY 1, KY 7, KY 8, KY 9, KY 1997.
MI: Clinched I 94 Business Benton Harbor. Mileage on I 196, I 196 Business Holland, I 196 Business South Haven, I 296, US 31, US 131, MI 20, MI 37, MI 61.
OH: Clinched OH 374. Mileage on OH 37, OH 56, OH 93, OH 327, OH 374.
WV: Mileage on US 35, WV 20.

NPS Sites: Indiana Dunes NP, New River Gorge NP, North Country NRT
Indian Dunes NP



North Country Trail





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.