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.

Monday, December 02, 2019

Philadelphia Thanksgiving

Route
Great Falls of the Potomac


Day 1: US 15/501 North, I 85 North, I 95 North, VA 234 West to Montclair.
Local Roads, VA 123 South, I 95 North, MD 5 South, MD 233 North, MD 4 East, US 301 North, DE 1 North, I 95 North, I 495 North, I 95 North, I 476 North, PA 3 East to Havertown.
Day 4: Local roads, including PA 3, US 1, US 13.
Day 5: PA 3 West, I 476 South, I 95 South, I 495 South, US 13 South, I 295 South, I 95 South, I 495 West, VA 193 West to Great Falls Park.
VA 193 East, I 495 South, I 95 South, Local Road, US 1 South, US 17 Business North, I 95 South, VA 207 West, US 1 South, I 295 East, I 95 North, I 85 South, US 15/501 South to Chapel Hill.

Notes
Traffic was hell in both directions. On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, traffic was okay until north of Fredericksburg. On the Saturday of Thanksgiving, traffic was okay until Dale City.
Construction for the I-95 Express Lane extension proceeds in the median down to VA 3 (Plank Road).

Results
DE: Mileage on US 13.
MD: Mileage on MD 4, 4, 233.
VA: Clinched I 295, VA 207. Mileage on I 95, US 1, VA 123, 193.

NPS Sites: George Washington Parkway: Great Falls Park.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

I-295 Future, Again

Route
From Cary, NC 540 South, NC 55 Bypass West, NC 55 East, US 401 South, NC 217 North to Linden.
NC 217 South, US 401 South, NC 295 West, All American Freeway South, US 401 Business North, NC 87 South, I 95 North, NC 24 East, NC 242 North, I 95 North, I 40 West, NC 42 West, NC 55 West to Cary. 

Notes
Since the last time I was on NC 295 (I-295 Future), two more segments have opened. The segment from US 401 to NC 210 is 65 mph freeway. The segment from NC 87/24 to the All American Freeway is on the C/D lanes. The main line is not opened yet.
I needed NC 242 to clinch all of Johnston County highways.

Results
Clinched NC 295 (I-295 Future), NC 217. Mileage on US 421; NC 24, 242.