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 on: Today at 10:37:19 AM 
Started by Max Rockatansky - Last post by Kniwt
This plus having to use copious amounts of zoom to get past a dirty windshield.  The iPhone 7 was what I was using in 2020 and it really didnít take solid images of small font at speed. 

Got it; thanks.

 on: Today at 10:32:55 AM 
Started by swbrotha100 - Last post by Pink Jazz
Looks like Gilbert has been introducing new dark blue illuminated street blades with a custom font. Early versions had their town logo in color, but the newest installations now have their logo in a white outline. Chandler has had its distinctive brown illuminated street blades for years, and Mesa in recent years has introduced branding to its street blades at signalized intersections, so Gilbert is now following suit.

Where have you seen the new Gilbert street blades? I live in Queen Creek and wish they would brand their street signs/blades like most cities do.

They are on the illuminated signs at the traffic lights. Most of them are in South Gilbert, although some have recently started to pop up north of the 202.

 on: Today at 10:26:48 AM 
Started by Astada - Last post by Dirt Roads
Mentioned beforehand, my trip home to Richmond from a railroad project in Shattuc, Illinois was a 28-hour whirlwind.  It was back in the NMSL days, so I decided to take a more southerly route using the Mountain Parkway and US-460 through Eastern Kentucky and Southwestern Virginia on the way home.  To allow for higher speeds, I took I-64 all the way back.  I was staying in Salem, Illinois so I didn't make the full trip back into Clinton County.  I was supposed to get to leave on a Thursday afternoon after the whistle blew at 3:30PM CDT; instead, we worked a bunch of overtime clean through to 7PM CDT on Saturdays.  I had been away from home for more than two weeks and needed to get back to pay my bills.

Some caveats before I get started.  I'm guessing that it took about 4 hours to get to Louisville that night, given that I would have stopped for quick dinner along the way.  It makes sense to count the 24-hours on the front end of the trip to pick up the additional county (Clinton, Illinois).  No matter how I slice it, the Mountain Parkway cuts off of I-64 in Clark County, Kentucky and that county plus all of those west of there don't count on the way back.  Fortunately, it is standard here at AARoads to include independent cities in the list of counties (which lets me pick up Salem, Roanoke, Lynchburg, Richmond, Waynesville and Covington).  Some of those don't seem fair, so feel free to throw darts (I won't be offended).

Illinois (5 counties)
Indiana (10 counties)
Kentucky eastbound (14 counties)
Virginia eastbound (2 counties)
West Virginia eastbound (1 county)
Virginia eastbound (14 counties and independent cities)
four-hour sleepover (enough time to do a load of laundry!)
Virginia westbound (12 counties and independent cities, excluding Richmond city again)
West Virginia westbound (8 counties)
Kentucky westbound (5 more counties, ending before the Mountain Parkway)

Grand total of 71 counties and independent cities (my spreadsheet says 72, so I might be missing one in the counts).  Subtracting one from my spreadsheet, I went through a total of 93 counties and independent cities on the entire 28-hour trip (including duplicates), and crossed over 104 county borders along the way (including all of the ins-and-outs). 

By the way, you can't make that same trip anymore.  I took Chesterfield SR-754 (Old Hundred Road/Coalfield Road) to cross over between US-360 at Brandermill -to- US-60 in downtown Midlothian, but that road has since been bisected by the VA-288 freeway and no longer goes all the way through.  Oh yeah, I had been gone so long that the Postal Service retrieved all of my mail and marked it "Return to Sender" (big ouch).  I had to grab all of my previous bills and work out the details while on the next leg of my travels.  All I got to show for my efforts was a clean load of laundry and an extra half-day of rest in order to meet the Hours of Service laws.

 on: Today at 10:14:55 AM 
Started by Alex - Last post by roadman65
Does anyone recall the nature of the 3-2-3 traffic configuration of the upper deck of the GWB as seen in the 1972 Maude Sitcom opener?

Speaking of which, in that opening at 0:28, what road is that?

Thatís a good question.  It could be a highway in just about any state.

I believe the final road on this, the neighborhood of Maudeís house is in California.   In the shows closer, the red no parking curbs give that one away as New York ( or any state on the East Coast for that matter) donít use anything but yellow curbs for no parking.

 on: Today at 10:11:34 AM 
Started by TMETSJETSYT - Last post by abefroman329
Google Maps - it does a fine job routing me around backups, and it appears to have some of the same features as Waze (warnings of speed traps, speed cameras, etc.).  I'm not even sure if Waze is supported by CarPlay - if it's not, it would be a non-starter.

The only time I've ever used Apple Maps was back at the end of 2012, when Apple decided to get rid of the Google Maps app.  That whole situation was such a fustercluck that I'm not going to rely on Apple Maps again.

 on: Today at 10:06:00 AM 
Started by Alex - Last post by roadman65

I see the latest pass of the Google Car shows the shield replacements in progress at US 1.

 on: Today at 10:00:12 AM 
Started by TMETSJETSYT - Last post by 1995hoo
This answer will sound wishy-washy, but it really depends on what you need for a particular purpose at a particular time.

For example, if I am sending directions to my wife or my mother, I will use Apple Maps because it makes it easy to share the directions such that I know they will open properly on both of their iPhones (especially if I'm sending walking directions). But if I wanted to send directions to my brother, I would not likely use Apple Maps because he has an Android phone (while he does have an iPad Mini, I don't think he uses that outside his home).

I find Google Maps on a PC the most convenient for plotting multiple-stop itineraries and for adjusting the route if I want to use a specific road or similar. The Google Maps app doesn't seem to allow for the same route customization, which is why I specify "on a PC."

I don't use Waze. I tried it and among other annoyances, I found the cartoonish interface distracting and cluttered. My wife's Acura TLX, which is now our primary roadtrip car, has access to traffic data as part of the navigation system, so that serves the same function Waze would with the added benefit of not having the distraction (and possible legal violation in some states) of handling a phone while driving.

 on: Today at 09:57:29 AM 
Started by thenetwork - Last post by thenetwork
Green River isnít a ghost town nor really meets any accepted definition of one unless you are also counting Elgin siding.  Having managed a ghost town site in the past the generally accepted definition of ghost town tends to be one of the following:

-  A total ghost town completely void of population (like Giles on UT 24).
-  A community which has almost totally declined from itís peak population and has only a handful of residents left (Thompson Springs and Cisco tend to be on this list for I-70).
-  A dead or nearly dead community has been absorbed into a city (like Elgin).

Green River is actually not too far from the peak population the community had through the 1960s-1980s.  I would be interested to see if we can get a good example going, but Green River really going to pass muster.

I agree to disagree with you to a point.  The only thing that's keeping the majority of the population staying in Green River is the interstate traffic and the needs of the travelers -- gas, food and lodging, because that is what a lot of their population works.  And that is what is vibrant on both ends of BL-70 through town. The middle 2-3 miles of BL-70 through the original part of town has more closed, boarded-up and crumbling buildings than open ones. 

Do a Google Street View through town, and look at all the decay that still stands.  It may not be a ghost town, nor a zero population town, but it is certainly a town that if it weren't for travelers coming by on I-70, they really don't have an other year-round industry to fall back on -- Especially when the next sizeable cities are 50+ miles away.

 on: Today at 09:53:29 AM 
Started by TMETSJETSYT - Last post by BlueOutback7
I usually use Waze when Iím taking road trips. They always come up with good shortcuts to avoid traffic backups.

 on: Today at 09:50:03 AM 
Started by TMETSJETSYT - Last post by TMETSJETSYT
Hi guys, just wondering, what navigation/map app do you guys use? Personally, I use Apple maps for navigation/road trips, but for street view on my computer I use Google maps, but for street view on my phone, I use Google Earth. Just wondering your guys opinion on what the best mapping app there is and what you guys use.

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