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--- Quote from: kirbykart on November 30, 2022, 09:26:54 AM ---^Is that the one that goes from Belmont to Alfred? That's also a pretty short and easy clinch.
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Yes, and also NY 243 which runs 11 miles between NY 98 and NY 19 at Caneadea.

--- Quote from: kirbykart on November 30, 2022, 09:26:54 AM --- Another one I should have brought up is NY 322. A short connector between NY 83 and US 62 that runs through South Dayton.

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Yes, although that is further away for me. If I do get the chance for more clinching trips, I'm likely to focus east of US 219 first. Finishing Wyoming County is also a long-term priority (as vdeane and I discussed upthread).

^Yeah, I'm just throwing ideas out there. Well, NY 275 is another short-ish connector you could do (Friendship to Bolivar). In Wyoming County, there's the incredibly short NY 362, with a one-lane section I believe was originally a railroad underpass. And don't forget NY 248 and NY 248A, which can also be used to get Potter County as I stated in another thread. All this will probably end up taking multiple trips.

 I see on Travel Mapping you have gotten NY 39 down to NY 436 past Castile. A great longer road to finish up would be NY 39. It's quite a scenic road, I know this from experience as I've been on all of it except for the part north of Geneseo. As you head west you will see beautiful rolling hills and farmlands throughout Wyoming and Livingston Counties, then go through the neat village of Springville in Erie County. Later on, after traversing more hills in the Zoar Valley region, you will approach Gowanda, an interesting little village spanning two counties. From there you ascend out of the creek valley and see northwestern Cattaraugus County. As you reach Chautauqua County, you will descend a long hill into Forestville, a tiny village with a weird median setup. Climbing out of the village you will start to see some vineyards, before ending at US 20.

 While you're in Chautauqua County, you may as well check out the county touring routes. They are kept to quite a high state of quality, about as good as a New York State Route. They are numerous and extensively cover the county, and you might get some really neat views, such as when I once saw the Buffalo skyline from CR 93.

Yes, NY 39 is a route I would like to clinch along with NY 19, NY 36, and especially NY 98 (seeing as I have most of the northern portions of those routes). Obviously TM does not track county routes, so I don't usually make special effort to clinch them, but one that I would like to drive is Allegany CR 15 between Nunda and Angelica. It's part of an alternate route to I-86 recommended by Google Maps that I've never taken before, but would like to if I get the chance.

I've also seen Buffalo skyline views from US 219, and from NY 77 which I think was my favorite because it was so unexpected. I was almost giddy when it appeared on the horizon and I could tell it was Buffalo, even from 25 miles away. It wasn't quite as good as seeing the Rochester skyline from 32 miles away south of Honeoye Lake, but it was close!

I took my first true clinching trip of 2023 this morning. I was able to get an early start and enjoy the sunrise as I headed east on a very cold but clear morning after a little bit of snow yesterday. My trip took me east via NY 31 to the edge of the Syracuse area, where I finally drove the section of NY 31 that runs right along the Thruway, finished up NY 31 west of NY 690, clinched NY 690, and then took NY 48 south through Baldwinsville to its southern terminus. I was going to head into Syracuse to grab some more clinches, but time constraints dictated otherwise, so I turned back north for a full re-clinch of NY 690, then took NY 48 to Fulton, crossed the river and took NY 481 into Oswego, then crossed back and took NY 48 south to Fulton to complete the clinch. From there it was just NY 3 and NY 104 back to Rochester, but by that time the sun was shining brilliantly on the fresh snow, and NY 104 was a breeze compared to the slog that is NY 31.

New travels: NY 31, NY 481, NY 631
New clinches: NY 48, NY 690

In the meantime I had also submitted my 2022 travels to Travel Mapping, a summary of which is shown below:

I was really hoping to hit 2,000 new miles on the year (or really since March, when I first started using TM), but fell a bit short of that with 1,931 new miles logged in 2022 across 9 states and 1 province. The majority of that mileage was in New York, and the majority of that was on the clinching trips that I've summarized in this thread. I have now added over 70 miles so far in 2023, so it's safe to say I've added 2000 miles in my first "year" using TM. Doesn't sound like much, but I've really enjoyed it and don't take it for granted in the least.

For 2023, I'm setting my sights on getting to 20,000 total miles in active systems by the end of the year. Yesterday's total puts me around 18,780, so another 1,220 will do it. It's too early to say how/when that might happen but I'm hoping it will be achievable one way or another.


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