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Webny99 Clinching Trip(s)

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--- Quote from: vdeane on September 03, 2022, 11:01:31 AM ---Seriously, though, it is true that 2-3 hour or less clinching blocks tend to run out of places relatively quick.  I think I was up to ~4 hour blocks within a few weeks of moving where I am now and had to go up to 8-9 hour blocks after a year.  For trips out of Rochester I was able to stay with 5-6 longer, before ending up with 7 hour blocks to finish up the far western part of the state.

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You got that right, and that is exactly why I'm just focusing on getting what I can, when I can, and not necessarily system completion. Although I do have tremendous respect for you for completing NY, and anyone else who has completed a large state highway system, I don't want to become obsessed with it, and so far I've found it enjoyable enough just to steadily add mileage when I can. Speaking of which...

--- Quote from: webny99 on September 02, 2022, 08:24:28 PM ---So, between completing an 8th county and the 100th route clinch, I guess you could say my two most significant roadgeek accomplishments to date both came tonight.

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... I realized today that my trip on Friday put me over 5,000 miles logged in active+preview systems in New York, so I guess there's a full trifecta of accomplishments to start off September.


--- Quote from: webny99 on July 21, 2022, 11:53:34 PM ---After several unsuccessful plans and tries, I finally got a chance to get down to Ontario County today and pick up the remaining segments of NY 14A and NY 245 that I needed to complete a clinch of all highways in that county.

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Since this post, I had called into question whether I had been on NY 53 all the way to the Ontario/Steuben county line. I've taken NY 53 south out of Naples probably a dozen or more times, but usually to Jerome's fruit farm or Italy Valley Rd, so I wasn't 100% sure how far south I had gone (but I was definitely comfortable with logging the final TM segment in Ontario County).

In any case, I removed any ambiguity this morning as I picked up a full clinch of NY 53 along with some new mileage on NY 415, NY 21, and NY 36, for about 50 new miles total. I also re-clinched a section of NY 36 in Dansville that I wasn't 100% sure on, so I believe that addresses the remaining potential issues in the 8 counties I consider "clinched".

I finished up a few loose ends this weekend, including clinches of NY 176 (one of my most fun clinches to date), NY 238, and NY 436 (amidst mid-morning fog). With the updates, I'm now the 16th TM user to hit 30% on NY state highways.

Something else I found on Friday's clinching trip: a rare white-on-black shield on NY 38. I found the shield to be oddly fitting for this section of NY 38; it's unstriped leaving Auburn and hardly felt like a state route, even having just driven NY 176!

I picked up a few new road segments on a day trip to northern NJ this past week, and fixed a list file error when submitting the updates. I've now surpassed 450 miles in NJ and it has taken its rightful place as my 10th most traveled region, narrowly moving ahead of MA and ME. I say "rightful place" because top-10 seems right to me given the frequency of trips I've taken to NJ (at least a dozen), while I've only been to MA four times and ME just once.

Webny, I'm curious how much travel you've done in Allegany and Cattaraugus Counties. I know they're a bit outside your range, but you must have some mileage there (considering you've clinched Routes 17 & 70). I'm just wondering what else you have there.

 I might as well ask about Chautauqua County also.


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