User Content > Road Trips

NWI_Irish96's Regional Trips (IL/KY/OH)

<< < (2/5) > >>

NWI_Irish96:
Date: September 25, 2022

Route: I-80 west, I-57 south, I-24 east, IL 146 east, IL 147 east, IL 145 north, IL 34 south, IL 34 north, IL 146 east, IL 1 south, IL 1 north, US 45 south, IL 141 east, county roads, IL 1 north, I-64 east

New counties visited (all in Illinois): Williamson, Johnson, Pope, Saline, Hardin

Routes clinched: IL 147, IL 1, IL 141

Other new route segments traveled: I-57 between I-24 and IL 14, I-24 between IL 146 and I-57, IL 146 between I-57 and IL 147, IL 145 from IL 147 to IL 34, IL 34 from southern end to IL 145, IL 146 from IL 34 to IL 1, US 45 from IL 141 to IL 1

Summary: Ever since I moved to Northwest Indiana 5 years ago, I've had a bit of fascination with IL 1. It's the second closest Illinois state route from where I live (IL 83 is closer), it's the longest Illinois state route (exluding the entirely multiplexed IL 110), and it's (obviously) the lowest-numbered. Over various trips I'd extended my clinch as far south as US 45 at Norris City, and it was time to finish the job. On the way I picked up five new counties, a few more miles of I-57, my first mileage on I-24 in Illinois, and my lowest-numbered untraveled route in 147.

NWI_Irish96:
Date: October 10, 2022

Route: I-80 west, I-57 south, US 45 south, IL 13 east, IL 142 south, IL 142 north, IL 142 south, IL 13 east, KY 56 east, US 60 east, US 41 south, Audubon Parkway east, US 60 east, BUS US 60 (Cloverport), US 60 East, KY 841 east, I-65 north

New counties visited (all in Kentucky): Union, Hancock, Breckenridge

Routes clinched: Audubon Pkwy, BUS US 60 (Cloverport)

Other new route segments traveled: US 45 from IL 13/34 to I-57 at Mattoon, IL 13 from US 45 to KY line, IL 142 from southern end to US 45, KY 56 from IL line to US 60, US 60 from KY 56 to US 41, US 60 from Audubon Pkwy to I-165, US 60 from US 231 to US 31W.

Summary: This trip brought me to the last three counties that border Indiana that I was missing (none of which have bridges connecting to Indiana). On the way down I got a substantial chunk of US 45 and finished off the yet unclinched highway segments in White and Gallatin counties, so those counties are now 100% complete. This was also the first time I've crossed the IL/KY border. The Audubon Parkway is the first Kentucky parkway I've fully clinched.

NWI_Irish96:
Date: October 30, 2022

Route: I-80 west, I-55 south, I-255 south/west/east, IL 3 south, IL 154 east, IL 4 south, country roads, US 51 north, IL 14 east, IL 37 north, I-64 east

New counties visited (all in Illinois): Monroe, Randolph, Perry, Jackson

Routes clinched: I-255, IL 14

Other new route segments traveled: IL 3 from I-255 to IL 154, IL 154 from IL 3 to IL 4, IL 4 from IL 154 to IL 13, US 51 from CR 18 to IL 14, IL 37 from IL 14 to I-64

Summary: Four more new counties in far southern Illinois. Also my first substantial mileage on IL routes 3 or 4. It was a really foggy/rainy day, so I didn't really get to see as much as I'd have liked.

paulthemapguy:
You must be very close to that Illinois county clinch! That's exciting... My completion of my Indiana shield gallery came from a similar mode of travelling as you are doing here...I kept going back and forth between a destination less than a day's drive away (in my case, it was Columbus, Ohio). I am one of those people with more than 50% of Illinois clinched...but forget 50% of any state besides my own! That's cool that you've clinched more than half of a state besides you own.

NWI_Irish96:

--- Quote from: paulthemapguy on November 02, 2022, 08:34:21 PM ---You must be very close to that Illinois county clinch! That's exciting... My completion of my Indiana shield gallery came from a similar mode of travelling as you are doing here...I kept going back and forth between a destination less than a day's drive away (in my case, it was Columbus, Ohio). I am one of those people with more than 50% of Illinois clinched...but forget 50% of any state besides my own! That's cool that you've clinched more than half of a state besides you own.

--- End quote ---

I have two different kinds of trips I make. One is a 9 or so  hour day trip where I leave from and return home the same day. The other is when I have to go to my office in the Louisville area where I turn what would be a 4 hour trip straight down I-65 into a 9-10 hour trip clinching highways and counties in IL/KY/OH, but mainly Illinois.

What I have left in Illinois is the southernmost three counties that I-57 goes through, the southernmost county that I-24 goes through, and then four counties in the far west in between Peoria and Hannibal that are hard to get in one day either way.

Navigation

[0] Message Index

[#] Next page

[*] Previous page

Go to full version