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Going off-route on your travels
« on: January 21, 2014, 04:55:02 PM »

When you travel to a specific place, do you ever get off of the standard route just a little bit, just for the hell of it?  I live in Cincinnati and once a year, I drive to Myrtle Beach, SC, where my mom lives.  Frequent off-route drives I take along the way include I-275 to I-40 in Downtown Knoxville, I-240/I-40 in Asheville, NC, I-385/I-85 in Greenville, SC, I-85/I-85 Bus in Sparanburg, and either I-26/I-77 around Columbia, or I-126/SC 177 through Downtown Columbia.  If my mom ever drives with me she goes nuts when I take any of these.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2014, 05:02:31 PM »

Does this count following an old alignment of a route?
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2014, 06:50:05 PM »

When you travel to a specific place, do you ever get off of the standard route just a little bit, just for the hell of it?  I live in Cincinnati and once a year, I drive to Myrtle Beach, SC, where my mom lives.  Frequent off-route drives I take along the way include I-275 to I-40 in Downtown Knoxville, I-240/I-40 in Asheville, NC, I-385/I-85 in Greenville, SC, I-85/I-85 Bus in Sparanburg, and either I-26/I-77 around Columbia, or I-126/SC 177 through Downtown Columbia.  If my mom ever drives with me she goes nuts when I take any of these.

Often. I've been to Pennsacola, FL 3 times: once via US 90, once via US 98, once via I-10... not counting all the creative detours ;)

I go to Hattiesburg, MS every Spring...rarely the same way twice, though after about 7 years, I have to get really creative ;)
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2014, 07:09:38 PM »

When I go to Hampton Roads and back I rarely take the same route unless I'm not driving. When I went there last month I took US 460 down (the most direct way) but I went out of the way to Williamsburg via VA 143 on the way back.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2014, 07:19:07 PM »

I find this thread insulting. I don't travel unless there's an off-route.

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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2014, 07:30:00 PM »

I do my very best to  unless I'm in a huge time crunch. Often, I'll time the trip so that I either leave before sunrise and hit a new route as the sun is coming up or extend the trip into the night so I hit familiar territory as the sun goes down. New territory always gets daylight.

Out here though where there are mountains and roads are scarce...it's tough sometimes. There's no reasonable way to get from here to my parents house in McCall, Idaho without using the same route.

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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2014, 07:32:22 PM »

I think there are about three or four different ways to get from here to western North Dakota in just about the same amount of time, so I usually try to just pick one of 'em at random whenever I head that direction.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #7 on: January 21, 2014, 07:36:52 PM »

On my way to Canada, I ended up in Mexico.   :-D

Traveling back from Mobile to Terre Haute I ended up taking US 45 though Mississippi and Tennessee, rather than taking I-65 through Alabama.

I also took US 41 south of Macon, GA to Tifton, GA; instead of using I-75.

In Chattanooga I went on US 41, because I wanted to go through the Bachman Tubes.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #8 on: January 21, 2014, 07:56:30 PM »

When you travel to a specific place, do you ever get off of the standard route just a little bit, just for the hell of it?  I live in Cincinnati and once a year, I drive to Myrtle Beach, SC, where my mom lives.  Frequent off-route drives I take along the way include I-275 to I-40 in Downtown Knoxville, I-240/I-40 in Asheville, NC, I-385/I-85 in Greenville, SC, I-85/I-85 Bus in Sparanburg, and either I-26/I-77 around Columbia, or I-126/SC 177 through Downtown Columbia.  If my mom ever drives with me she goes nuts when I take any of these.

Of course, as long as it's not insanely far out of the way (up to 100 miles, no big deal, but much more than that is too far). I keep trying to find new routes south to Florida but the stretch through Georgia has me stymied so far. I think this summer I may just say "screw it" and head west towards Augusta and Macon.

If I were going from Cincinnati to Myrtle Beach I'd find a way to make the time to go via Breaks Interstate Park.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #9 on: January 21, 2014, 08:07:03 PM »

When you travel to a specific place, do you ever get off of the standard route just a little bit, just for the hell of it?

Of course.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #10 on: January 21, 2014, 08:46:55 PM »

When you travel to a specific place, do you ever get off of the standard route just a little bit, just for the hell of it?

If I'm collecting counties, then "off-route" means I skipped one or two for the sake of arriving on time.  :-/

But for a trip between home and a destination I've traveled to multiple times? Oh yes, I make every excuse to try a new road, even if it loops back to the one I don't really want to take.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #11 on: January 21, 2014, 09:37:03 PM »

Does this count following an old alignment of a route?
I do that a LOT!
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #12 on: January 21, 2014, 10:06:42 PM »

As a general rule, unless there's a time crunch or a strong desire to get to my destination via the fastest means possible, I'll go "off-route".  For my Vermont trips, usually not on the way up, but usually yes on the way back, especially now that I've altered my trips to have more than one day on the return trip (12.5 hours straight-shot one-way without traffic was getting tiring).
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #13 on: January 22, 2014, 12:31:58 PM »

I almost always go off-route as well, unless I am really pressed for time.  I like driving old roads that parallel new freeways, unless of course the old road is encumbered by traffic signals.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #14 on: January 22, 2014, 08:51:20 PM »

I find this thread insulting. I don't travel unless there's an off-route.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2014, 09:17:24 PM »

Like most people here, I tend to favor roads I haven't taken before over roads I've already taken as much as time and practicality allow.

I do, however, have an uncanny habit of limiting myself to roads that are mapped on CHM... since I can't take "official" credit for clinching the road if it's not. I'm perfectly willing to venture onto county or local roads, though if A) it's necessary for optimal clinching of state highways, B) I've already clinched the parallel state highways in the area, or C) there's something specific on the side road that I know I want to see.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2014, 09:19:42 PM »

I do, however, have an uncanny habit of limiting myself to roads that are mapped on CHM... since I can't take "official" credit for clinching the road if it's not.

What about Vermont state highways?
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2014, 11:02:09 PM »

Like most people here, I tend to favor roads I haven't taken before over roads I've already taken as much as time and practicality allow.

I do, however, have an uncanny habit of limiting myself to roads that are mapped on CHM... since I can't take "official" credit for clinching the road if it's not. I'm perfectly willing to venture onto county or local roads, though if A) it's necessary for optimal clinching of state highways, B) I've already clinched the parallel state highways in the area, or C) there's something specific on the side road that I know I want to see.
Ditto.  Sometimes I'll develop a desire to see a local road, but not usually, but only if there's something remarkable about it or it's close to home anyways.

What about Vermont state highways?
Personally I treat all primary state highways as if they were on CHM since presumably they will be added eventually.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2014, 10:19:46 AM »

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This is the eventual plan, yes...
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« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2014, 12:39:40 PM »

This is kind of an aside,

but for the first time ever, on my last CHM update, I have now driven more miles of interstate highway than I have driven King's Highway's in Ontario (and I have yet to update a whole bunch of miles in Ohio that I have driven).  As a Canadian, this seems a little uncomfortable to me :)
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2014, 08:41:00 PM »

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This is the eventual plan, yes...

And accordingly when I travel state/provincial routes not yet in CHM, I'll log them in a draft entries file, using my best guess on what the waypoint labels will be, so when a new system is ready to go I can double-check my draft entries then add them to my main list file.  But I haven't gone back to log (or guess) my past travels for all states.  The state routes in California, for example, will be a real mess for me since I grew up there and did a lot more traveling than record-keeping when I lived there.

CHM has several new state route systems in various stages of active development.  It's too soon to predict which will be first to go live, or when. 
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« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2014, 10:57:05 PM »

And accordingly when I travel state/provincial routes not yet in CHM, I'll log them in a draft entries file, using my best guess on what the waypoint labels will be, so when a new system is ready to go I can double-check my draft entries then add them to my main list file.

This is basically what I do, except it's all in one file, so every segment on a system not yet live is a line in my error log. Because of this I actually try to avoid clinching too many state highways for states that are not yet online, lest the error log grow too behemoth-ly.

Currently, the vast majority of my error log lines come from Quebec, Vermont, and Florida.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #22 on: January 25, 2014, 07:05:19 AM »

Now you mention the CHM, I haven't updated my logs since... last year? (BTW, that's why I'm here with a combined username instead of a "single" one)

I also like to go somewhere via one route and return via another route.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #23 on: January 25, 2014, 10:06:20 AM »

On my road trip last year, my route was I-5 from Sacramento, CA to Port Angeles, WA, then US-101/CA-1 back along the coast. The I-5 route was for speed, the US-101 route was scenic. It was an enjoyable trip down the coast.
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Re: Going off-route on your travels
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2014, 11:11:11 AM »

I intensely dislike taking the same route and look for any variety that I can reasonably introduce into the itinerary. I haven't yet gone from Houston to Dallas by way of El Paso (or Boston or Seattle) but have fun imagining such a trip.  Driving known or suspected old alignments is a bonus. 
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