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"The moose out front should have told you"
« on: August 18, 2018, 09:04:58 PM »

Anyone ever embark on a trip to accomplish some travel goal and have an unexpected closure gum things up?

Happened to me twice today. I'd been planning my trip to finish crossing all the still-open-to-traffic Ohio River bridges. I needed all of them except the I-376 and I-79 crossings. Got to Neville Island and found that the easternmost crossing back to PA 65 was closed for painting. However, I decided to walk around the barricades and the fencing and crossed it on foot, so it counts. Also, I decided to finish my clinch of US 522 on this trip. Just south of McConnellsburg, the road is closed for a bridge replacement. I drove right up to the point of closure on both ends and followed the marked detour, so I count it (did the same to US 131 in Michigan a few years ago, and US 27 in Indiana as well).

I'm in Culpeper tonight. I just gotta finish the drive to Powhatan, and I'll have 522 clinched in its entirety.

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Re: "The moose out front should have told you"
« Reply #1 on: August 18, 2018, 09:31:17 PM »

Yeah, most notably my first two attempts to cross the Bayonne Bridge.  Had to wait for the new deck to open.
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Re: "The moose out front should have told you"
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2018, 10:00:56 PM »

Marty Moose!      :bigass:


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Re: "The moose out front should have told you"
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2018, 10:33:44 PM »

It’s not a vacation. It’s a quest. A quest for clinches.
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Re: "The moose out front should have told you"
« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2018, 11:08:23 PM »

I once tried to clinch US/MN-65 from Des Moines to its northern terminus in Littlefork, MN, but at the time there was a closure and detour on the mainline that prevented me from getting the northernmost ~15 miles; a bridge was being replaced, IIRC.


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Re: "The moose out front should have told you"
« Reply #5 on: August 20, 2018, 06:34:07 AM »

I do what HB does when riding alone but cannot do this when traveling on vacation...

Had to take a 7 mile detour on US 4 in New York for a bridge closure (was able to go back separately and get that one).

Just the other week I had to detour off US 224 in Indiana for a railroad crossing repair (didn't know this until after I returned home why the road was closed) leaving me 19 miles short of finishing it to US 24 so that I can fully clinch US 224 with a self-drive east of Akron.  I cannot get to Indiana on a self-drive trip so that is aggravating.



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Re: "The moose out front should have told you"
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2018, 02:26:32 PM »

Just went through Yellowstone.  Buffalo got in the way.  Six times.  And we didn't even get to see a moose lol.

Southbound lanes on the I-82 bridge over the Columbia River was closed.  Had to take a detour on US12 and US730.
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Re: "The moose out front should have told you"
« Reply #7 on: August 22, 2018, 04:07:11 PM »

NatGeo had a show a couple weeks ago that was broadcast live from Yellowstone. They showed the bison jams.


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