AARoads Forum

Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
Advanced search  

News:

New rules for political content in signatures and user profiles. See this thread for details.

Author Topic: Earliest Memories  (Read 12239 times)

MIRoadMan

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9
  • Last Login: August 02, 2009, 05:46:29 PM
Earliest Memories
« on: February 09, 2009, 09:02:24 PM »

i was just wondering some of your guys earliest memories of road trips and what they were like, also, when you figured out you liked to drive more than the average person and actually enjoyed a 24 hour car ride like i do. :D
Logged

Bryant5493

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1164
  • Southern Roadgeek

  • Age: 34
  • Location: College Park, GA, USA
  • Last Login: December 25, 2018, 09:32:01 AM
    • Southern Roadgeek
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2009, 09:38:30 PM »

I remember going to Jefferson City, Missouri, where my parents went to school (Lincoln University). I remember seeing a deer in the rural areas of Tennessee or Kentucky -- it might've been Illinois, near Metropolis. I can't remember, it was awhile ago. The deer ran out in front of the car that my dad, my mother and I were riding in.


Be well,

Bryant
Logged
Check out my YouTube page (http://youtube.com/Bryant5493). I have numerous road videos of Metro Atlanta and other areas in the Southeast.

I just signed up on photobucket -- here's my page (http://s594.photobucket.com/albums/tt24/Bryant5493).

V'Ger

  • Unperson
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 0
  • Location: Banville
  • Last Login: May 22, 2009, 11:02:39 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 10:49:18 PM »

Going to the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time. My mom and sister surprised me and as we went through the tunnel, it was foggy on the other side, so I didn't see the bridge until we were almost at it. Then I saw it and yelled "The Golden Gate Bridge!" because I had always wanted to see it and I have always loved the bridge so much.
Logged

corco

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4919
  • Just Livin' the Dream

  • Age: 30
  • Location: Boise, Idaho
  • Last Login: Today at 12:14:37 AM
    • Corcohighways.org
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #3 on: February 09, 2009, 11:20:41 PM »

My earliest long road trip memories were riding from Chicago Illinois to my Grandpa's farm in Greenfield, Ohio several times a year for the first 10 years of my life.

I realized I definitely didn't mind this long, mostly boring drive (interesting from a scenery point of view only from Xenia to Greenfield) as much as other folks seemed to.

I'd say I really realized I loved roads and I loved road trips when I was 12 years old and my older sister graduated from college, bought her own car, and my Dad and I flew out to pick the car we had let her use up (which would become my car through high school and my first year of college and still sits in my Dad's garage).

We drove from Charlotte, NC to Boise, ID in the middle of July in a soft-top Jeep Wrangler with no air conditioning. It was brutally hot. I'll never forget how miserable I-70 across Missouri was- about 85 degrees, humid, with semi-trucks everywhere while in a little 4 cylinder Jeep Wrangler that could barely keep up with the semis.  We put bags of ice on our laps to keep cool. But it was the most awesome time I've ever had in my life. At that time I started taking a really serious interest in roads and I've been "broken" ever since.
« Last Edit: February 09, 2009, 11:22:16 PM by corco »
Logged

Alex

  • Webmaster
  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 4778
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Last Login: May 22, 2019, 11:38:18 PM
    • AARoads
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #4 on: February 09, 2009, 11:21:44 PM »

My earliest road memories including remembering many of the Eagle signals posted around Newark, Delaware. I also remember a red "FUTURE USE" overhead posted ahead of the future ramp to Interstate 495 north from Interstate 95 north. I also remember the original circle-interchange between U.S. 15 and New York 17 as well.

flaroads

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 881
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Last Login: May 16, 2019, 07:08:09 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #5 on: February 09, 2009, 11:39:19 PM »

One of my earliest road memories was of a trip I took with my parents from North Fort Myers, FL to Kerrville, TX back when I was 5. I actually remember using the 1980 Rand McNally road atlas while my dad drove and I remembered the exact route we took to get there and back!!. Some of my memories included seeing some of the construction on the then unfinished Interstate 75 south of Tampa (I remember going on US 301 and seeing the silhouettes of the support structures for the overpass over 301 and over the Manatee River). I remember riding along Interstate 10 in Mobile and going through the George Wallace tunnel and exiting onto US 90 at the Alabama/Mississippi border when Interstate 10 was not finished. I remember staying at a Days Inn that had a burned down restaurant in the front in Baton Rouge near the 10 bridge over the Mississippi. I was fascinated by that bridge because it reminded me of the old Sunshine Skyway (before the May 9, 1980 accident). I remembered going through Houston and San Antonio along I-10 when the route had less lanes through both cities. I could go on and on...
Logged

Michael

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 948
  • Age: 29
  • Location: Auburn, NY
  • Last Login: May 18, 2019, 06:09:26 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #6 on: February 10, 2009, 12:19:52 AM »

Because it's been so long, I don't remember my first memories.  But I do remember telling my mother which way to go in Syracuse and Corning, when I was about 8 years old!  She didn't listen to me, and ended up going the wrong way both times!
Logged

Sykotyk

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 874
  • Last Login: February 03, 2019, 02:49:05 AM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #7 on: February 10, 2009, 07:20:33 PM »

I was around 10, took a road trip with my family to Grand Forks, ND to visit my sister.

I've done many trips since then. Niagara Falls numerous times. Went to the Atlantic Ocean once (when I was 17). And in '07, did a 10,473 mile trip around the U.S.

Sykotyk
Logged

Urban Prairie Schooner

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 330
  • Road Warrior of the Southland

  • Age: 37
  • Location: Baton Rouge, LA
  • Last Login: March 30, 2019, 11:33:44 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #8 on: February 10, 2009, 10:44:13 PM »

I remember staying at a Days Inn that had a burned down restaurant in the front in Baton Rouge near the 10 bridge over the Mississippi.

Was this place on the east side of the river? If so, that place is certainly long gone. I wonder if this is the same hotel as the Prince Murat Hotel on Nicholson Drive which was later left abandoned and was then razed in 2007 or whereabouts.

My first roadtrip memory is of a childhood trip to Florida to visit (you guessed it) D*sn*y W*rld around 1986. I remember the George Wallace Tunnel in Mobile and the I-10 bridge over Mobile Bay, signage for "Tampa" on I-75, and an interchange which was apparently some sort of U-turn on the freeway. I also remember seeing signs for I-4, and the commercial strip on (presumably) US 192 in Kissimmee which, at the time, was under some sort of construction (widening?). That's about the extent of it.

I also remember a 1991 trip to north La. where I-49 was still incomplete in Shreveport and Alexandria. I also remember thinking that Shreveport's street name signs heavily resembled Houston's.
Logged
Anti-Clearview League Charter Member

un1

  • The Roadgeek Railfan!
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 603
  • Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario
  • Last Login: April 01, 2013, 11:45:23 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #9 on: February 10, 2009, 10:47:25 PM »

I remember when I was 3 or 4 we were on a road trip to Toronto and I was following where we were on a map and I drew a black permanent line where we drove and where ever the black line touched that area was destroyed.  :-P
Logged
Moderator of the Canada and Off Topic boards.


Thunder Bay Expressway - Highway 61 and 11/17 Ontario - Thunder Bay, Ontario

akotchi

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 721
  • Age: 54
  • Location: Fairless Hills, PA
  • Last Login: May 22, 2019, 11:08:17 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #10 on: February 10, 2009, 10:53:28 PM »

My earliest recollection is from the mid-1970's traveling between Lancaster PA (home) and Fort Lauderdale FL (grandparents), mostly along I-95.  I recall the sections where the highway was not complete and we were diverted onto the parallel U.S. routes, such as U.S. 301 in Emporia, VA, and again in Rocky Mount, NC, and again in Fayetteville, NC; U.S. 15 at I-26 in SC, U.S. 17 in SC and GA (Savannah area and Brunswick), and Florida's Turnpike froom Vero to West Palm.  I recall being excited when I-95 was completed in Broward County.

First long trip behind the wheel was roughly the same trip during the overnight hours.  Fell asleep behind the wheel briefly in SC, and the shoulder rumble strips did their job and woke me up, saving me from a much worse fate.
Logged
Overhead Guide Signs:  The Traffic Engineer's Only True Canvas.

CityBoy1986

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 42
  • Age: 32
  • Location: Mississippi
  • Last Login: January 04, 2015, 02:14:09 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #11 on: February 10, 2009, 11:41:24 PM »

The most vivid memory from my younger days is the cutout U.S. 98 shield along its old route in my town.  When I was twelve or thirteen, it just disappeared.  I wish I had thought to take a picture of it, but because it had been there since long before I was born, I never did  :banghead:.

If only talking about road trips, my mum drove us across the U.S. 80 bridge over the Mississippi when I was six or seven, before it was closed to automobiles.  Unfortunately, I vaguely remember it.

I also remember when it didn't take half an hour to take U.S. 98 from the I-59 and U.S. 98 West exit to Miss. 589, a distance of about seven miles.  These days there seems to be a traffic light at every other block, and they are not timed signals.

I knew I liked road trips whilst riding a school bus when I noticed everyone else listening to music, talking, reading, etc., while I was paying attention to the road and where we were.
« Last Edit: February 10, 2009, 11:43:22 PM by CityBoy1986 »
Logged

MIRoadMan

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9
  • Last Login: August 02, 2009, 05:46:29 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #12 on: February 11, 2009, 10:32:13 PM »

you all have some really nice memories, thanks for sharing folks! keep it coming, i enjoy the reading material and makes remember some of my own memories!
Logged

dislocatedkid

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 40
  • Age: 36
  • Location: Orr, MN
  • Last Login: October 28, 2018, 09:24:01 AM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #13 on: February 11, 2009, 11:01:50 PM »

My earliest memories are of I-77 from Canton to north of Akron going to the old Coliseum in Richfield to see the circus...heh :party:
Logged

rawr apples

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 230
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Beaverton(Portland), Oregon
  • Last Login: February 06, 2012, 11:56:46 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #14 on: February 11, 2009, 11:41:46 PM »

I-75 through downriver Detroit..and I-94 between the Southfield freeway and Ypsi

I remember the Chevy ad on 94 East just past telegraph, with the slogan 'Like a Rock' in the song I thought it said 'logarog'

And I remember riding on 94W at the airport exit seeing planes fly above me. I mustve be 4 or so.
Logged
Now shut up and drivee

Michael

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 948
  • Age: 29
  • Location: Auburn, NY
  • Last Login: May 18, 2019, 06:09:26 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #15 on: February 12, 2009, 10:36:48 AM »

I knew I liked road trips whilst riding a school bus when I noticed everyone else listening to music, talking, reading, etc., while I was paying attention to the road and where we were.

Me too!  Even to this day, I have to be towards the front of a vehicle so I can see where I'm going!
Logged

MIRoadMan

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 9
  • Last Login: August 02, 2009, 05:46:29 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #16 on: February 12, 2009, 05:34:15 PM »

I knew I liked road trips whilst riding a school bus when I noticed everyone else listening to music, talking, reading, etc., while I was paying attention to the road and where we were.

Me too!  Even to this day, I have to be towards the front of a vehicle so I can see where I'm going!

Im the exact same way. you just cant get a clear view of the road ahead thru the back seats.
Logged

flaroads

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 881
  • Location: Tampa, FL
  • Last Login: May 16, 2019, 07:08:09 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2009, 12:49:23 PM »

I remember staying at a Days Inn that had a burned down restaurant in the front in Baton Rouge near the 10 bridge over the Mississippi.

Was this place on the east side of the river? If so, that place is certainly long gone. I wonder if this is the same hotel as the Prince Murat Hotel on Nicholson Drive which was later left abandoned and was then razed in 2007 or whereabouts.

Yes, it was located on the east side of the Mississippi and on the north side of Interstate 10.  I don't remember the exact interchange, but I do remember that much.
Logged

americuss

Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2009, 12:21:36 AM »

I'm not sure what rode it was but we traveled to Orlando Florida from PA a fews times in the mid-sixties when I was around 10 years old.  I remember all of these South of the Border places--must've been souvenir shops or something.
Logged

rawr apples

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 230
  • Age: 28
  • Location: Beaverton(Portland), Oregon
  • Last Login: February 06, 2012, 11:56:46 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #19 on: February 19, 2009, 12:28:08 AM »

South of the Border, on the border of NC/SC :) On I-95

favorite part of 95 in the south right there
Logged
Now shut up and drivee

Greybear

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 213
  • Age: 50
  • Location: North Texas
  • Last Login: March 14, 2019, 12:23:07 AM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #20 on: February 19, 2009, 01:17:40 AM »

One of my earliest memories when I was a youngster of about 5 or 6 was traveling from my parents' home in Greenville, Texas to my grandparents' house in Little Rock along I-30.

Two things I distinctly remember was that I-30 wasn't completed between Mt. Pleasant (Exit 162) and New Boston (Exit 198) in Texas and between Emmet (Exit 36) and Prescott (Exit 46) in Arkansas. Both times, we'd have to jump over to US 67, which parallels I-30.
Logged

Marc

  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 194
  • Age: 30
  • Location: Austin, TX
  • Last Login: May 10, 2019, 12:40:35 AM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #21 on: February 19, 2009, 12:11:06 PM »

Living in Jackson, MS for the first eight years of my life and having virtually all my family in Memphis, TN, I became quite familiar with the stretch of I-55 in between the two cities. It's not a bad drive. Very light traffic and only about three hours long. But there's nothing in between the two cities that's worth mentioning.

I also remember driving up to Bowling Green, KY for an uncle's 50th birthday party. I was probably only four of five, so a barely remember it at all. However, that was the first time I had been through Nashville. It was the biggest city I had ever been in at that time. I remember being amazed at the skyline.
Logged

ComputerGuy

Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #22 on: March 22, 2009, 02:00:26 PM »

First time on the Alaskan Way Viaduct in 2005...on my way to the fireworks show at Myrtle Edward Park on July 4.
Logged

74/171FAN

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 1571
  • Age: 27
  • Location: Harrisburg, PA
  • Last Login: May 22, 2019, 05:18:04 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #23 on: March 22, 2009, 02:05:35 PM »

Definitely I-95 on the NJTP and at the George Washington Bridge and I-87 between I-95 and Exit 7A on the Thruway on the way to see my parents' friends in Westchester County north of New York City
Logged
I am now a PennDOT employee.  My opinions/views do not necessarily reflect the opinions/views of PennDOT.

florida

  • *
  • *
  • Offline Offline

  • Posts: 860
  • Age: 34
  • Location: Somewhere off of CA 82 in Daly City, CA
  • Last Login: December 16, 2017, 11:46:26 PM
Re: Earliest Memories
« Reply #24 on: April 04, 2009, 09:37:05 AM »

I remember the old, yellow-backed traffic lights along US 92 in Daytona Beach before it was widened, and the now-defunct four vertical lens lights at the Volusia Mall entrance. How I wish I had the knowledge to use a camera back then. I caught the movie "Illegally Yours" on tv this morning and they showed some of the older signals in St. Augustine like I remembered. It's a shame Florida is aggressive in replacing these lights.
Logged
So many roads...so little time.

 


Opinions expressed here on belong solely to the poster and do not represent or reflect the opinions or beliefs of AARoads, its creators and/or associates.