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Re: 2017 Great Lakes Circle Tour
« Reply #25 on: August 27, 2017, 07:29:30 AM »

^ That style of Indiana 49 shield is also posted as trailblazer shields along US 12.
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Re: 2017 Great Lakes Circle Tour
« Reply #26 on: August 27, 2017, 03:13:42 PM »

In regards to Indiana 49, does anyone know why that particular shield was installed with a retro design?  Are there others in the state that might be like that?

Day 11....revisited Cuyhoga Valley National Park in the morning and got some decent trail running in.

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm3JBTz8

I mostly avoided the Ohio Turnpike heading back to Michigan and swung up to OH 2 instead.  I took US 23 out of Ohio to check the multiplex of US 223.  US 223 is pretty well signed from the start point just south of the Ohio State Line on US 23 up to where it splits off in Michigan. 

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm7pBYN8

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« Reply #27 on: August 28, 2017, 10:36:31 AM »

I finished the Day 6 and 7 road blogs...

Day 6 Part 1; the northern terminus of US 41 and Isle Royale National Park:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-6-part-1-us.html

Day 6 Part 2; M-26 from Copper Harbor back to Houghton:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-6-part-2-m-26.html

Day 7 Part 1; Finishing M-26:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-7-part-1.html

Day 7 Part 2; Crossing Wisconsin on WI 13 west to Duluth:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-7-part-2.html

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Re: 2017 Great Lakes Circle Tour
« Reply #28 on: August 28, 2017, 04:17:39 PM »

Day 8 Road Blogs are now up...

Part 1; US 53/US 169/MN 169 alignments in the Iron Ranges and Voyageurs National Park:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-trip-day-8-part-1-eveleth.html

Part 2; MN 1 east of US 53, the Soudan Mine, and mystery of what could have possibly been an extension of US 169 to Lake Superior:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-8-part-2-103.html

Part 3; MN 61 south to Duluth along Lake Superior:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lake-road-trip-day-8-part-3-mn-61.html

Day 9 as well which had I-535, Mill Bluff State Park over I-90/94, and a whole lot of really boring countryside on the Interstates in Wisconsin:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-9-back-to.html


As for the Day 12 photos, I went to Hell....literally....it was around the corner on County Route D32:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm3vjPjd

Interestingly that makes both "Hells" that were in the United States.  The Californian "Hell" was east of Desert Center on US 60/70 in the Sonoran but was razed during the construction of I-10:

33°41′27″N 115°16′22″W

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hell,_California
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« Reply #29 on: August 28, 2017, 08:33:55 PM »

Just got the Day 10 road blogs done...

Part 1; US 66 endpoints in downtown Chicago, Lake Shore Drive, and the Chicago Skyway:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-10-part-1.html

Part 2; Indiana Toll Road, Indiana Dunes, and Ohio Turnpike:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-10-part-2.html

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« Reply #30 on: August 29, 2017, 09:30:35 AM »

The Day 11 Road Blog is up which consists of Cuyahoga Valley and the end point of US 223:

http://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-11-cuyahoga.html

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Re: 2017 Great Lakes Circle Tour
« Reply #31 on: August 29, 2017, 09:31:10 AM »

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Part 1; US 53/US 169/MN 169 alignments in the Iron Ranges and Voyageurs National Park:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-trip-day-8-part-1-eveleth.html

- In local parlance, Iron Range is singular and not plural.

- Correct that US 53 came into Eveleth from the north via Grant Ave.  South of town (really more like southeast of town), there is an abandoned road alignment visible from the southbound on-ramp from MN 37 that shows part of US 53's original alignment before the 4-lane was built.  Near Eveleth Airport is a road named "Miller Trunk Road" that is also part of the original alignment.

- As noted in another thread, the major relocation project is for US 53 so that the land underneath existing US 53 between MN 135 and 2nd Ave W in Virginia can be mined.

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Part 2; MN 1 east of US 53, the Soudan Mine, and mystery of what could have possibly been an extension of US 169 to Lake Superior:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-8-part-2-103.html

- Regarding Tower "still being a city", all incorporated municipalities in Minnesota are officially considered cities, regardless of their population.
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« Reply #32 on: August 29, 2017, 02:59:46 PM »

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Part 1; US 53/US 169/MN 169 alignments in the Iron Ranges and Voyageurs National Park:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-trip-day-8-part-1-eveleth.html

- In local parlance, Iron Range is singular and not plural.

- Correct that US 53 came into Eveleth from the north via Grant Ave.  South of town (really more like southeast of town), there is an abandoned road alignment visible from the southbound on-ramp from MN 37 that shows part of US 53's original alignment before the 4-lane was built.  Near Eveleth Airport is a road named "Miller Trunk Road" that is also part of the original alignment.

- As noted in another thread, the major relocation project is for US 53 so that the land underneath existing US 53 between MN 135 and 2nd Ave W in Virginia can be mined.

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Part 2; MN 1 east of US 53, the Soudan Mine, and mystery of what could have possibly been an extension of US 169 to Lake Superior:

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-8-part-2-103.html

- Regarding Tower "still being a city", all incorporated municipalities in Minnesota are officially considered cities, regardless of their population.

So it seems that the apparent road grade I saw on Google was indeed US 53.  It would be interesting to try to retrace the entire highway from Duluth northward before it was an expressway. 

Completed the Day 12 and Day 13 Road Blogs...but I'll just repost everything in one shot so it can be read in order:

Day 1

Part 1; Fresno to San Francisco and Mount Diablo

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/midwest-road-trip-day-1-part-1-mount.html

Part 2; San Francisco to Detroit

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/midwest-road-trip-day-1-part-1-mount.html

Day 2; hunting memory lane and Greenfield Village in Western Metro Detroit

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-2-hunting.html

Day 3

Part 1; Brighton to M-22

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-3-part-1.html

Part 2; M-22, the Sleeping Bear Dunes, and the Leelanau Peninsula

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-3-part-2-m-22.html

Day 4

Part 1; crossing the Mackinac Bridge

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-roadtrip-day-4-part-1.html

Part 2; Mackinac Island and M-185

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-4-part-2.html

Day 5

Part 1; M-123, Tahquamenon Falls, and ghost towns

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-5-part-1-m.html

Part 2; the road across the UP to Houghton

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-5-part-2-long.html

Part 3; Copper County lore in Houghton, Hancock, the Quincy Mine, and Calumet

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-5-part-3.html

Day 6

Part 1; the end of US 41 in Copper Harbor and Isle Royale National Park

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-6-part-1-us.html

Part 2; M-26 through Copper County back to Houghton

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-6-part-2-m-26.html

Day 7

Part 1; Completing the clinch of M-26

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-7-part-1.html

Part 2; WI 13 along Lake Superior and the trek to Duluth

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-7-part-2.html

Day 8

Part 1; Iron Range and Voyaguers National Park

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-trip-day-8-part-1-eveleth.html

Part 2; 103 miles of MN 1 to MN 61/Lake Superior, the Soudan Mine, and Iron Range

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-8-part-2-103.html

Part 3; MN 61 south to Duluth along Lake Superior

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lake-road-trip-day-8-part-3-mn-61.html

Day 9; the return to civilization on a shit load of freeways ad expressways

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-9-back-to.html

Day 10

Part 1; Downtown Chicago, the eastern end of US 66, and the Chicago Skyway

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-10-part-1.html

Part 2; Indiana Toll Road, Indiana Dunes, and Ohio Turnpike

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-10-part-2.html

Day 11; Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the weirdness of US 223

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-11-cuyahoga.html

Day 12; to Hell and back

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-12-to-hell.html

Day 13; Old haunts in Western Metro Detroit

https://surewhynotnow.blogspot.com/2017/08/great-lakes-road-trip-day-13-exploring.html





I also finished my shield gallery from this trip, apparently 713 photos in total:

https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2ZhLM6


 


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