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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #100 on: August 22, 2018, 12:38:58 PM »

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Did you check along 30th and 32nd Streets?
I checked on 30th, yeah, and didn’t see anything. I just checked both on Street View and it looks like the first westbound reassurance shield is leaving the roundabout.
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #101 on: August 23, 2018, 05:47:38 AM »

some notes: i never sleep in public accommodations except if i find the place interesting. i therefore sleep in the car in rest areas, truck stops, or on-ramps.
i wash up in rest rooms, or in lakes or streams.
i never wear anything on my feet.
i always check the gasbuddy app for cheapest gas in the area i plan to be in.
i always am looking for new counties or highways while on my travels.
my biggest road trip of the year:
may 14 (start delayed by almost two weeks, forcing me to make a number of cuts to my route), left home and went south on u{s}-65, remaining on that road after 69 splits off and going into mo to slate rd, that to mo-sec-y, to the cemetery where my parents are buried to put flowers on the graves since i knew i would be unable to be there for mem day, and then retraced the route back to 65, going back north to u-136 wb and the day changed en route to bethany.
may 15: after going through a heavy rain, i stopped at a truck stop in bethany and slept until after daylight, then got back on 136 to u-71 nb. i picked up the brs of u-71 and ia-2 at clarinda, then continued wb on ia-2, eventually reaching i-29 which i ran north to i-80 into omaha. i wanted a nebraska map but was unable to find the visitor center so got back on 80 wb. there was a visitor center in sarpy co and i got my map there.
at milford i stopped for a bath in the big blue r. i then returned to i-80 and proceeded to exit 279. along the way, the day changed.
may 16: slept in a truck stop at that exit. then on to i-76, exiting at julesberg, getting a new map of the centennial state, and then hitting u-138 to u-6 and then to u-34, getting a new segment of that road to i-25 and staying on it to u-287 sb to co-52 (new segment of 287) and that east to u-85 nb to wy where it meets i-180, getting a new part of 85. then west on i-80, not sure where i slept but was in a rest area as the day changed.
may 17: moved farther west and eventually hit ut. got all of ut-201 and a bit of ut-154. then on to nv, getting there after dark and picking up the bl at wendover. the day changed and i slept in a rest area.
may 18: across the state after stopping at another rest area for a nap, hitting ca in the evening and sleeping in a parking lot in sacramento.
may 19: got to the bart terminal on university in berkeley, took the train to sf (the embarcadero) and riding bike to pier 35 to pick up my packet for the bare to breakers. then i biked across the city to golden gate park, stashed the bike in the woods so as to be able to ride it after the race, and walked to the bart terminal near ocean st. i then returned to berkeley, got the car, brought it into sf, parked near the beginning of the race, walked around a bit, and returned to the car as the day changed.
may 20: painted my feet bare-to-breakers yellow, ran/walked the race, getting a time of almost two hours(!) due to fatigue and all the driving. hung out at the end for an hour, then found the bike and rode back to the car. slept in the evening.
may 21: back to berkeley. checked out a place i wanted to visit but was too tired so stayed in the car, then drove to san jose, picking up ca-13 in the process. then to the bart at millbrae and back to sf. checked out another place, then left at night and took bart back after getting lost on the bike.
may 22: slept in the car in the bart parking lot, then tried to get back to sf to find a free t-shirt for a friend, but the place closed too early so i left and returned to sacramento where i spent another night.
may 23: spent a fair amount of the day in sacto, then headed out. my goal was to get all the rest of i-5 and ca-99 i needed north of there.
may 24: nothing much, driving and gaining roads, but had to sleep more than i had planned.
may 25: reached oregon just as the day changed.
may 26: intense fog as i went into or. proceeded north on i-5 to u-20 and east on that as the day changed.
may 27: slept in parking lot at bend (20 from i-5 to there was new). then went to church. crossed state on 20 (completing that in or). day changed.
may 28: slept in rest area near brothers. into idaho. back and forth a few times between the two states getting highways (or-201, a piece of i-84, and u-26). the last road provided my path back across the state, and i gained wheeler county (first new county of the trip!). i entered crook co and the day changed.
may 29: spent the night in a rest area near sandy. then got jefferson county. stayed on 26 to i-205, completing 26. south to i-5 and marion co, which was the last one i needed, but the day changed before i drove out of it.
may 30: toured state capitol building after a fiasco trying to find cheap gas according to gasbuddy only to find the station no longer in operation! the trip was not entirely wasted as i got a bath in the farmhill river and picked up the rest of or-22 and some of or-18. the day changed as i went back to bend and slept in the parking lot again.
may 31: i spent the day gaining u-97 and 197 (completing that) before going into wa. there, i drove in yakima co, then kittitas as the day changed.
june 01: slept in a rest area, not sure where. got on some state roads eventually ending on wa-240 and coming back to u-97 (now that highway was done) on i-82. where that highway ends at i-90 (i now had all of 82), i went into idaho, spending the night at the rest area at post falls.
june 02: south on u-95 to lewiston after nap on city street in moscow (picking up benewah and latah counties and giving me all of u-95 n from las vegas), going into wa on u-12 and picking up u-195 spur, wa-128 and id-128 and spur, and wa-129 spur. then east on 12 (getting clearwater co) as the day changed near the mt line.
june 03: got to i-90, slept at rest area, took that into butte. church, then south on i-15 to gain a piece of that, back to id. clark, jefferson, and bonneville counties were conquered. i was too tired to find a rest area so stopped on a ramp off the interstate.
june 04: bingham co (i-15), and madison and fremont (u-20) were my acquisitions before exiting into yellowstone park (park co, wy), where i got to see old faithful erupt for the first time since i was six years old! out the south gate (u-189/191 i believe that road is) through teton np and teton co, wy to u-26 and back to the gem state. i reached id-33 and the day changed.
june 05: teton county. back to wy, where the highway becomes wy-22. i returned to 89/189 (i believe those are the two there) to evanston, east on i-80 to u-191 nb and that to sublette co. another piece of u-26 got me back to u-89 which i took south into id as the day changed.
june 06: flat tire south of paris! i went to change it, but was unable to remove the lug nuts! so i called for help and napped for a while. they told me it would be a few hours. in daylight i bathed in bear lake after someone tried to help me but only succeeded in breaking off one of the studs. the guy showed up and got the tire changed. i continued south into utah and climbed a small mountain at a park. on to logan where i got on u-91. preston, id saw me get the tire and stud replaced. then back to i-15, picking up franklin co on the way and finishing 91. the day changed, not sure where i slept.
june 07: butte and custer counties were gained, on u-93 and 26. i then got on id-33 (and got some of id-28) and returned to u-20 for another pass at yellowstone np. this time, i planned to stay on the road that u-20 would follow (some people count u-20 through the park, but i do not as that road is a park road and not a highway), but turned the wrong way and missed a small piece thereof. i exited on e entrance rd to cody, stayed on u-14 to u-310, went into mt on that to mt-72 and back to wy on wy-120 (gaining carbon co in mt) as the day changed.
june 08: i slept in a truck stop in cody, then went east again, i decided to take u-16 to i-90 and i-25 south for washakie co. i took the interstate south to douglas, where the day changed.
june 09: got on wy-93 to wy-95 and back to u-20/26; slept somewhere. this time, i went to where 26 splits off for fremont co, and north to hot springs co, the last one in wy. the day changed and again i fail to recall where i slept.
june 10: went to church in thermopolis. north to u-14/16 to complete the county and east from there this time going on u-14 the rest of the way to sheridan and picking up a small loop of u-16 before getting on i-90 toward mt. there, i exited onto u-212 as the day changed.
june 11: a truck stop in alzada provided my sleeping site (powder river and carter counties also were added). on through a corner of wy and into sd. came back into wy later to gain a piece of u-14. day changed.
june 12: slept on ramp to i-90. back to sd, gaining pieces of u. s. 85 and 18. picked up i-190 in sd before getting the end of u-385 as the day changed.
june 13: i forgot where i slept. eventually i made my way back to u-18 to gain another piece of that. day changed.
june 14: slept on parking area along that road. finished it and headed home, gaining ia-37 and 191 before reaching my house late at night and falling into bed.
the trip covered about 12500 miles, gained 27 counties and completed two states, and added to and/or finished a number of highways.
that will end this post.
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #102 on: August 23, 2018, 08:26:55 AM »

You're always barefoot?  Pretty extreme measure to attract attention to yourself. :D
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #103 on: August 23, 2018, 11:51:07 AM »

You're always barefoot?  Pretty extreme measure to attract attention to yourself. :D
yes, always, usually with painted toenails and/or feet.
i added some to the previous post as i found i had omitted a few necessary items.
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #104 on: August 23, 2018, 12:09:46 PM »

Naked.Driver, I just want to point something out, since you've done it in more than one thread: The default font size on this forum is 10, and that's what you should be using. There is no reason to make it 12-size font.
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #105 on: August 23, 2018, 12:42:22 PM »

Had to make a short-notice trip from Blacksburg to Atlanta this past weekend. However, since I wasn't in too much of a hurry I took a different route there and back that got me some new mileage:

Friday:
I-81 S to I-26 near Johnson City, TN
I-26 W to I-40 in Asheville, NC (plus a few other stops in the area)
I-40 W to US-74 in Clyde, NC
US-74 W all the way to TN-68 in Ducktown, TN
TN-68/GA-60/GA-5 S to US-76 in Blue Ridge, GA
US-76/GA-515/I-575 S to I-75, I-75 to Atlanta

Sunday:
I-85 to I-985 in Suwanee, GA
I-985/US-23/US-74 N to I-40 in Clyde, NC
I-40 E to US-64 in Morganton, NC
US-64/US-321 TRUCK to US-321 in Lenoir, NC
US-321 N to US-421 in Boone, NC
US-421 S to I-77
I-77 N to I-81, I-81 to Blacksburg
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #106 on: August 23, 2018, 03:13:16 PM »

Had to make a short-notice trip from Blacksburg to Atlanta this past weekend. However, since I wasn't in too much of a hurry I took a different route there and back that got me some new mileage:

Friday:
I-81 S to I-26 near Johnson City, TN
I-26 W to I-40 in Asheville, NC (plus a few other stops in the area)
I-40 W to US-74 in Clyde, NC
US-74 W all the way to TN-68 in Ducktown, TN
TN-68/GA-60/GA-5 S to US-76 in Blue Ridge, GA
US-76/GA-515/I-575 S to I-75, I-75 to Atlanta

Sunday:
I-85 to I-985 in Suwanee, GA
I-985/US-23/US-74 N to I-40 in Clyde, NC
I-40 E to US-64 in Morganton, NC
US-64/US-321 TRUCK to US-321 in Lenoir, NC
US-321 N to US-421 in Boone, NC
US-421 S to I-77
I-77 N to I-81, I-81 to Blacksburg

I've done quite a few of those routes; I'm looking for an excuse to go to the Atlanta area so I can use US 19 south all the way from the state line. I've done most of the other state line crossings, including the connector from Blue Ridge to Ducktown.

Is the four-laning of 321 south of Blowing Rock finished? They've been working on that for years.
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #107 on: August 23, 2018, 10:42:42 PM »

Had to make a short-notice trip from Blacksburg to Atlanta this past weekend. However, since I wasn't in too much of a hurry I took a different route there and back that got me some new mileage:

Friday:
I-81 S to I-26 near Johnson City, TN
I-26 W to I-40 in Asheville, NC (plus a few other stops in the area)
I-40 W to US-74 in Clyde, NC
US-74 W all the way to TN-68 in Ducktown, TN
TN-68/GA-60/GA-5 S to US-76 in Blue Ridge, GA
US-76/GA-515/I-575 S to I-75, I-75 to Atlanta

Sunday:
I-85 to I-985 in Suwanee, GA
I-985/US-23/US-74 N to I-40 in Clyde, NC
I-40 E to US-64 in Morganton, NC
US-64/US-321 TRUCK to US-321 in Lenoir, NC
US-321 N to US-421 in Boone, NC
US-421 S to I-77
I-77 N to I-81, I-81 to Blacksburg

I've done quite a few of those routes; I'm looking for an excuse to go to the Atlanta area so I can use US 19 south all the way from the state line. I've done most of the other state line crossings, including the connector from Blue Ridge to Ducktown.

Is the four-laning of 321 south of Blowing Rock finished? They've been working on that for years.
My memory of US-19 in NC and GA is kind of foggy (and I've never done the portion between I-26 and Elizabethton) but I remember it being a somewhat annoying drive, switching off rather quickly from aggressive Atlanta commuter traffic to slowpoke tourist traffic headed for the mountains once the expressway portion ends near Dahlonega.

The US-321 widening project finished up earlier this year, making US-321 four lanes from Boone to the SC state line.
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #108 on: August 29, 2018, 02:32:44 AM »

Naked.Driver, I just want to point something out, since you've done it in more than one thread: The default font size on this forum is 10, and that's what you should be using. There is no reason to make it 12-size font.
okay, got that changed. sorry it took me so long.
i made it larger so i could read it more easily.
bummer! no colors, no special fonts, how boring!☻
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« Reply #109 on: August 29, 2018, 02:53:35 AM »

my second trip of 2018 was to eureka, mo, the end of the bam.
june 16: started very late with former housemate following in his car. day changed shortly after getting underway.
june 17: several safety naps. arrived in eureka around 1500. parked car, took bike off it and put in his. he and i then shared the driving to joplin, the beginning of the ride.
i rode off and on the next several days on the route they gave us. it was a grueling effort, and i suffered a number of misfortunes. but i had fun anyway.
i arrived in eureka around 1500 on the 22nd.
june 22: rode to car, mounted bike on rack, headed home. along the way i got most of the business loops on i-44.
in springfield i switched to u-160 as i needed a small piece of that to have all of it in mo, and from i-25 in co to end at u-67. the day changed with me parked at a gas station in willard.
june 23: finished the piece of 160, got the rest of mo-39, then made my way back, arriving around 1830.
i was too tired to start out for my next adventure, and that delayed me enough that i had to forgo part of it.
total driving distance was around 1200 miles. biking was around 300 but i did less than that.
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« Reply #110 on: August 29, 2018, 03:28:47 AM »

my third major road trip of 2018
june 24: underway around 0430. alas, i had to nap several hours while en route. i had planned to go to chi for their parade, but that idea proved unworkable so i altered the route after stopping in davenport for a bit.
i picked up the rest of u-61 i needed in ia (had flat tire at zwingle), then got all of that road i needed in wi, plus most of u-14 there. the day changed with me on 61, not sure exactly where.
june 25: after sleeping at coon valley, i headed out and stopped in la crosse to get a new insurance card as mine had been damaged during the bam. was on u-51 heading north when the day changed.
june 26: slept on a side road near hazelhurst. drove to mi, picked up u-2, and was taking that east to complete it in mi when i had a misfortune. i was stopped for a nap on a residential street in wakefield (gogebic co) in midafternoon when the county mounties came by and woke me up. because i was so tired, i failed their tests and they arrested me (charge was driving under the influence of drugs; i told them the only drug they would find in me was caffeine)! they took me to jail where i spent most of the night; the day changed.
june 27: they released me around 0400 and took me back to my car. i then proceeded to drive to where u-45 meets 2 and went north on that but napped a little in watersmeet. from there i drove to mi-28 and proceeded across the u. p.
in the middle of nowhere, the convenience spare tire failed! it took four hours for the roadside assistance to reach me and tow me to ishpeming! there, i got the tire replaced but got no spare.
the day changed, and i slept.
june 28: on to sault ste. marie. i crossed the international bridge to gain the end of i-75, then went south on that road, crossing into the mitten later in the day. having lost almost a whole day between the jail time and the tire, i knew my county hunt, which i had planned to complete the state, would fail. i did get nine of the fourteen i needed, mostly along i-75 with a side trip to pick up oscoda and montmorency. the day changed before i completed the latter.
june 29: finished the counties on 75 north of bay city, then went to u-127 and gained gratiot before switching to i-69, then 96.
i was now racing against time to make it to trek fest in riverside. the day changed while i was in illinois.
june 30: i had hoped to run in a 5k race in riverside, but my body was too tired to get me there in time. i made it to the trek fest parade, then headed home. tried to nap in a rest area but was unsuccessful. got to my area around 1930, but stayed in a store parking lot using wi-fi as my phone got no signal for some reason. after doing what i needed, i arrived home around 2130 just as a huge thunderstorm arrived. i stayed in the car waiting for it to pass, then took the bare essentials into the house and slept in the car as my bed got wet in the storm.
total mileage was around 3000. i completed wi-16 and mi-28, now have i-75 from south of atlanta to end at the international bridge, u-2 from duluth to end at st. ignace, and a piece of u-127.
it took the gogebic county hospital about six weeks to get the blood test results back! then the charges were dropped.
i had one more drive, which will be reported later.
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« Reply #111 on: August 29, 2018, 04:17:03 AM »

i rode in ragbrai® july 21-28, but did no driving. i gained lots of new highways and counties on the bike though.
the event is logged on dailymile. worst bummers were wearing out and taking a small hit from a car (damaged the vehicle more than me).
before that i drove to a chess tournament in cedar rapids on 07/13. i got there just as it was to begin, and found no one there! i had arrived twenty-four hours too early! so i just slept in the car and hung out in c. r. until the event got underway. no new highways. mileage was about 300.
on 08/24 and following i had a busy weekend planned.
august 24: first was another chess event in coralville. i was delayed by numerous last-minute snafus, and on the way had a major one: the bike rack broke and the cycle fell off! it dragged on the pavement for a ways before i stopped, and i found the rear wheel was destroyed. see photograph.
i played in the tournament, tied the trunk lid down, and headed out. the day changed about then.
august 25: the ratchet strap came loose and a county mounty stopped me to tell me so just outside mechanicsville on ia-38. i got it tied and drove to olin for a nap.
when i got up around 1000, i finished ia-64 (or at least thought i needed it as it had not been recorded as being done, but in looking back though my records i found i had completed it years before!) and 38, plus got a big chunk of ia-136 i needed. stopped in waterloo for cedar valley pride fest. on to near ames for an event called the full moon hike at peterson pits.
after that, i came back home though spent some time downtown as the day changed; i pulled in my drive around 0200 on the 26th. mileage was about 500. i had hoped to gain all the highways i needed in northeast iowa but there was not enough time therefor. i need to set aside a whole weekend and should be able to complete all the rest of the highways i need in the state.
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« Reply #112 on: August 29, 2018, 11:45:05 AM »

Hopefully, you insisted on a blood test to prove that you were not under the influence of any intoxicants after you were arrested.
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« Reply #113 on: August 29, 2018, 11:50:49 AM »

Got to Minnesota late last night (like, almost midnight late) after 3.5 days of occasionally-marathon-style driving.  Until I hit US 45 outside Joliet, IL, most of it was NOT on 4-lane highways but largely on 2-lane state routes I had not traveled before.  Got new state and/or US route mileage in 6 states, and new Interstate mileage in 3.  Also unexpectedly got new state mileage while trying to figure out a way to get past the flooding outside Madison, WI (which had shut down I-90/94 between Tomah and Portage, along with several state routes, US 12, and US 14.  Total mileage just under 2K (1,978).  Have not figured out yet how I'm heading back East....just that it'll be next week.
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« Reply #114 on: August 29, 2018, 12:36:59 PM »

Hopefully, you insisted on a blood test to prove that you were not under the influence of any intoxicants after you were arrested.
of course. that was what took them six weeks! they kept pushing back my arraignment date and finally said the charges were dropped.
six weeks to analyze a blood sample?! something tells me i would not want to go to that hospital! its link is gogebic county hospital.
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« Reply #115 on: August 29, 2018, 12:50:45 PM »

Got to Minnesota late last night (like, almost midnight late) after 3.5 days of occasionally-marathon-style driving.  Until I hit US 45 outside Joliet, IL, most of it was NOT on 4-lane highways but largely on 2-lane state routes I had not traveled before.  Got new state and/or US route mileage in 6 states, and new Interstate mileage in 3.  Also unexpectedly got new state mileage while trying to figure out a way to get past the flooding outside Madison, WI (which had shut down I-90/94 between Tomah and Portage, along with several state routes, US 12, and US 14.  Total mileage just under 2K (1,978).  Have not figured out yet how I'm heading back East....just that it'll be next week.
ugh! floods. well, at least you got to drive on a fairly pretty road (14). i have yet to drive on 12 in that area. i still need most of 10 in wi and a bit in mn (from where it leaves i-694 to i-39) before it goes into the clinched book (i have all of the mi segment, and the rest w of msp).
on the michigan adventure, i found that tomah was the nearest place on my route that had a franchise for ljs®. so i stopped there and got two pieces of fish without all the other stuff.
if you need any of interstates 94, 57, or 74 western (88 western goes away from the direction you want), you might consider picking those up on your way home. u. s. highways include 10, 31, 41, 231, and 421.
do you collect counties also? you should have picked up a bunch on that route.
happy and safe travels!
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #116 on: September 06, 2018, 03:03:01 PM »

Just did a (relatively) short road trip for Labor Day weekend: Parker, CO to Deadwood, SD (by way of Devils Tower) on Saturday. Then around the Black Hills (including Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse) on Sunday. Spearfish Canyon, Sturgis & Rapid City on Monday, then home on Tuesday.

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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #117 on: September 06, 2018, 04:41:59 PM »

Just completed 5,279 miles.  A 12-day journey out to Minnesota and back to visit family and a few friends along the way.
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #118 on: October 05, 2018, 09:43:26 PM »

The NYC Tri-State excursion quest is on as of Next Saturday.


I haven't set a date yet on when I'm returning, but it will be before Halloween.


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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #119 on: October 08, 2018, 09:59:29 AM »

I just finished a 4200 mile strip to the RMCA meet in Hershey, PA, the Mentor Bridge meet, and a quick visit to Chicago (south suburbs) to visit my cousin. Almost all of it was 2-lane road, including the old National Road.
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Re: 2018 road trips
« Reply #120 on: October 10, 2018, 06:43:41 AM »

Now Hurricane Michael is putting my road trip plans on the fence!


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