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  • Birthday 05/19/1965

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  1. There's something really cosy and peaceful about this picture. Great shot!
  2. Thanks for the tips. I'm glad to see there's a diner there. I heard rumor there was none in Ohio but I'm glad there is.
  3. We've been waiting for ages but our trip is getting near enough that I can almost taste it. (ok, it's more like 57 days away, but I've been planning since January) I'm curious if anyone has any hints about places to see and places to eat along the Lincoln Highway between Pittsburgh and Ashland, OH. I'm going out to meet a friend that lives there and wanted to take that route. Thanks!
  4. I've loved being a passenger since I was a child. My Dad used to take us out for a Sunday drive most wekeends. I guess it was a cheap and entertaining way to keep 4 kids quiet. He would take the "scenic route" (backroads, getting lost etc). But I guess my first real "hit" as a driver came much later. Last year in fact when I was planing a road trip for my own family. We started in Virginia and travelled on Skyline Drive, Rtes 11 and 321 to Tennessee up to Kentucky (on country music highway 23) through West Virginia (rtes 119 and 33) and back round to Sterling mostly on backroads, only begrudgingly hitting the Interstates when we needed to make some time. (that means catching up to my Dad. Now that he's older with no kids in the backseat he's gotta get there fast, fast and even faster!!) We saw some amazing sites, suffered through my teenage daughter's never ending collection of poodle rock (you know the 80's big hair stuff) and just had a great two weeks as a family. My thoroughly British son developed an insane addiction to Mr Pibb, my teenage daughter actually smiled and my British husband got very intimate with a Rand McNally USA road atlas. And me, well I just kept on truckin'!! (ps my Mom has us linked up with walkie talkies at one point. Every time she spoke the first thing she would say was "Banana phone" - usally something like "Banana phone, lets get off the next exit and go to the Cracker Barrel "again!!! (they just love the Cracker Barrel-my Dad's got a map of all their locations) The walkie talkies weren't inherently a bad idea except she kept it switched off otherwise so when we needed to contact her, we had to pull up beside my parents' car and gesticulate wildly)
  5. That was a fun quiz! Here's a couple of my favorites that didn't make it on... Highway Star by Deep Purple guaranteed to make you go at least 20 mph faster On the Road Again by Canned Heat, great for cruising along on a sunny afternoon East Bound and Down by Jerry Reed from Smokey and the Bandit for when you'r truckin' Gherkintrude
  6. I remember my brother and sister working in a restaurant called the Pioneer, I think it was taken over by the Ponderosa. This was early 1980's. I recall my brother Bob having to wear one of those three corner hats which was very amusing. I also have fond memories of the Pioneer Diner (which was a totally separate thing) that we always stopped at on family trips to the Poconos during the 1970's. I think it was along the 611, but I couldn't be sure. They did wonderful fried chicken, I ordered it every time. I loved how it was served in a little red basket. Those simple things that make it so special.
  7. So many great photos already! My photos is from Gatlinburg in the Smokey Mountains in TN. It was our first family holiday, along with my brothers and my parents that we've had in over 25 years. We drove down through Virginia and into Tennessee along the 321 to arrive into Gatlinburg. A much more scenic way to arrive than the 441 and less busy. Our chalet was way up along a winding road to the top of a mountain. Our neighbours informed us that they had seen a mother bear and her cubs going across the drive of the chalet earlier that day. The view from our chalet was magnificent, as this picture shows.
  8. I've been to Hay on Wye, a book lovers paradise. And Snowdonia. We were taking the scenic route on the way to Port Merion and we were going down a single lane road that was meant for two way traffic. The ride was frightening but the scenery was amazing. Unfortunately I don't have any photos from that trip. I have posted a few for your from our trip to Edale in the Peak District. Edale is a small little village with a pub on each end surrounded by breathtaking hills. We stayed in a stone farmhouse that had been converted to a B&B. Later this month we hope to get up to Edinburgh. Hope you like the pictures.
  9. I thought it might be only one of those urban legends of roadside attractions, a replica of Stonehenge but made out of huge blocks of styrofoam. But it really does exist. And it was free to see, just drive into the lot and walk right up. Unlike the real Stonehenge, at Foamhenge you can get right up and touch. If you are heading south on Rt 11 it is about 1 mile before Natural Bridge and the equally enjoyable Monster Musem. We braved our tour of the Monster Museum to the end, with the unorthodox use of the light on my daughter's mobile phone to guide us through the pitch black maze. If you aren't brave or devious enough to get through the maze you are greeted by a huge chicken statue at the alternate exit.
  10. I like the sound of the old maps and guides. Unfortunately living in Liverpool, not alot of American guides get over although I have a great old postcard book of Venice and a old travel guide to Denmark complete with map. I even found an old camera with a half used roll of slide film still inside. Still haven't gotten it developed yet. I'm looking forward to my next trip to the states to hopefully dig out some old guides at the thrift stores and yard sales. I tried to stop at the yard sales when we over last year. We were on Rt 211 in Virginia but the backseat teenage drivers had no time or patience for such things that don't involve air conditioning and food. It was great reading about your collections. Kind Regards!
  11. Their own root beer? You really know how to tempt a girl. All I need now is somewhere to get some decadent chocolate cake.
  12. Besides sleeping in a tent in the backyard when I was a kid the last time I went camping was over 7 years ago. It was a motorcycle trip through France. The scenery was wonderful. The camping was not. Crowded fields and tents right next to each other, it was depressing. On one site we were woke each day by a gaggle of ducks that came quacking by promptly at 7. The only redeeming quality was fresh croissants delivered every morning. I'll take a hotel and a breakfast buffet any day!!!
  13. Thanks for all your suggestions. I like the idea of microbreweries, although as driver I'll have to stash my bounty until we reach our destination. That twisty stretch of road is both tempting and terrifying. I'll have to see what the weather's like during our trip and if I feel like Wonder Woman or a wimp.
  14. Anyone have any suggestions for a scenic route from the Poconos (Mount Pocono area) to Pittsburgh? Also any good places to eat along the way? Especially somehwere that does fish well (and nice desserts are always a plus). Thanks!
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