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  1. More video: http://usroutetwenty.blogspot.com/2009/04/...-to-buttes.html
  2. Click on March 16 blog very interesting video's. http://usroutetwenty.blogspot.com/
  3. Well we just got back from Florida also,spent one month in New Smyrna beach from February 11 to March 11. Didn't get to see the Daytona 500, but did go to bike week crazy wild motorcycles but the people were great. We did take route 1 most of the time we were there, so needless to say we saw a lot of old parts of Florida that haven't changed much in many years. We also took a side trip to Deland Florida and saw Stetson university named after the Stetson hat fellow. Very cool college town. I will try and post some pictures.
  4. I worked with John Ridge as a trailman a few years back trying to promote yellowstone trail here in New York unfortunately someone stole the scenic byway and named it the Revolutionary trail which it also is in parts as well as route 20. I have always wanted to partnership with others to promote us route 20 we did get a scenic byway designation for 125 mile stretch from Duanesburg NY to Layfette NY. I was vice-president of the NYS route 20 association for several years. If anyone would be interested in forming a us route 20 association please contact me at rrheingo@nycap.rr.com maybe we can call it yellowstone trail/ us route 20 or something that can combine it to make it a stronger force. Rich Rheingold
  5. How close is it to route 20? If there are no signs about yellowstone trail then maybe you could emphasis route 20 since both connect each other in many parts also.
  6. Here is an article about a man who loves old things and is restoring things of the past. http://www.dailygazette.com/news/2008/sep/...929_locomotive/
  7. Here is a link it seems that route 20 is being used to film movies now! http://www.onlocationvacations.com/2008/08...king-woodstock/ US Route 20 DEDICATED TO THE LONGEST ROAD IN THE UNITED STATES Tuesday, August 12, 2008 US20 in NY: Woodstock Movie Filming in New Lebanon Here’s an article from The Berkshire Eagle about a movie about Woodstock being filmed on Route 20 in New Lebanon, NY. By the time they got to Woodstock By Benning W. De La Mater, Berkshire Eagle Staff Article Last Updated: 08/10/2008 12:19:02 PM EDT NEW LEBANON, N.Y. If you focus the lens in for a tighter view, you can see the signs. Rows of 1960s hippie clothes hang on racks inside an office building along Route 20. Just down the pavement, dozens of 40-year-old Chryslers, Plymouths and Volkswagens — lots of Volkswagens — wait in a field behind Chuck's Automotive. Construction crews revamp the Valley Rest Motel, a dingy, dying $59-a-night roadside stop. Just one week out from the start of filming, work is under way on Oscar Award-winning director Ang Lee's newest movie "Taking Woodstock." The bulk of the film will be shot at 14 locations across Columbia County. New Lebanon, a rural town of 2,400 known for its Shakers, dirt track season and mineral springs, is the epicenter of the production efforts. Talk in these parts is building. "People are ecstatic," said Kevin Fuerst, 48, the town historian. "There's definitely a buzz." Lee, the mind behind "Brokeback Mountain," "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon," and "Sense and Sensibility," was in town Wednesday scouting the locations, including the Valley Rest. The movie is based on the book of the same name written by Elliot Tiber, a man who helped his aging parents operate a small motel in the Catskills and was influential in bringing Woodstock to Bethel, N.Y. "The movie is about the preamble to Woodstock, and that's why I'm interested in the preamble to this movie," Fuerst said. "There's a lot going on around here ... a lot of logistics that are being considered." For several weeks, construction crews have been working at the motel on Route 20, which the production crew is renting from a local businessman. They reconstructed a barn and built several new cabins on site. The old sign has been torn down, and "El Monaco Motel" is now painted in white letting on the roof. A 1950 blue Chevy pick-up sits out front. Closer to town, Chuck Geraldi has been renting space at his auto shop for the crew to store period-era cars, like an orange Volkswagen Bug and a white 1960s police car. "It's been interesting watching them," Geraldi said. Outside of town, the production crew is renting space inside an old office building along Route 20. In the foyer, a "Brokeback" poster hangs on the wall, just down from a few black-and-white photos from the Woodstock event. In a back room, a pink dress with white flowers clings tightly to a mannequin. Behind it, thousands of hippie outfits are lined up in rows. Kay McMahon, president of the Lebanon Valley Business Association, said the movie has already boosted the local economy. Crews have been buying coffee and meals from area businesses and renting equipment from local stores. "It's been great for businesses, and long-term, it will be fun to say that a movie was filmed in New Lebanon," McMahon said. "People are very excited." McMahon said the movie team has been very cooperative with business and the town, a sentiment that town Supervisor Margaret Robertson seconded. Route 20 will be closed intermittently during parts of September and October for filming. A public forum on the film will take place this Tuesday at the fire house in town to address any concerns citizens have. Filming is set to begin on Aug. 17 and is expected to run 48 days. Some of the other sites include Cherry Plain State Park, a library in New Lebanon, and stops in Stephentown, Hillsdale and Millerton. According to Variety's Web site, "Taking Woodstock" is being produced by Focus Features and will star Emile Hirsch ("Into the Wild"), Imelda Staunton ("Harry Potter"), Eugene Levy ("American Pie"), Dan Fogler ("The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee"), Jeffrey Dean Morgan ("Grey's Anatomy") and comedian Dimitri Martin. The crew held tryouts in New York and Vermont in June and July for the thousands of extras that co-producer Michael Hausman said will be needed to play festivalgoers, townspeople and police officers. James Schamus, Lee's writer on the film, lives in Columbia County and recommended that it be shot in the area because its landscape mirrors Max Yasgur's farm in Bethel, where close to 500,000 descended on the small town in August 1969 to hear bands like the Grateful Dead, The Who and Jimi Hendrix. Fuerst said the minds behind the film chose well, as much of the small, rural towns in the county look similarly close to what they did in the 1960s and 70s. The US Route 20 Blog homepage can be found here. )
  8. I just had to log on again. This has happened to me a couple of times before also.
  9. A portion of US Route 20A in Orchard Park, NY has been named to honor Tim Russert, the "Meet the Press moderator who died suddenly June 13. The road is near Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Russert's favorite football team. Russert would sometimes end his show by shouting, "Go Bills!" http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalradar/20...signs-russ.html Bush Signs "Russert Highway" Into Law ABC News' Matt Jaffe reports: President Bush Wednesday signed a law designating a stretch of Route 20A in upstate New York as "Timothy J. Russert Highway," in honor of the late NBC News journalist. Tim Russert, NBC's Washington Bureau Chief and host of their Sunday interview program "Meet the Press," died of a heart attack on June 13. The portion of Route 20A that will bear his name is located in Orchard Park, New York, just outside of Buffalo, Russert's hometown. The road is near Ralph Wilson Stadium, home of the NFL's Buffalo Bills, Russert's favorite football team. Russert would sometimes end his show by shouting, "Go Bills!" The legislation to re-name the road was introduced on Capitol Hill by New York Senators Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer. "Throughout his years in Washington he remained true to his roots, and more often than not on Sunday mornings during the football season he proclaimed his love for the Bills to a national audience as he signed off of 'Meet the Press'," said Clinton in a statement after the bill passed the House and Senate earlier this month. "When people drive through what will be the Timothy J. Russert Highway, I hope they are reminded of the man who always cheered on his hometown team." Schumer, Clinton's fellow Democratic Senator from the Liberty State, also released a statement at the time recalling his appearances on Russert's show. "I think any politician in Washington would tell you one of their favorite ways to spend a Sunday morning was visiting Tim on "Meet the Press" - even though you knew he was going to grill you! I know I'll particularly miss those few minutes before we went on air, where Tim always took the time to talk about the Bills before getting down to business. By putting Tim Russert's name on this portion of Route 20A, he will never be far from the town he never forgot." The day of Russert's sudden death, the President and First Lady Laura Bush said that they were "deeply saddened" by his passing. "Those of us who knew and worked with Tim, his many friends, and the millions of Americans who loyally followed his career on the air will all miss him. As the longest-serving host of the longest-running program in the history of television, he was an institution in both news and politics for more than two decades. Tim was a tough and hardworking newsman. He was always well-informed and thorough in his interviews. And he was as gregarious off the set as he was prepared on it." Russert is survived by his wife Maureen and his son Luke.
  10. They updated their web site, that's why that link didn't work. They probably will start soon and post a schedule.
  11. A special tv series will start traveling across route 20. I am posting this ahead of time so everyone can follow this from start to finish. http://www.americanadventurerider.com/inde...s/page0003.html
  12. This is a recent video on you tube hope everyone will enjoy this.
  13. This was a trip that my friend took just recently along route 20 http://www.foothillspublishing.com:80/westerntour/index.htm
  14. Some more info from web sites: http://gorp.away.com/gorp/activity/byway/ma_mohaw.htm
  15. Absolutely whatever photo's you have send them to me. If it is alright to post this one on my yahoo group I will, and give you credit for it.
  16. Route 20 get-together July 29, in Massachusetts. Chesterwood, the estate and studio of Daniel Chester French, the sculptor who did the figure of Abraham Lincoln at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. Check out the info at the yahoo group on the web site www.usroute20.com
  17. Well it's that time of the year again, the Syracuse Nationals will be having their annual car fest. Anyone who likes cars will love this show. http://www.rightcoastcars.com/shows/syn/
  18. We have updated the web site again: http://www.usroute20.com/
  19. Radio blog for April 3rd 2007 click on link and then the date. Enjoy! http://www.blogtalkradio.com/hostpage.aspx?host_id=2667
  20. This photo is of route 20 Merli Manufacturing of wooden carts. He also is restoring an old train engine.
  21. I concur with you. It does seem like there are less people posting than before the switch from yahoo.
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