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  1. Just like everybody else, when I read about an auto trail that I've never heard of before and which starts just twenty miles from my door, I take it. I had previously driven many pieces of the Wonderland Way but not all of it and never as a unified auto trail. Now, thanks to the article and map in the latest issue of American Road, I have. http://www.dennygibson.com/wonderland/
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    Wonderland Way

    My neighbors nearer the front of my condo complex have promised to give me a heads-up if they see an Indiana State Trooper pull in. Like you, I'd driven much of it with no idea that a named auto trail had ever run that way. Knowing that gave the trip a little more definition and I did get to places I'd never been before but roads like 62 are pretty no matter what you call them. There's a good chance you have seen the Triple Whipple. It is visible on the west side of IN 56 heading out of Aurora. After I visited, I could recall seeing the bridge off in the distance but I'd never taken the time to reach it or count the Whipples.
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    Us 395 - Lee Vining To Lone Pine

    I thought that might be the case. Looks good now. If half the intellectual energy spent creating and defeating spam were instead devoted to space travel, I'm sure there would be at least one colony and a couple of micro-breweries on Mars today.
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    Us 395 - Lee Vining To Lone Pine

    I really liked this blog entry with its lessons in history, botany, and photography. Actually, all of your entries contain lessons in photography. Incidentally, I see that comments on you blog now require logging in. Intentional?
  5. I had seen the trailer and just now watched the complete show. Very nicely done and good to see Drake Hokanson providing commentary as well as getting credit for past accomplishments.
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    Pick A Namesake Community For This Blog

    How about Dublin, Indiana?
  7. As 2013 faded away, I successfully eluded both Simon and Schuster to publish my first book myself. Check out the "review" or go straight to the store.
  8. This will be my third year at the Springfield Route 66 Festival. The first time (2003) I intended to hurry home on expressways but quickly gave that up as a bad choice and ended up traveling, unknowingly and purely by accident, a bit of the last PP-OO alignment. The second time (2006) I decided on a US-36 based route and stayed with that until around Rockville, IN. This year, with new found awareness of the PP-OO, I'm looking into following that a bit more closely. I'm interested in the final alignment partly because it goes right by my parents house at the west edge of Ohio. I am a little surprised and very much pleased to discover that I have enough vacation left that I feel I can splurge and use two days for the festival outing: Friday for the Chain of Rocks crossing and Monday to allow a reasonably relaxed two day drive to my parents' doorstep. So here are some questions for specific forum members: roadmaven & mobilene Would you care to keep me company part of the way? (BTW, Mo, I've been wondering when you were going to jump up and say "I'll be there" regarding the Springfield festival.) I'll leave Springfield fairly early Sunday and a first guess at an overnight puts it somewhere around Crawfordsville give or take several miles and a few small towns. You could bid me farewell and scurry down I-74 whenever you felt it appropriate. KtSotR Can you contribute scans for that section of the PP-OO similar to what you did for the eastern Ohio stretch? Maybe I can spot some of the advertised businesses this time. And, since I've seen some wild talk elsewhere on this forum, I'll even ask you the same thing I asked Ro & Mo. Fly into St Louis, ride across the CoR with me, and fly home from Springfield, Indianapolis, or Dayton? Like most of my plans, these could change or evaporate at any moment, but I don't think they're at severe risk. If anyone else might want to join in on a bit of the PP-OO segment (RoadDog? Bliss? Kip?) just raise your hand.
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    Pp-oo In Illinois & Indiana

    You'll never get that hour back so you'll just have to plan on following the plot yourself.
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    Pp-oo In Illinois & Indiana

    You're stirring with a mighty fine looking spoon.
  11. There are two Nevada hotels mentioned and I do hope Sharon's thinking of the Hotel Nevada in Ely. While I would stay at the Overland again, I'm pretty sure I'm in the minority. As I'm sure you realize, my book isn't intended to be a guide book at all and is certainly not all inclusive. I do, however, hope it gives you some idea of what to expect.
  12. I don't think that logic applies to unknown old guys, Dave.
  13. Thanks for the congratulations. It's self published but that's now easier than ever and it still feels like an accomplishment. Maybe it will be a nudge for that Kearney to San Francisco drive I hear you're thinking about.
  14. The best deal is clearly through Amazon since they're discounting it and there are ways to get free shipping. I'd be happy to sign a copy (although it's a pretty weird experience for me) and mail it for about $3 postage. Actually, since you're sort of in my neighborhood, we could probably arrange delivery over a cup of coffee. PM me here or email me through DennyGibson.com.
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    Our Recent Road Trip, But Not In The Usa

    Excellent photos of what was obviously a wonderful trip. Somewhere you commented that "touring ruins allow you to imagine". Viewing good photos of ruins allows you to do that, too, although it's certainly toned down a bunch. There was one disappointment, though. How could you possibly get that close to "dragon roasted coffee" without trying it or at least touring the factory/den?
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    A Very Merry Christmas To One And All

    Merry Christmas to you Dave and to all the forum folk.
  17. Responses in this conversation from about 3:00 PM Monday may seem terse to the point of being rude but the fellow making them was really quite friendly, especially considering that he was troweling mortar as we spoke. As I wrote this out, I think I sound like the rude one. I probably should have said sorry as well as thanks. This has been a reminder that reading things on the internet doesn't make them real-time.
  18. In a "close it or lose it" move, the last Ohio National Road S-bridge in use was closed to save it from the abuse of heavy traffic related to fracking. http://www.dispatch.com/content/stories/local/2013/10/04/1828-s-bridge-closed-for-its-own-good.html
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    S-Bridge Closed In Ohio

    Back in 2006, I posted a picture of an 1833 stone bridge in Funkstown, MD, that just happened to show a large dump truck on the bridge. Someone saw the photo and contacted me for a higher resolution version in hopes of identifying the truck which clearly exceeded posted weight limits. I do not know if they were successful.
  20. Although I'm only slightly less busy than Jim (I have books to read and batteries to charge), I think I might go take a look today.
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    Back On Track - Coast To Coast

    Very glad to see this trip is Moving Right Along.
  22. I subscribe to the blog so was aware of your Ohio visit but had not quite got around to congratulating you on experiencing a bit of this really cool state. The AF Museum really is an amazing place. Of course, Dayton is is pretty much chock full of history of flight related stuff. As you say, the Ohio section of the National Road is definitely fun and interesting and the guide that Doug Smith & Glenn Harper did is consistently held up as what a road guide should be. Plus we've got Pikes Peak, Dixie, Lincoln, and other historic roads as well. Come on back for the Dublin Irish Festival sometime. It's a dandy. And when you do, check out the Field of Ears (six foot tall ears of corn) a couple of miles south of Chief Leatherlips.
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    Melba Theatre In Desoto, Mo

    A few drive-ins have been spared and a few more will be by this Honda promotion: http://projectdrivein.com/
  24. I first became aware of the JDH when I saw a "ZERO MILESTONE" in Kentucky hear his birthplace and really big monument. The plaque on the milestone referenced a highway from Fairview, KY, to Biloxi, MS. Sometime later I read something about a JDH marker in Washington state. That certainly raised some questions but I never pursued any answers. This thread awoke my curiosity again. Apparently the JDH originally envisioned was to run from Washington, DC, to San Francisco. The Fairview, KY, route was an auxiliary and the Washington state bit was added later. In my searching, I stumbled onto a site (http://www.txudc.org/) with a list of 20 JDH markers. Most were erected in the 1920s & 1930s but there is at least one from 1955 and another from 1962.
  25. I have nothing to add by way of suggestions but I want to shout that I'm delighted you're closing in on this trip. Anyone who can line up help from the British Car Forum for a Mercedes powered trip has certainly got my admiration. I'll keep an eye on your progress and, if things align, would love to meet up as you pass through Ohio.