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DennyG

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  1. Sorry I'm late for the meeting. Regarding the Shoe Tree named in the thread's title, I believe the black bit on the tree trunk in Dale's second picture is a burn mark. Apparently someone with mental development equal to the chainsaw wielders has tried to set the living tree afire. It can be seen more clearly here. Regarding the International Hotel, it looks like Dave's 2007 picture was taken about one seat away from where I had lunch July 10. I'll try to make up for somehow failing to get any pictures of the restaurant that day with a shot of the bar side and some restaurant shots from 2009 and 2011 Looks like they put the covers on the stools and hung W.C. Fields soon after you left, Dave. Regarding proposed topics, I have plenty of vinyl but not a single typewriter. And I'm kind of miffed about not getting a pen.
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    Infinity Ads?

    For the last several weeks, attempts to reach this forum are often hijacked and redirected. There is always an ad of some sort from infinityads.com (the most recent was for a James Bond auction) and a request to select some offer to reach "locked content". The most recent choices involved a Best Buy gift card, something from Southwest Airlines, and "All-in-one master cheat software". Closing the page and immediately re-accessing the forum works fine. I'm guessing it's time based since all is well for at least several hours. But eventually the hijacking behavior returns. This is true if I try to access the forum anew or if I try to refresh a browser page with the forum after several hours. I have not performed the sort of experiments necessary to determine how much time is involved of if it really is time related at all. Opening question: Is anyone else seeing this or anything similar?
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    Infinity Ads?

    As of Monday, this problem appears to have been vanquished. I quit whining but the problem had remained. After awhile, I learned that it was generally confined to access through a link on my MyYahoo page so I just avoided that except for a curiosity check every month or so to verify that the redirection still occurred. Deleting and recreating the page did nothing nor did removing and re-installing both Chrome and Firefox. Sometime prior to last Thursday, things changed. Either Chrome/Google got smarter of the exploit worsened. Chrome prevented me from visiting the forum with a "Malware ahead" warning. A new search for url4short.info turned up some new information and reports that symptoms were most often encountered using search engines. Sure enough, a Google search placed warning on any AmericanRoadForum hits. This was true for Google in both Chrome and Firefox but was not true for Bing in either browser. That problem has now been fixed and with it my MyYahoo related redirect. I agree that seeing this as a client problem was reasonable but I feel vindicated nonetheless.
  4. That all seems rather bizarre though I might not really appreciate what's going on. It sounds like government agencies are simply signing some imaginary route for folks who want to drive directly from Chicago to Kansas City. Signing imaginary routes isn't particularly strange but I'm thinking that the practice usually involves roads/routes that used to be real (e.g. Historic Route 66, Historic National Road) or serve some recreational/tour purpose (e.g., Great River Road, Colonial Parkway). Are there other modern "named highways" intended to get folks from A to B that I'm just not aware of?
  5. It seems somewhat common to have a road be some multiple of brick length wide and to offset every other row by half a brick. That is pretty much the pattern shown in the "fade away" shot and in most of the rows in the close up shot. That one row, however, is weird. Maybe they were using up remnants or maybe it's a special pattern used by some once famous brick layer as a signature. It's basically just another unsolved (and unimportant) old road mystery.
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    Pp-oo In Illinois & Indiana

    Welcome to the forum, tombstone. Keep those observations coming. tombstone's comment and Chris's response triggered a couple of thoughts. One is that, although Michael Buettner's is officially a Lincoln Highway guy, he has researched and documented other highways in Ohio and has several articles here that are worth a look. The second is that Rick Martin, who Michael quotes in the PP-OO article, was quite active, as PPOO, in the early part of this thread, seems to have vanished. He last visited the forum in 2008. That also appears to be about the last time there was any activity on the ppoo.org website.
  7. I'm confident that all forum members know that this is the Lincoln Highway's centennial year and most are probably aware of the Lincoln Highway Association car tours that drove from each coast and met in the middle. Quite a few members are also aware of my participation even though I failed to announce it here myself. It was implied in a thread or two and Keep the Show on the Road Dave recently mentioned it in this sub-forum. After forgetting to announce it at the beginning, I've been waiting for an appropriate point and some available time to correct that. I'm not home yet but I have completed the Lincoln Highway portion which was the point of the whole trip so here 'tis: http://www.dennygibson.com/lhcc2013/
  8. Thanks. That's the kind of feedback that makes it worthwhile.
  9. Nice find. I've not noticed the use of REALLY short bricks (such as at lower middle of your closeup) on other roads but I'm going to start looking.
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    Building The Illinois National Road

    Sorry to show up so late but you guys are so much better at the sleuthing stuff than I am that it's probably just as well. The pictures are really cool regardless of when they were taken.
  11. I'm pretty sure that I've previously pointed out that I was not the first forum member to buy a slightly used red MoPar convertible. Did you let yours slip away? Incidentally, the fifty year old car was no accident. I wanted something exactly half the age of the highway it was targeted for.
  12. A little jealous? A LITTLE jealous? Apparently what I believed was the ultimate envy generator wasn't as perfect as I thought. Oh, you read the part about no A/C and the fuel leaks? Never mind.
  13. A truly excellent adventure with great pictures and documentation, too. Sure was nice of Dave to leave that trough for you to find, eh?
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    California Advice?

    I'm just starting to look at a return path from San Francisco. I'm sort of looking at state routes. Maybe CA-1 to CA-152 at Watsonville, CA-152 to its end at CA-99, CA-99 to Bakersfield, and CA-58 to Barstow. From there I'm in semi-familiar territory and can work my way east on Historic 66 or other roads. I'm fishing for comments and in particular am curious about Hecker Pass on CA-152. Scenic? Challenging? Boring?
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    California Advice?

    Absolutely! I sometimes feel like I'm way over my head with this old car thing but having some of you pros around helps keep the fear under control.
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    California Advice?

    Well, you know how secretive I can be about my travels. Actually, when I started this thread, the chances of the Valiant even starting the trip didn't look too good. Those are much better now but the chances of it finishing remain about the same. Seeing some of that video would be cool. I'm sure I won't make Death Valley this year with or without the Valiant but if the Valiant and I make it to Lone Pine, we'll attempt a recreation or two. I think the last time I tried that it involved rolling up my pant cuffs and standing by a tree house.
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    California Advice?

    I'd probably jump right on that if I had any air conditioning to test. The intention (and I keep being very indefinite because so many things could go wrong) is to do this in a 1963 Valiant unburdened by an AC compressor. It might happen in a different car or it might not happen at all (see earlier "...many things could go wrong" comment).
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    California Advice?

    Despite Dave's one-eyed (equivalent, I believe, to an easterner's half-hearted) endorsement of a southern route, you've all convinced me that to miss an opportunity to drive Tioga Pass would probably get me laughed out of the forum. Deservedly so, I'm sure. Bodie sounds intriguing and it's on the wanna-see list along with other suggestions. Specific stops depend, of course, on time, weather, money, and mood. Note that I'm not at all tied to passing through Barstow though it seems that both my misguided US-99 route and the enlightened one down US-395 more or less lead there.
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    California Advice?

    OK, I think I'm getting the picture. Dave, I'm guessing you were worried about subtle hints being missed.
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    Robert E. Lee / Dixie Highway Monuments

    I'm guessing you're the guy driving the '72 MC. I'll be there but at the moment it's unclear whether I'll be in a '63 Valiant of a '11 Forester.
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    California Advice?

    It will be at pretty much the worst possible time, right in the middle of July, but it's a follow on to the LHA centennial tour so I've not much choice in scheduling. I will have passed though some of the area you mention a few days earlier while west bound. I think I like the 120 & 395 idea and I imagine the 50 or so miles of I-580 is a more than fair trade for a 100+ miles of CA-99. I arrived at the CA-152 etc route by starting out with a drive on CA-1 but I have done that in the past and could still work in a few miles if I feel the need. Details of this leg, including it even happening, are vague and iffy but, assuming it happens, we should definitely work out a way to connect. Thanks much for the insight.
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