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Everything posted by DennyG

  1. Yep, just about everybody who actually gets to the point of making a to-drive list finds it never gets shorter no matter how many routes and auto trails get checked off. This forum won't do a thing to cure you but you will be among folks with the same addiction. You're in a dandy location with the Blue Ridge Parkway so close and the eastern trunk of the Dixie Highway not much farther. Regarding your 2013 Lincoln Highway plans, are you considering hooking up with the Lincoln Highway Association caravan to the national conference in Nebraska or planning a solo run?
  2. I bet climbing out of your Model T to fly a remote control airplane gives you a fresh perspective, too. Could there be some aerial shots in KtSotR's future posts?
  3. I don't want to get between you and a camera purchase but here's a possible alternative. The free Microsoft Pro Photo Tools supports adding geotags from a GPS track. If you already have a GPS receiver going, there's a good chance it's recording a track file. If so, then all you need do is make sure the camera clock is in sync with the GPS and do a little work at the end of the day. That work consists of loading the track and the photos into Pro Photo Tools, directing Pro Photo Tools to add the location exif information, and saving the modified photos. You can also manually position photos on a map or enter coordinate information by hand. The price is right and the result is geotagged photos.
  4. Wonderful pictures. I was totally unaware of several of those bridges. The wood decked one near Thoreau is especially cool. Apparently my delay in getting to this thread was beneficial. Either you've added some western bridges since the first post or you drive through Albuquerque on the way from Oklahoma to Chicago.
  5. I assume you have an American Road ball cap to wear during the TV interviews after each win.
  6. A couple of phone books to improve the view and an old broom handle to push the pedals and the boy is OFF!
  7. A very nice drive. Too bad the entry and exit were rather unpleasant. I haven't given US-45 much thought but it sure looks interesting and is a border to border route somewhat close to home. I may have to give it a visit some day. Knowing that it goes through two of the eight (according to DeLorme) Humboldts in the country just adds to the attraction. Thanks.
  8. I obviously have to do more exploring next time I'm in the Bowling Green area. I knew nothing of the Richardson Road Bridge and it's a true classic. The BridgeHunter.com entry has a couple of comments from people who discovered it through a photo on a Jones Soda bottle. There is also a link to a nice article on the bridge and its savior. I do recall seeing the air bridge in Tennessee but I don't think I ever got pictures. Did you tour the factory as well as the museum while in Bowling Green?
  9. Now that's my kind of road trip. Looking forward to the pics and any details you'd care to share.
  10. Yeah. What they said -- especially the looking forward to more part. Your "research" is entertaining and the T trip promises to be even more so. I've grabbed your RSS feed so as to not miss a thing.
  11. I suspect by now you've visited the Yellowstone Trail forum here. It's moderated by the same folks who have the yellowstonetrail.org website. There are also other forum members familiar with the western portion. East of Chicago, it seems the trail was neither well marked nor very popular even during its heyday and things haven't improved. Hopefully some folks familiar with the great northeast will step up and prove me wrong but I'm not aware of any named auto trails in New England that extended beyond the region. Theoretically the Yellowstone Trail reached Boston but note the previous "neither well marked nor very popular" comment. My guess is that, during that era, most westbound New Englanders would connect with the NOTR or LH around New York. When the numbered US routes took over, the two longest start/end around Boston. US 20 was the longest and US 6 the second and both go through Indiana. I've not driven US 6 east of the middle of Pennsylvania but I've heard positive comments. I can vouch for there being some very scenic sections in western PA and both Six and Twenty have some very pleasant sections in Ohio though both do pass through some crowded cities including Cleveland. I consider a stop at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame compensation for the congestion but you may not.
  12. That JH website and the group behind it looked quite promising and I still have hope though there hasn't been much news lately. There was an organizing meeting in March but the website hasn't been updated since sometime prior to that. It was mentioned in the ARM summer issue and was the subject of a Foster Braun podcast here. Kansas City looks to be about the mid-point of the JH and, since you mentioned New Orleans, I'm guessing you're thinking of driving the southern half. There are a few other old auto trails that pass through Indiana including the Yellowstone Trail, the Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway, and the National Old Trails Road and there are plenty of miles of LH & DH still waiting.
  13. Cort: Fully twenty of those I counted were day trips which means they were probably just a few hours from Cincinnati. As you've noted yourself, being a tourist in your own neighborhood can turn up neat surprises. I firmly believe that there is interesting stuff within a hundred miles of ANYWHERE.
  14. Definitely an interesting looking trip and it seems you enjoyed it a bunch despite that roguish electricity escaping whenever you weren't looking
  15. The check's in the mail. I had emailed Charlie to see if he had a PayPal account (he doesn't) and he responded with the $19 price. I don't think I realized it was a price drop but, luckily, I wrote the check while looking at his email rather than this post.
  16. I hinted at a recent road trip when I mentioned visiting a culvert on Braddock Road that Steve Colby revealed to the forum but I didn't mention that it was the 100th trip I've documented at DennyGibson.com. When I started the website and did a trip or two a year, 100 seemed like a rediculous number. Now I'm thinking that two or even three hundred might be reasonable. The report on the trip, which was a seven day outing to the DC area using US 40 and US 50, is here: http://www.dennygibson.com/dirk2011/ Back in August, I added a blog to my website. It differs from what I was doing (and continue to do) in that it is driven by the calendar and not all entries are travel related. I post to it every Sunday and yesterday I used it do do some horn tooting relating to reaching one hundred trips. That blog entry is here: http://www.dennygibson.com/blog/2011/10/the-first-one-hundred/ I do suggest taking a look at the collage (click the thumbnail) which is kind of a blurry overload but is also kind of neat. It brings a smile to my face every time I see it. And don't be afraid to comment on the blog. That's what it's there for though comments here are very welcome, too.
  17. Some great looking pictures there. Memphis is definitely a fun town with interesting sights to be seen.
  18. On Friday, I drove the section of Braddock Road that Steve's talking about here. I found one culvert but didn't seriously look for the other or the road section. Some comments and a picture similar to the one Steve posted is here. The coordinates I got for this culvert are: N 39 38.411 W 78 49.098. I had no idea I'd be in the area until Thursday afternoon. I did make an 11th hour attempt to reach Steve but it just wasn't going to happen this trip.
  19. Bob, The book project sounds wonderful but the only help I can give in encouragement. Regarding the LOC, I have to confess to never being there. But I will be in the DC area in a couple of weeks and maybe that's a good time to pay a visit. I won't have any particular goal other than seeing the place and learning something of its workings. What advice can you give the rookie.
  20. Those coordinates are actually a bit west of the ones I posted and quite close to the DeLorme label although the DeLorme label is clearly on the wrong side of the road. There's about 2200 feet between mine and DeLorme's (I rounded earlier) and another 300 between DeLorme's and Dave's. I recommend Dave's.
  21. According to Gregory Franzwa, the Navy demolished the building there in 1984. As he often does, Franzwa gives directions as incremental odometer readings and I'm not entirely sure I've deciphered this set completely. But his last instructions are to "drive back east for exactly 2.6 miles" from an unnamed "paved highway" that I think is probably NV-31. The coordinates I get by driving my mouse along a DeLorme version of US-50 are N39° 16.7953' W118° 15.7286'. DeLorme labels a spot approximately 2500 feet west of there as Frenchman. When Dale S shows up, he can probably give you the real truth without all this book stuff but Franzwa and DeLorme are the best I can do.
  22. A wonderful and valuable accomplishment. I'm looking forward to the day I can lazily drive along following the signs you and your cronies put up.
  23. One of my favorite places and one of my favorite signs. I put the date on my calendar although I don't have particularly high hopes for making it. Any thing's possible, though.
  24. And there's another fine cruise that I missed out on and you didn't. Someday I'm going to make one of those tours. Even though much of the territory they go through I've driven more than once there are always places I've never seen. Nice job.
  25. She's down: http://www.timesleaderonline.com/page/content.detail/id/533208.html The article says that the real date of closing was 1997 (Hey, that's around 2000) and gives cost figures of $65,974 and $672,222. One was the cost of construction and the other the cost of demolition. I'm betting you can guess which is which.
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