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  1. 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.

  2. Denny, the log in requirement was not intentional but a consequence of trying to stop spam. Thanks for letting me know. I made a change and it should work in the future.


    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.

  3. 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?


    On the way back to 395 from the Eureka Dunes I took a side trip and climbed up into the White Mountains to see the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest. The road was closed 2 miles from the grove so I left my truck at the gate and hoofed it up the rest of the way. To get to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine forest you follow CA 168 to White Mountain Road. Total driving distance is 23 miles but from the top of the mountain you can see 395 in the valley below.


    The trees in this grove are old. One tree in particular, The Hatch Tree, has been confirmed to be 5063 years old and is the oldest known non-clonal organism.


    Link to BLOG

  4. Sweet! Funny story - your picture put this thread at the top of the list, and I hadn't seen it before. I saw that Denny was looking for routing info and a deep discussion ensued with Jim and Dave. So I dug my Clason atlases out, opened Google maps on my computer, then spent about an hour following the 1925-26 routing and plotting it on the current map. Then as I was about to respond I looked at the date and realized the discussion had taken place almost 7 years ago! Oh well, better late than never. :sDOH:

    You'll never get that hour back so you'll just have to plan on following the plot yourself. :D


    Yeah, Sharon told me about a Hotel in Nevada she wants to stay in. When I asked her what brought that about, she held up your book. I think between the map on the LH website and your book we will be good to go. Maybe the northern part of the Dixie Highway this summer too. :)



    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.

  6. Denny,


    Mine came yesterday. Thanks, and congratulations on a job well done! I'm also impressed by the turnaround time. I barely got mine finished for Christmas for a Route 66 trip I took with Sharon in 2011. :happy2:

    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.

  7. Do you recommend we purchase it from Amazon, or is there a way to get a limited-edition autographed copy?



    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.

  8. 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?

  9. 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.


    ME: Got an old bridge in there?


    HE: Not a bridge. An old box culvert. It's all covered up.


    ME: That didn't take long.


    HE: Longer than we liked.


    ME: A couple of days?


    HE: We've been working on this about two months.


    ME: Oh. Didn't know that. Thanks.


    He: You're welcome.


    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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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. :D


    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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

    International Hotel, Austin, NV  - July 10, 2013

    and some restaurant shots from 2009 and 2011

    International Hotel, Austin, NV  - August 24, 2009

    International Hotel, Austin, NV  - June 19, 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.


  14. 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.

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