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    Route 50 Blocked

    Could a Dodge van be in your future, Denny. Hudsonly, Alex B
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    Route 50 Blocked

    Now that Denny's among the retired folk he doesn't have much else to do with his time except go and block highways, Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Bed Bugs - How To Avoid Them

    Thanks for the bedbug registry url. I'm heading for Oklahoma City in July for our Hudson car club National. I ran our hotel (the Biltmore on South Meridian in case you're wondering) and found that it has no reports. I'll check again in June just to make sure. I had experience with this problem at our club national in Wichita, KS, in 1990, I think it was. Fortunately I didn't bring any home with me. Strange part was I didn't get bit until the last night - when I checked out the next day I told them about it. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    El Camino Real In Missouri

    Don't know if anybody has tripped over this site - http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM500C_El_Camino_Real_Kimmswick_MO - I found it with the usual Google search. Also found this one - http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM46FC_El_Camino_Real_Marker_Ste_Genevieve_Missouri File in the "for what it's worth" file folder. And anybody driving 61 into Arkansas drop me an email @ NEChesternec37@yahoo.com (drop the NEC) - south of Blytheville there's a section of old alignment that is still driveable. But there's nothing out there - except a now defunct radio station in Stacy that's closed. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    El Camino Real In Missouri

    It is marked as the Mississippi River Scenic Highway, at least from Cairo to Memphis, on a 1926 General Index Map that I got off e-bay a while back. This map shows all the named highways east of the Mississippi River, and south of New York state, that were in use at the time. Some that are listed are the Bankhead Highway ( B ), Lackawanna (sounds like my ex-wife) Trail (LT), Lakes-to-Sea Highway (LS), Bee Line Highway (BL), Dixie Bee Line (DB) and several others. I'm not all that familiar with U S 61 north of New Madrid - but have really looked at it between Blytheville and West Memphis. Have driven over it once or twice between New Madrid and Blytheville. It's interesting around Steele - it sort of goes up hill (going north thru Steele), makes a right turn - and just sort of disappears!!! Doesn't really disappear - it turns into AR 164/U S 61 to I-55 and then co-signs with -55 over to Portageville, where it continues north on it's own. I haven't dug around that area, yet, to see if any of the old road still exists. It may in the form of frontatge roads and a couple of local routes. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    A Little Time On Old U S 80

    Denny is 'de man, when it comes to road trip reports, Well worth subscribing to his reports. I feel honored that i had a chance to go with him on the end part, from Jackson, MS, back to Memphis of one of his trips. I had a great time. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    A Little Time On Old U S 80

    Denny is 'de man, when it comes to road trip reports, Well worth subscribing to his reports. I feel honored that i had a chance to go with him on the end part, from Jackson, MS, back to Memphis of one of his trips. I had a great time. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Road To Manchester

    Ok, here's what I did with your planning. I went to Streets and Trips - and typed Manchester, just plain Manchester, in the "Find" box. Click on Find and it gives you all the Manchesters in the country from Maine to California. Next, just for exercise I started, in the Find box, with Manchester, Maine (It's gonna be a big help if you write all these down that you find in the Find box - then you can sort them out - like Manchester, NH (start), Machester, Maine; Manchester, Vermont; Manchester, Massachusetts; Manchester, CT and so on. Then go to the Add to Route Box (you don't have to type each one in either the find or the Add to Route box - simply select the state the Manchester you want in the find box, then it will automatically show up in the Add To Route Box. Click on Add to Route and it will show up in the list below (but only the Name Manchester will show up. Once you get them all lined up in the route box, click on Get Directions. From there you can fine tune it to the roads you want. Time consuming, but I don't know how else to do it - but there may be somebody here who can simplify it for you. By the way - I came up with 29. There are two Manchesters in Ohio and 2 in Alabama (different counties). Safe Travels. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Best Roadtrip Planning Method?

    Ok, here's what I did with your planning. I went to Streets and Trips - and typed Manchester, just plain Manchester, in the "Find" box. Click on Find and it gives you all the Manchesters in the country from Maine to California. Next, just for exercise I started, in the Find box, with Manchester, Maine (It's gonna be a big help if you write all these down that you find in the Find box - then you can sort them out - like Manchester, NH (start), Machester, Maine; Manchester, Vermont; Manchester, Massachusetts; Manchester, CT and so on. Then go to the Add to Route Box (you don't have to type each one in either the find or the Add to Route box - simply select the state the Manchester you want in the find box, then it will automatically show up in the Add To Route Box. Click on Add to Route and it will show up in the list below (but only the Name Manchester will show up. Once you get them all lined up in the route box, click on Get Directions. From there you can fine tune it to the roads you want. Time consuming, but I don't know how else to do it - but there may be somebody here who can simplify it for you. Safe Travels. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
  10. Why??? 3 reasons - no reason, no rhyme and no fear of prosecution. Maybe a slap on the wrist, perhaps some hours community service, and sent forth with the admonition to "Go forth and sin no more!!" Country's sick. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Adventure Touring Vehicles - What Do You Drive?

    I agree on the "bullet proof". One of the last sources of employment I had, before I decided sitting around enjoying life was better, was mowing lawns for my son-in-law. I hauled around an equipment trailer with 1 riding mower, two big 60" walk behind Toro mowers, a couple of smaller push mowers, plus related equipment, with a 1987 Dodge 1/2 ton with a slant six in it. The miles were up around 150,000. I weighed the loaded trailer one time - it came out to 1600 pounds, fully loaded. Used that rig for 4, 5 years - I will admit that when I sold it for literally nothing to a fellow who wanted to restore it for his son she was getting a tad shaky. But it was still a "go-anywhere-do-anything" truck. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Adventure Touring Vehicles - What Do You Drive?

    My road trip ride used to be a '97 Caddy Sedan de Ville d'elegance - yeah, right - with the infamous North Star engine. However, when I realized I was getting on first name terms with the folks at AAA road service (North Star engines are junk!!! I had the original engine replaced due to a blown head gasket - 2nd engine did the same), I decided it was time for a new ride. I went out and found a "new" old car - a 1996 Oldsmobile Ciera, V-6, sedan. Turns out to be a great little road trip car - only two things wrong. The drivers seat is a bit to straight up and down for my taste, but it's not all that uncomfortable - I'm just used to having a seat that slopes back a tad. The other is the cruise control doesn't work - but having been brought up driving cars that were built before the days of cruise control (unless you wanted to pull the throttle button out - and who among you young 'uns remember that trick?? - or even know what a throttle button is!!!) not having cruise is ok with me. The other positive with this car is I'm into "orphan" cars - like Hudson and AMC, so the Olds, being no longer made, fits my lifestyle just fine. The attached photo is a "publicity" shot with Ole Missy in the background. Not a bad looking little car - and it only cost me $1800. The garage I got it from wanted $2300, but they gave me $500 for the Caddy (I'd a given THEM $500 just to take it off my hands!!!!) Safe travels everybody and a great year coming up. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Merry Christmas

    2 more nights and the fat man flys again!!!! I've heard that he uses the old cross country highways (20, 30, 40, 66 etc) as navigation points!!!!!!!!! Anyway - here's wishing everyone in my American Road family a very, very MERRY CHRISTMAS and HAPPY HOLIDAYS to all. Please travel safe this holiday season - and thru all the upcoming year. We don't want to loose anybody. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Happy 2011

    I plan on doing my usual wild New Years Eve - around about 10pm will raise my hand in the air, circle it a few times, say WHOOPEE - and then go to bed!!!! If the cat desires to curl up at the end of my bed that's his option!!!! Like Dave says - everybody have a happy, safe and sane New Years Eve. There's a lot of 2-lane traveling to be done and we want everybody to be around to do it!!!!!!!!!! It's been fun traveling with y'all during 2010 - looking fwd to another great year of road trip reports, fun and games and general all around happy times with the American Road gang. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Merry Christmas, Seasons Greetings, And Happy Holidays...

    Kool beans. As they say in Hawaii Mele Kalikamaka. And have a happy and prosperous New Year, too. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Merry Christmas

    Sorry to miss you this trip, Denny - y'all travel safe, hear. Hudsonly, Alex B
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    Lifelong Journey On The Road...

    Good luck, Ara. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays for you and Spirit. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Happy Thanksgiving!

    What Becky said, more or less. I didn't check the forum the past couple of days - I'm celebrating Thanksgiving again this year with the Chilton family here in beautiful Bulverde, TX. Got the best of all worlds - a place with friends to spend Thanksgiving with and traveling to the San Antonio area on U S 79, more or less. We did take a jog in U S 82, I think it is, to Texarkana, then south on U S 59 to Marshall,TX, for overnight. So we got some road travel as a side benefit. No picures as there really isn't much to photograph unless you like pictures of harvested cotton fields. Hope y'all had the very best of Thanksgiving and I also hope all our Roady Turkeys survived for another year. Y'all take care now and safe travels. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    My Trip On R66

    Took me back about 50+ years and my trip down 66 back in 1953!!! Well, written - and so true. Thanks for the memory, as the ski nose would say. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Lifelong Journey On The Road...

    Ara and Spirit, you are living a life many dream of, but do not have the courage to take the first step. You are your own person, Spirit is your guardian. Here's wishing you many, many more miles of discovery, many more new friends and the continuing courage to keep doing what seems to suit you the best. Safe travels to you both. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Hello

    Hi Neil, Let me add my welcome. I live in Memphis, TN, and have been hanging around American Road pretty much since the beginning. I'm hear to tell you this is a great bunch of road travelers and when you have questions, you'll get answers. So safe travels and keep in touch with us when you do travel. There are numerous web sites about the Lincoln - a google search will give you a bunch. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Car Tunes, Cars Of Dreams

    Love that car tunes site. Lot of good stuff. Some of it I remember. In the 1950's section - an interesting one is The Ballad of Thunder Road as done by Robert Mitchum. Most people don't know that Mitchum did some recordings - I have a CD he did with a lot of great songs on it. Man had a great voice for sure. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Cityskapes, Barns & Abandoned Places

    Great pics - makes great arm chair traveling from home easy!!! LOL Comment on the Citgo sign in Boston - that got to be a center of controversy not to long ago around that sign. Some wanted it turned off, some wanted it torn down - and all because of Hugo Chavez. From your picture I guess somebody compromised - turn it off, but leave it standing. Boston residents are, if nothing else, colorful!!! LOL Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Down The Tracks

    "Keep the Show on the Road! said: We live within a couple of miles of the mainline into the northwest and at night when the breeze is blowing our way the wail of a lonely train whistle is carried in the wind. I pull the blankets a little higher over my old bones, and smile inside." Ah, and ye brought a bit o' warmth to my soul with this post Dave. Here in Memphis my memory takes me back late at night to another time. In my memory I hear, from my bedroom window on a summer night, the Boston bound B&M train whistle blowing for the River Road Crossing about 5 miles from my house. 'tis true, tho, the diesel whistles of today are no match what-so-ever for that of a steam locomotive of yesteryear. But, I wake in the night here in Memphis and it's not the Boston bound train I hear but an IC train headed north for Chicago. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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    Your First Time...

    I was looking back thru this post and had a nostalgia attack. Got to thinking back - the first time I "drove" a vehicle was in 1944 at the age of 7!!! During WWII Dad had a large truck garden (and how he managed to take care of that and work 12 hour shifts at the nearby Naval Shipyard I'll never know) and come harvest time some friends of his that had worked with his Dad would come by to help pick the crops. They'd box them up - then I would be put behind the wheel of the 1937 Ford pickup Dad had to steer it down the rows while the men loaded the boxes. Dad would pull out the hand throttle so the truck was moving about 2 or 3 mph (those old cars and trucks would lug really low speeds back then), then I'd steer to the end of the row. I did learn to push the clutch pedal in - a reach for a 7 year old!!!! - so I did that at the end of the row. I probably stalled it out more often than not. Because Maine was still quite rural in the 40's and 50's driver's licenses were obtained at the age of 15. That changed in 1954 to 16 - I got mine in 1953 just before the change over. Now-a-days working on the farm would be considered child labor and against the rules and regulations. But back then it was a necessity - we didn't have the, ok, illegal labor force that is around today. And kids have lost a lot by not having that work environment, IMHO. I think kids back in that era learned to be more responsible much earlier in life than they are today. My sisters, at that time around 14 and 15, would take care of the vegetable stand Dad set up beside the road. The girls would sell the goods, make change, take care of the money, etc. Hudsonly, Alex Burr Memphis, TN
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