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32vld last won the day on July 27 2015

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  1. 32vld

    New Us-6 Signage

    I been on route 6 far east as Danbury Ct and west as Wellsboro PA. Some day I will make my first coast to coast trip. I live on LI, NY and have been on a lot of US 20 in NY west of Rochester, into some of it in Mass. I remember being on US 20 when I was 16 in NY and found out that there were routes that used the same number across the country. Since 1970 I have wanted to take each coast to coast route starting with US 20. I understand that roads change hands so state, feds, county, towns, pass off roads to each other for any reasons. Though maintenance responsibilities change there is no need to change the roads original route number. Even when an old alignment is totally bypassed and the new section gets the original route number there ought to be a law that the old road be indicated with the original number followed with the letter H indicating the original route. A boon to tourism and a readily marked detour when a major accident causes the new alignment road to get blocked.
  2. There was a website that listed every US route and there alignments. It made it very easy to retrace the old routes. Thing is I can not remember that website's name. It is similar to the: usends.com.
  3. We stayed off the roads. We had the outlaws over to our house. And, my wife cooks much better then her sister. Shhh, don't tell anyone.
  4. Glad you got good news. I lost my job back in 2007 and have not been able to get back to where I was financially. Though after 2 years I started a landscape maintenance business and snow. It has grown painfully slow. Though I have been able to hang on. I gave this little bio to say I know what you have been going through. We just have to keep plugging on. Maybe someday I will afford my first coast to coast trip.
  5. Living blocks from US 20, some people have all the luck. I know that I am repeating myself though that summer in 1970 when we were driving upstate New York to find an antique car. My dad had a endless supply if oil company road maps when they were still full sized and well laid out. I was in charge of mapping out our trip. But I repeat just incase the both of you, knightfan and Denny G have not heard it before. I saw a 1956 US hwy map in my dads stack of maps. There I discovered that there were numbered routes (I knew that there were state and US routes as well as Interstates with numbers at the time) though I was surprised to see that there were numbered roads that went coast to coast still the same route number the whole way. Being we were on US 20 at the moment of my enlightenment I had to do my first coast to coast road trip on US 20. Some day it will happen.
  6. Do you remember seeing this on your trip this past September? https://www.google.com/maps/@42.7255382,-73.9601091,3a,75y,270h,94.41t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1s9NqJuSacdzmQbOi5roilMw!2e0!7i13312!8i6656 I saw this for the first time July 1970. My dad, godfather, and I were towing home my first car. I was 16. We found a 1935 Buick 3 window coupe in a storage building at a Junk Yard a little bit south of Watertown, NY. Side note my dad was in the Army 1935 - 37 and served at Camp Drum, later named Fort Drum. Which is outside Watertown. Anyway, when I saw a railroad bridge, over a railroad bridge that was over a road, I thought it was something special. Special enough to ask my dad to stop the car and let me take a photo. Where is that photo now?
  7. How far are you away from US 20 and why is it your wife's favorite route? I am not so much against going through downtowns or suburban areas. It just may come down to the amount of time. So as a trip takes more time the costs go up.
  8. Anyone see this US 20 website? http://www.historicus20.com/ One day I hope to take US 20 From New York the left coast. Then down the Pacific Coast. I have been on US 20 from Rochester, NY to Pittsfield, Mass, then a bit in Boston. So I will probably will pick up 20 near Eire, PA. I do not know if I can handle modern US 20 before getting past the Great Lakes. I not a fan of hitting every traffic light going through inner cities. Though I did find going through Bethlehem Penn educational. No one can understand how large a business Bethlehem Steel was until you go from the south heading north and seeing all those old Bethlehem buildings, not just the size of each building but the number of huge buildings. Japan never had chance.
  9. Never seen a odd name dealer. And GM now names dealerships by the town they are in. As to mistakes, that is why it is said we grow old to fast and smart too slow.
  10. You are wasting time. I am sure you can borrow a copy from your library.
  11. I do not have a favorite place to photograph vehicles. Though I think that any view that would make a good photograph would make a good background.
  12. I can see closing an unsafe bridge. Though a bridge that old and unique should of been left to stand as a monument to itself. Because it could not function as a road way does not mean it stopped being able to add it's visual enrichment.
  13. I think many have seen this movie. I saw it when it was new and 30 years later with my kids.
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