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  1. This is undoubtedly the tallest bridge I have ever been over.


    anyone else seen any that are taller??





    Hi Phil,


    I've been on the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan which has a clearance of 199 ft between the roadway and the water. It looks like the Sunshine Skyway's clearance is 193 ft. So, 6 ft higher above the water--if that counts. I admit, that I personally don't like crossing it. I love the bridge, its really beautiful. I'm just not fond of heights!





  2. Thanks for your message and interst in the blogs. We are planning on opening the blogs to all members. Our webmaster was evaluating the blogs for security and other issues. We hope to open up blogging to all members in the next few weeks. So, grab your keyboard and get ready to post!






    Hello Becky,


    Sounds like fun. I look forward to it. Thanks for the response.





    Hi Ray,


    I wanted to personally let you know that the blog feature is now up and functioning. I look forward to seeing your travel blog!




  3. Hi Dave,


    Great idea!


    Not sure if this qualifies, but, I found this site: http://www.nature.nps.gov/air/WebCams/


    The National Park Service posts web cams at various parks throughout the country. This site includes links to web cams at:


    Great Smokey Mtns NP

    Mammoth Cave

    Acadia NP

    Washington DC

    Theodore Roosevelt NP

    Grand Canyon NP

    Big Bend NP

    Hawaii Volcanoes


    Joshua Tree



    Point Reyes

    North Cascades NP

    Olympic NP

    Mt. Rainier



  4. I have no effective date nor article links handy, but I have received word via the grapevines that the City of Minneapolis is restoring Hennepin Ave in downtown Minneapolis from one-way northbound back to two-way traffic. No longer will those following the YT westbound through downtown Minneapolis have to make that detour via southwestbound 1st Ave N (also being restored to two-way traffic) from Washington St, along with that tricky-to-follow crossover back to Hennepin at 12th St S.








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    The Autumn issue of American Road takes its rhythm from the cat and the fiddle. The calliope to our carousel is "Happily Ever After," a colossal historical and pictorial whirl through ten North American storybook parks. Most of these nursery rhyme retreats are contemporaries of Disneyland. All prove-with regard to making magic-Mother Goose is as good as a mouse.


    Children of all ages will find delight in reading about and visiting these fairy tale parks featured in the latest issue of American Road magazine:


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    Clark's Eliok Farm, Maryland

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    We found more than a few magical fairy tale parks offering charm and entertainment across North America that we are including for your reference below:


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    L. Frank Baum, noted author and resident of Aberdeen (1888 to 1891), penned The Wizard of Oz. The book provided the inspiration for Aberdeen's newest theme park - Land of Oz. The park is located just northwest of Storybook Land and features a farmstead area with Dorothy's house, children's petting zoo, Munchkin Land (plaza area with running stream), Scarecrow's house, Tin Man's house, Wicked Witch Castle, and Emerald City. You'll just need to bring your own ruby slippers!




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  6. I guess 58 isn't really a scenic hwy but I'm still planning on taking it from Santa Margarita CA over to Barstow, CA. I'm on a very, very tight string budget so am looking for clean, safe places to stay at night on this route as well as reststops, gas stations etc. Don't need bells/whistles...just clean/safe!



    Hi there,


    I recommend contacting Debra Hodkin from the Route 66 Mother Road Museum in Barstow as she may be able to provide some assistance. The museum # is: 760-255-1890. If you call, tell Debra we said hello!


    I'm guessing some of our other Forum members may have some suggestions for you, too.

  7. This just in from Mike Hocker, of the Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway:


    (Ohio) — From a meager beginning of 250 yard sales the first year, to

    over 750 last year...and over a staggering 1,000 individual pull-off

    yard sale events this (fifth) year, many people we talked to shared

    the same ideas, Ohio Lincoln Highway Historic Byway Director Mike

    Hocker commented, " that this was the biggest and best yard sale yet,

    or that this year's opening day, Thursday, was the biggest

    Thursday--or even the biggest day--ever.


    Almost everyone said sales were up, traffic was up, and the money was

    up! Many people also commented observations like "the BUY-WAY Yard

    Sale this year turned a corner," "jumped an octave in energy," or

    "created a new sense of community."


    While some communities actually rested somewhat this year with a

    lesser population of sales, many others were more populated. Small

    communities like Leesville, Gomer, Oceola and Robertsville were almost

    wall-to-wall yard sales. Many included the wonderful aroma of hot dogs

    and sausages on the grill, and many had coolers of bottled

    water...many free for the asking. There are 39 communities across

    Ohio's portion of the Lincoln Highway.


    This year's BUY-WAY poster child was Van Wert. They have both the

    Route 127 sale AND the Lincoln Highway sale in town for three days.

    And, it was they, themselves, who extended the invitation to the Rt.

    127 folks (who had never even thought of extending their yard sale

    that far north before), and added fairgrounds activities--flea

    markets, a rib cook-off, a free concert, a cruise-in, a car show, a

    tractor drive, making for full hotels, happily "slammed" restaurants,

    busy gas stations and other retails, over 300 yard sales (many as big

    as 30 vendors in one stop), and called it a CROSSROADS Festival.


    Other towns hosted village-wide sales, so a person could actually

    spend the day driving around town shopping. Ada, and Upper Sandusky

    were examples of this.


    "I think this event is now running on its own juice. Now let us see if

    indiana, Illinois, Iowa and other Lincoln Highway states grab on to

    the branded name "BUY-WAY" and keep it going across America next

    year," said Hocker.


    Next year's dates will be determined and announced at the end of the

    month. For more information, go to:www.historicbyway.com.



  8. Becky,


    I admit to being Digital Scrap Booking Unaware. Do you buy one of her kits (the price is right) and then print out the materials and use them as regular paper….or do you use her material to create a scrapbook on the computer, or in conjunction with a photo editing program (eg Elements or Print Shop)?




    Keep the Show on the Road!


    Hi Dave,


    Sorry for not getting back to you on this. I admit that in this case, I'm not sure -- as the info provided on the website isn't quite clear to me (or at least the info that I found). It does look like fun, though!

  9. OK, thanks Denny. I won't worry my little head about it anymore. Ray



    Hi Ray,


    Thanks for your message and interst in the blogs. We are planning on opening the blogs to all members. Our webmaster was evaluating the blogs for security and other issues. We hope to open up blogging to all members in the next few weeks. So, grab your keyboard and get ready to post!




  10. Hi Everyone,


    I am writing to report that this Linksbucks intrusion was not authorized by us. Denny notified me of this problem late yesterday. We are working with our webmaster, website hosting company, and Invision Power Board to remove this intrusion from our site. I apologize for their unwelcome invasion.


    Thank you for your patience as we work through this problem.




    Good news! The Linksbucks intrusion seems to have been removed from our Forum by the good folks at LunarPages! They've added additional security to prevent something like this from recurring. If you still notice a problem, please let me know.


    In the future, please do not hesitate to notify me of any problems such as this on the Forum. Pat, Jennifer, and all the Forum moderators work really hard to try to keep the Forum clean and free from intrusion. Many thanks to Denny for his help in troubleshooting the problem today. I couldn't have communicated with our hosting company if it weren't for his assistance. So, please all join me in thanking Denny for his help.




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