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Title: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on August 21, 2016, 11:01:13 pm
Starting this thread as a place where we can discuss our own travels and stats.  Many of you put little notes about your travels when you send me .list updates.  Put those things here so everyone can see!

The promotion of autb to preview status brought my overall active+preview percentage just below 10%.  Fortunately, I have just enough travels on that system that's not concurrent with eure that I should get back over 10% on the next site update.  At least until more systems in places I've never been move up to preview.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on September 05, 2016, 05:18:46 pm
Just finished what was supposed to be an 8-day pre-back-to-school trip in August that turned into a 2-part odyssey due to a self-inflicted SNAFU right from the beginning.

Original plan: random mileage in Wisconsin & Michigan on the way to cross the border at Sault Ste Marie, then the TCH to Ottawa and Montreal and the Maritimes, back through New England and a bit more Quebec, and then a return via southern NY. Intended clinches included 11 interstates, 2 US routes, and a few Canadian freeways.

The SNAFU made itself apparent when I was about 1 hour from the motel on the first day: my passport was still at home in Ohio. So rather than a border crossing the next day, it was back to my house. I was determined to clinch the western-U.P. routes I had planned, so the trip home took a bit more than 16 hours. Almost ran into a bear in the dark. The starry pre-dawn sky over Lake Superior was gorgeous.

So the third day involved another haul toward my original night 3 destination west of Montreal. Going back to the Soo was out of the question (not in the mood for another 16+ hour drive) so I made a slightly more direct route that afforded the opportunity to clinch the 401, 402, the 403 in Ontario in addition to the 416, which was part of the original plan. Stopped for the night in a charming independent 50s-style roadside motel I'd visited on a prior trip and slept great.

The fourth day was supposed to take me to Shediac, NB, via a few autoroutes in the Montreal area and a more-or-less straight shot the rest of the way. I seemed to be making great time, so I diverted to pick up a few more autoroutes (mostly in Quebec city) and still looked to be only an hour off schedule when I arrived at a poutinerie in Riviere-du-Loup for lunch. A successful combination of noises and gestures resulted in a poutine and a Pogo, and as I took my seat I remembered the time change coming my way, meaning that if I was lucky I'd make it to the motel just before dark. So I sped off, determined to make up time so I could get a selfie at the giant lobster before the sun set.

First impressions of New Brunswick, which (along with PEI and Nova Scotia) was entirely new to me: lovely country, but who the hell designs/maintains the roads there? NB 108 looked to be the shortest way to the Acadian coast, but it appeared it was paved (where it was paved) by some fellow tossing shovelfuls of asphalt at potholes whenever they appeared or whenever he had asphalt. A bumpy patchwork of materials and mixes that didn't always get on well together. 80 km/hr was a dream, not a speed to be exceeded. My reward at the other end, after reaching supposedly-major NB 8: a one-lane bridge. Not a construction zone: a completely finished bridge crossing a river that had one lane, and traffic lights at either end to regulate the backed-up traffic. At least NB 11 was mostly smooth, although additional passing lanes would have helped. My return trip through the province on the TCH was more swift, although it introduced me to the hilarity that is a railroad crossing, gates and all, on a 110 km/hr freeway. Twice.

Shediac by moonlight was nice, and offered some good seafood in the one restaurant that was still open, but the next morning was a bit more harried as I had an appointment to keep with the PEI-to-Nova Scotia ferry at 9:30. And given that I was not in PEI yet, I needed to get going nice and early. Crossing the Confederation Bridge at sunrise was pleasant, and the island itself was delightful, but I could only make a mental note to plan a more involved trip here in the future. As it was I had some time to see the (outside of the) Province House and got out to a scenic lighthouse, but was unable to make it to the CBC offices where the radio announcers were passing out free Frisbees to anyone willing to share their favorite Olympic moment on the air.

There were no delays getting to the ferry, which departed on schedule, and upon debarking in Caribou, I was able to reach Halifax in time to snag a donair and take it to a scenic spot overlooking the bay for lunch. After that I added in a short jaunt into the interior to check out a few small towns, and headed back to NB for the evening, this time in Fredericton. At the University. To overnight in a dorm. Because in Canada, evidently that's a thing. School was not in session, and the price couldn't be beat (less than US$30). I had the entire building to myself.

The trip to the border and beyond was uneventful. Found a wonderful lobster roll at a place on US 1 north of I-195. Chatted with a homeless woman in a parking lot in Portland, because it seems to be a popular place to be homeless. Headed up a S L O W US 302 to Littleton NH and eventually crossed the border for the third time on the trip. Some of Canada's finest and politest were in the mood to stand on guard for thee, so I experienced my first thorough search in possibly 20 years (just my car, fortunately). Finding nothing but my suitcase and a couple bottles of ketchup, they sent me on my way to an unimpressive cheap motel north of Sherbrooke, where I got yelled at in at least two (probably three) languages by the proprietor. For moving the refrigerator in my room to an outlet that had power.

Day 7 started as early as possible, so I could get away from that place and cross the border, again, without much of a wait. No wait at all, in fact, although Our Man in Highgate Springs wouldn't let me go until he'd circled the car, peering inside slowly doing the squint-n-stroke-your-chin thing. Last crossing made, I made a bee line for the NH-MA border, finishing off two more interstates in the process. Bypassing Boston on 495 didn't completely insulate me from Summer Saturday traffic, but I endured and got to Plymouth to pick up the east end of US 44 and get photos with which to tease my daughter, the most anti-Plymouth American I've ever met. Took that west to the Connecticut Valley, and settled in to my last night's accommodations, a boarding house masquerading as a motel.

The trip home was uneventful aside of the clinching and some nasty weather, but the quiet drive gave me time to contemplate What Could Have Been, and so with my family's blessing, I began planning the make-up trip that would lead me back to the original route through northern Ontario to Ottawa and back via Cottage Country. The length of time needed was the sticking point: doing it in two days would be murder, but there really wasn't much to justify three days and the extra cost. So I worked out a compromise involving a motel in a cheaper location the first night, and an Airbnb the second. I hadn't tried Airbnb before, but to save $75+, I was willing to take my life in my hands. Canada doesn't allow guns across the border, right? How unsafe could it be?

So this holiday weekend worked out perfectly: the weather looked great, I'd have a day at the end to recover, and I still had some data left on the international phone plan I'd bought for the August trip which would expire soon*. I headed north this past Friday and, upon crossing the border, turned east for the Ottawa Valley. Discovered that First Nations in Ontario make something called "bannock" that tastes almost exactly like Navajo fry bread. I arrived early (for me) at the hotel, went out to explore the town, and came back to a nice long sleep. Given the opportunity to do this as a 3-day trip naturally tempted me to cram in as much driving as possible, so in addition to picking up the mileage lost to my mindlessness when the initial trip began, I extended the footprint of the sequel to include a few more western Quebec autoroutes and the remainder of the Toronto-area freeway network. Saturday morning, more than a few Montrealers were heading north to the mountains, so I bypassed the gridlock on the A-15 Nord by taking QC 117 instead, which somehow turned out to be even slower. Nonetheless, the rest of the province's traffic was "fluide" according to the VMSes, so I managed to get back to Ontario only 2 hours later than I'd planned. From Ottawa to my destination near Oshawa, I chose the Central Ontario Route of the TCH, since I'd already gone the fast way and this looked shorter. Maybe it would have been, if the speed limit was higher than 80. Who came up with that idea? Fortunately, my Airbnb host wasn't inconvenienced by me getting there after 9. Also fortunately, he didn't kill me.

I sneaked out at 5:30 Sunday morning, after discovering a highly rated donut place that opened at 4 am. And here was a first--a donut place that didn't have donuts. Not until 7:30, they told me matter-of-factly, as if this is entirely normal...so why were they open? Actually, it was a second: the day before, I also stopped at an unremarkable small-town donut place at about 8:00, and they had none and weren't planning on making any. Guess I expected more from the land of Tim Horton's, but being the land of Tim Horton's at least meant that there was a Timmy's less than a mile away (true anywhere in the country) and so I satisfied my craving with serviceable pastries (and spent my last $5.50 Canadian).

Toronto's freeways and not-free-ways were satisfyingly devoid of traffic. It was eerie: I figured Saturday and Monday would be the big driving days, but certainly someone would be on the road besides me. However, I was brought back to reality on the QEW heading back south, which evidently was what everyone else was doing, too. Stop-and-go through Oakville, and on into Hamilton, and most of the way to the 406, where I finally exited, dreading the back-up at the border sure to await me in the afternoon. Await me twice, actually, since I was planning on clinching both the 405 and the QEW. I'd driven part of the 405 before an old exit was closed, so I planned on going to the last turnaround before customs, but with all the traffic I knew it could take a while even if I didn't cross. Taking back roads from the 406 to the 405, I was pleasantly surprised that the traffic had been headed somewhere else; I drove at speed to the turnaround, did a U-turn without drawing any attention, and got back to the QEW to head for the Peace Bridge. Again, the traffic was gone. Maybe everyone I'd encountered earlier was heading to some event in St Catharines, since the QEW was nearly empty. Even across the Peace Bridge, the only vehicles I saw were headed the other way. On the other side, I lined up in one of the TEN! open gates behind one other vehicle, and when I got to the booth, our conversation lasted about ten seconds. Easiest crossing ever. Back in the States for good, I celebrated with two Buffalo institutions, Ted's Hot Dogs and Anderson's Custard, which are fortunately adjacent to each other on US 62. From there I followed 62 across Buffalo to the Thruway, which clinched the route east of the Mississippi.

All told, the trip that started out badly ended really well. Almost 4500 miles, 77 newly clinched routes (including I-75, I-89, I-91, I-93, and I-95, seven 3dis, US 44 & US 302, and a bunch of Canadian freeways), and three new provinces.


* Long AT&T story: At least, I thought I had some data left; calling AT&T, I couldn't actually find someone who knew for sure. The best they could do was say they were pretty sure I'd used about 60MB of the 300 purchase. Friday afternoon when I got to my hotel, I noticed that my data usage for the day had barely increased. So I headed out to get some pictures of the town, and upon turning on cellular data, got the warning message that I'd already burned through 80% of my data. So, somehow, just using Google Maps in the car and checking something in Safari while waiting at a construction site, I'd gone from 20% to 80%. I checked the usage again on my phone, and it hadn't changed at all. I called AT&T; they couldn't decipher it either and assured me it was an error. So I shut it off until I left in the morning. Within minutes I got the message that my data was gone, and now I was on some pay-as-you-go plan, which wasn't great since I had about 30 hours left in Canada. This time my call to AT&T was answered by a more confident-sounding employee, who said that, although she had no idea how much data I'd used, she was sure that I'd used it all, but now I was eligible for a once-in-a-lifetime offer to pay them a lot more and get some more data. I managed to negotiate her down to pay nothing more and get even more data, but I was still irritated that (1) they can't tell me how much data I used, and (2) they don't see why that's a problem. Even now, over a day after leaving Canada, my phone still says I used less than 300MB over the entire month.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on September 06, 2016, 03:07:32 pm
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although Our Man in Highgate Springs

FYI, we simply call that Highgate.

And I think I know why the border crossing agents "liked" you.  You were out of state.  Because I'm not, I have yet to have a border crossing between QC and NY/VT/NH last longer than 45 seconds.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on September 06, 2016, 04:05:34 pm
FYI, we simply call that Highgate.
OK, I was just going by what CBP called it.

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And I think I know why the border crossing agents "liked" you.  You were out of state.  Because I'm not, I have yet to have a border crossing between QC and NY/VT/NH last longer than 45 seconds.
Mostly I get the same treatment, and the only delay is the queue. Of the eight crossings I've made so far this year (all at different ports), I've been waved through after about three questions and 30 seconds six times.

Honestly, I expected to be questioned a lot more than I was since I was making so many crossings within days, sometimes hours, of each other.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on September 06, 2016, 07:09:14 pm
Impressive numbers for @mapcat, now at 31.4% of our active mileage.  Wow.

Meanwhile, new additions have pushed me back under 10% for active+preview, with no travel imminent to bring me back up.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on September 07, 2016, 02:24:30 am
Meanwhile, new additions have pushed me back under 10% for active+preview, with no travel imminent to bring me back up.
It was going to happen anyway, but I'm pretty sure michih put a system to preview a couple of days before finishing the system just because of this thread's OP and putting an end to your 10+% figure ASAP.

I'm somewhat hoping there will be some traffic/incidents tomorrow, allowing me to persuade my lift home to take roads I've not travelled. The issue is that I've done most of the possible diversions already. I might plan some more 'extreme' London walks that grab me some more mileage (though, again, killing two birds with one stone and doing it usefully is getting harder to do as I cover more routes to destinations and take out more roads en route), but it looks like I'm stuck well outside the top 100. I have maybe 2 miles of Thai route 11, and perhaps a few bits of espn, but I've sort of run out. usaca and usafl to preview will increase my tally, but only by a couple of hundred miles, which isn't enough. Adding ~10 miles of London A road a few more times before the end of the year won't help my rankings enough either.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on September 07, 2016, 03:06:03 pm
Meanwhile, new additions have pushed me back under 10% for active+preview, with no travel imminent to bring me back up.
It was going to happen anyway, but I'm pretty sure michih put a system to preview a couple of days before finishing the system just because of this thread's OP and putting an end to your 10+% figure ASAP.

No, I was just kidding. The pull request title "czei to preview" was wrong. Czei finally went to preview when it was completed.

I fight for 4% but I will go on a 2-week-travel soon :) I thought about Belgium* but I guess I'll avoid that country for any reason...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on September 07, 2016, 03:25:07 pm
Impressive numbers for @mapcat, now at 31.4% of our active mileage.  Wow.

I was surprised that a guy who only drove in USA and Canada (mapcat has driven 1,500mi in other countries, oscar about 500mi) can clinch such a hugh milage. I've calculated preview+active mileage and about 57% (472,000 mi) are in USA and Canada. mapcat has clinched 192,000mi, oscar 201,000mi. That's just less than 50% of USA+CAN, less than 25% in total... ;)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on September 07, 2016, 03:39:19 pm
Here's the 100k club. Active mileage is more North American-centric.
Code: [Select]
Rank Username ActiveMiles Active% PreviewMiles Preview%
1 mapcat 193715.29 31.44% 197206.58 23.91%
2 oscar 189021.63 30.68% 201423.44 24.42%
3 vespertine 168141.30 27.29% 171585.30 20.80%
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on September 07, 2016, 04:15:38 pm
Here's the 100k club. Active mileage is more North American-centric.

I don't think that your table proves your assumption. I've also clinched 4.12% in active but 3.78% in preview+active systems only. Your stats is 1.39% compared to 1.07%.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on September 07, 2016, 04:50:54 pm
I don't think that your table proves your assumption. I've also clinched 4.12% in active but 3.78% in preview+active systems only. Your stats is 1.39% compared to 1.07%.
More North American-centric doesn't mean a lack of routes in Europe. And while there's a large amount of preview-level routes in Central Europe, they are outweighed by routes further east - China has over 50,000 miles worth just on its own.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on September 09, 2016, 02:29:44 pm
I fight for 4% but I will go on a 2-week-travel soon :) I thought about Belgium* but I guess I'll avoid that country for any reason...
There's a country that's nice and cheap at the moment, and has a big dense network that you've not started on (http://tm.teresco.org/user/region.php?u=michih&rg=ENG)...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on September 09, 2016, 03:28:42 pm
I fight for 4% but I will go on a 2-week-travel soon :) I thought about Belgium* but I guess I'll avoid that country for any reason...
There's a country that's nice and cheap at the moment, and has a big dense network that you've not started on (http://tm.teresco.org/user/region.php?u=michih&rg=ENG)...

It's just a region in a country outside of Europe... ;)
I'm only familar with European roads and don't wanna drive in exotic regions :D

I've started detailed planning today. I'll start around LUX and I'll go to FRA and CHE... Maybe I can clinch another 4,000mi and reach 4.2%...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on September 10, 2016, 06:35:42 am
outside of Europe
I'm only familar with European roads and don't wanna drive in exotic regions :D
I'll go to CHE...
Might be a bit more believeable without the driving in non-EU Switzerland. ;)

Also weren't you in Norway earlier this summer? ;)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on September 10, 2016, 06:46:32 am
But it's continental Europe ;)

To be honest, I've no experience with left-hand driving and a new car. I don't need this adventure now. Maybe in 2018 because I have already plans for 2017: a 2-week-trip to ESP/PRT in May and a 2-or-3-week Baltic Sea trip (POL-LTU-LVA-EST-FIN-SWE) in July. Driving along the coast but skipping RUS :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on September 10, 2016, 09:00:21 am
Here's the 100k club. Active mileage is more North American-centric.
Code: [Select]
Rank Username ActiveMiles Active% PreviewMiles Preview%
1 mapcat 193715.29 31.44% 197206.58 23.91%
2 oscar 189021.63 30.68% 201423.44 24.42%
3 vespertine 168141.30 27.29% 171585.30 20.80%

It will take another year or two, but I hope to crack 100k before long. 90K will happen this year. Admittedly, it is much easier in North America. :)

Trips in TX; VT & NH; ID,OR, UT & NV; and TN & GA all within the next couple months. I like being able to check what I need to drive before I go. It doesn't mean I'll cover every route, but it helps identify routes I might otherwise bypass.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on October 10, 2016, 05:08:02 am
I've started detailed planning today. I'll start around LUX and I'll go to FRA and CHE... Maybe I can clinch another 4,000mi and reach 4.2%...

I'm back from a 2-week-travel. I had planned traveling about 9,300km (5,800mi) but I ended up having driven 12,300km (7,600mi). On average, I drove about 880km/day (540mi/day) instead of 660km/day (410mi/day).

I thought I would clinch another 4,000mi which I had not yet traveled but it was about 5,500mi :)
I've reached 4,48% now.

By region:

FRA +3,400mi
DEU +770mi
BEL +500mi
CHE +300mi
LUX +250mi
AUT +90mi
NLD +60mi

I've clinched luxa and luxb systems :)

I have some comments on French TM highway data I'll report soon.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on November 26, 2016, 09:54:39 pm
On Friday I took a short trip intended to clinch all Indiana State Roads...only to discover that IN 340 existed when I got home and updated my .list. It's so close to US 40 that I didn't notice it on the map when I planned my route.

Weather was nice, wildlife stayed out of my way, and I made good time. The 1056-mile trip (net TM increase ~400 miles) took a little more than 19 1/2 hours.

I clinched 26 highways, including 14 I'd never driven on before. The IN 441 bridge across the Wabash River is being reconstructed and closed to traffic, and the detour would have taken me way out of the way, so I decided to clinch it by foot. The highway ends mid-bridge (at the state line) so it didn't take long to walk out and back, and was a good opportunity to stretch before the final 6 hours of driving.

The final segment of IN 641 is still under construction, but appears ready to open soon. When I go back to western Indiana in a few weeks to re-clinch that one, I should be able to get IN 340 on the way.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on December 01, 2016, 10:30:02 am
I'm off to Youngstown and Cleveland this weekend to clinch the last 16 miles of Interstates in Ohio (about half of I-680 and several miles of I-80). Undoubtedly will drive some new mileage on both US and OH routes in the process. It won't be enough to push me past 50% of the clinchable mileage in the state, but I'll be a little closer.

Still striving to pass 100,000 miles. That's a ways off yet.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on December 05, 2016, 01:11:00 pm
I'm off to Youngstown and Cleveland this weekend to clinch the last 16 miles of Interstates in Ohio ...

Completed that plus a bit more. Added just shy of 400 new miles. Not bad for a weekend. Some US routes, some state routes. Still a couple percentage points below 50% for the entire state.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on December 11, 2016, 08:35:15 am
I noticed a new user Yasubee_Horibe is (I believe) our first to mark mileage as clinched in North Korea.  I didn't realize one of the Asian preview systems passed through North Korea, nor do I know how any user who has access to this site would be able to travel there.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on December 11, 2016, 09:13:00 am
I noticed a new user Yasubee_Horibe is (I believe) our first to mark mileage as clinched in North Korea.

The user has even clinched 100% of our routes drafted in North and South Korea: http://tm.teresco.org/user/?u=Yasubee_Horibe.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on January 28, 2017, 06:11:57 pm
Off to greater Los Angeles in early February. Just a weekend trip which will span 8 counties (Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Los Angeles, Ventura, Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Kern).

Expect to complete clinches of I-110, I-405, I-710. Also plan on clinching I-105, I-210, I-605 for which I don't  have any posted mileage (I know I've driven I-105 between CA1 and I-405, but for some reason I haven't included it in my list ???). Additional mileage on I-5, I-10, I-15, US101, and a few CA state routes are on my agenda as well. I'll still have a gap in I-5 between San Ysidro and Irving, but from there to the Canadian border will be complete.

Lots of driving, but hopefully the weekend traffic won't be too bad.  :)

Then it's off to Kauai and Oahu in March where I hope to clinch the remaining routes on both islands. I'm treating myself with a trip to the 50th state for my 50th birthday.  ;)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Quidditch33 on January 28, 2017, 07:29:44 pm
I have a quick, 2-day trip planned for the Twin Cities sometime in the near future, here is the route:
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Quidditch33 on January 29, 2017, 01:35:41 pm
nor do I know how any user who has access to this site would be able to travel there.
I found an article stating that in January of 2010, North Korea changed its policy to allow U.S. travelers to visit on official guided tours any time of the year.

Sources:
http://travel.cnn.com/how-travel-north-korea-042681/
http://wikitravel.org/en/North_Korea
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on February 09, 2017, 09:38:04 pm
Just returned from a 10 day trip to Florida...picked up about 500 new primary miles during my brief stop in Melbourne followed by a week in St Petersburg.

Got 2 national clinches: I-4 and US 92

Plus: I-175, I-375, Fut I-795/FL 9B, US 19 ALT, FL 54 (western section), FL 501, FL 507,  FL 594, FL 595, FL 679, FL 682, FL 687, FL 688, FL 694

Also clinched these unsigned routes: FL 93A, FL 592, FL 599, FL 600

Almost got these: FL 618 (didn't get express lane east of I-75); FL 699 (didn't get CR 694 to FL 688)

Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on March 06, 2017, 12:10:45 pm
Currently in Hawaii. Completed clinches of HI state routes on Kauai. HI5600 is still not signed other than small white "5600" placards attached to the mile markers. No route shields anywhere along the route.

Kauai is bit confusing as several county highways 520, 530, 543, 552, and 581 (think that's all of them) use the same route shield as the state highways. I drove all but 543 and 581. Didn't see any reason to go out of my way for these two, despite their relatively short mileage. The others just happened to be route I needed to get from place to place.  :)

Over to Oahu in a couple days. Plan to clinch the remaining mileage on the island. That will leave me with a few routes on the Big Island, about half of Maui, and all of Molokai and Lanai left if I want to complete the state. I'll have to decide how important that is. For now, it's not at the top of my wish list.   ;)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on March 09, 2017, 11:11:35 pm
Currently in Oahu, with just a few segments left to clinch on the island. 

I had one moment of confusion as I tried to complete my clinch of HI92 at the entrance to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. I had planned to drive as close to the gate as possible without entering, but the way the traffic cones were arranged, I had no choice but to go through the gate. Luckily, I work for the DoD and had my government ID on me, so I showed it to the guard and drove right in. Having no reason to be on an active military base, I quickly found a place to turn around and leave. On the plus side, I can safely say I clinched the entire route.  ;D

On a separate note, I flew over to Kalaupapa on Molokai. Didn't collect any routes there, but I can now say I've visited Kalaweo County. County collectors will understand.  :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on March 09, 2017, 11:41:28 pm
I had one moment of confusion as I tried to complete my clinch of HI92 at the entrance to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. I had planned to drive as close to the gate as possible without entering, but the way the traffic cones were arranged, I had no choice but to go through the gate. Luckily, I work for the DoD and had my government ID on me, so I showed it to the guard and drove right in. Having no reason to be on an active military base, I quickly found a place to turn around and leave. On the plus side, I can safely say I clinched the entire route.  ;D

I was similarly trapped into going through the gate, without an ID. Fortunately, that was pre-9/11 and there was no heightened security, so the sentry was pleasant enough about getting me turned around just after the gate. The signage on the freeway then had "Pearl Harbor" as the destination for HI 92 westbound, which misled tourists into going to the base entrance when they wanted to go to the Arizona Memorial. The signs have been fixed to replace "Pearl Harbor" with "Naval Base", so the sentries might now be less understanding about lost tourists without DoD IDs.

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On a separate note, I flew over to Kalaupapa on Molokai. Didn't collect any routes there, but I can now say I've visited Kalaweo County. County collectors will understand.  :)

Excellent! Who's leading the tours there? Gloria Marks took over after her husband (who led the tour I took in 1999) passed away. I hope she is still alive and well, and still able to lead the tours.

Also, any photos of the "unwelcome" sign exiting the airport, warning it is against the law to visit Kalaupapa without a state permit? My webpage on Kalawao County (http://www.hawaiihighways.com/photos-Kalawao.htm) has a quarter-century-old photo of the airport exit sign.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on March 10, 2017, 01:11:01 pm
Excellent! Who's leading the tours there? Gloria Marks took over after her husband (who led the tour I took in 1999) passed away. I hope she is still alive and well, and still able to lead the tours.

Also, any photos of the "unwelcome" sign exiting the airport, warning it is against the law to visit Kalaupapa without a state permit? My webpage on Kalawao County (http://www.hawaiihighways.com/photos-Kalawao.htm) has a quarter-century-old photo of the airport exit sign.

I didn't take any pictures of the "unwelcome" sign. There are posted notices indicating that that permits are needed to enter the area. Luckily the company I toured with took care of all that. I flew in with www.makanikaiair.com (http://www.makanikaiair.com) after booking their "Damien" tour. I opted for the fly-in, fly-out version, so did not ride the mules or hike the trail. On the way back to HNL, I did have to make a brief stop at the Topside airport, so I did add two new airports to my list of places visited (LUP and MKK). Check out the airport at LUP.

I figured I needed to collect this county and this visit to Hawaii turned out to be the right time to do so.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on March 19, 2017, 05:23:03 pm
Also, any photos of the "unwelcome" sign exiting the airport, warning it is against the law to visit Kalaupapa without a state permit? My webpage on Kalawao County (http://www.hawaiihighways.com/photos-Kalawao.htm) has a quarter-century-old photo of the airport exit sign.

Turns out I did photograph the sign, though only in the context of a larger view of the area. It's probably too small to read, but the white sign on the right side of the road says

NO ENTRY BEYOND
THIS POINT WITHOUT
A VISITOR PERMIT
VIOLATORS ARE
SUBJECT TO ARREST
HRS 326-39
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on March 19, 2017, 06:21:22 pm
Also, any photos of the "unwelcome" sign exiting the airport, warning it is against the law to visit Kalaupapa without a state permit? My webpage on Kalawao County (http://www.hawaiihighways.com/photos-Kalawao.htm) has a quarter-century-old photo of the airport exit sign.

Turns out I did photograph the sign, though only in the context of a larger view of the area. It's probably too small to read, but the white sign on the right side of the road says

NO ENTRY BEYOND
THIS POINT WITHOUT
A VISITOR PERMIT
VIOLATORS ARE
SUBJECT TO ARREST
HRS 326-39

That text is exactly as it was a quarter-century ago. I'll have to note that on my Kalawao County page.

BTW, I took the mule ride. While I didn't have to dodge all the "mule apples" on the trail, mt jeans were so smelly afterwards that I just left them behind on Molokai before flying off to the next island.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: compdude787 on April 01, 2017, 01:04:23 pm
So, I took my first trip to Hawaii this past week, traveling on the roads of Maui. That's what made me most excited to go there, lol. ;D Anyway, we made a complete loop around the west part of the island, including on Hwy 340, which is much sharper and narrower than the famous road to Hana. We did that as a spur of the moment type of thing, after having tried to go see the Iao Needle, only to discover that the road to it was closed from flooding. So we decided to head back to our condo near Napili via Hwy 340 around the northern part of the island, on a route that is far more curvy, far narrower (it was the width of a driveway at one point), but far more scenic than the road to Hana since it hugged the coastline more. (of course, that freaked my mom out more being on the edge of the cliff) Unfortunately, since most of that highway is just a county road and not a state highway (makes sense, right?), it's not going to show up as a complete loop on the map here.

We also went up Haleakala, and did many of the other touristy things, including the road to Hana, as well as snorkeling and going on a zipline (fun!).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on April 01, 2017, 02:51:38 pm
So we decided to head back to our condo near Napili via Hwy 340 around the northern part of the island, on a route that is far more curvy, far narrower (it was the width of a driveway at one point), but far more scenic than the road to Hana since it hugged the coastline more. (of course, that freaked my mom out more being on the edge of the cliff) Unfortunately, since most of that highway is just a county road and not a state highway (makes sense, right?), it's not going to show up as a complete loop on the map here.

I drove 340 in January, as well as on earlier trips to Maui. Believe it or not, it used to be worse. At least most of it now has edge stripes. A few short stretches are wide enough to get a center stripe. There is a reason why, when in the late 1960s the state split up the combined state/county highway network into separate state and county networks, the state fobbed off that short piece of the northwest Maui loop on Maui County. But the state did keep part of the loop in HI 30, and also in HI 340 on the other side.

I liked how, on a busy Saturday morning, a teenage girl was directing traffic at a sharp one-lane turn (with no pavement striping at all) into Kahakuloa village, to get one direction of traffic over as far to the right edge of pavement as possible, so a line of traffic going the other way could squeeze by.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on April 28, 2017, 09:36:26 am
I noticed a new user Yasubee_Horibe is (I believe) our first to mark mileage as clinched in North Korea.

The user has even clinched 100% of our routes drafted in North and South Korea: http://tm.teresco.org/user/?u=Yasubee_Horibe.

This same user has now clinched all highways in Morocco.  I do not believe any other user has any highways marked as clinched in Morocco.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on April 28, 2017, 10:03:53 am
Upcoming driving this weekend in UT, WY, and ID. Not sure it it will enough to put me over 100,000 in the "active and preview systems" column. Looks like I'm 851.46 miles short going into this trip. I'm expecting to drive over 1,000 miles, but some of it will be on already clinched mileage. I guess I'll have to see how close I get.

Still have quite a bit more to go on just the active systems to reach that mark.

I feel like it's a noteworthy "mile"stone.  :D
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on April 28, 2017, 12:30:35 pm
This same user has now clinched all highways in Morocco.  I do not believe any other user has any highways marked as clinched in Morocco.
And Senegal, Tunisia and Gabon.

These African travels make some sense - smallish networks and easily enough clinchable on a vacation. And one can argue 100% in baja california fits the pattern. The Chinese travels look alright - one trip.

The confusing thing is 100% of both Koreas. South Korea has a large expressway network that you can't do in just a holiday, and North Korea wouldn't let you in if you spent a period of time in the South.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on April 28, 2017, 03:12:30 pm
North Korea happened first, perhaps?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Bickendan on April 28, 2017, 08:40:44 pm
I snagged the remainders of OR 38, 36 and 200 a few days ago, 100% completing the Willamette Valley routes. 200, of course, is still unsigned.

This leaves 42S, 241, 255, and 542 for the Coastal routes, 66, 99 (south of Yoncalla), 138 (east of Roseburg), 140 (west of White City), 227, 229, 234, and 273 for the Rogue Valley/Southern Cascades routes.

Next trip will be finishing off US 26, picking up OR 380, 27, 370, 361, portions of US 97 and all of 197.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on April 29, 2017, 10:33:17 am
Wow, we have a traveler who has clinched Mexico. Just by one vacation?!
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: 7/8 on April 29, 2017, 12:36:28 pm
I'm pretty well done my "Prairies Trip", and I'll be flying home from Saskatoon this evening. This was my first time in SK and MB, so I knocked off two more provinces!

My university friend is from Saskatoon, and his parents offered to have me stay with them, and for my friend and I to borrow their car for the week (which is a big deal since renting a car when you're under 25 is ridiculously expense). We ended up driving to Regina by SK 11 on the first day and spent the day visiting some museums. The next day, we drove to Winnipeg by TCH 1 with a detour up SK 10 to Fort Qu'Appelle and back down SK 56. My friend was impressed by the big hills, which he didn't think existed in Saskatchewan :).

We then spent the day in Winnipeg before driving out to Portage la Prairie to stay the night. The next morning, we clinched the short TCH 1A and headed up to Wasagaming to do some hiking. We accidently took MB 262 north out of Minnedosa, we lost me the other 16A clinch (darn). Clear Lake was still frozen, and the wind blowing off the lake was quite cold! After some photos, we did the Arrowhead trail which was warmer. We then drove MB 10 south to MB 45 (which I am the only one here to have driven and clinched) :). We followed TCH 16 west to Yorkton to stay the night. Finally, we took 16A through Yorkton (another short clinch) out of town and headed up 16 west to Saskatoon. We made a quick stop at the Quill Lakes for some pictures.

Unfortunately, I messed up my list file with some extra spaces, but my route should be fixed after the next update. I'm hoping someone is working on developing the SK system :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: compdude787 on April 29, 2017, 05:43:24 pm
Wow, we have a traveler who has clinched Mexico. Just by one vacation?!

Perhaps they have done many travels in Mexico over the years, and they just found this website and are inputting them all.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on April 29, 2017, 07:11:04 pm
Or they live there. It's also not like it's a totally un-updated with two fairly small-sized systems that isn't too onerous to cover.
http://tm.teresco.org/user/mapview.php?u=yasubee_horibe&sys=mexd,mexed

It's Mr 'clinched Korea' (though not any more) - I'm sure there wasn't all those Mexican states done earlier in the week. I guess it is filling in the log file piecemeal and then perhaps purging as Korea has been stripped back.

http://tm.teresco.org/user/mapview.php?u=yasubee_horibe&sys=tuna,mara,sena,gaba
http://tm.teresco.org/user/mapview.php?u=yasubee_horibe&rg=KOR,PRK,CHN-JL,CHN-HL,CHN-LN <-notice fixed Korea
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on April 30, 2017, 12:53:12 pm
This guy often removes and adds lines (https://github.com/TravelMapping/UserData/commits/master/list_files/yasubee_horibe.list)...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on May 02, 2017, 01:37:25 am
Not sure it it will enough to put me over 100,000 in the "active and preview systems" column.

99993.87 :)

However, you're log file still indicates 4 errors (and an "Incorrect format line: ")
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on May 02, 2017, 08:09:29 am
Not sure it it will enough to put me over 100,000 in the "active and preview systems" column.

99993.87 :)

However, you're log file still indicates 4 errors (and an "Incorrect format line: ")

Once I correct the last couple errors from my most recent trip, I will cross the 100,000 mile mark on the active and preview systems.  :)

As for that "Incorrect format line: ," I've got a hidden character that I can't figure out how to remove.  ??? I've left it as a blank line at the beginning of my file. At least that that way it doesn't mess up anything else in my list.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on May 02, 2017, 08:43:47 am
Once I correct the last couple errors from my most recent trip, I will cross the 100,000 mile mark on the active and preview systems.  :)

As for that "Incorrect format line: ," I've got a hidden character that I can't figure out how to remove.  ??? I've left it as a blank line at the beginning of my file. At least that that way it doesn't mess up anything else in my list.

Congratulations in advance!

For the hidden character, how do you maintain your .list? It shouldn't be that difficult to remove.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on May 02, 2017, 09:04:05 am
Once I correct the last couple errors from my most recent trip, I will cross the 100,000 mile mark on the active and preview systems.  :)

As for that "Incorrect format line: ," I've got a hidden character that I can't figure out how to remove.  ??? I've left it as a blank line at the beginning of my file. At least that that way it doesn't mess up anything else in my list.

Congratulations in advance!

For the hidden character, how do you maintain your .list? It shouldn't be that difficult to remove.

Thanks.

I maintain my list in a MS Word (2013) file. Ever since I found a workaround for the hidden character issue, I haven't worried about fixing the problem. I suppose I should deal with it at some point. Maybe now is the time.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on May 02, 2017, 09:48:46 am
@bejacob, I'll email you a completely plain-text version of your file you can use as a baseline for future updates.  I'd recommend editing in something like Notepad++ instead of Word.  Yours was one of the few list files in the repository that wasn't plain ascii, but fortunately didn't contain any characters that caused the site update process to choke.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on May 02, 2017, 10:16:19 am
@bejacob, I'll email you a completely plain-text version of your file you can use as a baseline for future updates.  I'd recommend editing in something like Notepad++ instead of Word.  Yours was one of the few list files in the repository that wasn't plain ascii, but fortunately didn't contain any characters that caused the site update process to choke.

Thanks. I'll use that to fix the issue.

I'm technically savvy enough to get myself out of trouble much of the time, but not always. It's always good to know one's limitations.  ;)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on May 02, 2017, 10:01:48 pm
@bejacob, I'll email you a completely plain-text version of your file you can use as a baseline for future updates.  I'd recommend editing in something like Notepad++ instead of Word.  Yours was one of the few list files in the repository that wasn't plain ascii, but fortunately didn't contain any characters that caused the site update process to choke.

Thanks. I'll use that to fix the issue.

Looks like the plain-text file worked perfectly. The hidden character is gone and I've now passed 100,000 miles.
Still not quite there in the active systems. I guess that can be my next goal.  :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on May 10, 2017, 10:59:11 am
I'm back from a road trip to France, Andorra, Spain and Portugal. I drove 15,000km in 16 days and could clinch 12,000km TM mileage :)

I've clinched more than 80% of Autoroutes in France, more than 50% of Autovia in Spain and almost 50% of Autoestrada in Portugal now. It was my first time in Portugal :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on May 12, 2017, 03:51:52 pm
August 2016: Great Plains trip. First visit to Wyoming since 2000.

October 2016: Big South Trip. First visit to Alabama since 1994 and Louisiana since 2001.

April 2017: Colorado and US 56
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: sipes23 on May 13, 2017, 05:44:39 pm
to I-35 south of Olathe; first TM user to clinch US 56

Congratulations on that accomplishment (especially since I don't think I've clinched a single US highway).

My plans for summer travel are the following:


I hope to run up the county numbers and road mileage on those trips. I wouldn't be surprised to see if I cross the 40% threshold US Interstates and Wyoming State Highways this summer. I'd also not be surprised to see 25% on Wisconsin State Highways.

Edit: I might even take the number one spot in Wyoming now that I see I'm only about 280 miles behind Oscar, which would put me at over 50% of total Wyoming miles.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: 7/8 on May 15, 2017, 05:58:12 pm
I decided to go on a three-hour drive this afternoon and clinch ON 23 and ON7Wat (the first user for both of these). The weather was to good to pass up the opportunity :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on May 15, 2017, 11:58:26 pm
I decided to go on a three-hour drive this afternoon and clinch ON 23 and ON7Wat (the first user for both of these). The weather was to good to pass up the opportunity :)
Your post reminded me to check and see that I'm the only driver for ME188. :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on May 16, 2017, 12:36:43 am
Your post reminded me to check and see that I'm the only driver for ME188. :)
Think we need a new topic for routes for which we're the only driver? I've got a few of those too. ;)

In any case, I think we need to come up with a term for it.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on May 16, 2017, 08:41:30 am
Your post reminded me to check and see that I'm the only driver for ME188. :)
Think we need a new topic for routes for which we're the only driver? I've got a few of those too. ;)

In any case, I think we need to come up with a term for it.

Not only that ("TM Pioneer?" - we can do better than that) but it's an idea for a page, and maybe rank the users by how many routes for which that traveler is the only driver and/or the only one to have it 100% clinched.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on May 16, 2017, 01:14:43 pm
^^ https://github.com/TravelMapping/Web/issues/175
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: sipes23 on May 17, 2017, 02:06:00 am
I decided to go on a three-hour drive this afternoon and clinch ON 23 and ON7Wat (the first user for both of these). The weather was to good to pass up the opportunity :)
Your post reminded me to check and see that I'm the only driver for ME188. :)

I've got a couple of those lurking in Wyoming. WYO 77 and WYO 196.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on May 17, 2017, 08:41:32 am
I decided to go on a three-hour drive this afternoon and clinch ON 23 and ON7Wat (the first user for both of these). The weather was to good to pass up the opportunity :)
Your post reminded me to check and see that I'm the only driver for ME188. :)

I've got a couple of those lurking in Wyoming. WYO 77 and WYO 196.

Now that I've finally added in my GA state collection, I have a few too - not counting various short auxiliary routes, I'm the only driver for GA84 and the only one to have clinched GA142 and (naturally) GA155.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: rickmastfan67 on May 18, 2017, 11:49:52 pm
I maintain my list in a MS Word (2013) file. Ever since I found a workaround for the hidden character issue, I haven't worried about fixing the problem. I suppose I should deal with it at some point. Maybe now is the time.

Try Notepad++ (https://notepad-plus-plus.org/).  That's what I use to edit my list file and wpt while I'm working with them offline.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on May 19, 2017, 09:32:46 am
I just use regular Notepad.  Much simpler.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on May 19, 2017, 01:40:33 pm
I just use regular Notepad.  Much simpler.

You cannot view hidden characters like bejacob had 

Notepad++ is MUCH better than Notepad. Undo with more than 1 step, compare, duplicate,...

However, Notepad should usually be good enough for editing list files.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on May 20, 2017, 01:34:53 am
I limped home Thursday evening from a week-and-a-half long road trip, on a sidewinding route through most of the southeastern states. Major route clinches included US 72, US 78, and US 301 (had been missing a very short segment long closed for interchange reconstruction), as well as the entire Natchez Trace Parkway from near Nashville to southwestern Mississippi (not yet mappable in TM, it's in an in-dev national parks roads system).

Some other objectives of the trip were to gauge whether I've recovered enough from my eye surgery in February to do road trips this summer before I go in for more surgery in the autumn, and also whether my car had recovered enough from last summer's breakdowns to be trusted for travel outside my local area. The first objective was met, and it was looking good on the second through day 8. Bur car problems on days 9 and 10 (including apparent recurrence of one of last summer's problems) leave the second an open question. I'll wait until the mechanics are done fixing my car, before planning additional travels for this year.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on May 20, 2017, 08:05:26 am
Bur car problems on days 9 and 10 (including apparent recurrence of one of last summer's problems) leave the second an open question. I'll wait until the mechanics are done fixing my car, before planning additional travels for this year.
Rent one!

Good to know your vision has recovered.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on May 21, 2017, 03:00:28 am
Bur car problems on days 9 and 10 (including apparent recurrence of one of last summer's problems) leave the second an open question. I'll wait until the mechanics are done fixing my car, before planning additional travels for this year.
Rent one!

I hate dealing with rental car agencies, about as much as I hate air travel. Besides, I have another vehicle, just that it's a gas hog pickup truck I'd rather not use for long trips.

I got my Prius back from the mechanic yesterday. It seems its problem was one of the more unusual ones, that it has two water pumps, and the second one (for the separate hybrid inverter cooling system) was emitting impending failure codes. Now that's been replaced, I feel comfortable trying at least one more road trip in the Prius.

Quote
Good to know your vision has recovered.

Thanks! To be clear, the non-operated eye still is weak for reading vision, so it'll need its own cataract removal surgery, after summer travel season is over.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: 7/8 on May 28, 2017, 02:37:07 pm
I did a drive this morning/early afternoon to finish clinching ON 24. I also got a large portion of ON 3 (from Simcoe to New Sarum).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on June 02, 2017, 05:08:02 pm
Heading to Aruba for a few days. At the moment, I'm one of only 3 users to have any mileage logged in the region, though currently 3rd out of 3. If all goes well, I will clinch all the routes on the island.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: JJBers on June 04, 2017, 11:59:30 pm
I went to southern New Hampshire yesterday, allowing me to fully clinch I-91 in Mass.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on June 06, 2017, 03:43:58 pm
Took a ride on Saturday...1035 miles and 18.5 hrs:

Drove to Norwalk CT, Bennington VT, Oneonta NY, Harrisburg PA

Clinches: NJ 4, I-95 (NY), US 7 (CT,MA), VA 279, I-787, NY 7B

Picked up new mileage: I-95 (CT - from NY to US 7), US 7 (VT - from MA to VT 9), NY 7 (Troy to NY 22)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on June 06, 2017, 06:14:59 pm
I was on the road for a week and a half, ending yesterday. I went to eastern Canada via Niagara Falls (new mileage in OH/PA/NY), and returning by ferry (Bay Ferries' "the CAT") then picking up new highway mileage in ME, MA, RI, CT, and eastern NY and PA. My travels in Canada included parts of ON, QC, NB, and NS, skipping past PEI.

I finished off the remaining QC and NS gaps in my coverage of the Trans-Canada Highway system (got the hardest part, BC TCHYel Haida Gwaii, last year). Also re-completed my total coverage of the ON, NS, and QC freeway systems, though the last may be undone later this year by a planned extension of A-70. While QC roads funding has tightened lately, it remains a happening place for road construction, and so still like the Interstate system a bit of a moving target. Also clinched all of US 44; US 62 in PA and NY; and with those completed my coverage of primary (non-bannered) US routes in PA, NY, and RI.

I'm still catching up on things, including adding the new canqc preview system to my list file (still a lot of work to reconstruct my travels there), and working on some more travel before I go in for more eye surgery in September.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on June 08, 2017, 04:34:27 pm
Heading to Aruba for a few days. At the moment, I'm one of only 3 users to have any mileage logged in the region, though currently 3rd out of 3. If all goes well, I will clinch all the routes on the island.

Well, I didn't quite clinch all 7 routes on the island. I completed 6 of them. Actual route signage on the route itself is almost non-existent on Aruba. Generally speaking, the only places where routes are signed is at the roundabouts where they intersect with other major roads.

It was fairly easy to follow Rt1A and Rt1B from end to end as they were probably the best marked routes, probably because they are the main ones used by tourists. Routes 2, 3, and 4 weren't bad either, though a few times I found myself wondering if I was still on the proper road. I saw no signage at all for routes 6 and 7, in fact part of route 7 (between Rt1B and Rt4) seemed to be signed at Route 5 (it's easier to see on OSM vs. Google Maps). The rest of the route (to Arikok NP) had no route signage at all. I think what's in the HB is probably right, but the lack of consistent route markings makes it difficult to be sure.

I did move up from 3rd to 1st for routes driven and clinched on the island. Perhaps when I get back to Aruba, I can pick up the other ~5 miles I need to complete the last section. 
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on June 08, 2017, 07:31:21 pm
FYI, you'll be back to 2nd once I update my lists.  Didn't realize we had Aruba now, and I've been on all of it...😊
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on June 08, 2017, 08:49:56 pm
Guess I'll savor this while it lasts.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Quidditch33 on June 15, 2017, 11:15:42 pm
I just got back from a trip to Yellowstone, picking up over 3,000 new miles! On the way back to Milwaukee, I became the first user to clinch US18! I was surprised to see that no one had clinched US18 in South Dakota yet, and as of right now, I am the only user that has clinched the longest highway in South Dakota, US18 (http://tm.teresco.org/hb/?units=miles&u=quidditch33&r=sd.us018).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on June 24, 2017, 08:38:56 am
Looking for a new (to me) and traffic-avoiding way from Ashburn, Virginia, to I-81 south yesterday, I ended up taking a variety of roads to Warrenton (avoiding accidents and other backups on US 15) then took US 211 end-to-end across to I-81.  Definitely not faster than other options, but a whole lot more scenic, and it will give me just my third US highway clinched in its entirety, following US 163 and US 199.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: the_spui_ninja on June 24, 2017, 11:19:13 am
I just got back from a trip to Yellowstone, picking up over 3,000 new miles! On the way back to Milwaukee, I became the first user to clinch US18! I was surprised to see that no one had clinched US18 in South Dakota yet, and as of right now, I am the only user that has clinched the longest highway in South Dakota, US18.
http://tm.teresco.org/hb/?units=miles&u=quidditch33&r=sd.us018 (http://tm.teresco.org/hb/?units=miles&u=quidditch33&r=sd.us018)
Dang it! Oh well, I'll get it sometime.

How was Pine Ridge and surroundings (Oglala Lakota, Bennett, and Todd counties)? Despite being from the area, I've never had a reason to go that way. That area might be the reason no one had clinched 18 yet (just speculating as a local).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: the_spui_ninja on June 24, 2017, 11:21:06 am
After a trip to the Star Valley (Afton, WY area), I am now number 1 in mileage in both Wyoming and South Dakota.

I haven't done any real big trips in a while; I tend to clinch things in short weekend trips.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Quidditch33 on June 24, 2017, 12:45:17 pm
How was Pine Ridge and surroundings (Oglala Lakota, Bennett, and Todd counties)? Despite being from the area, I've never had a reason to go that way. That area might be the reason no one had clinched 18 yet (just speculating as a local).
I was going to put this in my trip log, but I decided not to. I will tell you anyway. Driving through the Pine Ridge area(and clinching SD407), we got a lot of looks from the locals. I am just a little glad our car did not break down. US18 was under road construction from Big Foot Trail to SD391, and because of the lack of signage, I missed the turn for SD391 and was unable to clinch it(I'll clinch it eventually). After Batesland, there were almost no cars on the road until Winner. Another thing I would like to point out is when you are heading south on US385 and SD79, and east on US18, you will eventually turn off of the four-line highway going east onto a road, and the road was basically empty. I saw maybe one or two cars from Oelrichs to Pine Ridge. It is so empty out there.

As you can tell, I love being in South Dakota. Something about the friendliness of the locals and the wide open areas just makes me feel like I want to be there. I try to convince my parents all the time to drive out to South Dakota, and in March of this year I convinced them to drive to Sioux City and then up to Sioux Falls. A side trip allowed me to clinch SD42, SD17, and parts of SD44 and SD37.

Although I live 483 miles away in Milwaukee, South Dakota is by far my favorite state in the U.S.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: the_spui_ninja on June 24, 2017, 08:44:33 pm
How was Pine Ridge and surroundings (Oglala Lakota, Bennett, and Todd counties)? Despite being from the area, I've never had a reason to go that way. That area might be the reason no one had clinched 18 yet (just speculating as a local).
I was going to put this in my trip log, but I decided not to. I will tell you anyway. Driving through the Pine Ridge area(and clinching SD407), we got a lot of looks from the locals. I am just a little glad our car did not break down.
So it is sketchy!

As you can tell, I love being in South Dakota. Something about the friendliness of the locals and the wide open areas just makes me feel like I want to be there. I try to convince my parents all the time to drive out to South Dakota, and in March of this year I convinced them to drive to Sioux City and then up to Sioux Falls. A side trip allowed me to clinch SD42, SD17, and parts of SD44 and SD37.
West River (mainly the Black Hills) is the best side. If you haven't been to Rapid or Spearfish yet, you really should.

After Batesland, there were almost no cars on the road until Winner.
That's normal. Traffic where I live is having to wait at a stop sign.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Quidditch33 on June 25, 2017, 12:28:16 am
West River (mainly the Black Hills) is the best side. If you haven't been to Rapid or Spearfish yet, you really should.
I have been to that side of South Dakota twice. Once in 2015 to go see Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse, and in 2016 I slept in Spearfish on the way to Missoula, Montana. I love the Black Hills(even though I have never been south of Crazy Horse), and with the 80 mph speed limits, South Dakota is definitely my state of choice when it comes to driving across the Great Plains.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on June 25, 2017, 01:57:54 am
80 MPH? Is this relatively recent? I clinched SD I-90 back in September 2013.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Quidditch33 on June 25, 2017, 02:08:09 am
80 MPH? Is this relatively recent? I clinched SD I-90 back in September 2013.
Yes (http://www.startribune.com/south-dakota-sends-speed-limits-shooting-up-to-80-mph/298403081/), South Dakota became the furthest east state with a 80 mph freeway speed in March of 2015.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on June 25, 2017, 03:19:34 am
80MPH? That's so damn slow.... :D
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on June 25, 2017, 08:03:38 am
^ You don't want anything faster with American drivers.  Trust me.

Quote from: Jim
Looking for a new (to me) and traffic-avoiding way from Ashburn, Virginia, to I-81 south yesterday, I ended up taking a variety of roads to Warrenton (avoiding accidents and other backups on US 15) then took US 211 end-to-end across to I-81.  Definitely not faster than other options, but a whole lot more scenic, and it will give me just my third US highway clinched in its entirety, following US 163 and US 199.

SR 601 from the US 15/VA 234 junction to The Plains is also quite scenic.  And quiet.

Instead of your route, when I typically headed out to Luray or points beyond, I'd take I-66 to the west end of Marshall, then take SR 647 to SR 635 to US 522 and down to US 211.  There are some great views along SR 635.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on June 25, 2017, 08:47:56 am
SR 601 from the US 15/VA 234 junction to The Plains is also quite scenic.  And quiet.

Instead of your route, when I typically headed out to Luray or points beyond, I'd take I-66 to the west end of Marshall, then take SR 647 to SR 635 to US 522 and down to US 211.  There are some great views along SR 635.

601 to The Plains is exactly what we did.  Very pleasant and quiet ride.  I'll keep your other route in mind if we do this again in the future.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: the_spui_ninja on June 25, 2017, 03:33:29 pm
80MPH? That's so damn slow.... :D
I go 80 and routinely get passed so...

We still don't have 70 MPH two-lane roads like the Mountain West, but hopefully they do that West River at some point.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on July 03, 2017, 12:55:25 pm
I'm still in the middle of a road trip, but so far managed to clinch (counting previous travels) US 85 and US 412, plus as reported here I-49 with its latest extension north of Shreveport LA. More US route clinches likely on my long trip back home from California.

The US 85 clinch proved costly. For me, to clinch a border-crossing highway, you need to drive the route across the border (others are less fussy than me), so that meant a short foray into Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. On the way back, my pickup truck overheated in heavy stop-and-go traffic on a one-way bridge over the Rio Grande, which drove the outside temperature to at least 130F since I was surrounded by other cars with hot engines. After shutting down my engine, I wasn't able to restart it. I was able to coast most of the way downhill from the crest of the bridge to U.S. customs (without help from power brakes or power steering), but Customs personnel had to push my truck the rest of the way to the booth, and then once I was cleared, push it out of the customs area to a place a tow truck could reach.  No permanent damage, but it cost me several hundred dollars and threw me off schedule by a day.

I hope Jim's car troubles on his latest trip were less interesting and expensive.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on July 03, 2017, 02:25:49 pm
Quote
For me, to clinch a border-crossing highway, you need to drive the route across the border

I'm the same way...both with this and with routes approaching military base gates.  Fortunately in my case, I have an EDL for the former and a Retired Military ID for the latter.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on July 03, 2017, 03:19:31 pm
I'm not Jim, but...
On my last trip, I narrowly avoided breaking down at the worst possible place. A long stretch of ME US1 in Thomaston was restricted to alternating one-way traffic due to reconstruction, which meant idling for about 10 minutes. After the end of the construction zone, where traffic was just beginning to get back to speed, my engine started sputtering & misfiring, and shortly went dead. I was able to coast onto the shoulder at the north end of Main St Mall, and allow enough room for traffic to pass. I quickly diagnosed the problem as a broken rear timing belt (luckily, that's the one that controls the fuel pump, and not the valve timing). No cell service, but the Thomaston Police Dept. was about two blocks away. No officers on duty there, but a phone in the vestibule/waiting area connects to a regional dispatch, who helped me find a cab. Thus I clinched ME ME131 US1_N ME73 and ME ME73 ME131 ClaIslRd by taxi, and arrived at a cookout in memory of Steve Seekins, a Volvo Club of America co-founder. My father was attending, so at least someone could represent the Dark Blue 1986 Turbodiesel Wagon contingent. :) After an hour or two of eating, schmoozing with fellow Volvo nuts, and digging on some nice 140 series, a 164, a few P1800s and a P210 Duett, I drove his car back to mine. $100/150 of the tow truck to his garage in Wiscasset was covered by Volvo Roadside Advantage. We replaced the timing belt with one he had in stock. At the end of the operation, however, he put the jumper wire back in a custom-made starter relay wrong, which ended up MELTING my starter solenoid during/after the test drive. So we called it a night. Mm, nothing like the acrid smell of fried electrical bits in the garage, even the next day. After replacing the starter, on the road again.

Don't know if this last bit pushes my car troubles into "more interesting" territory or not, but thankfully the inconvenience and expense were minimal.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on July 03, 2017, 04:06:57 pm
Fortunately ours wasn't so bad.  We broke down on I-75 south of Atlanta but were able to get off the highway and to a convenience store parking lot.  AAA towed us to a local shop, but it was Sunday morning so there was no one to look at the car until the next morning.  The day was spent arranging a car rental (helped by my first ever Uber trip) and checking into a hotel for the night.  On Monday morning, the shop was able to get the parts we needed (a snapped belt and needed a pulley also) and had us on our way by early afternoon.  In the end, it cost a few extra hundred dollars for the repair, rental car, and room.  The AAA person on the phone said as an AAA Plus member my hotel and rental car should be reimbursed, something I'll check into when I get home.  The delay was about 28 hours and cost us one of our three days in Jupiter, Florida, which meant a planned side trip to Key Largo didn't happen.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on July 03, 2017, 04:09:47 pm
Hmm, I just had a puncture once... Just back in Germany from a trip to Spain but still 250km away from home. It happened at 200km/h in a curve downhill and I needed the whole width of the road to stop the car on the emergency lane. Luckily, the road was very empty. It's not a big deal to change the tire on the Autobahn but it was left rear and traffic would pass about 1 meter next to me. I stood about 100...200 meter behind the end of the on-ramp of an interchange. The next interchange ahead was more than 10km. I decided to drive backwards and to pray that no vehicle will enter the Autobahn and crash into me. I think I drove about 20 meter and saw a car entering the Autobahn. I immediately stopped my car again and saw that it's police. Well... The policeman was nice. He told me that he drove the Autobahn in the opposite direction when he saw a car trying to stop in a way which is not normal "using the whole width of the road" and he wanted to see what happened, if help is required etc.
That was the moment I realized that I really had luck... However, I asked the policeman what I should do and he said that I should change the tire right here on the Autobahn. I said that it's dangerous but he just answered that he protectes the location with his car (lights on etc.) which was parking just behind my car. I changed the tire, thanked the policeman and drove home with the spare tire which is allowed to be driven with a maximum speed of 80km/h only. I was overtaken by trucks etc., one of the most painful drives I ever had... Nevertheless, back home I was happy that I didn't crashed into anything when the puncture happened...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on July 03, 2017, 05:47:10 pm
This summer seems to have been brutal to cars. My most recent trip, 2 weeks ago, was just a quick drive over into West Virginia & back. About 8 hours into the trip, I noticed a vibrating noise when I was accelerating, and it was frequent enough that I decided to call my mechanic and see what he thought. This proved difficult, as the hills of WV aren't conducive to mobile coverage, so it took about 3 partial calls to him to determine that it was probably just a loose part that he could check out when I got back to Ohio. Since no lights on the dash came on and the gauges showed everything in the normal range, I kept going, but after another 6-7 hours it was getting more frequent and louder. I pulled off the side of the road and immediately the engine died as I coasted to a stop. Only then did the dashboard light up. Still without a signal, I saw a gentleman outside his house and asked him if I could use his landline call a tow truck, which, luckily, he allowed me to do. The driver arrived about 45 minutes later, and the first thing he checked was the oil, which was completely empty. I'd just had the car in for service a couple weeks before, and had never been told that it was leaking oil, so this was a bit of a surprise. I was still 4 hours from home, and there was nowhere nearby to rent a car, so I was stuck in WV for a night. My dealer sent a truck over to WV to get my car, and they're just starting to look at it, so I have no idea how much all of this is going to cost altogether, but the hotel, rental, 30-mile tow, and change of clothes I had to buy has already set me back close to $500. If there's a silver lining, it's that I got to spend the night in WV for the first time ever, which means I've stayed overnight in all 50 states now.

Other than this, the only unexpected delays/expenses I've had to deal with on roadtrips were a blowout on a gravel road in Montana, and hitting a deer at full speed (if it hadn't been a new car, it probably would have been totaled by the insurer). Only the deer caused me to pull the plug on a trip; the blowout, even though it led me to a tire shop that insisted I needed 4 new tires, which they needed to call in from another shop, only delayed me about 4-5 hours.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: rickmastfan67 on July 04, 2017, 08:40:11 pm
Back in the early '90s, my family was driving back home from Canada, along I-90 WB in Erie, PA and our timing belt let go on our MB while we were in the fast lane with no warning.  By a stroke of good luck, there was NO traffic around us that we were able to coast to a stop on the right side shoulder just after the on-ramp from the PA-97 on-ramp.  Just amazing luck, as that could have been deadly if we had been rammed from behind or the right lane would have been clogged not allowing us to get over safely.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: 7/8 on July 04, 2017, 11:21:08 pm
Thankfully I didn't have any car troubles on my trip to Indianapolis this past weekend! :)

New roads I got:
A short stretch of BL I-69 in Port Huron
I-94 from I-69 in Port Huron to I-696
I-696 from I-94 to I-275 (so close to a clinch!)
I-275/96 from I-696 to M-14
Clinch of M-14
I-94 from M-14 to I-69
I-69 from I-94 to I-469 south interchange (I've now clinched the original I-69)
I-465 from I-69 to I-70
I-65 from West St to the south I-70 split (Indy)
I-70 from West St to I-75 (I've now clinched I-70 IN)
I-475 from I-75 to US 24 (another clinch)
M-10 south of I-75

I also added 5 counties in MI, 4 in IN, and 1 in OH.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on July 05, 2017, 11:38:12 pm
Always fun to discover missing mileage from the past.  When looking for an I-210 for one of the photo threads on AARoads, I noticed that I hadn't credited myself with any of I-210 in Louisiana, despite having a picture showing an I-210 shield from 2003.  On further investigation, I can add about 30 miles of US 90 and a good chunk of I-210 to my list for the next site update based on where I must have taken a few of my pictures from that day.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: JJBers on July 09, 2017, 02:48:05 pm
Going to be clinching I-84 and traveling on massive chunks of I-81, along with smaller sections of I-75, I-26, and I-40.
aka going from Atlanta to Connecticut
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mvak36 on July 10, 2017, 12:44:57 pm
Going to Chicago for a baseball game in early August. Right now the plan is to clinch most of the rest of the Illinois interstates (I will only have I-74, I-474, and I-57 left once I'm done with this trip). I do have some other things planned during the trip so I won't have too much time to take some newer routes (at least on the way there).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on August 15, 2017, 08:09:55 am
Just got back from a vacation trip to Iceland, granting me my first mileage (all by bus) outside the USA! Even got a route clinch (ISL TH365) out of it.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on August 16, 2017, 02:48:49 pm
On the next site update, my Ohio gap in I-75 will be filled in, and I'll have all of it from Detroit to Miami.  Still a few holes in Michigan.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on August 16, 2017, 11:35:50 pm
On the next site update, my Ohio gap in I-75 will be filled in, and I'll have all of it from Detroit to Miami.  Still a few holes in Michigan.

That plus I-264 in KY today puts me over 80% in usai.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: 7/8 on August 17, 2017, 12:02:51 am
I just got back from spending a few days at my friend's cottage in Haliburton County, ON. I added 7A, 9(Orangeville), and 118 to my list of clinched routes. I also added some mileage to 7(Main), 12, 28, and the 427. I'm now over 50% complete in Ontario :)

I'm also heading on a trip to Orlando in a few days which will add a lot more US mileage, mainly on interstates.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on August 23, 2017, 08:28:18 am
Took a 20-hr ride last Saturday criss-crossing West Virginia.  Picked up over 300 new miles of US routings, clinching US 33, US 52, US 60, and US 119.  This now gives me all mainline US route mileage in West Virginia except US 30's 3-mile clipping...

There are still I-73/74 corridor signs on US 52 near Kenova and there is also a quite outdate sign referencing WV 65S northwest of Williamson...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on August 24, 2017, 09:20:29 pm
New travels this week in IA, NE, and SD along with the promotion from "preview" to "active" of usatn has pushed my active mileage over 100,000.  :)
Looks like I have a few log errors to fix, but I'm pleased to have crossed a major milestone (pun intended).  ;D
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on August 24, 2017, 10:27:38 pm
@bejacob: Welcome to the club!
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on August 29, 2017, 10:22:38 am
@bejacob: Welcome to the club!

Thanks. Still lots more routes to drive.  :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on August 30, 2017, 03:54:47 pm
A partial update on my still-ongoing cross-country road trip, while I'm stuck in Bozeman MT waiting for a new fuel pump for my truck.

I'll soon submit a cumulative update to my list file, once I finish reviewing my Florida state route entries (I think I have almost everything in south Florida) now that set's gone into preview. But I spent a lot more time traveling throughout northern California, increasing my coverage of the California state routes to about 95%. The remaining mileage is mainly in Los Angeles County, the San Francisco Bay Area, and the coastal counties in-between.

Once I left California for good, I started concentrating on completing my clinches of US routes. So far, I've done that for US 2, US 89, US 95, and US 191 (in addition to US 85 and US 412, during an earlier phase of this trip). More US route clinches to follow, assuming no more breakdowns, and also I may have to do some prioritizing to make sure I get back home in time for the eye surgery scheduled in about two weeks.

The trip has added about 20,000 miles to my truck, which was already long in the tooth. I'll have to decide what to do with it once I get home.

BTW, I set out to avoid the crowds watching the eclipse in eastern Oregon and southern Idaho, through which I had to pass to finish off the westernmost parts of US 20, US 26, and US 30. Eclipse-avoidance proved to be almost as much of a pain in the ass as eclipse-attendance. I might try to make the next one, in 2024.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on August 31, 2017, 01:08:06 pm
Wow. That's about 20 months' worth of travel for me. What's your oil change interval? (I use Mobil 1 5W-30, changed every 25k.)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on August 31, 2017, 03:31:17 pm
Wow. That's about 20 months' worth of travel for me. What's your oil change interval? (I use Mobil 1 5W-30, changed every 25k.)

5K max with conventional oil, often less if the truck needs other work in the meantime (as has happened three times on my current trip -- it's eleven years old, and approaching 180,000 miles).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Bickendan on August 31, 2017, 06:15:48 pm
My car just hit 201k, and outside of the AC dying, it's running fine. Debating whether I'll have time to clinch the new US 20 bypass on Saturday though.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on August 31, 2017, 07:21:38 pm
My car just hit 201k, and outside of the AC dying, it's running fine. Debating whether I'll have time to clinch the new US 20 bypass on Saturday though.

Which one? Eddyville (which I covered next month)? If not, that throws a wrench into my plans to finish off US 20 on my way back home.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Bickendan on August 31, 2017, 07:43:02 pm
Yeah,  Eddyville.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: 7/8 on September 06, 2017, 09:01:31 pm
I got back from a 16-day road trip on Sunday, which included seeing Diamond Caverns in KY, seeing the eclipse in Nashville, seeing Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, visiting Disney World and Universal Studios in Orlando, and touring Washington DC.

I added lots of new mileage on TM. Highlights...
- Clinched BL I-94 in Port Huron, MI
- Added my first mileage in KY and TN
- Almost clinched I-75 in GA (only missing the section around Macon)
- Clinched I-475 in GA
- Clinched FL 417
- Clinched FL 9B
- Clinched I-95 in SC
- Clinched SC 38
- Travelled US 29 from Greensboro, NC to I-66 in VA
- Added some MD state highways around Bethesda
- Clinched I-270 in MD
- Clinched US 15 in PA
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on September 10, 2017, 06:20:57 pm
Optical issues (oscar, I totally sympathize) kept me from adding much to my TM mileage in the past year. Once I was able to drive again, I wasn't able to go all that far from the DC FedroSplat -- NYC and western PA were as far as I got. Added pieces of a few new routes, added new pieces of some routes I already had other pieces of. Clinched PA 164, PA 913, PA 16, MD 910.

I'm now working on trying to figure out (from long memory) routes in systems that have gone to preview (and in some cases, to active!) since the last time I thought to check. I think I've gotten all my TN state routes, though I need to double-check again. (I haven't done a ton of travel in TN.) Still need to re-check FL, GA, CA, and a couple of others.

I'm also trying to flog my memory for routes traveled in my two trips to Europe, both of which were more than 30 years ago.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on September 10, 2017, 11:07:43 pm
I just got back home from my two-and-a-half month long mega-cross-country road trip. I decided to spend this weekend on the Jersey Shore for some beach time with friends before completing the trip home, because I didn't want my only "beach experience" for this summer to be a bear killing a deer on a cold gravel beach, less than a hundred yards from the lodge where I was staying. I had no trouble improving on that, this weekend.

My road trip covered almost 25,000 miles, in most states and three Mexican estados. Including previous trips, the only states I haven't been to this year are Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, Michigan, Vermont, and Florida. All those miles included, in addition to the "interesting" El Paso breakdown I mentioned upthread, one of my wheels separating from its hub on I-80 near Sacramento after most of the lug nuts worked loose, and a bad fuel pump that stranded me in Bozeman, Montana (believe me, it really sucks to limp along at 35mph on an Interstate with an 80mph speed limit, due to poor fuel flow into my engine).

I spent a lot of time finishing off US routes. In addition to the ones I previously mentioned, I finished off US 12 (including the new Baraboo Bypass in Wisconsin, and a minor route tweak in Illinois), US 20, US 26, US 30, and US 310.

Now that I'm back home, I'll have a day scrambling to do a lot of grocery shopping and other chores, ahead of eye surgery Tuesday morning to be followed by several weeks of recovery and reduced (but non-zero) work on TM. That will give me time to decide to do with the old breakdown-prone and high-mileage (over 180K miles) pickup truck I drove on my summer road trip.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on September 17, 2017, 10:38:39 pm
My weekend trip for a meeting in New Hampshire gave me an opportunity to pick up about 60 miles of TM-clinchable routes.  The most significant was a short piece of I-93 near Manchester that completed all of I-93 for me as well as all of the interstate system in New Hampshire.  It becomes my 8th state with 100% of usai.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on September 19, 2017, 02:31:47 pm
With my latest travel I've clinched 2 motorway systems in Europe: nlda and bela :)

It's not yet confirmed but it seems that a new Belgian motorway section will be opened in Mid October. The project was called N5 Couvin bypass but there are motorway signs. I guess it will be called A5.

nlda (1,500mi) and bela (1,000mi) are motorway systems no. 3 and 4 I've clinched. I had completed deua (8,100mi) and luxa (93mi) in 2016. However, new deua sections will also be opened "soon" - to be traveled in 2018 :))
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on September 20, 2017, 05:56:47 am
Just back from a trip to Wales. Went from zero to about 20% of the clinchable mileage. As this was a family vacation, I made almost no attempt to clinch additional mileage, so covered only slightly more than was absolutely necessary while touring the countryside. Added a little mileage in England as well. Always fun driving a manual transmission on a right-hand drive vehicle. Come to think of it, the last time I drove a stick was in the UK about 4 years ago.  8)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Quidditch33 on September 23, 2017, 09:05:57 pm
I may be going to a wedding in Pakistan next year, slight possibility I may be the first member to clinch roads in Pakistan.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on September 24, 2017, 09:13:36 am
As this was a family vacation, I made almost no attempt to clinch additional mileage, so covered only slightly more than was absolutely necessary while touring the countryside.
You didn't do the tiny little bit to visit Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch station? You went through Llanfair PG (as it is on road signs), but didn't clinch the bit of A5 next to the station.

At least you did Pont Grog y Borth - the supreme roadgeek feature of the area (and possibly the country, given the Severn Bridge is wholly in England).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on September 24, 2017, 09:51:07 pm
At least you did Pont Grog y Borth - the supreme roadgeek feature of the area (and possibly the country, given the Severn Bridge is wholly in England).

I figured that if I was going to Anglesey, I might as well take one bridge on the way (A55) and the other on the way back (A5). Part of the point of visiting the island was because my elderly mother wanted to see the neolithic monuments. That's why I ended up clinching the A5025 and almost completing A4080, but missed out on most of the A5 and AS5 on Anglesey. Oh well, something do next time. On the plus side, I did get to visit about half a dozen castles.

It was a great trip and had I been there by myself, I probably would have driven more and seen less.  ;) Sound familiar to anyone?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on September 25, 2017, 03:31:27 am
It was a great trip and had I been there by myself, I probably would have driven more and seen less.  ;) Sound familiar to anyone?
"OH NO NO NEVER!" -Eric Idle
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on October 04, 2017, 09:20:48 pm
Just returned from a trip to Cuba via Tampa...

New Clinches for me:  I-485 (NC); SC 225, SC 10, GA 243, I-75 (FL)

I would've gotten GA 43 but a detour prevented it and I got nearly all of GA 220 instead...

Also picked up significant mileage on GA 17, I-75 (GA), and US 301 (FL).

Only got to do a small amount of riding on Cuba's roads...essentially through the tunnel under the Canal de Entrada was as far east as I got and the other direction not quite out to the airport.  Per Google maps I did not make it to any numbered routes and I saw no signage directing a motorist to the closest ones...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Hoss6884 on October 12, 2017, 08:37:42 am
My buddy (justjake) and I took advantage of the unseasonably warm weather on Saturday and ventured down to Corridor H from Southwestern PA via convertible.  It was an odd feeling seeing a lot of colors on the leaves but having the top down and high temperatures in the mid-80s.  For me, I was able to add about 250 miles and clinch 12 new routes as well as all clinchable roads in Fayette County, PA.

Route Part 1 (https://goo.gl/FK4Q2f) | Route Part 2 (https://goo.gl/7e6hxz) | Route Part 3 (https://goo.gl/8YWSnF) | Route Part 4 (https://goo.gl/1JcR55)

New Clinches
MD 42, MD 135, MD 560, US 250 Truck (Philippi, WV), WV 24, WV 32, WV 38, WV 42, WV 76, WV 90, WV 93, WV 131

New Miles on Previously Traveled Roads
PA 281, US 19 (WV), US 33 (WV), US 119 (WV), US 219 (WV), US 220 (WV), US 250 (WV), WV 7, WV 28, WV 55, WV 72, WV 92

Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on November 04, 2017, 10:46:41 pm
Big additions to my stats are coming with tonight's update, which I hope will complete with this hotel's network.  I drove primarily I-35 to Laredo then US 83 to Brownsville.  This finishes off all of "unlettered" I-35 for me, now missing only some of the Fort Worth I-35W.  Along the way, I had my first travels on each of the new Rio Grande Valley interstates, clinching the little I-69W in Laredo (at least I'm claiming it, though part was only on the frontage road to make sure I didn't end up on the bridge to Mexico), clinching I-2 for sure, traveling just a little piece of I-69C so I could say I did, and picking up my first miles on I-69E from Harlingen to here in Brownsville.  I should be able to finish off I-69E's current segment on my way up to Austin tomorrow.  I saw no mention of I-169 from I-69E.  I suppose it's a hidden designation, but I can't get it anyway without racking up fees by activating my rental car's TxTag.

Today should get me up around 87,000 miles in the active+preview routes.  And 1781 counties with today's 8 new.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on November 04, 2017, 11:04:53 pm
As I mentioned in some of the Quebec threads, last month I took a week-long road trip to and from the Lac St. Jean/Saguenay region of Quebec, to get that in before it started snowing up there. That trip restored my 100% clinch of the Autoroute system. I'm expecting it'll be awhile before Transports Quebec adds more km-age to that system, so that clinch might hold for a few years.

On the way up and back, I also clinched US 3 and US 5. That gives me all the non-bannered US routes in New England, though I'm missing some business and alternate US routes.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on November 06, 2017, 05:49:08 pm
Some highlights from yesterday's ride from Brownsville to Austin via Corpus Christi.  I finished up I-69E and also drove Business US 77 in Brownsville.  Interesting that I-69E ends at the last intersection but US 77 and US 83 continue to the Mexican border.  Signs and TM agree on this.  In the Corpus Christi area, I decided to check out Port Aransas a bit and saw lots of Harvey damage.  I took US 181 back up to San Antonio, taking me from 0% to 100% in a single ride and giving me my 4th US highway clinch.  Shortly after I passed by Floresville, I first heard about the horrible church shooting when I was only about 20 miles from the site.  At San Antonio, I decided I could afford to take US 281 to US 290 and see a little Hill Country.  The scenery was great, but the traffic and construction just north of Loop 1604 was a mess.

Overall in 2 days I went from from 86,687 miles to 87,454 on active+preview, traveled routes up from 2283 to 2403, and clinched routes up from 659 to 668.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on November 07, 2017, 02:47:30 am
I clinched ME207.

Again.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Quidditch33 on November 07, 2017, 10:01:28 am
I recently clinched WI35 again, since the route was rerouted around WI64.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on November 11, 2017, 09:41:08 pm
Took an all day Maryland drive today...

New clinches:
MD 25, MD 27, MD 30, MD 75, MD 76, MD 84, MD 86, MD 88, MD 91, MD 97, MD 119, MD 121, MD 128, MD 144 (new market), MD 151, MD 158, MD 200, MD 407, MD 800, MD 832, MD 833, MD 852, MD 877 (unsigned)
PA 97 (gettysburg), PA 134

Also got about 50% of MD 77 and 80% of MD 140 which were new...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Hoss6884 on November 14, 2017, 08:56:44 am
My wife and I took a five-day vacation down to Anna Maria Island, FL (first one without kids) - luckily we got out of Pittsburgh before the record low temps hit.  I picked up some new miles on I-4, I-75, I-275, US 19, US 41, US 301, FL 64 and FL 618 (Selmon Expressway) as well as clinched US 41 Business in Bradenton, FL 684 and FL 789.  I also added Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: 7/8 on November 20, 2017, 07:01:14 pm
I went on a trip from Thursday morning and got back late Sunday night. My brother and I drove up to Winnipeg through the U.P. He's moving to Manitoba for work, and I wanted to tag along for the trip :). Google says it was around 1300 miles / 2100 km one way (I flew home since my brother needs to keep his car).

I added three new states (WI, MN, and ND) and 26 new counties (24 US and 2 Canadian). I clinched M-123, the WI and MN portions of US 2, and MB 75. I also drove I-475 (MI), M-68, M-28, WI 13, and I-29 for the first time.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on November 21, 2017, 01:35:12 am
I just finished a trip to Connecticut in which i drove I-384 for the first time (and clinched it), and added pieces of some US and CT highways (clinching one of the latter) as well as another piece of NY 9A because bus travel is weird. I'm not back home yet (visiting family for Thanksgiving) but don't expect to be adding any more new mileage on the rest of this trip.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on December 24, 2017, 08:49:51 am
Some family Christmas travel (a few days early) gave me a bunch of mileage in southwest Georgia and allowed me to pick up 7 new counties, leaving me with only 6 remaining in the western half of the state. It also boosted me up over the 25% mileage mark in the state (including preview systems) and gave me three new route clinches: the trivial GA 39 Spur and AL 208 (though I can't mark AL 208 on here yet), as well as the 21-mile GA 55 (which for some reason I thought was much longer and didn't even realize was a clinch at the time).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on December 29, 2017, 08:01:11 pm
I achieved some clinching milestones on a ride through Connecticut and Rhode Island today.  I filled in my last two I-95 gaps, so that's all done (and still will be after the upcoming PA and NJ renumberings, since I've traveled all of the roads involved).  Also, I drove the southern part of the RI/MA I-295 that I was missing, so I've clinched all current I-295 instances.  Other than those, I just picked up a couple short segments of CT state routes and a tiny new piece of US 1 in Groton.

Edit: This also clinches the Interstates in Rhode Island for me, joining Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and New Jersey in having all Interstate mileage clinched.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on January 15, 2018, 02:52:01 am
Because I'm very bad at getting trip reports on time, a whirlwind version:

29 states, 10/18/16-10/17/17 (http://iowahighwayends.net/29states/29states.html)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on January 16, 2018, 12:59:23 am
2017-18 Solstice-holiday-period travels mostly completed now, and while most of it was on familiar roads, I did add a few new segments:

- a new piece of VA55, connecting two already-diven pieces

- two new pieces of PA73, which when added to two already-completed pieces makes one much longer piece (but I still haven't clinched the route, and my traveled portions are in three or four pieces)

- extended pieces of NJ53 and US322 in NJ

- one new piece of US9: the Edison Bridge over the Raritan River, which I *probably* crossed as a baby, but it's certainly possible we used the Garden State Parkway every time back then so I hadn't claimed it. This time we missed the GSP exit for the NJ Turnpike, and the person driving chose to go south on the GSP to the first exit south of the Raritan, which allows you to go back over the river but only via the US9 bridge.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on January 16, 2018, 10:06:51 am
Took a trip down to DC two weekends ago to attend a pre-TRBAM event.  The previous Thursday's big snowstorm limited things on the way down, and freezing rain in Philly put a crimp in the return trip, but I did manage to complete (for now) Delaware's entire system.  At least until the new US 301 tollway opens.

Also got around this past weekend to adding all the Virginia mileage I hadn't yet put on my list.  Enough to get me back to #2 (sorry, Oscar).  Still got about 1700 miles left to finish, mostly west of US 29.

Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on January 16, 2018, 10:49:01 pm
12 Clinches of Christmas

When I planned to head to the Carolinas for a few days at the end of December, I anticipated a chance to enjoy some warm weather. It turned out to be at or below freezing almost every day, but I fortunately avoided weather every day except one. On the 18th I headed to Tennessee first and collected a few missing links of US 321 & US 421, and spent the night in Boone. The next morning I headed east and picked up some more miles of US 601, 158, and 15 plus a new stretch of I-840, clinching US 15 in Virginia and discovering Alt 15 in Farmville in the process. Then I headed home for a few days, resuming the trip on the 26th.

The 26th was the longest driving day of the trip (17 hours; the others were typically 12-14), and it netted me the first US clinch: US 158, whose final miles were collected near Murfreesboro, NC. The bypass of Murfreesboro seemed fairly recent, so I drove it as well as the business route since I'm not certain which route I had driven when I went through the area the first time about 15 years ago. Besides that, I collected some miles on US 258 and nabbed a few business US routes and Virginia state highways before aiming towards Rocky Mount, my stop for the night, which included the nicest AirBnb I've ever experienced as well as my first visit to a Lidl, which only began operating in the US in a handful of states last year.

The next day I headed south to Wilmington, clinching US 421 on the way. Once there I drove the final segment of I-140 that had opened the previous week as well as the expected new routing of US 17 through the city; I wasn't planning a US 17 clinch this time, but wanted to have that part complete since I don't anticipate another trip to the area anytime soon. Next I headed north and clinched US 258 near Snow Hill, and headed back southwest to pick up the new-ish segment of NC-295 between US 401 and the All American Freeway. Which makes me wonder: why isn't the All American Freeway included in usasf?

From there I took US 401 and US 52 south to Florence and my next night. Early the next morning I headed west to Sumter via US 401, making that my fourth US clinch of the trip. Then I headed back north via 15 and 52 to US 1, taking that southwest to 601, which I followed to its south end at US 321, taking that in turn to its south end at 17. From there I made my way over to US 21 and headed through Beaufort and down to its south end before turning around and following it back north to its junction with US 321 just south of Columbia, and thence back southeast to Charleston on US 176. While in Charleston I completed every US route in and around the city, again with the expectation that I wouldn't be nearby for a while.

Waking up to the sound of freezing rain in the morning, I checked the news and discovered that the US 17/Arthur Ravenel bridge had been closed indefinitely due to ice. Fortunately I was in Mount Pleasant and heading northeast on 17, so I wasn't affected. The donut place where I stopped at 6 was somewhat more concerned, since a truck full of their supplies was stuck on the wrong side, and they were running out. But they assured me that there weren't any similar bridges between there and Georgetown, so I headed out anticipating an uneventful trip. The temperatures were hovering just below freezing, but since the previous day had been fairly warm, I doubted that ice would be much trouble on the roads, and I never noticed any slick spots. However, once I got to Georgetown, traffic stopped. I checked Google Maps on my phone and saw the dreaded "do not enter" symbol stamped on the bridge. This was frustrating for two reasons: the closed bridge was the only way into Georgetown that didn't involve a 30-minute detour, and I had never driven this stretch of 17. But with the temperatures showing no movement and sunrise at least half an hour off, I knew that it would be hours before the bridge reopened, so I turned around and took the detour. On the way back around to Georgetown, I had an idea, and so I made my way to the bridge approach on the opposite bank. It was still closed, of course, and dozens of vehicles waited. Holding them back were a car and truck from the police and fire departments. I walked up to the one from fire department, and approached his window to ask about the bridge. He pointed out that not only was it icy, but also there was a wreck, and it wouldn't reopen anytime soon; no emergency vehicles had arrived yet. I asked if it was closed to pedestrians, and he thought for a moment, and replied, "I would assume that it is not." I thanked him, and headed over to the police car to make sure. As I approached, I noticed the officer was asleep, and took that as a tacit approval. So I turned around and began to walk the bridge (https://www.google.com/maps/@33.3618771,-79.2954848,3a,75y,150.17h,90.91t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sOvC0qq9rTH_BzWAW8k9pSQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656).

There was no sidewalk, as the bridge was designed for highway speeds. As soon as I reached the end of the north approach, the surface turned from wet to ice-coated as the air below the roadway insulated it from any remaining heat in the ground. Fortunately, there was also a significant amount of road debris--pebbles, mud, tread pieces, some litter--that I could walk on to avoid slipping. Eventually, the debris thinned out and I could only use friction with the concrete outside rail to keep my feet from sliding out from under me as I ascended. Going up was a challenge, but coming down the other side proved even more so, as finding my footing on ice sloping away from me led me to settle on shuffling along the rail until I managed to reach the south bank approach. Of course, if I was going to mark this segment clinched, I needed to continue on to the Kangaroo station where I had turned my car around, so I proceeded an additional half mile to its driveway, turned around, and headed back to the bridge. The crossing took about 45 minutes.

I was pretty confident that I'd make it back across without incident, but I did need to get past some first responders on this side before I could. I chose to cross back on the same southbound lanes I'd used on the way over, since it would take me further from them. The return trip was just as icy, but seemed to go a little faster, since I already knew what to expect. At the top, I got a better look at the crash in the northbound lanes; it involved 3 cars all spun out in different directions as well as a logging truck. The ice would prevent any wrecker from reaching them for a while. A new truck had appeared in the southbound lanes, stopped at the north approach: it was spreading sand for traction (coastal SC has no salt spreaders, which is why any of this even happened), and it was stuck on the ice.

As I made my way back from the bridge to my car, I passed many people who were anxious about the closure, had seen me crossing, and wondered if I knew anything. I told them it would likely be closed for at least another hour, explained the accident, and showed them the detour. The whole process had set me back two hours, but at least I'd not been left with a tiny segment of US 17 a hundred miles from anything else I'd ever want to drive.

The rest of the day went surprisingly well: Alt 17 to US 15 (US clinch #5 at Sumter) to US 378 to US 701 (#6 at US 74), some already clinched freeways to Columbia, and US 378 from there to its clinch point just across the border in Georgia. I made it to my AirBnb less than 10 minutes after the kickoff of the OSU-USC bowl game, and slept great.

The next day took me west along US 178 (clinched at US 64) and east along US 176 to Columbia, then north along US 321 and back south again to Columbia along US 21. While in Columbia I clinched US 176 and 321 simultaneously at the I-26 interchange, and finished most of the rest of the US route mileage within the metro area.

The last day brought me home, via US 1, 601, and 21, the latter two of which I clinched in North Carolina. On the way I took a side trip to the new I-785 extension east of Greensboro and finished adding mileage by adding the remainder of US 52 in Virginia. Once back in Ohio the evening of the 31st I finally got a taste of the single digits (°F) I'd missed out on.

Overall numbers:

2966 miles added (including 17 miles of interstate and almost 2500 miles of US Routes)
89 clinched highways, including 12 new US Routes (158, 421, 258, 401, 15, 701, 378, 178, 176, 321, 21, 601), bringing my total to 123 of 219. I also reclinched US 501 by finally driving the new alignment north of Roxboro, NC.
3 visits to Zaxby's, 3 to Bojangles, 2 to Cookout, 2 to some locally famous BBQ places, and 2 to a couple of Cambodian donut shops, all of which are lacking in my part of the world


 
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on January 23, 2018, 02:58:24 pm
Took a cruise to Cozumel, Belize, and Roatan (Honduras) which required driving from Virginia to Galveston:

New clinches:
I-275 (TN); I-759 (AL); US 11 (GA); US 82 (MS); TX 3; TN 38; GA 58; TX 73; TX 225; TX 275

Picked up significant mileage:
US 11 (65 miles south from GA line); US 82 (MS line to I-20/59); US 90 (TX line to US 165); US 165 from US 90 to Monroe; LA 17 (I-20 to AR); TX 146 from I-45 to I-10

an ALDOT project to clear the tree line on I-59 had the side effect of them dropping a tree onto open lanes of the interstate while digging nearby.  Fortunately it did not hit anyone and we were able to get stopped without running into one another.

There is an error US 87 shield on Galveston Island.

TX 73 is a terrific alternative to I-10 to go around Beaumont.  Speed limit was 75 for over half of it (speed limit on I-10 is only 65 for some reason). and there was next to no traffic.  Just 1 stop light in Port Arthur and a few in Bridges City.

Belize has just 4 highways (no numbering) and our excursion to Xunantunich Ruins near the Guatemalan border drove 95% of one of them (Western Highway).  Hopefully these 4 highways will be put into TM someday.

Also got a significant portion of Highway C-1 on Cozumel.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on February 28, 2018, 10:32:50 pm
While procrastinating on a bunch of things, I took a series of one- or two-day trips to the Delmarva Peninsula. The latest trip to Virginia's Eastern Shore (of the Chesapeake Bay) earlier this week finished off all of the Peninsula's routes in active systems, as well as all active-system routes in the rest of Maryland and Delaware.

My latest trip also took me to Farmville VA, to snag the Alt US 15 route there that was recently added to the HB, as well as a little more state route mileage in the general vicinity.

Next trip planned (unless a jury duty summons for next week unexpectedly results in my serving on a long trial) will take me southwest to Texas and back later this month.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on March 02, 2018, 03:50:58 pm
I've been continuing to work on filling in some of the gaps I still have in metro Atlanta. January and February have given me clinches of GA 324, 13, 154, 360, and the short 6 Spur in Lithia Springs, as well as adding significant mileage on 53, 92, and 280 (the last of those serving as a reminder of how much I hate driving in Cobb County, which is probably why I'm still missing so much mileage there). I tend to do these things as short (about 3-4 hours) day trips, at least as long as I still have this low-hanging fruit.

Next trip I have planned outside the area is to North Carolina in April. What, if anything, I'm able to add will probably depend on who's driving (it's a group trip).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on March 16, 2018, 03:46:30 pm
Recently returned from a weekend trip in Missouri. Completed clinches of I-170, I-255, and I-270 in and around St. Louis. Also completed the western end of I-64 (just need to about 10 miles in Virginia for the entire route). Spent some time driving around Kansas City where I finished off I-435 and I-635 (I-470 was already clinched). I had been missing a small segment of I-70 between I-670 in KS and I-35 in MO which has been bothering me since I first missed it back in 2006. My plans for this past weekend were  to drive that segment westbound, but the bridge across the Kansas River was closed in that direction. Luckily the eastbound routing was open so I was able to clinch it going the other way. That leaves just 30 miles in MD to complete the entire 2,185 mile route. I plan to do that later this year.

Added a good bit of mileage on US24 and US50 along with some of the associated business routes.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: ntallyn on March 16, 2018, 06:06:09 pm
Picked up a couple hundred kilometers of A- and B- routes in South Australia (and a little bit of M-2) in the last few weeks. Looking forward to the time I can claim them here. :) Might have a km or two in NSW, as well.

Nick
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on March 24, 2018, 07:39:59 pm
Next trip planned (unless a jury duty summons for next week unexpectedly results in my serving on a long trial) will take me southwest to Texas and back later this month.

Got off the hook for jury duty, so it was off to Texas on a two-week road trip. I got back home earlier this week.

I clinched all the Interstates I hadn't yet covered, except one of the newest I-11 segments in Nevada. Anyway, there will be more new and widely-scattered Interstate mileage later this year, so trying to stay at 100% would be a game of whack-a-mole.

Also, I clinched US 79 and the short and obscure US 175, as well as the Texas segments of US 87, US 287, and US 385. The only parts of those routes I haven't yet covered are all north of I-80, and I might take care of those this summer.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on March 30, 2018, 11:22:31 pm
Trips in March only added a bit of new mileage: a small bit of PA 216, a small bit of PA 24, and most of PA 624. Life circumstances will probably keep me from adding any more new clinched mileage until May at the earliest.

I am discovering old trips that went over routes I hadn't yet listed, so those will get added in the near future.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on April 23, 2018, 08:03:31 pm
Next trip I have planned outside the area is to North Carolina in April. What, if anything, I'm able to add will probably depend on who's driving (it's a group trip).

Results of that trip: clinched the I-85 business routes in Spartanburg and Greensboro, picked up the portions of I-40 between Greensboro and Raleigh not concurrent with I-85 (already had that part), and grabbed various short-to-moderate segments of US 15, 64, 70, 401, and 501, Interstates 440 and 540, and part of the NC 147 freeway.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Bickendan on April 24, 2018, 03:24:19 am
Just got back from a long day trip to the center of Oregon.
Finally got my 100% clinch of US 26 in Oregon (was only missing ORH 360 Madras-Prineville Hwy), and clinched ORH 370 (O'Neill Hwy), OR 380 (Paulina Hwy), OR 27 (ORH 14 Crooked River Hwy) and the northern segment of ORH 4 (The Dalles-California Hwy), giving me 100% on US 197 and more of US 97 under my belt. I did not pick up ORH 361 (Culver Hwy) at all to poor advance signage for the Culver turn off from US 97.

Of note: ORH 361 is not signed in the field, as far as I can tell. It's possible it's signed once you leave US 97.
ORH 370 is not signed at all.
OR 380 is signed, but there are no signs for the route from US 26 in Prineville. First reassurance shield is near milepost 2; it's fairly well signed thereafter all the way to Paulina.
OR 27 is not fun to drive once the pavement ends and becomes a gravel road. It is well graded and maintained, but that really should be paved. Surprisingly, I saw a good number of bikers.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on April 28, 2018, 11:09:55 am
I took a two-week road trip to Florida earlier this month. Then I took a much shorter trip to Greensboro this week, to tie up some loose ends from the first trip, including the new I-840 segment whose opening was delayed a week, foiling my original plan to snag it on my way back from Florida.

The two trips added clinches of two short US routes, intrastate US 158, and US 401 which doesn't leave the Carolinas. In Florida, I think I've snagged all the 8xx and higher state routes, and the other routes in south Florida.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on May 09, 2018, 10:16:59 pm
A little 2-day baseball trip to see games at my 49th and 50th minor league parks in Trenton and Allentown also gave me a chance to add some new mileage to my TM stats.  Yesterday, I got just a few very short pieces: NJ 31 inside I-295, a tiny piece of NJ 29 in Trenton, and US 1 from NJ 29 just across the river to last night's hotel off the first exit on the PA side.  Today's plan to get up to Allentown starting on US 1 and then mostly PA 309 was scrapped because of nasty morning traffic problems.  Instead, I avoided an accident on US 1 by going down US 13 to the Turnpike, then stuck with that and I-476 up to Allentown to be on time for a 10:30 AM game.  After the game, I decided to take some new routes through New Jersey.  I drove NJ 57 end to end, which was horrendous with slow trucks and long construction delays.  Then clinched tiny NJ 182 to get up to US 46.  The last of the new mileage was all of US 206 north of I-80 and a little piece of US 6 west from Milford to I-84.  About 75 miles new altogether.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on May 10, 2018, 01:39:08 pm
I drove NJ 57 end to end, ...  Then clinched tiny NJ 182
Wh-- ...Why does this exist?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on May 10, 2018, 03:26:29 pm
I drove NJ 57 end to end, ...  Then clinched tiny NJ 182
Wh-- ...Why does this exist?

Exactly my thoughts driving through.  I didn't pay close attention and assumed 57 just ended at US 46.  But no, it changes numbers.

In that area, it looks like many people use East Ave as a cutoff between 182 and US 46 East.  Might be worth adding points to each route for that.  I'll add those points if there's no objection.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on May 11, 2018, 10:47:59 am
It's because NJ 182 used to be part of current NJ 24.  There is still a NJ 24 shield leaving this intersection SB.

That said, when they decided to take NJ 24 out of the primary system out to this area, have 57 just be extended to US 46 would've made the most sense...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on May 11, 2018, 01:22:12 pm
Heh...
https://historicaerials.com/location/40.831540909738116/-74.82247352600098/T1968/15

Edit:
http://www.alpsroads.net/roads/nj/log/10.html#182
Quote
182 is a short route connecting US 46 to 57 and old 24. In the 1927 numbering, 24 went from Phillipsburg to Newark via Morristown. The alignment near Hackettstown used the old Washington Turnpike via Pleasant Grove. S24 split from 24 at Penwell and went to Hackettstown. When the routes were renumbered in 1953, NJDOT abandoned the idea of ever building 24 via Pleasant Grove, and rerouted 24 via S24 to the south edge of Hackettstown, and then south to Schooleys Mountain on the originally planned route. The bit of S24 north of what was now 24 became 57.
On 10/9/1969, the routes were renumbered again. 24 was truncated to only go east of Hackettstown on county roads, and 57 was reassigned to state-maintained 24 west of Hackettstown. The road that had been 57 became 182, since 57 was planned to continue east as a bypass of Hackettstown. That bypass has died, but the 182 number remains. The entire route is multiplexed with CR 517.

http://www.alpsroads.net/roads/nj/log/6.html#57
Quote
57 runs east-northeast from Phillipsburg, and contains the first stretch of concrete pavement in the Western hemisphere (one mile of it in Warren County, built in 1912). Pre-GR, it was 24 west of Penwell and S24 east of Penwell. At the GR, this all became part of 24, and 57 used what is now 182 (formerly S24). On 10/9/1969, former 57 became 182 and 57 was designated along its current alignment. 57 does not extend along 182 because it was planned to extend east on a Hackettstown bypass to US 46, which is a divided highway for that very reason.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on May 11, 2018, 05:08:56 pm
Well that makes it even sillier than my incorrect assumption...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on May 12, 2018, 01:01:44 am
(https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/7/7f/Graham_Chapman_Colonel.jpg/220px-Graham_Chapman_Colonel.jpg)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on May 12, 2018, 01:30:35 am
In short, when NJDOT "officially" truncated the west end of NJ 24 to Morristown, and changed the Phillipsburg-South Hackettstown leg from 24 to 57, they continued the 57 number along a proposed bypass... but when the bypass plans were scrapped, they didn't change 182 back to being the eastern end of 57. Either someone in NJDOT was being wildly overoptimistic that the bypass would be resurrected, or just stupid in the extreme.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on May 12, 2018, 01:18:04 pm
^^ More like...

(https://i.pinimg.com/originals/d7/eb/bd/d7ebbdeb5d40c4a7b74ccf63ad700f02.jpg)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: 7/8 on May 17, 2018, 10:02:01 pm
I just got back from my three-week long graduation trip to the Rockies. The majority of the trip was on new roads, which meant I added LOTS of mileage to my TM profile. We started by taking I-96 to get Livingston and Ingham counties in MI, then a short detour on M-78 and M-66 to get Barry County (MI). After Chicago, it was all new territory for a long time. We took I-80 then I-76 to Denver. We visited Breckenridge, backtracked to Colorado Springs, and headed back up to Denver to drop one of my brothers at the airport (he needed to get home for work). We then drove I-70 and UT 128 (both were incredibly scenic) to Moab, UT. My family got to do a UTV tour which was a lot of fun! We then drove up US 6/191 to Midway, UT to spend a few days in the area. We then went up I-15 and US 20 to stay in West Yellowstone, MT while visiting the park. All the geysers were fascinating to see, and the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone was very impressive. We drove down to see the Tetons before crossing Wyoming by US 26, I-25, and US 18. We visited Mt. Rushmore and then the Badlands in SD. After that, it was lots of driving on I-90 to Chicago. For the last day, we started the morning in Mishawaka (near South Bend, IN) and I convinced the family to take US 12 up to Ypsilanti, MI to get Cass, St. Joseph, Hillsdale, and Lenawee counties in southern MI. I also added I-96 between I-275 and I-94 in Detroit. All in all, it was a very successful trip and I'm thankful that I got the chance to see the Western US before starting my full-time job and that my family was willing to take some detours for me to add counties and road mileage :).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on May 21, 2018, 11:06:52 am
Last week's vacation officially puts me on the board in Hawaii, which makes its debut for me at #7 in active and preview mileage with 12.05%. The mileage, all on Oahu, includes clinches of Interstates H2 and H201 (but not H1, of which I missed a two-mile segment in east Honolulu) and state routes 72, 80, 8930 (why a four-digit number? it seems like Oahu has plenty of two- and three-digit ones available), and 93. I probably would have clinched 95 if I'd known it was there (I drove part of it and don't remember it being signed) and was close enough to the end of 930 that I should have finished it off too. Oh well.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on May 21, 2018, 11:32:47 am
Last week's vacation officially puts me on the board in Hawaii, which makes its debut for me at #7 in active and preview mileage with 12.05%. The mileage, all on Oahu, includes clinches of Interstates H2 and H201 (but not H1, of which I missed a two-mile segment in east Honolulu) and state routes 72, 80, 8930 (why a four-digit number? it seems like Oahu has plenty of two- and three-digit ones available), and 93. I probably would have clinched 95 if I'd known it was there (I drove part of it and don't remember it being signed) and was close enough to the end of 930 that I should have finished it off too. Oh well.

95 has long given me heartburn, as a primary route (access to a secondary commercial harbor) with no route markers.

As for 8930, four-digit route number assignments are typical for new urban routes, though it's also fairly common to leave them unsigned. If 8930 doesn't feel urban now, it will soon, with rapid growth in the Kapolei "second city" area. In any case, I'm pretty sure no new 2-digit routes have been designated this century, and probably none since the last major round of renumbering in 1968. Nor have any new 3-digit state routes, except perhaps some short unsigned ones on the outer islands, and a network of unevenly-signed county routes in central Maui set up in the mid-1970s. A new rural secondary highway on Maui has been assigned 374, if it ever gets built.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on May 21, 2018, 12:08:33 pm
If 8930 doesn't feel urban now, it will soon, with rapid growth in the Kapolei "second city" area.

Yeah, it very much had the feel of "this is all going to be developed within the next 2-3 years", especially with the elevated rail(?) construction that was also going on there. I stopped at the mall at the south end of the route for lunch on Thursday, which is apparently new enough that it doesn't even show up on Google's satellite imagery.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: vdeane on May 27, 2018, 12:45:26 pm
My recent big update was from a trip to Florida.  Report on the AARoads forum (https://www.aaroads.com/forum/index.php?topic=22940.0).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on May 27, 2018, 06:24:13 pm
I just finished a trip that clinched all the Illinois state routes (I'll deal with Historic US66 later), all the US routes in Wisconsin, and enough Michigan routes that I should be able to clinch what's left in that state in a day trip. US10 and US53 are done now as well.

Apparently I missed the opening of the bypass around Macomb, Illinois, by a few days, so I will lose my system-wide clinch soon. Its opening has been pushed back several times over the past few months. I spoke with a state trooper while there to test his opinion on sneaking past the barriers, and he suggested calling IDOT, since they had let some people on it already. Unfortunately the project managers had left for the day when I called, and no one in the office was authorized to let me drive it, so I went on my way. If another trip in the early planning stages happens later this year, Macomb won't be all that far out of the way.

Weather was beautiful except for about an hour of rain one day. That hour coincided with my visit to Mackinac Island, and my clinch of M-185 on a rented bike. It started out light, but was a full-on thunderstorm within 15 minutes. So I managed to race around the island in less than an hour and turn in my bike with time to make the ferry back to St Ignace; I was soaked, so browsing the shops on the island no longer seemed worthwhile. The rain stopped by the time I got off the ferry.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on May 28, 2018, 05:46:53 pm
I've filled in a few more "historic" trips from the 90s and oughts, plus I recently got back from a long weekend trip from the FedroSplat to Connecticut and back. Drove the clinching pieces of PA194 and NJ53 on the way up, as well as driving all of NY304, though that last was not intentional; I'd intended to take the PIP north of the Thruway but it was blocked due to downed trees in a couple of spots after the recent storms. So I ended up driving the north half of NY304 and a new-to-me segment of US9W (with part of the latter also being a new-to-me segment of US202). Also extended my mileage on NY301 before passing into CT.

In CT and on the return trip, I drive new segments of quite a few CT routes, US5, and US44, but only one newly clinched route (CT194), and a piece of NY303. I did add a couple of weirdnesses due to that storm though. CT37 does *not* have a waypoint at Haviland Hollow Rd (though the other end of that road *is* a waypoint on NY22), so after driving north from that road up to New Milford on a past trip, I had listed my south end as Beaver Bog Rd, the closest waypoint, about 3/4 mile south. So on this most recent trip I planned to drive CT37 from I-84 north to Haviland Hollow Rd. I made it north of Beaver Bog Rd, but about 3/8 mile short of my intended turn I hit a "Road Closed" sign, and highway workers telling me that CT37 was impassable due to downed trees and poiwer lines. I was directed onto a side road, which was barely passable (only one car wide in a lot of spots after they'd cut parts of the downed trees out of the way), and the other end of which was at a road I later determined was CT39... but I had no data signal and ended up making a wrong turn, went east, and found myself 1/2 mile west of CT37 before turning around and going back west toward NYS. I did eventually  make it to my destination, but now I have a couple of ALMOST-clinched segments up in CT that I'll have to finish doing the next time I'm solo driving up that way.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on May 29, 2018, 11:41:06 pm
Who else is using the Highwayapp (first mentioned here (http://tm.teresco.org/forum/index.php?topic=2370.msg8981#msg8981)) on clinch trips? On my last trip it correctly identified almost all the routes I encountered (drove on or crossed) and it was fun hearing the counter increase every time my score went up. I picked up about 3900 points. If you travel in the US or Canada and have an Apple or Android device, check it out.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: CharlotteAllisonCDTG on May 30, 2018, 12:34:31 am
I use it, however it doesn't register new highways until after I arrive at my destination.  I just recently drove from Jacksonville, FL to my home in Grovetown, GA (about five hours).  I have been trying to take different routes nearly every time I have driven between both cities.  When I got home, it kept dinging at me, over and over and over.  I'm at 585 and 56 (don't know which icon and number) means what.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on May 30, 2018, 05:02:17 pm
I use it, however it doesn't register new highways until after I arrive at my destination.  I just recently drove from Jacksonville, FL to my home in Grovetown, GA (about five hours).  I have been trying to take different routes nearly every time I have driven between both cities.  When I got home, it kept dinging at me, over and over and over.  I'm at 585 and 56 (don't know which icon and number) means what.
If you leave it running while you drive, your score should increase within a few seconds of reaching a new route, unless your phone loses its signal.

The 56 means you encountered 56 unique highways. You get 10 points for every new highway in your score, so 585 means that you've received 560 for the 56 unique highways, plus 25 bonus points for driving on one or more of those highways in multiple counties.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: CharlotteAllisonCDTG on May 30, 2018, 08:16:31 pm
There really needs to be some kind of manual for the app.  At first, I couldn't figure it out.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on June 13, 2018, 05:37:30 pm
This past weekend I drove to (and back from) a conference in western PA. The PA turnpike is something I clinched years ago, and the section from Breezewood to New Stanton decades ago; and the Turnpike's getting expensive, so I've been trying various different routes to get out there. This time, I hit new sections of PA 819, PA 286, PA 380, and PA 56/PA 56 Truck to get to Old Route 28, then most of PA 910 (but took a detour because a bridge is out) to get to the Pittsburgh North Hills. My return trip involved finally clinching PA 228, half of PA 128, new segments of PA 28 and US 219, the western half of PA 869, and a clinch of MD 56.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: the_spui_ninja on June 14, 2018, 12:58:00 pm
Recently got back from the Alabama Gulf Coast; got about half of I-55 on that trip alone and 5 new states (TN, MS, LA, AL, FL). Yes, I haven't really been to the eastern part of the country at all.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on June 17, 2018, 04:31:44 am
From some day trips and occasional overnight trips over the past few months, my mileage on Virginia routes in TM has crept over 85%, slipping past froggie for the #2 spot (but no threat to Mapmikey, who's close to 100%). I think I now have everything in the area north of I-64 and west of I-95, and almost everything west of I-81 and east of I-77 (missed an obscure short primary state route in Wytheville when I was out there this month). Southwestern and Southside Virginia remain weak spots for me.

Now my travel focus shifts elsewhere, with return trips to Colorado, Canada, and California/Nevada/Hawaii in the works for later this year.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: ntallyn on June 18, 2018, 09:58:32 pm
Added a few KM of CA-1 (no, not the Pacific Coast Highway) in Guatemala. Clarified a couple of KM from a previous trip around Guatemala City, as well. And about 10 KM of some new RN routes. Hopefully, I'll get to claim all of it at some point.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on June 19, 2018, 10:31:37 am
^^ You'll probably stay ahead of me on that for the forseeable future, too.  Not sure when I'll get back down into the Mid-Atlantic again, especially now that I've begun a new job (and have basically zero vacation time).

In the meantime, I've utilized the past 4 years to become #1 in Vermont....I've only got 5 border crossings and one route in Franklin County left to fully clinch.

I've also been in a race with DTP to be the first to clinch New Hampshire.  He will probably beat me...he's only got 30-some miles left, while I still have close to 200.  That said, on a trip I took this weekend I did make a good dent into what I had left.  Two good pushes might do it for me, as with 4 exceptions everything I have left is concentrated south of NH 9 and west of I-93.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: SSOWorld on June 19, 2018, 08:08:29 pm
You speak of travels out of context? How about Florida?  Also in the works is entry into state #47 (South Carolina - which means I have to go Vermonting, Island Hopping, and Dalton driving.n  Oh and I get Interstates too.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on June 24, 2018, 12:29:20 pm
My Spring 2018 summary

I've clinched the region of Berlin (150mi) and I've reached 99.90% of German Autobahns (deua = 8120mi) again. I would only need to travel two recently opened Autobahn sections in NW (A33+A44) but there are more openings announced for the coming months (another A33 and another A44 section and a A448 section in NW). I've also clinched B6 in ST which is approved to be rededicated to A36 (~50mi). It will likely be implemented in 2019.

I'm now back from a 3-week-vacation to the beautiful islands of Ireland and Great Britain. I've clinched the Irish motorway system (irlm = 602mi) and all motorways in Northern Ireland (nirm = 69mi and niram = 1mi). I've also clinched all Scotish motorways (gbnm = 214mi and gbnam = 50mi) and all Welsh motorways (gbnm = 81mi and gbnam = 2mi). I've traveled 83% of the English motorways (gbnm = 1642mi and gbnam = 176mi). It was very warm on Ireland and I had no rain (only a 5 minutes shower which helped cleaning my windshield). There was almost no rain in Scotland (about 20 minutes while driving and once in the evening so that I decided to go to the restaurant of the hotel only) and once a few minutes in England.

On my way to Ireland and back from England, I've passed France and have now clinched 86% of the French Autoroutes (fraa = 7205mi). I've also re-clinched luxb system but it has a lengths of 6.18mi only.

Note: All mileage figures are system lenghts.


In total, I have exceeded 100,000km and have more than 65,000mi now. I think that I might reach 70,000mi by the end of the year (I had 58,000mi on January 1st).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on June 26, 2018, 10:19:50 pm
Four-day trip got me the rest of the counties in Wisconsin. Clinched the entire routes of US 8 and US 141. Also, in what was a horribly ill-advised late decision, clinched US 12 in Illinois. Had half of it done by slogging on US 20, thought "how bad could 40 miles be?" I regret the entire last day.

Related: Ban FIBs.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on June 26, 2018, 11:26:13 pm
FIBs?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: SSOWorld on June 26, 2018, 11:41:59 pm
FIBs?
Derogatory term for Northern Illinois.  "Fucking Illinois Bastards".  Stereotyped as maniac driver and road rage.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on June 27, 2018, 12:37:22 am
I considered Urban Dictionary, but just had to go with Wikipedia instead...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: julmac on July 10, 2018, 02:40:01 am
Just finished my first single-journey completion of a major US route. Drove US 75 from end to end on my way to a seminar at the University of North Texas. Took US 83 for much of the way back. Also my longest solo trip to date. Highlights along the route included Pipestone National Monument (MN), the Little House on the Prairie (KS), Monument Rocks (KS), and Nebraska sandhills. My wife and kids were sad that they didn't get to see the Little House on the Prairie, but quite happy not having to sit through eight days of driving the prairies to see it.

Will now focus on getting my log file up-to-date (it's severely backlogged with new preview systems), and ongoing system reviews before a more usual trip to the west coast with the family next month.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: SSOWorld on July 17, 2018, 07:07:00 pm
Completion of a two-week trip through the southeast (KY, TN, AL, FL, GA, SC, NC - Also IN).  Brings Florida into my personal top 10 (with the state routes included).  Fell short of finishing the FL Interstates by 8.46 (I-10 E of Lake City and the Jacksonville belt).  also got the routes along the Keys (US1 and FLA1A).  Also did a little Disney World roadgeeking (on and off the road  ;) ). TN was also heavily covered with new route travels with I-24, I-40, I-65, I-440 and I-840 added to the "Done" list.  I only need 26, 75, 81, 124 and the piece of 269 that got built after 2015.  IL also has only a portion of I-70 remaining (E of IL 4) and it's done.  This also included my first entry into South Carolina (I only have to island hop (self-explanatory), drive the frontier, and go Vermonting).

Off of this trip - I now have seen where some of the "other ends" of routes that I use regularly (in state) are with my own eyes.  US-45 in Mobile and US-41 in Miami (wherever the route ends I made sure - can't believe between my own eyes or the FL GIS data).


After tomorrow and over 5000 miles of driving, my car wants to rest and lick its wounds (only bug splats 8) )
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on July 18, 2018, 10:02:28 am
I picked up a few hundred new miles on a quick swing down to the Carolinas and back.  I cracked 85,000 miles on active systems, 88,000 on active+preview.  I clinched my 600th active route, likely when I traveled the new I-73 section near Greensboro.  I got my first-ever mileage on US 123, meaning I have driven on at least one segment of 191 of the 219 routes in the usaus system, and my first-ever mileage on I-385, for 285 of 365 traveled (184 clinched) in usai.

Along the way, I discovered that US 209/PA 325/PA 225/US 22-322 is a nice alternative to avoid the always-bad traffic on I-81 between Harrisburg and I-78, and that US 220 from Roanoke to the I-73 segment north of Greensboro still needs some work before it's a great option.  Also, that I really like the ride on US 178 over the mountains between NC and SC (though I don't think I've ever found a bad route through any of the mountains down that way).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on July 19, 2018, 08:40:50 pm
I just got back from a few weeks on the road, taking a sidewinding southern route out to Colorado then a more direct northern route on the return. Part of the plan was to clinch several US routes, plus the long TX 114 across Texas. I was able to clinch US 601 and TX 114, plus re-clinch US 33 after its recent relocation in Goshen IN, and re-clinch in advance US 29 in Lawrenceville GA once its pending relocation is implemented (not yet). I wasn't quite able to finish off US 501, US 80, and US 138 due to mid-route construction closures, so I'll have to go back and finish off the missing route segments once those projects are completed.

Between the outbound and return trips, I spent several days soaking at a favorite hot springs resort in southern Colorado, a mountain location with limited cellphone or Internet access. I did some light travel around Colorado before returning home, including becoming the only user so far to clinch CO 65, CO 92, and CO 330 east of Grand Junction, and CO 17 and CO 136 in the Alamosa area.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on July 25, 2018, 06:44:48 am
After 3 rainouts I finally got to take a trip this year which added clinchable mileage.

I went to Columbus OH, Cleveland and indianapolis:

Corridor H and Corridor D to Athens OH, then nearly everything after this back to Portsmouth OH was new mileage:
US 33 through Columbus to the top side of their beltway.  Note there are two US 33 cutouts just after leaving US 23 but they looked quite recent to me (though GMSV shows they were there by 2007).  Here is one of them - https://goo.gl/maps/aYSFys9yTWQ2

Went to Cleveland via I-71, I-76 and OH 8.  While in Cleveland a few days, I was able to get all the US route mileage within the city limits plus rode US 6 west all the way to Vermilion to see the lovely lakeshore it traverses.

To get to Indianapolis I used I-71 and US 224 across Ohio.  The plan was to follow 224 to US 24 then US 31.  However, Indiana has US 224 completely closed just west of IN 1, so I had to abandon my plan to be able to Nationally Clinch US 224.  Used IN 1, IN 124, IN 5, I-69 to Indy instead.  While in Indy got some mileage on US 136 and US 421 plus IN 39 and IN 32.

Coming back to Virginia, I used US 52 to Huntington WV except I used I-275 around the north of Cincinnati.  Then I-64 back to central Virginia.  I-64 in West Virginia is under construction in numerous places and was annoying as hell.

New Clinches:  WV 32, I-277 (OH), OH 8
Significant new mileage: I-71 Columbus to Cleveland; US 224 from IN 1 to Akron; US 52 Indy to Portsmouth OH (minus inside I-275)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on July 25, 2018, 05:30:22 pm
Something I was pondering recently....am I the "most traveled" member who's married?  I know Oscar isn't married but I was curious about the others who have more mileage than me.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on July 25, 2018, 07:11:46 pm
Something I was pondering recently....am I the "most traveled" member who's married?  I know Oscar isn't married but I was curious about the others who have more mileage than me.

I'm just above you in the list and while I'm not married, my partner and I have been cohabiting for a decade now. She encourages me go off alone to collect highway mileage, counties, frequent flyer miles, and hotel points. Those last two come in handy when we vacation together several times a year.

In early September we're taking our first trip to Alaska (the 50th state for me) and she already knows I will be collecting some routes while there. Sadly, I'll have to tone it down a bit for her sake. Still, I'm looking forward to finally having some highway mileage in all 50 states. Maybe I can even clinch a route or two. :D  I-A3 looks like a possibility. Already booked the 12-hour bus tour for Denali, so maybe ParkRd as well. Can't wait.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on July 25, 2018, 07:44:19 pm
Already booked the 12-hour bus tour for Denali, so maybe ParkRd as well. Can't wait.

You'll be ahead of me. I only took the short version of the bus tour ... and that was only because there was exactly one space left on the next departing bus (one of the few times when traveling solo worked to my advantage).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on July 25, 2018, 07:50:55 pm
Already booked the 12-hour bus tour for Denali, so maybe ParkRd as well. Can't wait.

You'll be ahead of me.

On one route out of thousands.  ;D LOL.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on July 31, 2018, 01:01:49 pm
I'm just wrapping up a trip to Nebraska (4th year in a row, amazingly enough, visiting friends there for various events).  Primarily on the ride home, I was able to find a lot of new ways that added up to about 650 new miles for my TM stats and 19 new counties on mob-rule.  Mainly this was accomplished by taking US 34 across southern Iowa (nice and reasonably fast!), a little I-74 I hadn't done before, and US 24 across from I-55 to Toledo, with an exception of a dip down to Lafayette to have some food options for lunch.  It was a welcome change to I-80.  As far as TM-specific stats, I have cracked 86,000 miles in active routes and 89,000 in active+preview.  I only completed a clinch of 2 routes but added my first travels on 12.  The vast majority was new miles on US highways I had traveled in part previously.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: ntallyn on August 01, 2018, 10:00:14 pm
I had 3 hours to kill between leaving my wife with her sisters in Layton, UT and having to be at the SLC airport, so I picked up quite a bit of new state route mileage in the area. Clinched UT 60, 105, 106, 109, 225, 227, 232 (the signed portion), and 273.

Then a round-trip from MCI to Abilene got more new mileage, clinching I-635, K-10, K-30, K-43, K-114, K-138, K-185, and completing the KS portion of I-35 and US 40.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on August 01, 2018, 11:40:28 pm
Today I clinched Old (pre-1940) US1 in Waldoboro. Maine doesn't do historic US route signage, so this isn't eligible for USAUSH, but it's concurrent with ME220 for a whopping 0.39 miles, which I hadn't previously traveled. Traveling West Main St yesterday, I was able to go north on ME32 to rejoin US1 at a handy protected left signal, for 0.47 new miles on ME32.
YEEEEE-HAW!
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: sipes23 on August 02, 2018, 04:47:49 pm
I'm going to Alaska Sunday, so I'll be adding mileage in a new region for the first time in a few years. It will probably put me super close to 50,000 miles in active systems without pushing me over that line. Also, I have a couple more clinches in Wyoming to add to ensure that I stay at first place there.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on August 02, 2018, 09:31:36 pm
Picked up some "new" travels today without leaving the house.  I noticed a segment of FL 121 I know I'd driven was not on my map.  Got out an old highlighted RMcN from 2006 to verify which parts I'd driven and found a whole trip's worth that showed a handful of segments that I missed when putting in my usafl and usaga routes.  Over 2500 active+preview routes traveled now!
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on August 03, 2018, 10:53:53 am
This was a couple weeks ago, but my work on clinching the state highway system in metro Atlanta continued with a short ~2 hour run up to Marietta that gave me a new clinch of GA 139 and some mileage on GA 5, which I now have uninterrupted from Douglasville to Blue Ridge. Not too much more mileage left to finish Cobb County, but a lot of it is in the form of annoying little short segments in Marietta.

Thinking about possibly heading down to Florida again later this month and maybe looking at picking up I-75 south of the Turnpike, which I don't have yet.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on August 12, 2018, 08:51:10 pm
If my calculations are correct....after a marathon 16-hour trip today, I've fully completed New Hamsphire.  Beat DTP to the punch (unless he snuck in a list update in the past day-and-a-half).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on August 12, 2018, 09:01:02 pm
If my calculations are correct....after a marathon 16-hour trip today, I've fully completed New Hamsphire.  Beat DTP to the punch (unless he snuck in a list update in the past day-and-a-half).

Looking at your current NH stats, I see you would have needed to spend some time criss-crossing southern NH.  I'm curious how you figured out a reasonably efficient way to hit those missing segments and what route that ended up being.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on August 12, 2018, 09:33:30 pm
To (over)simplify, down the 89 corridor, then east of Manchester, then down 28A/128, back up to Windham, then Salem-Lowell MA-Nashua-Manchester-Derry-Winfield-Nashua, then everything west of Nashua in two loops with the inner and outer loops intersecting in Francestown and ~New Ipswich.  The "outer loop" also netted me the rest of MA 13.  Returned back to Nashua and finished off 101A and 122 in Amherst.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on August 13, 2018, 12:17:24 am
Good show old chap!
Maybe one of these days I'll finish off Cumberland or York county...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on August 13, 2018, 07:40:51 am
Congrats on being the first to get there for NH.  I am running an extra morning site update now, so you should see your 100% (or be able to fix any errors) in a bit.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on August 17, 2018, 05:47:18 pm
Got back Wednesday night from a 11-day 10,000 mile journey. Highlights include getting stuck in mud in Kansas for 5 hours, clinching 5 mainline interstates and 4 US highways (briefly putting me ahead of Oscar in interstate mileage :) ), and lots of exploration (mainly border crossings) related to a political geography class that starts next week. Just over half the mileage was new.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on August 18, 2018, 12:36:38 am
I'm on the road in Alberta, heading north (way north, as in Canada's Arctic coast). But before I crossed into Canada from Montana, I clinched four additional US routes: US 16, US 87 including the broken segments near Sheridan WY, US 287, and US 385. On my way back home, I plan to re-clinch the Trans-Canada Highway system (there was a de-clinching reroute of TCH 16 east of Saskatoon), and probably also take care of US 10.

On my way out, I followed Jim's suggestion to take US 34 across Iowa, as an alternative to I-80. By now, that part of I-80 bores me to tears, so US 34 was a good change-of-pace option.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on August 18, 2018, 03:23:09 am
Borders only exist in people's mind!

I don't care much about region/state borders but I orientate myself with motorways on maps. I have finally clinched my first "motorway regions" :) It's the region where I live between German A3, A7, A66 and A45. It has a perimeter of 285km. and consists of routes from deua, eure, deub, deubwl, deubyl and deuhel systems.

Unfortunately, we don't have stats for it ;) I need to select three "traditional" regions to show it on a map (http://travelmapping.net/user/mapview.php?units=miles&u=michih&rg=DEU-BW,DEU-BY,DEU-HE). You can see the next four "regions" to be clinched just south of the first region. They are limited by A3, A5, A7 and A8 with a total perimeter of 580km. They are split into four "regions" by A6 and A81 :)


I have almost re-clinched deua being at 99.92% now. 6mi of A33 are missing but the neighboring section is announced to be opened later this year and another Autobahn section will be opened within the next 2-3 weeks.

Next mission scheduled for September: clinching auta and maybe svnh. I wanna get more mileage in AUT, SVN and visit SVK, HRV and BIH for the first time.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on August 20, 2018, 09:49:15 pm
School starts tomorrow, so I spent today returning from Illinois via all the segments of Historic US 66 in the state I hadn't claimed yet, including the pedestrian-only Chain of Rocks Bridge segment. Have to say the bridge was somewhat of a disappointment, being barely signed, and not featuring much in the way of Route 66-themed displays so common along the rest of the route. Or even any interesting graffiti. As far as I could tell, the state line was not marked, so I went all the way to the Missouri end and turned back. Otherwise the route was signed well (even in Chicago, surprisingly) and interesting. Lots of the small towns have invested heavily in their connection to the historic road.

Illinois is finally 100%.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on August 25, 2018, 07:26:05 am
Thinking about possibly heading down to Florida again later this month and maybe looking at picking up I-75 south of the Turnpike, which I don't have yet.

I indeed did go back to south Florida this week, though I ended up opting to fly into FLL instead of driving. Did still pick up just under 100 new miles (active+preview), including a full clinch in both directions of I-595, which I hadn't driven at all before; the very end of I-195 past FL 907 that I forgot last time; more of US 1, including filling in a couple gaps I previously had; clinches of FL 856 and the eastern segment of 842; and some mileage on several other state roads, including most of 826.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on August 26, 2018, 04:15:39 pm
My recently completed trip from northern VA to western PA and then to eastern PA involved a few new segments of routes: I-376, US11, US15, US220, US224, US322, US422, MD144, PA18, PA68, PA144, PA150, PA208, PA258, and PA551.

More trips will be happening in the very near future that I expect to cover new segments in both PA and MD.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: ntallyn on September 06, 2018, 07:04:25 pm
Clinched US 36 in CO and CO157 over the holiday weekend. Also added a few miles on CO 66 and CO 119.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: SSOWorld on September 07, 2018, 10:52:32 pm
Did I not say that I have Wisconsin's numbered routes 100% completed?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on September 09, 2018, 07:04:37 pm
I just returned from a road trip of about four weeks and 10,000 miles to western Canada. This included a clinch of the new NT 10 to Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic coast, which re-clinches for me the numbered Northwest Territories highway system. (The windchills in Tuk were subfreezing the day I visited, so neither I nor any of the other tourists on the Arctic beachfront went into the water.) But 14km of new all-season highway is being built in Norman Wells (I spent two nights there, and checked out one end of the construction site), which at some point might be added to NT 1, so the NT highway system is still a bit of a moving target.

I re-clinched the TCH system, traveling a newly-relocated segment east of Saskatoon. I also now have everything in TM for British Columbia north of TCH 16, and clinched some significant provincial routes (AB 58, SK 5, MB 83).

I tried to complete my coverage of U.S. 10, including a trip across Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger auto ferry to get from the Wisconsin to Michigan segments. But I'm still missing a short segment in Wisconsin near Appleton, which was closed for reconstruction. That's happened to me a few other times this year (U.S. 80 in Louisiana, U.S. 138 in Colorado), adding to my list of not-quite-clinched U.S. routes.

While I didn't go out of my way to re-clinch counties, since my July 2016 completion of Canada's counties I've revisited more than a quarter of those counties, including all five in the Northwest Territories on this trip (plus its sixth census division, which has a native regional government based in Behchokǫ̀, and may someday become a new NT county equivalent). I'm still going back through my records to compile the number of U.S. counties revisited since I completed the U.S. in July 2010. But my incomplete count so far is over 1000 (including many on this trip), almost one-third of the total.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on September 09, 2018, 09:09:26 pm
Travel over the last couple of weeks added new segments of MD 25, MD 45, PA 851, PA 851 Truck, PA 24, PA 624, PA 124, PA 462, PA 324, PA 741, PA 340, PA 897, US 322 in PA, and US 422 Business in Reading PA; and added PA 625 in its entirety.

Also added pieces of PA 472, PA 10, PA 18, and US 40 Scenic in MD, reflecting either previous inadvertent omissions r an updating of the waypoints in the database.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on September 10, 2018, 12:23:46 am
But 14km of new all-season highway is being built in Norman Wells (I spent two nights there, and checked out one end of the construction site), which at some point might be added to NT 1, so the NT highway system is still a bit of a moving target.
And here we are (or at least I am) worrying about clinches frustrated by detours and de-clinches from bypasses hundreds of miles away from home. :P :o
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on September 10, 2018, 08:45:53 am
Just back from Alaska. I have now driven/traveled highway segments in all 50 states (plus a few other countries).

Added just over 500 miles including the entirety of Park Road in Denali NP. Twelve hours for a RT clinch of about 90 miles, but I made it to the end of the road.  :) Covered part of AK1 and and AK3. Clinched I-A3 in the process. Good first visit to the state.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on September 10, 2018, 09:08:34 am
Just back from Alaska. I have now driven/traveled highway segments in all 50 states (plus a few other countries).

Added just over 500 miles including the entirety of Park Road in Denali NP. Twelve hours for a RT clinch of about 90 miles, but I made it to the end of the road.  :) Covered part of AK1 and and AK3. Clinched I-A3 in the process. Good first visit to the state.
Congrats! How many counties boroughs?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on September 10, 2018, 03:06:52 pm
Congrats! How many counties boroughs?

I got to 4 boroughs (Anchorage, Kenai Peninsula, Matanuska-Susitna, and Denali) visiting the borough seat in each, plus crossed into the Valdez-Cordova census area on the train to Whittier where I picked up a 4-hour glacier cruise.

There will be a few more "easy" ones. Then I need to figure out how to get the really remote places.  ;D
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on September 10, 2018, 09:11:21 pm
One last thing. Here's a picture proving I made it all the way to the end of the road. I realize one way to get this photo would be to fly in with Kantishna Air Taxi, though that's not how we did it. We endured the bus ride both way, all 12 hours of it. It made for a long day, but the scenery and wildlife made it worth it, even with an overcast, sometimes rainy day.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on September 15, 2018, 11:13:28 pm
Unrushed rides to and from a business meeting this weekend in West Haven, Connecticut, gave me a chance to find some new ways to get back and forth from that area.  Here are my highlights:

I totaled about 150 new miles in active systems.

By finishing up I-395, Connecticut becomes by 10th state where I've clinched the state's entire Interstate highway system.

I picked up a few new chunks of US 1 and US 6 in Connecticut.

I added 62 miles of usact routes:
   new mileage on 4 previously traveled routes
   first travels on 8 routes, 3 of which I clinched entirely

In usany, I finished off NY 9H, clinched previously untraveled NY 344, and closed one of my gaps in NY 22.  With NY 344 counting as two separate routes in TM because of its weird configuration, this puts me at 100 usany routes clinched.

Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on September 19, 2018, 06:08:15 pm
On Monday and Tuesday, I went to Limerick, Naples, Norway, Paris, and Leeds, among other places.
I stayed just outside Wales and Poland.

Monday:
I clinched ME99, all but its shortest segment previously untraveled. Then, on to my first segment of ME109 west of the ME9 overlap; an overlap with ME4ASan enabled me to clinch the latter. Then, I closed two gaps in ME11 & one gap in ME5, making all my travels on both routes continuous. (Still unclinched though; at their north ends I have a little of ME5 and a LOT of ME11 to do.)
This puts me in spitting distance of clinching York County; I'd estimate finishing it off to be about a 4½ hour trip, including leaving from and returning to home in Portland.

Tuesday:
Wondering how much of Cumberland County I had left, I discovered I only needed about 3½ miles of ME117, north of ME35. As good an excuse as any to keep going and clinch the rest (~1/3, or 29 mi) of the route. All in all, a really lovely trip into the southwestern foothills, with plenty of nice ponds and lakes and mountains (https://www.google.com/maps/@44.3162083,-70.218445,3a,15.2y,314.22h,92.58t/data=!3m8!1e1!3m6!1sXwyXmet88D1si81T8iZL0A!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DXwyXmet88D1si81T8iZL0A%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D33.69251%26pitch%3D22.370207%26thumbfov%3D100!9m2!1b1!2i41!5m1!1e4), and decent grades that my D24T enthusiastically gobbled up at low RPMs. From there, I headed east to fill in some more mileage on ME219 & ME133, then home via ME100 as darkness began to fall.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: compdude787 on September 21, 2018, 05:57:26 pm
On Monday and Tuesday, I went to Limerick, Naples, Norway, Paris, and Leeds, among other places.
I stayed just outside Wales and Poland.

So, those are all towns in Maine?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on September 22, 2018, 12:36:36 am
Ayuh. We're a bit famous for it.
There are at least two of these, one in (appropriately) China and another in/near, IIRC, Lovell.
(https://encrypted-tbn0.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn%3AANd9GcRhc2AnvaPrAVBVcsT5e-aqDCFw0s2u6ucsVq1Yan8t1f9YJVIF)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on September 22, 2018, 03:14:41 am
My Summer 2018 summary

I'm now back from a 2-week-vacation to the southeast. I've clinched the Austrian motorway system (auta = 1080mi) and the Slovenian expressway system (svnh = 47mi). I only miss 0.3mi (0.11%) of the Austrian expressway system (auts = 302mi) and 5mi (1.61%) of the Slovenian motorway system (svna = 333mi).

I also gathered first mileage in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Slovakia, and I've been to the Republic of San Marino (not covered by TM). :)


In total, I have clinched nine systems (nlda, auta, bela, irlm, luxa, nirm, svnh, luxb, niram) and have more than 98% (missing less than 7mi) of another three systems (deua, auts, svna).
In addition, I've passed some stats milestones: More than 1,000 "active" and more than 1,500 a+p routes clinched. More than 2,000 "active" and more than 3,500 a+p routes traveled (according to how we count routes) and more than 100 systems traveled.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: CharlotteAllisonCDTG on September 22, 2018, 06:22:03 am
This isn't "new" travels, but this is a link to the highways I have traveled on, whether driving or just riding:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Morriswa/Clinched_highways (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Morriswa/Clinched_highways)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on September 22, 2018, 08:14:18 am
Quote from: yakra
There are at least two of these, one in (appropriately) China and another in/near, IIRC, Lovell.

It's at the 5/35 junction south of Bethel (technically South Oxford?).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on September 22, 2018, 11:47:21 pm
Albany Township. Part of "South Oxford", yes, but we don't have much use for such designations (is that a creation of the Census Bureau?) here.
...Had a feeling I wasn't quite exact on that. Had the route 5 corridor right, at least. I'll let that count as "near Lovell", a short hop over two town lines.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on October 07, 2018, 11:49:53 pm
Clinched Michigan on weekend trip to/from Chicago. Not sure what state should be next.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on October 08, 2018, 02:02:08 am
CLINCHED AN X0

yes it was I-30 let me have this

Also traveled I-35E in Dallas, which gives me every root and branch of I-35 from Laredo to Duluth.

Further details when I update my list.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: SSOWorld on October 08, 2018, 08:44:56 pm
Clinched Michigan on weekend trip to/from Chicago. Not sure what state should be next.
How about Wisconsin.  It's lonely at the top :P (like you with Iowa)


CLINCHED AN X0

yes it was I-30 let me have this

Also traveled I-35E in Dallas, which gives me every root and branch of I-35 from Laredo to Duluth.

Further details when I update my list.
30 is certainly the easiest X0 to finish.  I did it near end-to-end earlier this year.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: compdude787 on October 08, 2018, 08:46:25 pm
I just clinched all of WA 20, the longest highway in WA, this past weekend. I'm now the first person on TM to have clinched this highway. I really enjoyed it, especially going over the North Cascades. The rest of it was not quite as interesting, but still pretty fun. The north central and northeast part of WA truly is pretty desolate with nothing but a bunch of pine trees everywhere lol. I also clinched the North Spokane Freeway (Future US 395), and I thought it was a very well-designed freeway with really smooth, gentle curves throughout.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on October 08, 2018, 10:30:37 pm
How about Wisconsin.  It's lonely at the top :P (like you with Iowa)
Wisconsin's definitely on the radar. Not too far away, decent roads, attractive scenery, and almost 50% done already.

I'm not on top in Iowa, but that might be worth shooting for at some point.

Others I'm considering are West Virginia (I've suffered through 84% of it already), Kentucky (it's close and if I want to concentrate on one state for a decade, maybe I can do it), Kansas (went there for grad school and loved it), and maybe New York or Virginia. Texas would be fun, but assuming Eric eventually drops all those FM roads on us, there's no way.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on October 08, 2018, 11:21:30 pm
How about Wisconsin.  It's lonely at the top :P (like you with Iowa)
I'm not on top in Iowa, but that might be worth shooting for at some point.
*clears throat loudly*

;)

Wisconsin would have a lot of winding roads in it. I can't even push myself to go for closing US 12, which aside from part of US 45 is my only US route left south of a La Crosse-Sheboygan line.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on October 09, 2018, 07:15:10 pm
On the 25th, I finished off York County, clinching ME 101, 103, 236, and 109 in the process.
I crossed into Oxford County on ME160, then headed home on ME25 -- completely forgetting that I still needed ME ME160 ME25_E ME5/113 :( And it only would have taken an extra 22 minutes!
This leaves me 13.44 mi behind @deathtopumpkins for the top mileage rank for active systems in Maine; if I'd remembered to clinch ME160, I'd be 1.66 mi short.
Still though, I'm within striking distance. Next time I'm up in Wiscasset, I can make that my home base for a few days; there's quite a bit of stuff in the Augusta-Belfast-Saint George triangle I can "color in".
Looking at usame alone, I still have 190.94 mi to go. This shortfall is largely offset, statewide, by more mileage (by 154.87 mi) on usaus.
Edit: DTP has more mileage on US(B)/ME concurrencies than I do, and thus "loses" more mileage (376.47 mi compared to my 346.72 mi) when each highway segment is only counted once toward the regional total. This makes the overall regional mileage gap easier for me to close.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on October 11, 2018, 01:08:46 am
Trip to New England over the past month yielded a few new segments traveled, though I didn't drive any routes in their entirety; I did drive the final segments of a couple of PA highways...
MA: US5, MA57, MA187
CT: I-291, CT9, CT10, CT30, CT69, CT74, CT140, CT175, CT191
NY: NY45
PA: truncated I-276 (still clinched), added I-295 (clinched), because this was my first edit since the renumbering...
PA: US322, PA272, PA441, PA501 (now clinched), PA516 (now clinched), PA772, PA851
MD: MD25, MD26, MD129, MD144Bal

Who knows what will come up between now and Thanksgiving.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on October 11, 2018, 09:34:24 pm
How about Wisconsin.  It's lonely at the top :P (like you with Iowa)
Wisconsin's definitely on the radar. Not too far away, decent roads, attractive scenery, and almost 50% done already.

I'm not on top in Iowa, but that might be worth shooting for at some point.

Others I'm considering are West Virginia (I've suffered through 84% of it already), Kentucky (it's close and if I want to concentrate on one state for a decade, maybe I can do it), Kansas (went there for grad school and loved it), and maybe New York or Virginia. Texas would be fun, but assuming Eric eventually drops all those FM roads on us, there's no way.

My first thought was WV (neighboring state without the difficulties of KY).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on October 12, 2018, 02:07:23 am
Four days in June, four days in July (which I may already have mentioned) and a week in fall (waking up Oct. 1 in Texarkana):

Edit AND Followup: Between the second Michigan trip and the DFW trip, I touched I-20, I-30, I-40, I-70, I-80, and I-90 in less than a 3-month span (in fact, four discrete days).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on October 12, 2018, 03:22:35 pm
As it had been a long time since I last did it, yesterday I decided to do a lengthy London walk (https://www.google.co.uk/maps/dir/51.4913559,-0.2237291/51.5012194,-0.0933308/@51.4906191,-0.1700072,13.5z/data=!4m39!4m38!1m35!3m4!1m2!1d-0.21284!2d51.4670952!3s0x48760f0c9850ec25:0x5408136f29ed418c!3m4!1m2!1d-0.2005785!2d51.4606726!3s0x48760f6f95977909:0x433b21393afbde7b!3m4!1m2!1d-0.1289366!2d51.4789413!3s0x487604f0a8095061:0x60336353de7eb6e0!3m4!1m2!1d-0.1189863!2d51.4858006!3s0x487604ed1f31d19d:0x9c9a8d5b95d05ad2!3m4!1m2!1d-0.1129286!2d51.4823612!3s0x4876048d930ddc13:0x7ade754ed4cd29ab!3m4!1m2!1d-0.1120965!2d51.4978156!3s0x487604be99179c37:0x5d79e246c04bc5d1!3m4!1m2!1d-0.1038896!2d51.5037084!3s0x487604a56fcfc53f:0x809fce571bc368f5!1m0!3e2) to clinch roads. Three and a half hours, just over ten miles. Mostly roads I'd not been on, and areas I'd never been to either. Got to do some rail-related stuff too - getting to the start point, at the end point, and a little bit en-route (though construction hoardings around underground building sites doesn't make for much interest, seeing the community where a new station will be was informative).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on October 17, 2018, 11:11:04 pm
Here are some of my TM accomplishments on the NM/AZ driving tour, which was planned around my talk in Socorro last Saturday.

Overall, it was a big loop, Albuquerque, down to Socorro, over to the VLA, down to T or C, then Las Cruces, Deming, Silver City, US 180/US 191 up to I-40 in Arizona, Gallup, then back to Albuquerque.  I was able to do some extra mini or not so mini detours to grab some routes in Albuquerque, near Socorro, near T or C, and near Deming, primarily.

The biggest single item was traveling I-10 between Las Cruces and Deming, which completed the New Mexico interstates for me, my 11th state completed in that system.

I picked up a little over 600 miles in active+preview systems, putting me within 13 miles of 90,000 total.

I added about 330 miles to usaus.  Mostly on US 180 and US 191.

I added almost 275 miles to usanm.  I traveled 24 usanm routes for the first time ever (traveled count increased from 32 to 56), and clinched 14 (clinched count increased from 17 to 31).

I am now the only TM user to claim any mileage on NM 36 (had before this trip), NM 59, NM 107, NM 124, NM 163, NM 169, NM 177, NM 400, NM 412, NM 568, and NM 606.

New Mexico remains my 4th most-traveled region, now much further ahead of the next few (California, Virginia, North Carolina) but still well behind 3rd-place Texas.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: ntallyn on October 18, 2018, 08:30:50 pm
Lots of new highways (and counties) on my just-finished trip to New England. Very few clinched highways, however, as the purpose was to grab counties and visit capitals. I'm not adding concurrencies to my list below; just the major routing.

New highways:
CT: I-84, US 1, CT 8, CT 15, CT 27, CT 83, CT 89, CT 190, Milford Parkway
MA: I-495
ME: I-295, US 2, US 202, US 1A, ME 3, ME 6, ME 69, ME 102, ME 104, ME 150, ME 157, ME 197, ME 198, ME 220
NH: I-93, I-293, US 2, US 3, US 4, US 202, US 302, NH 12, NH 123, NH 175
RI: US 6, US 44, RI 3
VT: I-89, I-91, US 2, US 5, US 7, US 302, VT 2A, VT 14, VT 15, VT 103, VT 104, VT 107, VT 116

New mileage:
CT: I-95
MA: I-195, US 3
ME: I-95
RI: US 1, RI 114, RI 138

Clinched:
MA: I-91, MA 83
ME: I-395, ME 168, ME 233
NH: I-393, NH 25B, NH 115, Everett Parkway
RI: I-195, RI 138A
VT: VT 63, VT 104A, VT 123

I probably missed a few on the list here.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on November 05, 2018, 01:41:46 pm
Just back from a trip to Baltimore. Clinched the last segment of I-70, which at over 2,000 miles becomes my longest clinched highway. Also completed all usai routes in MD and DE bringing to 7 the number of state with 100% of Interstates clinched. Total progress on usai is now just over 70%.

Also added significant mileage on US40 and US1 in MD, as well as US60 in WV. Filled in a few gaps in some routes (I-66, I-81, US11 all in VA), though ended up covering some previously driven routes in order to cut down the travel time when necessary.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Bickendan on November 19, 2018, 04:15:05 am
Had an opportunity to do some (after dark) clinching after a concert of mine and seized it :)

Oregon Symphonic Band had a concert up in Clatskanie, so after the typical drive up I-205, I-5, and over on WA 432, back into Oregon via WA 433/Lewis and Clark Bridge, then over on US 30, I headed out to Astoria, crossed back into Washington, then clinched WA 401, jaunted back over to US 101 via WA 4, drove up to Raymond, then grabbed WA 105 and 105 Spur, detoured to nab 107 and US 12's western fringe, a little of 101 west over there, then back down to Raymond, and all of WA 6. I could have grabbed WA 505's western end, or my missing segments of WA 411 and Bus I-5 (Castle Rock), but getting back into Portland before exhaustion set in was more important. I can grab them on my US 101 clean up.

US 101: Los Angeles to Aberdeen (I intend to redo LA to Crescent City at some point to iron out realignments etc).
Alt 101: Clinched on first pass (two years ago)
WA 100: Clinched on first pass
Spur 100: Clinched on first pass
WA 103: Clinched on first pass
WA 105: Clinched tonight
Spur 105: Clinched tonight
WA 107: Clinched tonight
WA 4: Clinched on first pass
WA 409: Clinched on first pass
WA 411: WA 432 to Lexington Bridge - clinched on first pass
WA 432: Clinched on first pass
WA 433/Lewis and Clark Bridge (OR): Clinched long time ago

Clean up plans: -I-5/205
-Lexington Bridge
WA 411
Bus I-5
-I-5
WA 505
US 12
US 101
WA 109
WA 115
Spur 109
US 101
WA 110
US 101
WA 112
WA 113
US 101
WA 119
US 101
WA 102
US 101
-I-5
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on November 19, 2018, 11:00:55 pm
Multiple trips between PA and VA this month. Got a few new state highway clinches among many new segments driven.

Clinches: MD 75, MD 84, PA 29 (Phoenixville), PA 94, PA 343, PA 372. MD 84 was the only one I'd never been on before, drove that all in one go.

New segments not listed above:
US 30 Business (Downingtown), US 30 Business Truck (Downingtown), US 322 Truck (Downingtown), PA 23, PA 72, PA 73, PA 82, PA 113, PA 741, PA 772.

Next trips involving new roads won't be until at least December, I'm pretty sure.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on November 22, 2018, 11:29:17 am
Picked up the last few miles of US 13 & US 40 last weekend, and clinched a few short routes in NJ & MD along the way. Added about 500 miles of new road to reach 240,000 miles (active + preview). 132 of 219 US routes clinched now, 3742 total.

Edit: Just did a quick check, and saw that this makes US 40 my longest clinched US route. Including US 24 & US 36, my three longest US routes were clinched this year.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on December 09, 2018, 01:59:36 am
I got back home Friday from a week-long road trip, basically northern Virginia-Indianapolis-Memphis-Charlotte and back. This included clinches of the newest segments of the Interstate system (along with I-11, covered in an October trip to Las Vegas). I'm for now back up to 100% of the Interstate system -- let's see how long that lasts, before new Interstate mileage opens and restarts the game of Whack-a-Mole.

This trip also filled in all my gaps in US 70 in Tennessee and North Carolina, so now I've clinched all of that route east of the Mississippi River. I still have significant gaps from New Mexico to Arkansas.

This almost certainly will be my last significant road trip of 2018. The most likely minor exception is a day trip to Delaware, depending on when the new US 301 toll road there opens, either this month or next.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: CharlotteAllisonCDTG on December 09, 2018, 06:54:57 pm
Yesterday, I traveled from my home in Grovetown, Georgia (just west of Augusta) to Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to visit someone. I traveled on US 278 from I-520 in North Augusta to the interchange with US 278 Business. I have now clinched all of US 278 along that path.

On the way back today, I took Georgia SR 73 through Sylvania. I now have all of SR 73 clinched.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on December 10, 2018, 07:53:08 am
Made a jaunt over to Huntsville, AL for the weekend, picking up a bit of new mileage in both GA and AL. Got new clinches of GA 48, AL 40, and possibly I-565 (I have it marked as such, but that's based on fuzzy recollection of another trip about 20 years ago; if I'm missing any part, it's from exits 15 to 19A), as well as some new mileage on GA 140, US 27, AL 117, AL 35, US 72, and possibly US 431 (I couldn't remember if the Anniston bypass existed yet last time I'd been through there, so I hadn't counted it yet).