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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).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on December 18, 2018, 05:55:40 pm
A couple more trips between eastern PA and the FedroSplat, one trip out to SE Ohio, and one trip to Long Island later (the latter not entered into TM yet):

Now clinched:
- The Virginia section of US48.
- All of US50 in Maryland, including the southwestern corner of Garrett County on the western edge of the state.
- MD60 and MD62.
- WV43.
- NY BeltPkwy.
- NY GraCenPkwy.
- NJ US1TrkJer and US9TrkJer (same road).
- PA174, PA297, and PA316.

Also driven, new pieces of: Cross Island Pkwy and Northern State Pkwy in NY, US11 in PA, PA43, PA262, PA281, PA382, PA533, PA696, PA743, PA857,  I-77 in northern WV and SE Ohio, US22 and US40 near Cambridge OH, OH7, OH26, OH60, OH209, US40Alt in western MD, MD495, WV2, WV14, WV42, WV55, WV68, WV93, WV95, WV618, US48 in WV, and US50 in WV.

About that last: Having now driven US50 between Clarksburg and the western WV/MD line, I hope I never have to drive it again. The surface isn't in great shape, and the climbs down into and back out of the creek bottoms on that stretch are something I wouldn't dare attempt in anything larger than the minivan I was driving.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on December 19, 2018, 10:55:08 pm
I had a chance to grab a little low-hanging fruit today on a ride to and from Catamount Ski Area on the New York/Massachusetts border.  On the way there, I took a very short side trip to finish off the small piece of New York 295 east of the Taconic.  On the way back, I took a more roundabout way to clinch New York 217, which I'd never traveled at all before, and then finished up New York 66, of which I was missing everything south of about Chatham Center.  This gets me to 105 usany routes clinched, and pushes me over 100 to 102 excluding the annoying truck routes.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on December 20, 2018, 11:52:34 am
My weekend trip to Disney World a few days ago was good for perhaps the lowest new-mileage-to-total-mileage ratio I've had in a good while. I got a new clinch of the very short FL 536, plus a couple miles each on I-4 and US 192, and about a dozen miles of FL 429. Otherwise just hundreds of miles of I-75 and the Turnpike that I'd already covered. Sadly, neither the handful of county roads I ditched I-75 for to avoid an accident nor the various freeways on Disney property were mappable.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on December 20, 2018, 03:02:13 pm
End of year is near and it's time to look back.

I've traveled 29 TM regions traveled in 2018: AUT, BEL, BIH, CHE, CZE, DEU-BB, DEU-BW, DEU-BE, DEU-BY, DEU-HE, DEU-MV, DEU-NW, DEU-NI, DEU-RP, DEU-SL, DEU-SN, DEU-ST, DEU-TH, ENG, FRA, HRV, IRL, ITA, LUX, NIR, SCT, SLO, SVK, WLS
And I've added more than 12,000 mi this year.

My progress since I've joined TM (CHM) 5 years ago:
End of 2013 mileage:   9,615 mi   
End of 2014 mileage:  16,818 mi ; + 7,203 mi
End of 2015 mileage:  19,169 mi ; + 2,351 mi
End of 2016 mileage:  36,983 mi ; +17,814 mi (~5,500mi added due to new deub system)
End of 2017 mileage:  58,190 mi ; +21,207 mi (~2,500mi added due to new deubyst, deubwl, deuhel, deunwl, deurpl, deusll systems)
End of 2018 mileage:  70,811 mi ; +12,621 mi (~400mi added due to new remaining deuxxl systems)

I think about traveling to some regions next year where I've never been before. I guess I might add minimum 10,000mi, maybe even more than 15,000mi in 2019. I don't expect getting noteworthy mileage due to new systems but by traveling only.

I should join the the 100,000mi club in late 2020 or in 2021 at the latest :)
Will Jim reach the milestone earlier?

Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on January 19, 2019, 12:17:35 am
Spent the holidays between Virginia and New Jersey. Got a few chances for more new mileage along the way...

New clinches in no particular order: MD624, PA741, PA181, PA262, PA382, PA722, NJ15 (except the old southern pigtail that's cut off from the rest and not in the database). Most of these were just filling in the last piece(s) of a route I'd partially traveled before.

New segments of: MD165, PA72, PA611, US206.

Pretty sure my next chance for any significant new mileage will be next month.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on January 30, 2019, 10:06:00 pm
Just returned from a road trip Virginia to San Diego (via Austin TX one direction) and back...

New clinches:

Louisiana: US 90
Texas: I-40, TX 105, TX 183A, TX 290 toll
New Mexico: I-10, I-40
Arizona: I-8, I-40
California: I-8, I-40, I-805, CA 15 (postmiles begin at I-5?), CA 75
Oklahoma: I-40
Arkansas: I-40
Tennessee: I-840

This resulted in national clinches of I-8 and I-40.

Also picked up appreciable mileage:
Mississippi: US 11 (Laurel to Meridian)
Texas: I-10 (I-20 to US 83/377); US 377 (I-10 to Mason); TX 29 (Mason to US 183)
Arizona: I-10 (I-8 to NM)
California: I-5 (border to Solana Bch); I-15 (San Diego to Barstow)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on January 31, 2019, 01:56:13 am
Just returned from a road trip Virginia to San Diego (via Austin TX one direction) and back...
Nice! Does this put you over 100K miles?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on January 31, 2019, 08:49:43 am
California: I-8, I-40, I-805, CA 15 (postmiles begin at I-5?), CA 75

According to Caltrans' Postmile Query Tool, CA 15 continues past I-5 to at least Main Street. The Cal-NExUS official exit list also places route 15's first exit at Main Street. The HB has it going a little farther south, to 32nd St., but I'm unsure that's correct.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on January 31, 2019, 04:29:22 pm
Just returned from a road trip Virginia to San Diego (via Austin TX one direction) and back...
Nice! Does this put you over 100K miles?

I believe it will...

Kinda sad since I have driven over 1.1 M miles. Regrettably my commute over the last 20+ years accounts for over 40% of it.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: CharlotteAllisonCDTG on February 01, 2019, 11:58:18 pm
I live in a suburb of Augusta, Georgia. This morning (2/1/2019), while on an extended lunch, I decided to drive down to Wrens, GA and then to Thomson.  There was no new mileage added, but I was able to confirm that GA 540 is indeed signed on US 1/GA 4 from Augusta to the southern part of Wrens, with lots of confirming signage added in Wrens itself for the GA 80 and GA 17 concurrencies, as well.  At the eastern terminus of GA 540, on US 1/GA 4, at their interchange with I-520, there is an "END" sign eastbound and a "JCT" sign and a GA 540 sign with an arrow pointing straight ahead westbound.  In Thomson, I confirmed that US 78/GA 10 do indeed still follow GA 17 Byp. east of the main part of the city.  On my way back, I drove on Harrison Road in the city, which I heard might be an older path of US 78/GA 10.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on February 08, 2019, 02:10:54 am
Because I'm bad at posting my reports, here's my results from a week in the Pacific Northwest:


EDIT/UPDATE: When were the Yellowstone segments pulled back out of the US routes? It nearly wiped out my Montana mileage and splitting up US 20 cramped my tracking. :o Back to the spreadsheet I go.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on February 27, 2019, 10:18:30 pm
I have to be in Burlington for a meeting tomorrow, and it's break week, so I was able to take most of today to have an interesting ride.

I added about 190 new miles.

In NY, I just filled in one of my small gaps on NY 22.

In the Vermont State Routes I added 118 miles.  I went from 0 to clinched on VT 129, VT 153, VT 146, and VT 314, I got my first mileage on VT 36 and VT 78, and added mileage to VT 30, VT 73, VT 116, and VT 125.  VT 116 is a little annoying since I didn't notice the little piece between VT 125 and US 7.  It's complete otherwise.

For US highways, I added 63 miles.  I finished up all of US 2 and US 7 north and west of Burlington, and in the process clinched all of US 7 north of I-84.

I also recorded my first (known) segment of the Alt/Business US 7 in Burlington.

Tomorrow, I'll pick up only a couple small segments near Burlington.  I'll ski on the way home Friday but I'm sure I'll grab a few new segments between Burlington and Mad River Glen, and then from the mountain back home.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on March 01, 2019, 11:35:51 pm
I picked up a bit more on my day in Burlington yesterday and on today's ride home.  I went from 0 to clinched on VT 289 (odd road, that is), VT 100B, VT 144.  Picked up new mileage on VT 15, VT 2A, VT 117, VT 116 (grabbed that tiny piece I missed on Wednesday), VT 73, and US 2.

The whole trip got me about 225 new miles, mostly in Vermont, and about 150 of that in usavt.  usavt traveled count up from 45 to 55, and clinched count up from 16 to 24.

And a great day of skiing today at Mad River Glen!
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: CharlotteAllisonCDTG on March 03, 2019, 01:41:51 am
Last night, I decided to get some dinner and drive around my area.  I'm close to clinching all of the numbered highways in this area.  I live in Grovetown, Georgia, a suburb of Augusta (about 15 miles west of downtown Augusta).  I took GA 104 from Evans to Pollards Corner, GA 150 in Pollards Corner, GA 47 from Pollards Corner to Lincolnton, and US 378/GA 43 from Lincolnton to northeast of Lincolnton (none was new mileage).  I drove on the entire length of GA 220 (never been on it before), which is a southern bypass of Lincolnton (DON'T drive on it at night if you have night blindness or problems with fog and bright headlights!  I learned the hard way.).  I then took US 378/GA 47 from south-southwest of Lincolnton to Lincolnton (no new mileage).  Then, I drove on GA 47 and then GA 43 from Lincolnton to north of Thomson (entire length of this portion of GA 43 is new mileage for me).  Then, I took US 78/GA 10/GA 17 north of Thomson, US 78/GA 10/GA 17 Byp. from north of Thomson to east of Thomson, and GA 223 from east of Thomson to Grovetown (none was new mileage).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on March 04, 2019, 09:14:28 pm
A couple of trips in the past month and a half have yielded new mileage in NY, PA, DE, and MD.

New clinches:
NY695, US6Bus near Carbondale PA, PA314, PA252, PA491, US301 in DE (re-clinched), DE3, DE37, DE92.

New segments:
I-690 in NY, US11 in NY, US20 in NY, NY5, NY7, NY173, NY175, NY290, NY363, NY635, US11 in PA, US30 in PA, PA29, PA115, PA307, PA423, PA492, PA507, PA611, PA641, PA715, PA724, PA940, PA946, US13Bus near Wilmington DE, DE7, DE15, MD450.

In addition, with GA state highways moving into preview, I revisited old trips from the 80s and 90s, and added some mileage in and around Atlanta.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on March 09, 2019, 04:20:19 pm
I'm out in Minnesota, waiting out a snowstorm. At least it held off until my uncle's memorial service was over.

On my four-day drive out here, I finished off US 8 and US 10 in Wisconsin and overall, reclinched US 53 (for a recent reroute east of Virginia MN, which is in the HB), clinched MN 210 (east end had a frustratingly long closure due to flood damage), and clinched US 23 in Ohio.

As a result of the US 8 and US 10 clinches, I've clinched all the US routes from 1 to 13 (including both halves of US 2, US 6N, US 9W, and both the west and east branches of US 11). My coverage of all mainline US routes (not including business and other bannered US routes) is now over 75.5%.

While I'm stuck here (at least until tomorrow morning), I'll work out the trip back home, starting with heading south to someplace less cold.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on March 16, 2019, 11:10:50 pm
I just got back home from Minnesota. The snowstorm that hit just after my uncle's memorial service wasn't too awful, but I was nervous about road conditions south of the Twin Cities, so I hung out there for an extra day.

I could deal with cold and sometimes sub-zero weather on my way to the Twin Cities. But on my way back, I made a beeline south to warmer climes, where I could finally resume my usual road trip attire of T-shirt, shorts, and flip-flops. That took me down to Nashville, then over to Knoxville and north to Lexington, then east to complete the trip home.

Along the way, I clinched US 70N and US 70S, and came close to also clinching US 218 (foiled by about three miles west of Cedar Rapids IA, closed for reconstruction).

I also re-clinched US 60, in Kentucky and overall, for a short segment in downtown Lexington relocated last year. The new alignment is well-signed, but there was enough remnant signage on the old alignment (still shown in OSM and other online mapping) to throw me off briefly. The old alignment went between Rupp Arena (home of University of Kentucky basketball) and some of its parking lots, which made the US 60 relocation north of the arena look like a good idea. And I re-clinched US 19 in West Virginia, but I'm still missing much of that route (including its 19W and 19E branches) in Georgia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: clong on April 02, 2019, 04:59:37 pm
Took 2 trips over spring break last week.

1st was to Asheville, NC from Birmingham, AL via I-59, I-24, I-75 and I-40. Clinched I-240 and pieces of US25, US64 and US276 in the area. Made my way home via US74 and did 2 quick out and backs to get all the counties in the western panhandle of NC west of I-26 and south of I-40.

2nd trip was to Cincinnati from Birmingham. Got some US60 mileage in Louisville and the future section of I-265 between I-65 and I-71. Also got a full clinch of I-71 in KY. Drove all the interstates inside and including I-275 in Cincy and added the short section of I-74 outside I-275 to the first IN exit.

20 new counties and 350-400 new Interstate and US Hwy miles is definitely better than my average week.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on April 04, 2019, 03:20:49 pm
I had a couple hours I decided I could spare in the Boston area, so I took a ride up to Gloucester and back.  MA 107 up through Revere and Lynn to Salem was painful.  I think I'd previously been on MA 128 north of I-95, but wasn't sure, so I (thought I) drove all of that.  Now that I put it in, it looks like MA 128 extends past MA 127 to MA 127A, despite no signage directing MA 128 traffic to continue straight.  It's annoying that I'll be missing that little piece for a long time I'm sure.  That's what I get for not looking at the TM trace ahead of time.  I took MA 28 from I-93 back into Boston, all new mileage as far as I know.  That was a decent ride.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on April 09, 2019, 08:18:51 am
Just back from a weekend in Seattle and beyond. Filled in some gaps in routes as well as clinching some new ones. Drove the new WA99 tunnel to reclinch that route. Figured it made sense to drive it before the electronic tolling starts later this year.

Completed clinches: WA3, WA99, WA166, WA509
New routes clinched: I-5BLCas, WA19, WA20Por, WA116, WA117, WA121, WA160, WA302, WA302SprPur, WA401, WA409, WA411
Additional mileage on: US101, WA4, WA432
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on April 09, 2019, 02:39:24 pm
I regret not going that tiny bit out of my way to clinch WA518 when I was there in 2013...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on April 09, 2019, 02:48:39 pm
I regret not going that tiny bit out of my way to clinch WA518 when I was there in 2013...

I have similar regrets on most of my trips. With limited time and conflicting goals (visiting county seats versus clinching routes) it's impossible to cover everything. I try to clinch as many routes as possible without going tooooo far out of my way. There always seem to be a few more routes I want to do, but just don't have quite enough time.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on April 10, 2019, 08:29:13 am
^ Given your stated mileage, looks like you have far more time than most of the rest of us...😌
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on April 10, 2019, 09:19:08 pm
My mileage goes back to 1977.

I'm glad I kept my old Rand McNally road atlases in which I marked which routes I drove. It would have been impossible to do from memory. There are some routes I've been on prior to 1977, but I don't know for sure all of them, so I they are not part of my totals. I remember going on a family trip between SF and LA in the early 70s. I know we visited San Luis Obispo and Hearst Castle, but beyond that I don't have enough details to be sure of which routes we traveled. Obviously CA1, but from which waypoints I'm not certain.

I'm glad this site exists because it's a lot easier to track things than with pen and ink in road atlases. Every few years, I needed to buy a new one and copy all my traveled routes into the new book. I still keep the most current version update (I think the one I have is from 2015 so it might be time to get a a new one ;D). When mapcat and I met for lunch a couple months back, I brought it along as I thought he might find it interesting.

I will admit to having a fair bit of time to add new travels. Not as much as I'd like, but certainly quite a lot more than many.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on April 14, 2019, 10:37:50 am
On my trip to New Haven and back to attend a conference (where I presented work on the METAL project) and a couple round trips between there and my hotel in Southington, I was able to take some creative routes and picked up a variety of mileage.  I avoided the Mass Pike across the Berkshires, allowing me to fill in my last missing segments of MA 23 and MA 57.  I took MA 168 and CT 168 for the first time, picked up a new chunk of CT 75 then a new chunk of CT 9, and finally some new mileage on CT 322.  In the New Haven area, I finished off CT 122 and got a few new miles on US 1.  I picked up my first miles on CT 114 and CT 313.  Yesterday, I was able to add a little to CT 15, a tiny piece of US 1, a small missing piece of the Milford Connector, some CT 121, some CT 33, a chunk of US 7 to get myself to I-84.  Into New York, I added my first miles on NY 313, filled in a gap in NY 55, finished off NY 9G, and made what was apparently my first trip across the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to pick up a segment of NY 199.  So several new routes, a few new clinches, and probably 100+ new miles.  Not bad for staying relatively close to home and really not adding all that much to my travel times.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Markkos1992 on April 14, 2019, 12:48:35 pm
On my trip to New Haven and back to attend a conference (where I presented work on the METAL project) and a couple round trips between there and my hotel in Southington, I was able to take some creative routes and picked up a variety of mileage.  I avoided the Mass Pike across the Berkshires, allowing me to fill in my last missing segments of MA 23 and MA 57.  I took MA 168 and CT 168 for the first time, picked up a new chunk of CT 75 then a new chunk of CT 9, and finally some new mileage on CT 322.  In the New Haven area, I finished off CT 122 and got a few new miles on US 1.  I picked up my first miles on CT 114 and CT 313.  Yesterday, I was able to add a little to CT 15, a tiny piece of US 1, a small missing piece of the Milford Connector, some CT 121, some CT 33, a chunk of US 7 to get myself to I-84.  Into New York, I added my first miles on NY 313, filled in a gap in NY 55, finished off NY 9G, and made what was apparently my first trip across the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge to pick up a segment of NY 199.  So several new routes, a few new clinches, and probably 100+ new miles.  Not bad for staying relatively close to home and really not adding all that much to my travel times.

I never thought I would have clinched NY 9G before you (about two weeks ago heading up to Schroon Lake for a retreat at Word of Life), but that was just how it happened. 
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on April 18, 2019, 11:46:58 pm
On my way to and from last Saturday's road meet in Memphis, my travels were largely on US routes rather than Interstates. Outbound, I clinched US 25W in both Kentucky and Tennessee. Post-meet, I clinched US 70 in Arkansas, adding to my previous clinches of that route in Tennessee and North Carolina. Later this year, I might finish off the rest of US 70 (missing parts in New Mexico, Texas, and Oklahoma). Then heading back from southeastern Oklahoma, I clinched US 64 in Arkansas and Tennessee (still missing parts in every other state it passes through, from Arizona to North Carolina). I also finished off US 25E, and added some mileage on US 45 as well as a few US business routes.

I now have over 75% of the U.S. routes systems, with primary and bannered (business, alternate, etc.) routes combined. It's over 76% just on the primary routes.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Bickendan on April 30, 2019, 02:54:00 am
Non TM tracked clinches: Got the final segment of Cornell Rd in the Portland area clinched tonight (Brookwood Pkwy-Century Blvd), putting me one step closer to clinch all the arteries in the region.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on May 04, 2019, 10:05:20 am
Earlier this week, I took a four-day road trip to South Carolina. While there, I clinched (overall) US 15, US 21, US 521, and the Alt US 17 bypass of Charleston. I also finished off the long NC 24, and my last US route in Virginia (US 258 Smithfield), as well as lots of short Virginia state routes on the peninsulas between West Point and Hampton.

UPDATE: After followup day trips to the Lynchburg, Hampton Roads and Richmond areas, I've covered almost everything TM maps in Virginia that's north of the James River (missing, I think, only VA 151 north of Lynchburg), as well as everything else west of I-81 and east of I-77, and everything on the Eastern Shore. Still lots I haven't covered in SW and Southside Virginia, and the Norfolk/Virginia Beach area, which leaves me well behind mapmikey and one other user in Virginia.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mikeandkristie on May 05, 2019, 12:20:15 am
I've enjoyed reading this thread so I decided to take a crack at it.  We've had three trips in the last month where we picked up some new mileage.


Mike
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: SSOWorld on May 06, 2019, 10:08:06 pm
Last weekend's city meet in Providence netted me a completion of the Interstates in Massachusetts and some significant mileage of US 6 and US 44 as well as more Connecticut Interstate mileage.  It also netted me my first miles of routing in Vermont.  Nothing in between. I cheated by flying.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on May 06, 2019, 10:35:24 pm
March and April saw me making multiple trips between eastern PA and the DC FedroSplat (some via Hagerstown MD), plus one trip from DC out into the wilds of West Virginia. There's a lot of Nowhere in a 30 mile radius of Charleston. And US 119 north of I-79 is a tiny little two-lane squiggle following a creek, mostly with no shoulders. Not the most fun trip to take in a 30-foot RV.

Clinched routes:
PA29 (southern half), PA616, PA851 Truck near Shrewsbury, PA897, MD24, MD91, MD129, MD152, MD372, MD439, MD562, MD646, MD833, MD851.

New segments:
US11 in PA, PA23, PA24, PA74, PA82, PA233, PA401, PA425, PA465, PA851 (two new segments), PA896, PA999, US40 in Baltimore MD, MD23, MD136, MD144 in Baltimore, MD147, I-79 in WV, US119 in WV.

More trips to come in May, including the one I've already taken but still need to write down.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on May 21, 2019, 03:39:45 pm
Took a 3-day trip this past weekend and finished off the US Highways (specifically 11, 2, 9, 20, 4, 6, 202, and 1) in NY. I waved to Jim as I passed Siena. Since I was there anyway, I took care of another 300+ miles of that set in VT, MA, and CT as well, bringing me up to 74.72% of usaus overall. Weather was beautiful and the two border crossings (Rouses Point & Alburg) were uneventful. Traffic was manageable, except in The Bronx where a Sunday morning bike race closed several roads (including the lower level of the GWB).

Total new mileage: 1072, which included a handful of NJ and PA clinches on the way home. 4071 clinched routes (increase of 28).

Total states/DC with 100% of US Highways clinched: 13, including 4 others this year: PA (finished the previous week), and NJ, DE, & MD (finished in March).

Clinched US highways: 139 (11 & 9 are new).

Even though I'm no longer deliberately visiting new counties, I noticed that my total since completing the US 6+ years ago is an even 2200 now, or 70%.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on May 21, 2019, 06:37:25 pm
Even though I'm no longer deliberately visiting new counties, I noticed that my total since completing the US 6+ years ago is an even 2200 now, or 70%.

I'm also reconstructing the counties I've revisited since I completed the U.S. counties in 2010. Like you, I'm not going out of my way to fill in holes in my "round 2" map, or otherwise jack up that count. But my normal travels including many of the U.S. routes are taking me back to many counties. Many of them I've "been to" the county seat (sometimes driving by the courthouse, sometimes just driving past the city limits line, which is probably a less stringent standard than you've been using), something I wasn't tracking during my "round 1" of county-snagging. 

My "round 2" count so far is 1867 (almost 60%), including 1306 "been to" county seats. Both will go up somewhat, as I come across old trips I've not yet included in my totals.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on May 21, 2019, 06:56:53 pm
I had a "see the courthouse" standard the first time, but this time I just check the map overlay at mob-rule and add anything new that I happened to drive through. Occasionally I'll notice that I missed a county by half a mile but it doesn't bother me. I won't finish a second time, because there are so many counties I have no reason to visit again. But it wouldn't surprise me if I eventually get 3000.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on May 23, 2019, 05:13:59 pm
Two more trips between eastern PA, Hagerstown MD, and the FedroSplat so far this month. (I also updated my CA travels -- all of one trip -- after finally noticing that usaca was in preview.)

Clinched routes:
US11 in WV, PA345, PA465, PA724, PA772, PA999, MD26, MD140, MD144Bal, MD216

New segments of:
US11 in PA, US322 in PA, PA23, PA74, PA233, PA441, PA533 (entire concurrency with US11), PA641, PA696

The next update after this will cover two more such trips, plus anything new covered in PA on Memorial Day weekend.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: osu-lsu on May 23, 2019, 10:49:35 pm
Two more trips between eastern PA, Hagerstown MD, and the FedroSplat so far this month. (I also updated my CA travels -- all of one trip -- after finally noticing that usaca was in preview.)

Clinched routes:
US11 in WV, PA345, PA465, PA724, PA772, PA999, MD26, MD140, MD144Bal, MD216

New segments of:
US11 in PA, US322 in PA, PA23, PA74, PA233, PA441, PA533 (entire concurrency with US11), PA641, PA696

The next update after this will cover two more such trips, plus anything new covered in PA on Memorial Day weekend.

Damn! I thought I was going to be able to pass you on the 'active systems' chart with my travels to Cleveland next week.  :P
Now I'll just be hoping to tread water on that mileage list.  ;D
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on May 25, 2019, 02:20:20 pm
Traveled beyond NH for the first time in about 3 years.
Construction detours robbed me of one new segment of NH108, and of a clinch of NH85 south of NH101.
South of NH27, the plan was to have a solid unbroken line of new travels all the way to the S end of NY I-478, but was foiled a bit early at NY NY9A AshAve where the right turn wasn't signed. I'm too cheap to have a data plan for my phone, wasn't packing a map, and ended up calling a friend; we decided the simplest thing to do was get me on the Saw Mill. As a consolation prize, I was able to finish off the Henry Hudson Pkwy. Then, I merged out of the I-478 exit lane for some reason at the last moment, ending up on the NB FDR. Turned around at exit 1, my previously .listed endpoint, for another accidental clinch.

My other 8 clinches were all previously untraveled:
NH236, MA108, MA19, CT19, CT140, CT318, CT343, NY I-478

I traveled on 29 other routes for the first time:
NH85, MA125, MA114, MA62, MA3AMan, MA27, MA117, MA85, MA70, MA9, MA122AWor, MA148, MA67, CT190, CT83, CT191, CT159, CT75, CT20, CT189, CT219, CT179, CT181, CT183, NY82, TacStaPkwy, SprBroPkwy, NY100B, NY9A
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on May 25, 2019, 09:39:03 pm
A trip to Rochester for the Strong Museum of Play (you should go!) and Letchworth State Park (you should go!) gave me a chance to pick up some TM miles in various places.  We bypassed a long delay on the Thruway on the way out by taking New York 31 along Oneida Lake (Verona to Cicero), all new to me.  Yesterday, I picked up various segments around Rochester including more pieces of New York 15, New York 15 A, New York 253, New York 31, New York 18, and New York 104, and I finished off the last pieces of the Lake Ontario State Parkway.  Today's main goal was Letchworth State Park then the ride home to Amsterdam.  I'd been to Letchworth almost 25 years ago, but I don't remember the details, so I never credited myself with any TM mileage down that way.  So on the day, I picked up I-390 from the Thruway to Mount Morris, my first mileage on New York 408 and a new segment of New York 36 to the north entrance to the park, my first miles on New York 19A and New York 436 near the south entrance, a bunch more of New York 408, all of US 20A east of I-390, then all new miles east out of Canandaigua on New York 21, New York 488 (a "natural clinch"), New York 96, New York 14, and New York 318.

Added 155 miles total: 27 usai, 3 usasf, 2 usaus, 25 usausb, 106 usany.  5 usany routes traveled for the first time, 1 clinched.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on June 09, 2019, 03:13:32 pm
I'm back from a trip to south-eastern Europe, mainly Italy and Greece. I got first mileage in Albania, Bulgaria, Greece and North Macedonia. In total, I've added almost 5,000 TM miles in 3 weeks :)

Updated motorway stats:
bgra 0.0% -> 6.0% (488mi total system length)
chea 88.5% -> 100% (1118mi)
fraa 97.6% -> 98.0% (7228mi)
grea 0.0% -> 74.3% (1463mi)
itaa 38.5% -> 82.6% (4547mi)

With clinching chea system, I have clinched 11 systems in total now. deua needs to be re-clinched later this year.
North Macedonia does not have an own motorway system but I've clinched more than 50% of the trunk road system mkda (548mi system length) with my trip.
I just drove 53mi in Albania, but no motorway.

Outlook:
The French and the Italian motorway system just need each another road trip for being clinched 100% :) Same for Slovenia and UK. All except Italy might be done later this year  8)

I just miss 69.01mi for rank 20 in active+preview systems now. julmac, I'm coming :D
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mikeandkristie on June 09, 2019, 07:07:29 pm
We had a couple of big long weekend trips in May and picked up a bunch of new mileage.

May 8-12
We flew to Salt Lake City to go to the 150th anniversary celebration of the transcontinental railroad at Golden Spike NHP.  We met up with many other members of the National Parks Travelers Club there and had another meet-up on the 11th in Idaho at Minidoka NHS which is a World War II internment camp.  Not too far from Twin Falls.  We'd only had mileage in Utah cutting across on I-70 and US 50 going between Colorado NM and Great Basin NP, so everything from the SLC airport north was new.  Lots of new mileage on I-15 and I-84 and a little bit on I-80 and I-215.  Got our first mileage on US 91 in Brigham City and our first US 89 mileage that wasn't an overlap with an interstate.  Stayed in Tremonton and had two days to the park, so we were able to clinch several Utah routes in that area including UT 13, UT 67, UT 81, UT 83, UT 102, and UT 225 plus the interstate business routes in Tremonton.  Thought we got UT 82 as well, but found out when we got back that it was mis-marked.

We headed up to Twin Falls, ID on I-84 and then came back to SLC via I-86 and I-15 around Pocatello doing that full triangle and clinching I-86 which we couldn't fit into our schedule in 2016.  We had some mileage around Twin Falls from 2016, so we worked on connecting pieces, circling around Burley and taking US 30 from it all the way to US 93 in Twin Falls.  Some mileage on ID 81, finished our missing piece of ID 50, and finished the US 93 business route through town which is confusingly labeled as the mainline in lots of spots.  Got a little more of ID 25 on the way to Minidoka as well.

Altogether, I think it was 573 new miles with 269 in Idaho and 304 in Utah. 

May 24-28
For Memorial Day weekend, we left Friday after work and took Tuesday off.  Drove to Long Island which was the first time for either of us.  Visited Sagamore Hill NHS and parts of Gateway NRA on Staten Island and Fire Island NS.  That got us up to 150 National Park units. 

Mostly I-95 on the drive up Friday night, just getting new miles in Petersburg and Richmond, VA getting dinner and then right around the MD/DE border stopping at our hotel.  Went through town through Newark and New Castle, DE to hit I-295 over into NJ for some non I-95 miles. 

Right around 400 new miles for us across VA, MD, DE, NJ, PA, and NY.  Did a short run on US 130 after getting off the birdge.  Stayed on I-295 until Exit 36 where we took NJ 73 to the Betsy Ross Bridge and into PA so that we could go north through the now open I-95/I-276 interchange.  We'd missed it by 2-3 weeks back over Labor Day.  Nothing else new until getting off I-95 on NJ 440 to go into Staten Island over the Outerbridge Crossing.  Took it up to I-278, stopping at Fort Wadsworth (part of Gateway NRA) just under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.  Of course, after seeing traffic flowing well over it, there was a big wreck on the top deck right when we wanted to cross.  So, we found some dinner and then took the lower deck once we finally crossed.  The upper was open but still sluggish then.  Took I-278 through Queens to I-495 which was shocking how ancient and substandard a road it was calling itself an interstate.  I-495 was very sluggish until way past I-678 and the airport exits.  Finally, the last 30 miles or so were relaxing after I'd made it through all that traffic.

Got some NY routes heading out to Sagamore Hill on Sunday and then Fire Island on Memorial Day.  Came back mostly on the freeway route of NY 27, then the Southern Parkway, and the Belt Parkway to go over the Verrazano-Narrows again, this time on the upper deck.  We were well behind our original schedule so I had to ditch the idea of taking NY 440 up to I-78 and then taking it west and eventually out to I-81 for the wide swing around the big cities.  Instead, straight on I-278 to I-95 south and we only got down to Exit 5 of the NJ Turnpike that night.  Got a couple of zigzags for short bursts of mileage on US 206 and NJ 38 back to I-295 and then finished NJ 48 and NJ 140 with a little run on US 40 as we got close to the bridge into Delaware again.  Headed down DE 1 and then got the new US 301 bypass freeway around Middletown to complement our 2016 pass through town on 301 to connect things again.  Since we had all of US 301 in Maryland, we did some zigzags west of the road on MD 290 and MD 213 for some parallel runs.  Even got a tiny bit on Kent Island when stopping for lunch before crossing the Bay Bridge.  Did a little more zigzagging taking MD 424 down to MD 214, west to MD 193, down to MD 725 in Upper Marlboro and coming back into US 301.  Got some tiny runs of VA 218 and VA 205 to get some sides of triangles.  Then, we took US 17 south from US 301 over to US 360 in Tappahannock to fill in more of US 17.  The rest of US 360 into Richmond we already had.  Just did a short stretch of US 460 between I-295 and I-95 and finally the last stretch of US 1 between exits 61 and 40 of I-85 to connect our two sections.  We now have a full run on US 1 from Petersburg, VA down into Camden, SC.  So, other than the totally new sections on Staten Island and Long Island, it was a lot of connecting small pieces and filling in gaps which is what we've been gradually doing when we can on trips.

Mike
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on June 10, 2019, 05:40:37 pm
Memorial Day weekend we went to a friends' wedding celebration. (The actual wedding had been done privately several months before, long story.) The party took place at Knoebels, which is between Elysburg and Catawissa PA and is one of the last free-admission pay-per-ride amusement parks. The following weekend I went to Hagerstown MD to see a bunch of old friends, and this past weekend I had a meeting and a high school graduation party down in the DC FedroSplat. I didn't drive any new routes in MD or VA, but got some new mileage on PA state routes.

Newly clinched routes: PA183 (finally).

New segments: PA54, PA74, PA125, PA233, PA443, PA533, PA696, PA944, PA997.

I've got a couple more high school graduations between now and the 4th of July, so my next update will probably be some time around then.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on June 11, 2019, 08:02:29 pm
I recently had the opportunity to work for a week in Cincinnati, about 2 hours away from home. So I headed down on a Saturday morning, leaving at 1 am and arriving a little before 9 pm. On the way, I clinched Louisville (all highways inside the Gene Snyder Freeway), and it appears I'm the first to do that. The fried-chicken-on-a-doughnut at Hi-Five Doughnuts (http://www.hifivedoughnuts.com/) was a decent breakfast but not ideal for eating while driving. The job and after-work activities left little time for exploring during the week (if the travelling No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man (https://www.cincinnatiartmuseum.org/burningman) comes to your town, see it) but I managed to get away for two short 3-4 hour evening drives to clinch a few more usaky routes along I-71. Work wrapped up late on Saturday, so I couldn't leave for home until 5 am Sunday, but that allowed me a chance to sample some more conventional donuts in Maysville and miss out on a locally-famous drive-in in Lexington that feels the need to close on the Lord's Day. Got home around 7:30 pm.

Overall I added almost 700 new miles of usaky, lengthened my .list by 76 lines, and clinched 89 routes, most of which were about 2 miles long, or looked like this (https://www.google.com/maps/@38.3979502,-84.6423912,3a,75y,133.68h,83.77t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sbLhtTMDNzZxVV_PVYYGV8w!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DbLhtTMDNzZxVV_PVYYGV8w%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D237.23105%26pitch%3D0%26thumbfov%3D100!7i3328!8i1664).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on June 13, 2019, 10:30:16 pm
Took my first trip to Washington state this past weekend to (among other things) run the marathon in Seattle on Sunday. Picked up a modest 60 miles of mappable travels there, mostly by car, but some on foot during the race:

I-5 (165 to 169 on foot, 169 to 186 by car)
I-90 (between I-5 and I-405, all by car)
I-405 (north of I-90, all by car)
WA 99 (Green Lake to Harrison Street on foot, south from there to the West Seattle Bridge by car)
WA 525 (I-5 to a bit north of WA 99, all by car)
West Seattle Bridge (west of WA 99, all by car)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on June 19, 2019, 09:47:40 am
I'm in Colorado for a few days, mostly soaking at a favorite hot springs resort. On my way out here from Virginia, I almost clinched US 14, except for two widely-separated bridge closure gaps in Minnesota and Wisconsin, which I'll have to fill on later trips after the bridges reopen. I also clinched US 138, which had its own construction closure gap left over from a previous trip, but that segment's now back open for traffic. Also, US 14 Alt in Wyoming (but not the separate US 14 Alt in South Dakota).

The return trip next week will be on a southern route, with more US route clinching planned.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on June 20, 2019, 02:24:50 pm
Just back from western Montana. Logged just shy of 2400 miles on my rental car, about 1850 of which were new routes for me. Prior to this trip, my MT mileage was basically confined to I-90 and I-94, both of which I had clinched in the state. Still about 100 short of clinching I-15 in the state, but the rest of the Interstates are now done.

Completed all of the I-15BLs as well as half the I-90BLs. Also clinched MT1, MT28, MT48, MT66, MT67, MT84, MT85, MT135, and MT287. All new. Even added a few clinches of the Montana secondary routes; SR209, SR221, SR223, SR235, SR291, SR386, SR387, and SR412.

Picked up a few miles in ID and WA as well. The new stuff was mostly along US2 which I've now completed in WA and ID. Overall it was a good 4-day trip.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on June 20, 2019, 06:19:41 pm
Just returned from a business trip to Minneapolis.  Went out via Indianapolis and Dubuque and returned via UP Michigan.  98% of route from Indianapolis back around to Toledo OH was new mileage for me.

On this trip I got to Michigan for the first time and I have now been to all 48 contiguous states.  Also picked up 40 new counties.

New clinches----
Ohio: I-280, I-480, I-670, I-680, US 223
Indiana: US 52
Illinois: would've gotten all of US 52 but there is a detour using I-39 and US 34 (bridge out)
Iowa: US 18 Bus McGregor; all of US 52's future routing via US 20 and IA 136 except the southwest arterial bypass of Dubuque is not open
Minnesota: I-35E, I-35W, I-394, I-494, I-694, US 8, US 52, MN 41, MN 51, MN 244, MN 280, MN 282 (tiny sliver east of CR 17 closed to MN 13 (though)
Wisconsin:  Lo and behold the US 8 bridge into Michigan is closed, so I got all but a tiny bit of US 8
Michigan: US 223;  also picked up appreciable mileage of US 2, I-75 and US 127
Pennsylvania: re-clinched US 219 on its new freeway south of Somerset
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on June 21, 2019, 09:24:39 pm
Today was Day 1 of a 3-day New England trip for me.  The primary purposes are to attend a graduation party and drop some things off with my in-laws, but I'm taking the opportunity to continue chipping away at Southern New England routes.  Today I filled some gaps around Springfield, MA, in the Connecticut valley north of Hartford, and east of Providence.  I completed clinches of three Massachusetts routes (32, 114A, 220), six Connecticut routes (15, 94, 140, 194, 207, 220), and seven Rhode Island routes (US 1, RI 3, 15, 114, 114A, 128, 152).

Tomorrow brings the grad party, but before that I'm going to chip away at some of the mass of Mass routes south(east) of Boston and between MA 24 and MA 3.  I'll probably chip away more at this area on my way home Sunday.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on June 23, 2019, 02:25:29 pm
Jim, what's a3.list?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on June 23, 2019, 03:27:23 pm
Jim, what's a3.list?

Roads traveled in the car I got last October (2015 Audi A3).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on June 23, 2019, 04:14:00 pm
Aa, sou. I've also got a vehice-specific one, harvey.list, for trips my parents have taken in "Harvey the RV". It still only includes the first trip of very many.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on June 25, 2019, 01:05:34 pm
As part of the completion of my travels this past weekend, I managed to complete three long (by MA standards) and rather annoying MA routes:  16, 18, and 38.

Driving in Massachusetts is annoying in general...and it doesn't matter what type of road you're on either...
Title: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Barefoot Driver on June 25, 2019, 03:49:23 pm
latest clinches, 05/09-06/04/2019
may
08 trip began after two restarts and five-day delay, 2230.
08-9 south on us-65 into mo.
09 stopped to put flowers on my parents’ grave near tindall. later, us-65br at carrollton and marshall, mo; later, us-50 from sedalia to mo-7, and mo-150 from mo-7 to ks.
09-10 two segments of us-56 in ks, one from baldwin city to i-335 and the other from great bend(?) to ks-14 in lyons
11 us-54 from dalhart, tx to vaughn, nm, then a tiny segment of us-60 to hook up with where 54 goes sw, back to us-285 and that into roswell
11-12 us-285 to us-82 to maljamar (gaining eddy co)
12 south on small highway to nm-529 and that to us-62/180 to us-83/277 (picking up gaines, dawson, borden, and scurry counties, going into abilene where i got br-83 before heading west on i-20)
13 i-20 to tx-137 (including all bls from abilene thereto) south to fm-307 but turning east onto cr-490 and back into stanton on cr-495 and returning to the interstate (adding nolan, mitchell, howard, martin, midland, and glasscock counties and more bls)
13-14 i-20 to us-385 and north on that (ector co)
14  us-385 to tx-176 to fm-1788 and back to i-20 to us-285 to tx-302 (getting andrews, crane, ward, reeves, and loving counties)
14-15 tx-302 to tx-115 and back to i-20 (winkler co)
15 i-20 to i-10 to exit 13 (and all bls in that stretch (sunland park dr) in el paso to nm-498 to nm-273 to nm-28 to i-10 to i-25 to nm-1 (putting jeff davis, culberson, hudspeth, and el paso counties in the completed category)
16 i-25bl socorro, back on i-25 to us-380 to us-54 and that south to its end in el paso (completing that road and otero co plus i-110 to as close to the mexican border as it let me, back out on us-62 and that to i-10 to i-25 (completing i-10 in nm)
17 us-60 to (az) us-191 (gaining catron co, the last one i needed in nm) to i-40 to us-93 to az-68 to az-95.
17-18 az-95 sb.
18 to us-95 to i-40 to ca-58 to i-5, at which point i realized i was out of time to get to san fran so reversed course and got on ca-178.
18-19 to ridgecrest.
19 got us-395br there, attended church, then had my hat blow off into a fenced area around the aircraft museum so spent the night in the town.
20 retrieved the hat when the museum opened and headed out on ca-178 to trona rd to ca-190 to badwater rd (stopping at badwater basin to visit the lowest place in n. america and stunning many onlookers as i calmly walked out on the salt flats wearing only shorts and cap) to the other ca-178 to nv-372.
20-21 nv-372 to nv-160.
21 nv-160 to its end in lv, back north on lv blvd to cr-215 to summerlin pkwy to its east end, back to cr-215 after some meandering on city streets, to us-95 and that back to ca line (completing 95 in nv).
21-22 more of us-95
22 us-95 to where it co-brands with i-10 into az, then sb on 95 to as close to the mexican border as i could get (completing 95 in az, ca, and overall), back to i-8 on az-195 into ca (and the bls), adding riverside, la paz, yuma, imperial, and san diego counties.
23 i-8 to end in san diego.
23-24  biked to black’s beach and back into la jolla.
24 a piece of i-5, 805, and future i-905 (currently ca-905), plus the rest of i-5, 15, and 805 around there. missed small piece of 15.
25 i-5 to l. a. area. completed orange co and entered los angeles co.
26 finished l. a. co which was the last one i needed in ca.
26-30 completed all 3dis plus i-5 and 10 in ca, missed one small piece of i-15, am unsure of the order of the three-digit ones. returned to i-40 to head home.
30-31 got all the tiny nm highways at gallup.
31 crossed part of nm, no new roads.
june
01 a piece of nm-45 in abq, then to i-25 nb, going into co.
02 us-85 around co spgs plus i-225.
03 i-270 and us-138 from julesburg to i-80 in ne, finishing 138.
04 a piece of ne-133 after getting lost in flooded area w/o marked detour. arrived home 2213. trip went 9900.1 miles/just under 16000km. i was exhausted!
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Barefoot Driver on June 26, 2019, 12:20:21 pm
Aa, sou. I've also got a vehice-specific one, harvey.list, for trips my parents have taken in "Harvey the RV". It still only includes the first trip of very many.
when i first came on here (i. e., chp), i used the name of the car i had at the time, midnight express. the .list file was midnite_express. i had that little car for over four years and racked up a little under 120000 miles/200000km on it (i bought it at almost 128000/205000). when i had to give it up, i decided that using a car-dependent name made little sense and thus elected to go with my salient feature of driving everywhere.
the reason i chose the car’s name originally was the name i first submitted was rejected by the admins so i had to choose another one. (i won’t post what it was.)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on June 26, 2019, 02:34:07 pm
As part of the completion of my travels this past weekend, I managed to complete three long (by MA standards) and rather annoying MA routes:  16, 18, and 38.

Driving in Massachusetts is annoying in general...and it doesn't matter what type of road you're on either...
Hm, yeah. A lot of mileage inside 495 there.
On my last trip, things were slow coming down from Haverhill & through North Andover (It didn't help that school was letting out at the time), and 62 just crawled almost all the way to 70. Worcester was hell, but things eventually got bearable once I made it out west of there. 19 was actually a little pleasant.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on June 28, 2019, 10:35:26 am
I'm most of the way back home from Colorado, stopping in Knoxville tomorrow for the Extra Miler Club annual meeting. But so far on the return trip, I've clinched US 70, US 80, and US 90. The last two I just filled in short gaps, but for US 70 I was missing big chunks from Alamagordo NM to southeast Oklahoma.

These are reflected in my latest list file update. Some more new mileage to be added from the rest of my trip.

UPDATE: Back home, submitted a list file update covering the rest of my travels. Those included ciinching US 82 from I-49 in Arkansas to I-20/59 in Alabama (still missing big chunks from New Mexico to Georgia); US 425 in Louisiana (still missing short segments in southern Arkansas); and US 441 in Tennessee (still missing many segments in North Carolina and Georgia).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on July 01, 2019, 07:38:14 pm
Spent the bulk of today in the Montreal area....primarily to check out the new Champlain Bridge (which as of late morning is open in both directions), but I also took the opportunity to clear out some of the regions Autoroutes.  Managed to clinch A-13, 440, 640, and 720 today as well as add mileage on A-15, 20, 25, and 30.

Added some QC mileage as well both on the way there and on the way back, but got stymied and detoured off of QC 202 between Venise-en-Québec and Pike River due to a crash that shut down the road.

I'm also down to two border crossings remaining before I have all of Vermont clinched.

(EDIT):  After reviewing my travels, looks like I also clinched QC 104 (1st to do so), QC 134, and QC 217 (only one to travel on it), and am apparently the first to have traveled on QC 227.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Bickendan on July 06, 2019, 06:39:49 pm
Pulled a doozy of a 20 hour in-state trip yesterday/this morning clinching and field checking the rest of western Oregon's routes, with the exception of OR 227 and 230, and added some mileage on OR 138 and 66.
Snagged the Oakland-Winston section of OR 99, then the eastern most fringe of OR 42. Headed west to 542, down to Powers and back, then up to Coos Bay and grabbed 241. Grabbed gas and dropped in at the most unique Fred Meyer I've seen, then back down 42 and clinched 42S. Jaunted over to Cape Blanco on 250, the westernmost fringe on the Lower 48, then the length of 255 into Brookings.
Got lit up by the CHP heading toward Crecsent City despite carefully watching my speed, got off without ticket because of it, reclinched CA 197.
Followed 260 into downtown Grants Pass, then picked up more mileage on 99 along the Rogue River into Gold Hill, and 234 out toward Eagle Point.
140's western extension to I-5 is signed, so I took it, then up the newly opened OR 62 expressway and back into Medford along the old route and through downtown on 99.
Took I-5 down to 66, added some mileage to 273, and 273 down (up) into California, turned around, and came down I-5 and 99 into Ashland, followed 99 into Medford, I-5 to Gold Hill to pick up the 99 into Gold Hill and the 234's westernmost segment back to I-55, and followed 99 through Canyonville, Tri City, and Myrtle Creek, finally clinching 99. Maybe.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on July 07, 2019, 12:22:14 am
ME226: 0% -> 100%
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: clong on July 08, 2019, 02:49:41 pm
Trip to Kansas City from Birmingham around the July 4th holiday:
I-22 (previously clinched) to I-269 (new mileage) to I-55/69 (pc) to I-40 (pc) to I-55 (pc) to I-555/US63 (nm) to US60 (nm) to US65 (nm) to I-44 (nm) to MO13 (nm) to MO7 (nm) to I-49 (pc)

While in KC, clinched some missing chunks of US 40, 69 and 71. Also added onto I-70, I-335 and I-470 to Topeka and K10 and US59 in Lawrence.

Return trip included I-49 to I-44 (nm) and I-44 back to US65 (nm). Added a small section of US65B in Springfield, MO and more of I-269 in Memphis.

22 new counties on the trip as well.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on July 09, 2019, 02:42:00 pm
When I finished off York County back in September, I neglected to continue on north and finish off ME160 south of ME113. Remedied that yesterday. Closing the door on easy new mileage I can do in a spontaneous round trip from home in 2 hrs, this puts me in the lead, mileage-wise, in my home state by a modest 1.53 mi.
If I want to take the lead in the usame system though, i still have 154.27 mi to catch up to deathtopumpkins.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on July 09, 2019, 06:39:18 pm
After several trips to Milton Keynes to help my parents move a friend of theirs (that they know through me as I went to primary school with their kid) canal boat and racking up tiny little increases around the 'New City' I then scored the best since the first trip on an errand run to the town that got couple with a shopping trip to make it worth it. Nothing is quite as irritating as spending 6 hours travelling to somewhere you haven't been before, and getting maybe a mile in TM a couple of times a week, and then having just tiny gaps in your travelled map that you know you won't get...

Bad traffic on the M25 meant I was able to persuade with little effort a trip via a more direct, but supposedly slower route via couple of B roads I'd apparently not been on, clinching one fully. Said route was declared by my parents (who have a low tolerance to me trying to take routes that don't seem as fast in their eyes when in the car - damn sat nav makes it very hard to do the route I want to take) to be probably faster anyway - giving potential for not doing the same familiar roads again and again.


PS - canals as a future project? What can be more annoying to clinchers than routes that you have to do really slowly! I now have about 20 miles (mostly covered twice: on foot and on boat - and the boat is barely faster) from last month, plus a few miles walking alongside in London, plus a good bit from a holiday that dates to before I could lift myself up and be in danger of falling overboard. :P
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: ntallyn on July 10, 2019, 09:15:59 pm
Picked up a surprising number of new miles of routes around Chicago over the holiday weekend (~50). Surprising, as I grew up in the Chicago suburbs.

Added pieces of I-55 (including that annoying piece between the Dan Ryan and Chinatown exits, I-88, I-290 (which I think I already had, but never marked), I-355, US 6, US 12/20/45, US 34, IL 53, IL 56, IL 83, and IL 171.

Included on the trip was a first-ever visit to the Morton Arboretum, as well as return visits to the Field Museum and Brookfield Zoo (for the first time in ~25 years on both). My grandson really enjoyed all of those. :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on July 11, 2019, 04:37:39 pm
Since my last update I've made multiple trips from eastern PA down to the DC FedroSplat, including one that extended to the Northern Neck... but no new mileage in MD or VA resulting. Plenty of new mileage in PA though. Also, two weekends ago I went to a HS graduation (with parties following) near Syracuse NY, and followed on with a pilgrimage to Thousand Island Park since it had been more than a decade since my last visit... and in the meantime the Town Building had burned down and been replaced with a smaller edifice, which of course required a visit.

New clinches: I-781 in NY, NY 342, PA 106, PA 234, PA 443, PA 895, PA 902, Central Scranton Expressway in PA.

Non-clinch new mileage: US 6 in PA, US 11 in PA and NY, US 30 in PA, a lot of US 209 in PA, NY 3, NY 31, NY 37, NY 80, NY 173, NY 281, NY 481, PA 25, PA 115, PA 125, PA 374.

Almost 200 new miles all told. Next major trip will be the annual camping trip in western PA starting two weeks from today. (PACKING PANIC TIME!!!!)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on July 12, 2019, 05:24:38 am
Panic at two weeks out? Two days maybe!
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on July 16, 2019, 11:39:28 pm
Two trips since my last post here.

First was a two-day trip to southern Virginia, with a focus on snagging short 3xx and 4xx state routes (mainly access routes to state parks, colleges/universities, and prisons), and also clinching my last usanp route in Virginia (Siege Rd. in the Petersburg Nat'l Battlefield). The most interesting one was VA 361 in southwest Virginia, a scenic route to the remote Red Onion prison. It's a supermax prison full of inmates sentenced to life terms, so odds are their view of the scenery was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

The other was a four-day trip to Montreal. I got to see the new Champlain bridge carrying A-10. A-15, and A-20 across the St. Lawrence River, which recently opened to traffic but still is being worked on (lots of roadwork in Montreal, making traffic that weekend a real mess). I also snagged the west ends of QC 132 and QC 138 at the U.S. border. I had previously covered the east ends of both routes, but they are very long routes with lots of uncovered km-age in the middle (plus much of QC 138 in eastern Quebec is unbuilt, and probably won't be finished in my lifetime). On the way to and from Canada, I clinched PA 309 and PA 309 Business in Pennsylvania, and in New York NY 11B, NY 122, and NY 374.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on July 22, 2019, 11:43:04 pm
A ride from New York to Florida over the last few days was surprisingly productive, with over 400 of my 1400+ miles traveled taking place on new roads.  We set aside 3 days for the ride we often try to do in a straight shot, which allowed for a ride across the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (my 3rd time, I believe) and a side trip to Myrtle Beach.  I'd been through there before but this was my first overnight.

TM highlights:

I only picked up about 5 new usai miles, but those were enough to finish off I-264 in Virginia and add my first segment of I-664.

The big gains were in usaus with about 390 miles added.  I went from having about a mile of US 113 to a full clinch.  I picked up the part of US 58 between I-664 and Emporia.  I picked up my first 136 miles on US 701 by taking it from I-95 to Conway, SC.  I filled in a small gap in US 17 in Myrtle Beach that gives me all of that between Jacksonville, NC, and Jacksonville, FL.  Then finally all of US 378 east of I-95 on the way out.


Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on July 31, 2019, 10:32:06 am
A 10-day, 6200-mile work-related trip to the northeastern US & Canada gave me the opportunity for a few clinches as well as an entertaining evening with yakra. I focused on Maine, where I was doing research, but managed to arrange my trip to pick up some mileage in both countries. Weather was great, scenery was scenic, traffic was bearable, and donuts were mostly good.

I finally passed the 250,000 miles mark, and clinched 159 highways including all the usaus and usausb routes in New England. US 3, 4, 5, 7, 201, and 202 are now done, as is the eastern segment of US 2.

My ranking in Maine spiked from 18 to 3, and I rose from 8th to 2nd in New Brunswick and from 9th to 4th in Quebec. I also entered or re-entered the top-10 in Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.

Now I need to rest up, because mapkitten wants to go to California.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: SSOWorld on July 31, 2019, 08:05:34 pm
My 1.75 week trip has 1 day left but all new highway collection is pretty much done.  The update tonight (barring any errors) will confirm I-90 and I-94 100% done nationwide.  The remaining was in Montana, South Dakota and Wyoming.   Add also I-82 and Washington (Seattle and Richmond) and Portland (OR) 3dis. This also finished South Dakota and Washington State's interstate systems. It also took a good bite out of North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho for the same.  Very little other systems were done on the transits though.  I did finish a few national park roads - including Yellowstone's (but that wasn't why I went there ;) ) and got the Beartooth Highway portion of US 212.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: US 89 on August 02, 2019, 01:36:02 pm
On my way back to SLC from a family trip to Steamboat, I got around 120 new miles that I hadn’t been expecting because of a major accident that had closed US 40 west of Hayden, CO for several hours. It turns out there are no paved roads between Hayden and Craig that aren’t US 40, and since it was raining pretty hard we weren’t about to chance any of the area’s dirt roads. As it turned out, the quickest detour was to go back through Steamboat, then follow CO 14, CO 125, and WY 230 to I-80.

In addition to that, the ramp to westbound I-80 from east Rawlins was closed for construction, so I also reclinched the I-80/US 30 business loop there.

For now, this puts Colorado into second place in my highway stats, bumping Texas back to third. Utah of course is still in first.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on August 04, 2019, 08:58:11 am
My return trip up the east coast was not as interesting for clinching purposes as the ride down was, but I did manage to pick up some usaga, usasc, and usava mileage, a few usaus segments that put me over 400 new miles in that system on the trip, got my first miles on the GW Memorial Parkway in Virginia and DC, and finished off I-526 (191st clinched usai connected route).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mikeandkristie on August 06, 2019, 09:21:55 am
Mid July saw us go out west for the National Park Travelers Club convention in Flagstaff, AZ.  Of the 1400 miles we put on the rental car, a little over 900 were new as other than some existing mileage around Las Vegas and Flagstaff was new for us.  About 500 of that was in Arizona.  Some back and forth in the parks helped account for the rest of the difference.  We flew into Las Vegas and then back out from Albuquerque.

Mike
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Bickendan on August 06, 2019, 03:26:59 pm
Just finished an overnighter to Ontario/Fruitland and back. Took I-84 out to The Dalles, then clinched the entirety of OR 206 and unsigned OR 206S (and took US 97 up to WA 14). Wasco, Condon, Heppner, and Pilot Rock are far from anything around. Eastern end of 206 overlaps with OR 207; 206 could be truncated a bit and no one would probably notice. Got the eastern end of OR 74, some standalone mileage on US 395 up to Pendleton, figured out what the situation is with OR 37 within Pendleton and clinched the northern fringe of ORH 28.
Took OR 11 up to OR(H) 331, back down to I-84/US 30, and over to La Grande, taking ORH 66 (US 30, OR 203, OR 237, US 30) through La Grande, Union, North Powder, Haines, and Baker.
Took Bus 30 through Huntington, then OR 201 to OR/ID 52. Confirmed that OSM's US 95S in Payette doesn't exist.
Took US 95 north to Weiser, did not feel any wiser, took US 95S back into Oregon, and OR 201 into Ontario.
Grabbed Bus 30 in Ontario, finishing off US 30's auxiliaries in Oregon, and US 30 into Idaho, clinching 30 in Oregon.
Went north on 95 to ID 52 to grab that segment, then south all the way to ID 19 in Hopewell, and ID 19 into Oregon and onto the southern end of OR 201.
Checked out the Parma Spur and the three routes on the only portion of Oregon east of the Snake River... and found out that OR(H) 452 (already unsigned) isn't the route that crosses the snake -- it's unsigned OR 201S/ORH 450. 452 starts at the T junction of OR 201S/453 instead... and just to complicate things, GIS says it's OR 452/ORH 489(!), not OR 201S/ORH 450. Ugh.
Drove back up to Ontario to snag the final unclinched portion of 201, then took US 30 out to New Plymouth, detoured down and back on ID 72, and down to I-84, giving me a continuous clinch of US 30 from Astoria to Bliss.
Returned back to Portland by US 20, clinching it in Oregon, and have it now clinched in three states (OR, ID, MT), US 97, OR(H) 361, and US 26.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Barefoot Driver on August 09, 2019, 10:34:34 am
latest clinches, 07/25-30/2019
25 trip began, 2330, several hours after i’d planned to leave.
25-6 west on ia-141. realized i was too late to go to w end of the state to gain two highways.
26 stopped at barefoot bar in w. okoboji. ate there in only shorts and cap. on to franklin, mn. no new highways until after chess event, then headed west on mn-19.
26-27 west on mn-19, no new segments.
27 new part of mn-19 west of mn-68 to sd line. that road becomes sd-30, which i drove to i-29. had i looked a bit, i would’ve noticed that i only needed to go a bit farther west to complete it. i then went south on 29 to us-14, and gained the last segments i needed on that in sd and mn, from i-29 to us-71. i then returned to the chess tournament. in the evening, then headed west on mn-7.
27-28 gained a piece of mn-7.
28 mn-7 to us-212, back thru montevideo, to where mn-29 begins, to us-12 (getting the last of that in mn), to mn-23, to mn-55 and that to us-61. rained all day. north on 61 to its end at i-35, getting a piece of us-10 in the process. i then got the i-35bl at pine city.
28-29 lost in the country, and too cloudy to get navigational fix from stars. eventually i found where i was on the interactive map, made my way to mn-70.
29 mn-70 to mn-107 to mn-65, detoured off that and into twin cities on i-35w which was a total mess. returned to mn-55 to us-61 and us-10 east into wi (completing 10 in mn), back into mn on us-63, getting a bit more of us-61 and the minuscule mn-292. (i need only a small piece of 61 to have all of it in mn.) got all of mn-50, us-169br shakopee (see pic, first time i ever saw a green u. s.shield!) and both segments of mn-101 at chanhassen plus a bit of mn-62 and mn-7, picking up the last piece of us-212 i needed in mn as well, before going to us-52 to i-90, to mn-76 (all) which took me out of the state.
29-30  a small piece of ia-76 from mn line.
30 us-52 from ia-150 to us-18, then all of ia-51. later, the rest of us-52 in ia, from us-18 to ia-3. big detour. i. e., ia-136 from luxembourg to us-20! later, all of ia-32 and 62, and the rest of ia-136 before heading back. by the time i arrived, i was one very tired driver! first i filled up with gas in altoona, then went to a meal site for supper before returning home.
there were no new counties to be had here. the nearest of those i need is in nd, a fair distance from where i was. (there are only a handful of counties within 500 miles/800km of d. m. i have left to grab. see here (http://www.mob-rule.com/user/naked_driver) for more information, and the map (http://www.mob-rule.com/user-gifs/USA/naked_driver.gif) as well.)
all in all, a nice trip, though would’ve liked to get a few more highways.
total distance was just under 1600 miles/2560km.
(https://dgtzuqphqg23d.cloudfront.net/C88-YKbWcnZ1abqLTnK0HtG__G4ivOHDPBVYNQZkgVY-2048x1152.jpg)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Barefoot Driver on August 09, 2019, 10:55:51 am
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.
congrats on a delightful excursion, for the most part. we all make mistakes when planning a trip.

* 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.
i absolutely refuse to have anything to do with [anus (we all know the word i meant)] telephone. i had a number of bad experiences with them in the past, and so a t & t!
i keep my data usage to a minimum by using the wifi at mickey d’s or local libraries. if no password, i’m in!
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Barefoot Driver on August 09, 2019, 11:31:41 am
Mid July saw us go out west for the National Park Travelers Club convention in Flagstaff, AZ.  Of the 1400 miles we put on the rental car, a little over 900 were new as other than some existing mileage around Las Vegas and Flagstaff was new for us.  About 500 of that was in Arizona.  Some back and forth in the parks helped account for the rest of the difference.  We flew into Las Vegas and then back out from Albuquerque.
i was shocked when i found out that meteor crater (1) does not allow bare feet and (2) charges $18 admission!
  • Stayed in St. George and got up to Exit 16 in Utah before taking UT 9 and then all of UT 59 back into Arizona.  It became AZ 389.  Stopped at Pipe Spring NM and connected with US 89A in Fredonia.  Drove north to Kanab, UT looking for food and to get another county and finish 89A where it connects with US 89.  Got a tiny bit of that one through town.  Then back south on US 89A and down to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on AZ 69.
some day i plan to get 89 from s terminus to ut-14, but am not looking forward to that excursion. in addition, while there, will pick up 89a, 160 from w terminus to 163, and 191 from i-40 to us-6. i still have four counties to get in az.

  • Two visits each into Walnut Canyon NM and the loop road for Sunset Crater Volcano NM and Wupatki NM to get those National Park roads.  US 180 also goes through town and then duplexes I-40 until Holbrook, so we got our first mileage on it.
hope you get to capulin volcanic nat. mon. no park road, but a very pretty site, and lots of excellent hiking, which i did barefoot, much to the surprise of the onlookers.

  • Headed east on I-40 giving us a straight run to Gallup, NM except where we pulled through Winslow on the BL.  It was dark, so we didn't see the "Standing on a Corner" stuff, so we'll stop back by again.  Since it was later, I didn't do my drive past to the second exit, take the business loop back through town, and then around on the interstate again routine and also skipped past going through Holbrook.
nothing much to see in holbrook.

  • Drove Route 66 / I-40 BL through Gallup and went north on US 491 to NM 264 and turned around and came back to get us our first US 491 mileage.  Then, headed south on NM 602 to NM 53 east to hit El Morro NM.  And then back to I-40 to Grants.  Did part of the BL / Route 66 through town looking for food and got back on I-40 at Exit 85 which we took to I-25 in Albuquerque.
curse nm and their tiny state highways in towns!! i had to drive all over gallup to get them!
i have yet to do 491. too bad they had to change to that from 666!
i find driving in abq to be a mess. always a lot of road destruction, and can get lost easily.
still, overall a fine trip for you.
i posted my travels in the region. the trip was successful in that i completed the counties of two states, but failed to complete two others and missed the event i’d planned to do, the bare to breakers.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mikeandkristie on August 12, 2019, 07:29:12 pm
Mid July saw us go out west for the National Park Travelers Club convention in Flagstaff, AZ.  Of the 1400 miles we put on the rental car, a little over 900 were new as other than some existing mileage around Las Vegas and Flagstaff was new for us.  About 500 of that was in Arizona.  Some back and forth in the parks helped account for the rest of the difference.  We flew into Las Vegas and then back out from Albuquerque.
i was shocked when i found out that meteor crater (1) does not allow bare feet and (2) charges $18 admission!
  • Stayed in St. George and got up to Exit 16 in Utah before taking UT 9 and then all of UT 59 back into Arizona.  It became AZ 389.  Stopped at Pipe Spring NM and connected with US 89A in Fredonia.  Drove north to Kanab, UT looking for food and to get another county and finish 89A where it connects with US 89.  Got a tiny bit of that one through town.  Then back south on US 89A and down to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon on AZ 69.
some day i plan to get 89 from s terminus to ut-14, but am not looking forward to that excursion. in addition, while there, will pick up 89a, 160 from w terminus to 163, and 191 from i-40 to us-6. i still have four counties to get in az.

  • Two visits each into Walnut Canyon NM and the loop road for Sunset Crater Volcano NM and Wupatki NM to get those National Park roads.  US 180 also goes through town and then duplexes I-40 until Holbrook, so we got our first mileage on it.
hope you get to capulin volcanic nat. mon. no park road, but a very pretty site, and lots of excellent hiking, which i did barefoot, much to the surprise of the onlookers.

  • Headed east on I-40 giving us a straight run to Gallup, NM except where we pulled through Winslow on the BL.  It was dark, so we didn't see the "Standing on a Corner" stuff, so we'll stop back by again.  Since it was later, I didn't do my drive past to the second exit, take the business loop back through town, and then around on the interstate again routine and also skipped past going through Holbrook.
nothing much to see in holbrook.

  • Drove Route 66 / I-40 BL through Gallup and went north on US 491 to NM 264 and turned around and came back to get us our first US 491 mileage.  Then, headed south on NM 602 to NM 53 east to hit El Morro NM.  And then back to I-40 to Grants.  Did part of the BL / Route 66 through town looking for food and got back on I-40 at Exit 85 which we took to I-25 in Albuquerque.
curse nm and their tiny state highways in towns!! i had to drive all over gallup to get them!
i have yet to do 491. too bad they had to change to that from 666!
i find driving in abq to be a mess. always a lot of road destruction, and can get lost easily.
still, overall a fine trip for you.
i posted my travels in the region. the trip was successful in that i completed the counties of two states, but failed to complete two others and missed the event i’d planned to do, the bare to breakers.

The three national monuments around Flagstaff took us long enough that the Meteor Crater got bumped from this trip.  :-(
We have been to Capulin, hitting it in 2016.  So, this was our second time in New Mexico.
Yeah, I got away with as much of circling around Gallup as I could this trip.  We'll be back some day as there are more park sites nearby.
We'll probably stay in Holbrook when we come back and visit Petrified Forest.  I'd like to stay in the Wigwam Motel.
Doing all the stuff you do barefoot is very impressive.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on August 14, 2019, 11:59:18 pm
The 11-day trip to the west coast with mapkitten was a success for both of us, netting me 2100+ new miles and 75 new clinches, and giving her the distinction among her peer group of being the only 16-year-old to drive 80 mph legally. It also convinced her that she needs to attend college in California. So I may have to make more cross-country trips in the near future.

We drove out together, so the opportunity to pad my stats was limited to whatever connected college to college (or college to beach) plus a few business loops. She flew back to Ohio, and I took the opportunity to not rush home, clinching I-580(NV) & I-80 (thereby completing all the signed interstates) as well as US 56 & US 50. No significant ranking increases besides reaching the top 10 in Nevada. Raton Pass almost killed my engine, but I made it 600 miles (without cruise control...across Kansas) to a mechanic recommended by that evening's Airbnb host, who reset the computer and gave me the go-ahead for the final 1000 miles (thankfully with cruise control) the last day. Seems fine now but I expect the dealer will disagree next week.

That's probably it for this summer. Back to work next Tuesday.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on August 15, 2019, 08:31:22 am
Did mapkitteh enjoy the trip?  Which college is she zeroing in on?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on August 15, 2019, 11:18:40 am
She did. It was her first cross-country road trip, and she got to drive in 6 states she hadn't driven in yet. She appreciated the differences in landscapes and even noticed how the roads looked different, and the state highway markers. But for her the travelling was less about the roads and more about the 'gram. Most of our travels in L.A. were to photo ops (Rodeo Drive, Hollywood, angel wings, various restaurants). Still, I was the one providing directions, so occasionally we took a non-direct route to a particular stop.

We DIY-toured of the University of Kansas (my alma mater), Colorado, and University of Denver on the way out, then took real tours of the University of Redlands, Chapman University, University of San Diego, and Loyola-Marymount. She loved all of the California schools (being told people go to Disneyland to study will do that) and was not happy about having to return to two more years of Ohio and sub-par Japanese restaurants.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: froggie on August 16, 2019, 08:46:27 am
She should be glad she's not in northeastern Vermont.  We can't even find basic sushi up here, let alone hibachi...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on August 16, 2019, 11:23:53 am
She should be glad she's not in northeastern Vermont.  We can't even find basic sushi up here, let alone hibachi...
Well you do have that maple cream pie (https://www.instagram.com/p/BJwJYSDhmZ9/?utm_source=ig_embed) place, which doesn't really have a SoCal equivalent. When she had New England on her search radar, UVM was one of the schools I thought she should look at, since Burlington's a great town. Northwestern Vermont ought to have some food variety.

Re the colleges, U of Redlands impressed me a lot, mainly due to the large presence ESRI has in the curriculum. Plus if she chooses Redlands, whoever is driving her stuff out there won't have to deal with L.A. traffic. But she's going to major in sociology or Asian studies at this point, so she can get both of those just about anywhere out there.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on August 17, 2019, 10:06:19 pm
I just got back home from a week-and-a-half road trip to South Dakota and some neighboring states. I'm home for a few days, then rolling out again Monday for about a week of camping in western Massachusetts.

The goals of the South Dakota trip were to visit the Corn Palace in Mitchell SD (a major attraction I managed to miss on more than a dozen visits to the state where my father was born and raised), and to try to complete my coverage of US 18 and US 212 as well as to gnaw at my unclinched US 52 mileage. An unexpected bonus of the Mitchell visit was finding (too late in the day, alas) the museum at Dakota Wesleyan University about its notable alumni Sen. George McGovern and his wife Eleanor. I strongly supported, as a high school student (in Nixon country) his failed 1972 presidential bid. My politics have changed since then, though not my proclivity for political lost causes.

As for my route clinch efforts, I got most of US 18, with a short construction-closure gap in Waukesha WI and a longer one in southeastern South Dakota. Most infuriating was my near-miss of US 212. As I was getting set to complete the route in Watertown SD, I encountered a re-construction closure in both directions of a few blocks of US 212 just west of downtown. These add to a growing list of gaps (including parts of US 14 and US 218, and a forthcoming reroute of a few miles of US 30 in Iowa) which I'll have to fill on future trips to the upper Midwest.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on August 17, 2019, 11:20:33 pm
@oscar: Did the Corn Palace live up to your expectations? What theme did they go with this year?

Also, you missed clinching 212 by a couple blocks? Why not just walk it?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on August 17, 2019, 11:52:45 pm
@oscar: Did the Corn Palace live up to your expectations? What theme did they go with this year?

Also, you missed clinching 212 by a couple blocks? Why not just walk it?

For 2018-2019, the Corn Palace went with a "Salute to Military" theme. Lots of photo ops on the outside, not much inside (but at least admission is free).

The US 212 construction zone looked non-walkable, with both carriageways and sidewalks torn up. But it's close to I-29, and the project might be completed (or at least two-way traffic allowed on one carriageway) next time I'm up there, which could be as soon as late October.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: julmac on August 18, 2019, 01:46:37 am
The Corn Palace went with a military theme, carried over from last year. Lots of photo ops on the outside, not much inside (but at least admission is free).

The one time I went to the Corn Palace was a bit of a bust as it turned out to be the day the corn was taken down waiting for the next mural to be put up. That and the tour guide who gave us a tour of the inside acted like he was presenting to a group of 30, but it was just two of us.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapcat on August 18, 2019, 11:41:20 am
The US 212 construction zone looked non-walkable, with both carriageways and sidewalks torn up. But it's close to I-29, and the project might be completed (or at least two-way traffic allowed on one carriageway) next time I'm up there, which could be as soon as late October.
You’re much more cautious than I would be. Last month in some Maine town I will likely never visit again, I parked on one side of a closure on US 2, walked straight through the barriers and past the workers, turned around at the other side and walked back to my car. No one said anything. A few years ago a Michigan highway being fully rebuilt was nothing but sand when I walked the 5-6 blocks between the orange fences. Always bring flip flops because you never know when you’ll need them.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on August 18, 2019, 12:19:50 pm
Always bring flip flops because you never know when you’ll need them.

I almost always wear flip-flops when I'm on the road, unless I'll have to walk through snow (sub-freezing air temps I'm OK with -- my toes hate shoes more than they do cold).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on August 18, 2019, 05:35:10 pm
Got to take a 19-hr ride yesterday covering about 1050 miles...

Went to Akron OH via Morganotwn WV and Brockway PA and back...

New clinches:
Maryland: MD 49, MD 658
Pennsylvania: I-80, I-376, US 40 Bus Uniontown, US 119, US 224, PA 28
Ohio: I-76, I-80, US 224

This gives me all interstate mileage in Pennsylvania and a full clinch of the eastern I-76.  It would've also been a full clinch of US 224 except last summer Indiana had it closed west of IN 1.  US 119 would also be a full clinch except Kentucky has had the nerve to rebuild it in numerous locations north of Jenkins KY since I drove the whole Kentucky portion in 1988.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on August 20, 2019, 05:57:17 pm
Just back from South Dakota as well, though didn't get to the Corn Palace this time. I was there two years ago this week (8/19/17). This trip was was just a weekend RT from MSP with an overnight in Sioux Falls.

I did manage to clinch the last stretch of I-494 (between exits 5 and 11). Added bits and pieces of several US routes (12,14,59,71,75, and 212) plus some MN, IA, and SD routes. A few clinches, mostly on BL or short state routes. Not a ton of added mileage, but much of it was new. Also collected the last 4 counties in Iowa.

And because I was so close, I stopped to see the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota (tip of the hat to Weird Al).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on August 24, 2019, 04:50:31 pm
Two trips between the FedroSplat and eastern PA (one including a side trip to northwest NJ), plus the annual Pennsic War excursion to western PA, this time extended out to SE Ohio right after the end of Pennsic. I could have posted all this last week but I got sick and wasn't very coherent for several days.

New clinches: I-80 in PA (finally!), PA 117, PA 830, PA 914, WV 618

Non-clinch new mileage: I-77 in OH, I-80 in OH, US 11 in PA, US 19 in PA, US 30 in PA, US 50 in WV, US 62 in OH and PA, US 206 in NJ, US 219 in PA, US 224 in OH, US 50 Business in Belpre OH, PA 18, PA 191, PA 230, PA 233, PA 241, PA 441, PA 487, PA 743, PA 760, WV 68, OH 7, OH 32, OH 60, OH 173, OH 183, OH 225 (almost a clinch but it was after midnight and I was following Waze pretty literally), OH 618, OH 821.

Observations:
0. I'm a little disappointed at how little new mileage all this added to my log, but for a large portion of the trip speed was more important and so I ended up taking fast highways I'd already traveled before.
1. I am amused that I clinched eastern I-76 years before mapmikey (and I-80 in PA just about a week ahead of him). How did that happen?
2. I am far less amused at signage in Belpre OH, and at the fact that ODOT apparently decided that OH 618 did NOT need to connect to WV 618 despite the very close proximity. WV 618 turns into OH 32 (and vice versa) on the free bridge across the Ohio, 1/4 mile east of where OH 618 eastbound makes a left to AVOID going over that bridge, and instead goes up to the western foot of the four-bit toll bridge. Where it apparently stops, for no discernible reason.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on August 24, 2019, 05:05:05 pm
Raton Pass almost killed my engine, but I made it 600 miles (without cruise control...across Kansas)

"OHHHH Kansas is flat and I hate it, and this is the flat Kansas sooooongg..." (from the very last Queen of Wands strip: http://www.queenofwands.net/ (http://www.queenofwands.net/))

My first experience driving in Kansas outside of the KC/Overland Park area was on the ride 5 years ago that clinched I-70. We drove I-70 from I-15 in Cove Fort UT to I-270 in Frederick MD, and even when we got off we doubled back an exit to get back on. This was in a 30-foot RV. Kansas was 420+ miles of 40-50 mph crosswind blowing south to north, holding the steering wheel at a 45 degree angle just to stay in my own lane, except going under overpasses when I suddenly had to staighten the wheel out for 15 feet and then wrench it back to 45 degrees as we came back out into the wind. Would Not Recommend.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Markkos1992 on August 24, 2019, 06:02:31 pm
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1. I am amused that I clinched eastern I-76 years before mapmikey (and I-80 in PA just about a week ahead of him). How did that happen?

I am surprised that I clinched I-80 in PA before both of you.  (It was completed in February when I drove I-80 from I-57 in Illinois all the way to PA 147.  Everything east of US 15 was done on or before July 4th last year.)

In my PA highlights, I finished US 219 (just in PA), PA 533, and PA 54 last week.  I also drove all of PA 120, PA 433, and MD 57 (used to get down to US 40 to follow it and I-68 west to US 219).
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mapmikey on August 24, 2019, 08:32:57 pm
Being based in Northern Virginia means there is no natural reason to take much of any part of I-80 in Pennsylvania or I-76 east of Breezewood.

Until recently, my clinching trips were mostly not as far out that way as NE Ohio (just 1 other one where I rode US 322 from I-99 to Cleveland, then I-77 south to clinch that) so I'm just now getting around to doing some more out that way.  In fact, the short I-76 in Ohio was done in 3 segments:
The Ohio Tpk part in 2000 (part of a return trip from Yellowstone and Montana)
I-71 to I-277 (last summer when I had a business trip to Cleveland and spent a day in Columbus first)
I-277 to I-80 (last week)

I am also at a disadvantage in that up to now I do not spend the night anywhere on my clinching rides...
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on September 05, 2019, 11:42:50 pm
Today was my chance to do some exploring based out of Minneapolis before attending State of the Map for the next few days.  I decided to go pretty big and drove almost 600 miles over 12 hours.  It's not often I can drive that far and hit nearly all new mileage, but I did.  Other than a few miles of I-229 and I-90 near Sioux Falls, it's all new.

Starting and ending at my hotel in Eden Prairie, my route was US 212 -> US 71 -> US 14 -> US 75 -> IA 9 -> SD 42 -> I-229 -> I-90 -> I-29 -> US 12 -> I-494.

So it's mostly new usaus mileage, where I added about 470 miles.  In usai, adding the 125 new miles of I-29 put me over 40,000 for the system.

I think I touched 8 (connected) routes for the first time anywhere, but didn't add any new clinches.  I thought about continuing up to Fargo to finish off I-29, but the day was getting a little long considering it was following a day of work and air travel and I have the days at the conference upcoming.

It was also one of my best county-counting days in a long time, with 20 added.

I made stops at Redwood Falls, Pipestone NM, and the ball of twine in Darwin made famous by Weird Al, plus lunch and a fillup, and a takeout dinner to bring back to the room.

I'm also within striking distance of finishing the Minnesota interstates, missing only parts of I-394, I-494, and I-694 all in the TC area.  Whatever I don't get going back and forth to Minneapolis the next few days, I'll go get between the end of the conference and my flight home.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on September 08, 2019, 07:47:48 pm
In my few hours between leaving State of the Map US and arrival at MSP, I was able to take another much shorter clinching ride.  I finished up I-694, completing the Interstate system in Minnesota.  Then I went from St. Paul to the northern terminus of US 61, so I have all of that north of Red Wing.  Added 50+ more miles overall today.  All in all a very successful trip as far as expanding my TM stats as well as the conference itself.  I was lucky that the extensive construction closures did not affect any of the routes I needed.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: clong on September 23, 2019, 12:27:49 pm
Had a fun weekend of travel.

Finished off US82 and US431 in Alabama on my route to pick up my final Alabama county - Henry.
Also clinched all the US Business routes (84, 231, 431) in Dothan, AL.
Drove from there to Port St Joe, FL and followed US98 along the coast to Crystal River, FL. Headed over to I-75 to pickup a couple of missing segments and also clinched I-175, I-275 and I-375 in Tampa/St Pete. Picked up some I-4 mileage for the first time from I-275 to Lakeland. Added 17 Florida counties in the process.
Headed back home Sunday morning and took US84 from Valdosta, GA to Enterprise, AL and picked up 7 new GA counties (including a short out and back on GA91 to Miller County.
Also added a chunk of AL167 from Enterprise to Troy.

I've submitted the update and will see exactly how many miles added as much of the Florida portion of my trip was 2-3 US routes multiplexed.

EDIT: Added in AL - 160 Active, 193 including Preview
Added in GA - 115 (both)
Added in FL - 500 Active, 590 including Preview
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Eth on September 25, 2019, 08:54:22 am
Flew out to Dallas for the weekend and put myself on the board in two new states: ~220 miles in Texas (pending me fixing a typo in my .list file) and another 74 in Oklahoma. Clinched I-345 and Texas' northern segment of unified I-35, along with all but about 4 miles of TX US75, plus the majority of I-635 and significant bits (10% or more) of TX US81, I-35E, TX26, TX121, and OK32.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on September 26, 2019, 05:40:09 am
Late last night around London there were a bucket load of roadworks. One involved closing the M25 (rather than just all but one lane, or a slip road, like some of the other bits) between two junctions. The diversion was about 6 miles longer than the motorway, 93% new mileage for me, and meant over 10 miles of new mileage. I didn't like the extra half-hour on a journey that started late and took over an hour longer than it should have without the roadworks, but it's nice to get some bonus unexpected mileage on a route I've travelled hundreds of times. If it was a diversion on roads I'd already taken, it would have been a different story!
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on September 26, 2019, 02:16:03 pm
Clinched: ME232, ME5, ME120, ME108, ME219.
ME232 & ME120 from 0% to 100% in one go.
ME108 previously had only one mile, on the ME4 overlap.
Passed through: Poland, Oxford, Norway, Paris, Mexico, Peru, and finally, Hartford 3 separate times.
75.49 new miles. One more trip this size (71.91 mi) and I'll have the most mileage in usame.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on September 27, 2019, 05:58:28 pm
Most of my trips down to the FedroSplat and back to eastern PA this month have been on already traveled routes due to time considerations. I did get a few new miles though.

New clinch: WV 51. (Which I had already driven half of, but I clinched it by driving all of it in one fell swoop.) I will note that WV 51 in Inwood has been rerouted, though the new route is not shown on OSM yet; one can see the new route as being under construction in Esri WorldImagery. I'll make a new post about it.

New almost-clinch: PA 995. (Bridge out; I'll have to wait for the actual clinch until it's replaced.)

New segments: WV 45, US 30 in PA.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mikeandkristie on September 28, 2019, 05:31:15 pm
We've had a couple of trips to WV to New River Gorge in the last couple months sandwiched around a trip to northern Virginia where we did a detailed visit to all the small parks along the George Washington Parkway.  Along the way, we picked up a few hundred new miles in WV and VA with small bits in NC and DC.  Some of the highlights:

On the two WV trips, we were able to pick up several small segments that are close to our normal route of I-40 to Winston-Salem, then up US 52 then I-74 by Mount Airy up to I-77 the rest of the way into West Virginia.  Slowly chipping away at the parallel routes to I-77.

On the first trip we got some more miles between Beckley and the New River Gorge Bridge and got some new miles on the way home.

For the northern Virginia trip, we had once driven the GW Parkway from Mount Vernon to I-495, so we already had that marked off.  So, mainly chipping away at new sections getting to and from it.

On the second trip, we got a little more around Beckley and then headed up to Summersville.  On the way back, we had some more time flexibility and took a more scenic route and picked up two new counties (Monroe, WV and Craig, VA).

Mike
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: kjslaughter on September 29, 2019, 11:57:37 pm
Figured after 3 or so years on the site and more with its predecessor, I'd finally add some notes on my travels.  I haven't gotten around the country as much as many of the rest of you, but I make for it in density.  Some of you may have noticed I'm currently ranked number one in Georgia.  That is in part because I'm in the middle of a project to visit and photograph the courthouse in all 159 counties!  (160 if you count former Campbell County south of Atlanta).  If anyone is curious, you can see pictures in my Facebook album https://www.facebook.com/justin.slaughter/media_set?set=a.10156186720659418&type=3

After my next trip to SE Georgia with my dad (probably next Spring), I will have visited all 159 counties, but still need to circle back to a few for courthouse pictures. After that, maybe I move on to Alabama, Tennessee, or North Carolina.  Guess we shall see!

I have a 6 year old son, so our trips of late are just to the beach.  This past summer, I was able to take a solo trip up to Kentucky Bluegrass region.  I do try to route my trips to catch as many different and new routes as I can, but honestly clinching routes is less important to me than just tracking all the places I've been in my 42 years of life so far.  I also of course hate taking the same route home as I took to get to a place.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: US 89 on October 06, 2019, 01:11:36 am
Recently drove from Atlanta down to Panama City Beach in Florida. In addition to picking up a new state (Alabama) and several new counties, I was able to get quite a bit of new mileage. Got a couple Florida route clinches in, and also clinched US 431 Business in Dothan, AL.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: bejacob on October 07, 2019, 07:28:41 am
Just back from the Seattle area. Added a few new-to-me routes and finished a couple clinches. Of the 450 miles I drove, only 80 was new mileage.

Finished clinches of WA96, WA164, WA515, WA516, WA524, and WA530
New routes clinched WA92, WA204, WA526, WA528, WA534, WA536, and WA538
Added mileage on WA20
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on October 08, 2019, 06:34:18 pm
I was on the road for most of the last two weeks, to get away from some disruptive electrical system upgrades to my apartment (work mostly completed, though I still need to clean up plaster/drywall dust everywhere). I basically drove down to Miami, then to Cincinnati, then back home through West Virginia.

I've covered, in combination with earlier trips, most or all TM-mapped routes in southern Florida (Manatee, Hardee, Highlands, Okeechobee, and Indian River counties, and everything to the south -- this includes Miami, but not Tampa/St. Pete or Orlando). On the way to and from Miami, I covered a lot of the parts of US 52 I hadn't already covered, including all of the route in South Carolina, though I'm still missing parts in North Carolina (emergency road closure) and Ohio (construction closures), as well as previous gaps in Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota. I'm inching closer to 80% of the U.S. routes, though it'll take more than one additional trip to top that threshold, so not this year.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on October 08, 2019, 06:46:53 pm
I covered a lot of the parts of US 52 I haven't already covered, including all of the route in South Carolina, though I'm still missing parts in North Carolina (emergency road closure) and Ohio (construction closures), as well as previous gaps in Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota.

Don't do Iowa until after mid-2020 and Dubuque's Southwest Arterial opens. US 52 will change between 61/151 and 20/136.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on October 13, 2019, 02:07:04 pm
I'm back from a 3-weeks-trip through Central Europe. I've been to Czechia, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. In addition, I've visited Montenegro and Serbia for the first time. I've clinched czed and svna motorway systems (798mi + 337mi) and re-clincehd auta (1082mi). Of course, I got first TM mileage in SRB and MNE. In total, I have 4,121 more TM miles now - including loss in Poland due to the recent S6 opening. I also passed the 80,000 TM miles and my 43-months old car passed 200,000km.

I also drove the new A94 in Bavaria which was opened on October 1. I'm the TM pioneer here :)

btw: Congrats to panda80 for reaching 100,000 km and to emmaf for 12,000km - not bad for half-year-old! (she has more TM miles in ESP-AS and ESP-CL than me)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: si404 on October 13, 2019, 05:01:28 pm
loss in Poland due to the recent S6 opening.
You'll get that back when I know the DW number they should have given the old DK6.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Bickendan on October 13, 2019, 05:24:41 pm
I also passed the 80,000 TM miles and my 43-months old car passed 200,000km.

Your car has quite a bit of life left in it :D
Mine's still holding strong at 220,000 miles! I intend it to see me through the clinching of Oregon :)
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on October 14, 2019, 03:52:40 pm
loss in Poland due to the recent S6 opening.
You'll get that back when I know the DW number they should have given the old DK6.

DW108 :) https://www.skyscrapercity.com/showpost.php?p=163284454&postcount=18437
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: panda80 on October 14, 2019, 04:48:59 pm
btw: Congrats to panda80 for reaching 100,000 km and to emmaf for 12,000km - not bad for half-year-old! (she has more TM miles in ESP-AS and ESP-CL than me)

Thanks :) You forgot ESP-CB, she's the first one there :) We've had an epic 24 days travel through Germany (BY and BW), France, Spain (PV, CL, NC, CL, GA, AS, CB), then back to France and finally drove home through Switzerland, Austria and finally clinched also the last 0,7km of A96 in BY near the border with AT.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: compdude787 on October 26, 2019, 05:32:29 pm
I really should talk about all the travels I did over this past summer and fall (I was originally going to post about some of it sooner, but I accidentally pressed F5 while I was writing the post and lost everything I wrote, and was too frustrated to re-write the post). Yes, this is going to be a long post.

On Memorial Day weekend, on the way home from vacation at a beach house on Netarts Bay near Tillamook, Oregon, I drove US101 from Pacific City to Astoria. It was my first time driving the stretch of US 101 between Pacific City and Cannon Beach. I'd driven the section of US101 between Pacific City and Otter Rock (located between Depoe Bay and Newport) on August 21, 2017 when our family went to see the solar eclipse. Anyway, I continued north on US101 from Cannon Beach to Astoria, crossed over into Washington, continued north on US101, clinched the ~1 mile long US 101 Alt Ilwaco, and continued north on US101 to Raymond, where I turned east onto WA 6 in order to clinch that highway for the first time.

In early July, from July 5 thru July 13th, I took a roadtrip down the west coast to California and then to Nevada. On this trip, I took I-5 down to Portland, OR, clinched I-405 in Portland, and then continued south on I-5 and got off the freeway at OR 99W in the south part of town. I filmed a lot of the roadtrip and have started posting videos of it to YouTube; here's the first video:

Alright, so after driving through Portland, I headed southwest on OR99W until Newberg, where I got on the new Newberg-Dundee Bypass (OR 18), and continued west on OR 18 out to Lincoln City, where I then continued south on US101 all the way through the state. I filmed most of US 101 on the Oregon Coast and am currently working on the first video from the coast. As a result of this trip, I've now clinched US 101 in Oregon. Then I continued into California on US101, passing through the Redwoods at various points. I also clinched CA 254, aka Avenue of the Giants, enjoying the view of the redwood trees. At Leggett, I took CA 1 back out to the ocean and followed it all the way into San Francisco. In the Bay Area, I clinched I-980 and I-238, and drove parts of I-80, I-880, I-580, I-280, CA 1 and US101. I also drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay Bridge, and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

Upon leaving San Francisco, I took I-280 south to CA 1, and followed CA 1 along the coast to Santa Cruz. Then I drove CA 17 over the Santa Cruz Mountains, as well as parts of CA 9 and CA 35 to get to my campsite for that night at Portola Redwoods State Park. The next day I continued on CA 1 through the Big Sur, and then hopped on US101 at San Luis Obispo, continued on the 101 to Ventura, then got back on the 1 (aka the PCH) from Ventura to Santa Monica. I continued on I-10 to the infamous 405, which I took to get to Garden Grove, which is where I stayed with some friends. After staying with them for two nights, I then proceeded to do some driving around LA. I clinched CA 110 and I-110 as well as taking CA 47 over the Vincent Thomas Bridge and then crossing the Gerald Desmond Bridge, whose replacement is currently under construction. After taking a quick look at the Queen Mary in Long Beach, I then made my way back up to downtown LA via the 110, and then took the 101 to the 10 to make my way out of the LA area, which was kinda slow due to traffic.

I then headed north on I-15 over Cajon Pass, heading to Las Vegas for the night. I planned to see Hoover Dam, then head through Death Valley to US 395, then head north on US 395 to CA 120, which would take me over Tioga Pass into Yosemite National Park. After checking out the park, my plan was to head back to I-5 via CA 120 and then take I-5 all the way back to Seattle. However, as I was driving up the mountain north of Baker, CA and still an hour out of Vegas, my car engine started making a rattling noise. Thinking it just needed more oil, I stopped at the next gas station and purchased some. However, this did not solve the problem, so I got it towed to a shop in Las Vegas. They looked at the car and told me that the engine was toast and would cost $4500 to replace, which was more than what my car (a 2001 Toyota Corolla with 180K miles) was worth. So I ultimately sold it to a junkyard for $200. And I had to take a flight home from Vegas. The lesson: Don't take an old car that burns oil on a long roadtrip and if you do, do a better job at monitoring the oil levels than I did. Anyway, I still had fun, it was great seeing the Oregon and California coasts. It was disappointing not to be able to see Yosemite and Death Valley, but it's probably better to visit those places in the fall when Yosemite is less busy and Death Valley is less hot.

Now, I should talk about my more recent travels that I took in the south. A year ago, my brother decided to move out to Columbia, SC, so we went out to visit him for a week earlier this month. We flew into Atlanta, and then spent that day checking out Atlanta a little bit, then the next day, we drove out to Savannah via I-75 and I-16. We saw Fort Pulaski, drove through downtown Savannah and left Savannah via US 17 to I-95. We then made our way to Charleston, staying at a house of someone my parents knew there. The next day my brother came out from Columbia, and we all did some sightseeing in Charleston, including taking the boat out to Fort Sumter. That evening, we drove up to Columbia, and my brother spent the next morning showing us around town and we also went to the state fair, where they had all the fried things you could imagine, even fried cookie dough, Oreos, and Reese's. :o (no we didn't eat all that stuff) We then went up to Greenville, and walked along the Reedy River, which runs through downtown Greenville.

Then we went up to Asheville, NC, and stayed at a hotel near there. The next morning, we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway up to Mount Mitchell, and then continued east on the Blue Ridge Parkway to NC 80 southeast through the Devil's Whip, a very windy stretch of road. After that, we made our way back to Asheville on I-40, had lunch, and then drove through the Appalachian Mountains along US 74 and then US 23 south into Georgia, eventually heading to the Road Atlanta raceway just northeast of Atlanta and saw the Petit Le Mans race that next day. He really likes watching races (not NASCAR) and this is one of the reasons why he moved to the south. At the end of the day, we said goodbye to my brother. The day after that we flew home to Seattle. It was a fun trip!

Anyway, hope you made it through all that. I'm all caught up on trip reports--for now.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on October 27, 2019, 12:11:53 pm
I'm back from my latest conference trip where I spoke about the METAL project (slides at http://courses.teresco.org/metal/talk.pdf until the next one, whenever that might be) at Robert Morris University near Pittsburgh.  My schedule allowed for me to drive it in the daylight on the way out to enjoy the scenery of the later part of the foliage season.

On the ride out, it was familiar territory on the Thruway and I-81 until I got off at New York 80, where I took New York 281 for the first time and traveled end to end.  From Cortland, I cut down to Ithaca, with a small side trip to get a few new miles on New York 38 and New York 366.  I took New York 13 through Ithaca, which was all new to me right to I-86 near Elmira.  It was I-86 over to Corning, where I picked up a chunk of New York 352 and lunch in their very lively downtown.  I then took my first ride on New York's stub of I-99 and followed US 15/Future I-99 down to Williamsport.  Is there anything other than a desire to connect with their existing I-99 that's stopping Pennsylvania from designating this stretch as I-99?  Seemed up to standards to my untrained eye.  From there, it was US 220 over to just west of Lock Haven, where I made my first ride on Pennsylvania 150.  It wasn't too much of a delay other than the 10-15 minutes in a long line of traffic following a large farm vehicle that we were unable to pass (it took about a lane and a half so oncoming traffic had to squeeze over too).  When I arrived at I-80, I continued straight where the road becomes Alt US 220, and took that to I-99 in Port Matilda, again a new route for me.  I had done I-99 before, and left that at Altoona to take US 22 over to Pittsburgh.  That was mostly quick, with a few frustrating towns filled with light after light for shopping center entrances.  I hit the tail end of Pittsburgh rush hour and had some delays where through traffic on I-376 needs to squeeze into a single lane a couple times.  Seems like a lousy job of utilizing their lanes but I am sure it's all done for a reason.

The conference did not start until after lunch on Friday, so after getting some work done at the hotel in the morning, I decided I had time for a little exploration.  Rather than going into the city, I opted to take US 22 over to Steubenville, Ohio, Ohio 7 up to East Liverpool, the US 30 back as far as Pennsylvania 576, then around the airport to get over to RMU in plenty of time.  This was all new mileage for me except a small piece of I-376.

After the conference wrapped up on Saturday afternoon, I took a bit of Pennsylvania 51 and 151 to get back to I-376, then finished my remaining mileage on that road to get up to I-80.  Rather than going right to I-79, I took US 19 up through Mercer, rejoining I-79 near Meadville.  I-79 up to I-90, where I decided I was making good enough time to hop up to US 20 to pick up some new miles between Harborcreek Twp and Fredonia.  It was all Thruway from there, with the exception of a crazy drive-thru line at the Cheektowaga Chick-fil-A and failed attempts to get wings at the Anchor Bar and Duff's locations on Transit.  I ended up with some good Thai food nearby because both wings places had lines out the door.  Then a dark, rainy, but uneventful trip across the state on the Thruway got me home.

Roadgeek accomplishments: 8 new counties in 4 different states.  A little over 450 miles in my TM stats, including 70+ miles in usai and 260+ in usaus.  In usany, I traveled 3 routes for the first time and finished up 2 routes.  First miles on 9 routes in usapa.

It was almost all new miles for my car (TM user a3), which went from about 1650 TM miles to nearly 2600.  Since I'd never taken the car on a trip toward the west before, the trace of this trip is very evident from http://travelmapping.net/user/mapview.php?units=miles&u=a3&rg=NY,PA,OH,WV
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on October 27, 2019, 08:45:09 pm
Multiple trips between eastern PA and the DC FedroSplat in the past month for me have yielded more new mileage.

New clinches: PA 182, PA 216, PA 772, PA 851, PA 944, PA 997, MD 88, MD 200, MD 206 (newly signed in 2019), VA 55

New segments but not clinched: PA 72, PA 74, PA 147, PA 230, PA 233, PA 274, PA 325, PA 849, PA 850

There should be plenty of opportunity for me to get a bit more new mileage in the next couple of months, though travel will still be mostly US East Coast.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: compdude787 on November 07, 2019, 11:21:36 am
Multiple trips between eastern PA and the DC FedroSplat in the past month for me have yielded more new mileage.

What is the FedroSplat? I keep seeing that term used here but cannot find a definition when I Google it. In fact some of the Google search results take me back to this website.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: yakra on November 07, 2019, 11:35:25 am
I assume it to be the Region of DC Metro Centered Urban Sprawl. Splat.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on November 08, 2019, 01:37:52 am
As a resident in the Fedrosplat core, I think it's an appropriate term (certainly better than the unjustly popular "DMV" -- why give the region the same abbreviation as the hated Department of Motor Vehicles?). But I think it refers mainly to the broad geographic range of the D.C.-area Federal offices and employees (reaching to eastern WV, south central PA, and Baltimore for its Social Security complex) rather than the smaller area of D.C./suburbs urban sprawl.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Highway63 on November 12, 2019, 07:04:14 pm
It was almost all new miles for my car (TM user a3), which went from about 1650 TM miles to nearly 2600.  Since I'd never taken the car on a trip toward the west before, the trace of this trip is very evident from http://travelmapping.net/user/mapview.php?units=miles&u=a3&rg=NY,PA,OH,WV
You can show multiple states at once!? :o :o
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: Jim on November 12, 2019, 08:38:21 pm
It was almost all new miles for my car (TM user a3), which went from about 1650 TM miles to nearly 2600.  Since I'd never taken the car on a trip toward the west before, the trace of this trip is very evident from http://travelmapping.net/user/mapview.php?units=miles&u=a3&rg=NY,PA,OH,WV
You can show multiple states at once!? :o :o

Just need to figure out a nice way to support it from the GUI.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: clong on November 13, 2019, 04:35:00 pm
Recently had the opportunity to finish off I-40 in TN. I've had Memphis to Nashville since I was 12 or 13. Got the Nashville to Cookeville section last year. Got the Knoxville to NC section this Spring. Filled the gap from Cookeville to Knoxville last weekend.

Now to start working on the Asheville to Winston-Salem gap in NC.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: SSOWorld on November 14, 2019, 06:40:53 pm
It was almost all new miles for my car (TM user a3), which went from about 1650 TM miles to nearly 2600.  Since I'd never taken the car on a trip toward the west before, the trace of this trip is very evident from http://travelmapping.net/user/mapview.php?units=miles&u=a3&rg=NY,PA,OH,WV
You can show multiple states at once!? :o :o
Amazing what you can do with a command line
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: oscar on November 14, 2019, 08:44:17 pm
Just got back from a three-week+ road trip, including two forays into Canada (one revisiting five provinces from Nova Scotia to Ontario, including Prince Edward island; the other revisiting Saskatchewan). These covered new alignments in the Trans-Canada Highway system (one each in PEI, Quebec, and Saskatchewan), bringing me back to 100% of that system until next time. In Saskatchewan, I also clinched the longest provincial route (SK 2, from the U.S. border to the northern community of La Ronge), and re-clinched the shorter but still major SK 11.

In the U.S., I added to my coverage of the U.S. routes systems (usaus and usausb), inching closer to 80%. I filled in several gaps in my coverage of U.S. 52 (my latest completion project), leaving only gaps in Iowa and North Carolina for future trips.

I had to deal with snow earlier in the year than I'm used to, starting with a few inches in Michigan's Upper Peninsula just after I re-entered the U.S. at Sault Ste. Marie, then in both stops in Saskatchewan and North Dakota. My stay in Moose Jaw was extended by a day since I was worried about the condition of SK 2 south to the border. Otherwise, the winter weather was unpleasant but manageable.

No significant border hassles. My vehicle got a light but brief search while I was in line (agent just popped open the trunk, and peeked in my cooler) at the low-traffic Opheim crossing on my second return to the U.S. at MT 24/SK 2. Nothing more than brief questioning on the other three border crossings on my trip (ME 161/NB 190, I-75, MT 16/SK 6).

My stops in Minnesota included visits to an elderly aunt, and a cousin and her daughter, in the Minneapolis area, and in Pope County MN to the only farm left in my family. My father was born on a family farm in northeastern South Dakota, and other relatives also had farms there, until they all got bought out.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mikeandkristie on November 15, 2019, 12:03:36 am
Last month, we spent two weeks on the Big Island of Hawaii for our 10th anniversary.  That's also where we honeymooned, but this time we didn't island hop.  The first time in three days there, we did the south part of the island, getting almost all of HI 11, tiny parts of HI 19 and HI 190 as we turned around a bit past Kona, and Hawaii Volcanoes NP and HI 130 down to see lava.  This time around, with two weeks to work with, we finished up the rest of the island and actually revisited all of the previous roads as well.  I was pretty meticulous to not miss anything.  That shot us up to 5th place in Hawaii.

Then, a couple of weekends ago, Kristie gave me free reign on a shopping trip over to Greensboro, NC to buy more turkey plates.  Normally, it is just over an hour on I-40.  I took the opportunity to fill in some new segments and get us over the hump from 49.97% to 50.42% in NC.  That puts us at only a few more permutations to go in between Raleigh and Greensboro between US 64 and US 158.

Mike
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: michih on November 15, 2019, 09:31:03 am
I took the opportunity to fill in some new segments and get us over the hump from 49.97% to 50.42% in NC.

Your travel stats seem to be mike or kristie, not mike and kristie?
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: mikeandkristie on November 15, 2019, 11:25:00 pm
I took the opportunity to fill in some new segments and get us over the hump from 49.97% to 50.42% in NC.

Your travel stats seem to be mike or kristie, not mike and kristie?

Well, our file is for our travels together.  I did consider also doing a Mike only file to cover either lifetime or at least I started driving, but trips that far back was just too unreliable in terms of exact routes.  I do however keep a Mike only counties map.  But, with regards to our travels, I'm the trip planner and mapgeek/roadgeek and I'm also the one that obsessively tracks out National Parks, counties, and all our road segments.  Kristie is in charge of "passengering" on trips.  I pour over maps and since I started doing our file on the site, I'm the one "scheming" to maximize our routes.  And Kristie tolerates her husband's hobby, like a lot of wives do.  :-)

And since I'm the one doing all of the site stuff, I do realize that I flip between I and we a lot and I don't always catch all of the inconsistencies.

Mike
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: ntallyn on November 16, 2019, 04:31:06 pm
Several trips in the last couple of months to allowed me to get plenty of new miles.

A Labor Day weekend trip to Disney World, Daytona Beach, and Cape Canaveral got the fewest new miles: FL 405, FL 407, and US 1 around Titusville.

In early October, a business trip for my wife to Ohio with a side trip to visit some family near Fort Wayne, IN got some new routes: OH 119, IN 26, IN 116, IN 301, IN 124, OH 697, OH 117, OH 501, and US 33.

A late October solo trip to Orlando allowed me to finish a couple of nearby routes: FL 44, FL 414 (complete), FL 434, FL 429, FL 46, US 441, FL 44, and FL 11 (complete).

And a county-collecting trip to Atlanta for a concert with my wife: US 82, US 19, GA 92, GA 85, GA 331, GA 154, US 23, GA 16, GA 212, GA 22, GA 16, GA 123, GA 102, GA 15, GA 68, GA 112, US 23, US 129, US 319, GA 206, and US 441.

Next trip will be a county-collecting trip around Myrtle Beach, Wilmington, and Raleigh.
Title: Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
Post by: dave1693 on November 20, 2019, 09:33:08 pm
Multiple trips between eastern PA and the DC FedroSplat in the past month for me have yielded more new mileage.

What is the FedroSplat? I keep seeing that term used here but cannot find a definition when I Google it. In fact some of the Google search results take me back to this website.

FedroSplat is a term referring to the Greater DC Metro area. It seems to have been superseded in recent years by the term "the DMV" (referring to District [of Columbia], Maryland, Virginia) -- a term of which I cannot approve, for the same reasons as oscar. It appears to have come into use about 25 years ago in radio local to the area, based off an earlier radio term "the FedroPlex". "Fedro-" refers to how much of the local economy has traditionally been (and still is) based on the high level of federal government activity in the region. "-Splat" refers to the high rate of suburban sprawl compared to most metro areas on the East Coast. (The urban center of DC/Arlington/Alexandria and the most immediate neighboring areas is rather less densely populated than the centers of most Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic US metro areas traditionally were.)

I suspect it never got past being a localism, so never made it into the wider pop lexicon. I use it because it reflects my opinion of the area, and because it was coming into vogue when I first moved there in the very early 1990s. I've heard it used to refer to both the more immediate "DC and suburbs" (aka "the DMV") area, and also to the "extended area where there are lots of federal agencies" described by oscar, though more often to the former.