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Offline froggie

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #750 on: June 17, 2022, 08:53:53 pm »
*** I now have SC 700, NC 700, and MD 700 clinched. Outside of mapmikey, I cannot think of anyone else that would have these three routes (or any combination of three 700s) clinched.  I only got SC 700 from a mission trip to Johns Island in 2012.

I've only clinched MD 700, but I've traveled on all three.

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #751 on: June 19, 2022, 03:51:25 pm »
Well... this turned out to be a more "exciting" (not in a good way) 6 weeks than I'd anticipated. We'd arranged to house-sit for my parents while they were visiting my sister in NC, with buffers on either end so I could pick up my niece at Philly airport and do other errands in the area. We are now extending the visit because my mom can't drive while her vision recovers from needing to have a cataract replacement lens replaced.

So my original plan to drive to PA on May 14th got changed completely beyond recognition... and with my own medical appointments getting rescheduled three times, I made far more trips between the DC FedroSplat and eastern PA than expected... most of which involved driving areas of the MD Eastern Shore I'd never seen before on the southbound legs. Plus, as expected, I made three trips between the Lehigh Valley and Philly Airport (involving non-interstate routes on one leg of each of those trips), and one evening ride through Bucks County just because.

New clinches (NOT in the order clinched!):
US 1 in PA, US 13 Business (Chester PA), NJ 129, NJ 175, PA 3, PA 32, PA 73, PA 132, PA 152, PA 291, PA 320, PA 352, PA 420, PA 452, PA 532 Alternate Truck (Washington Crossing PA), PA 796, PA 841, MD 10, MD 213, MD 342, MD 924, Park Central Rd (Catoctin Mountain Park in MD).

That last is a slow trip for very good reason, but it beat the hell out of getting stuck in construction along US 15 on a hot and muggy day, which could have taken almost as long with the slow reported speeds, and the park road was both shady and higher up -- hence refreshingly cooler!

Several of the above routes I actually drove end-to-end. Among these was PA 420 which I drove in its entirety to avoid massive construction-and-accident delays on the Blue Route (I-476) during one of those airport runs.

New non-clinching mileage (also not in the order driven):
US 1 in NJ, US 13 in PA, US 30 in PA, US 1 Business (Trenton NJ), PA 82, PA 272, PA 332, PA 420 Alternate Truck (Ridley Park area PA), PA 532, PA 611, PA 896, MD 7 (North East segment), MD 18, MD 100, MD 177, MD 272, MD 279, MD 290, MD 300, MD 304, MD 309, MD 310, MD 313, MD 404, MD 545, MD 648 (part of main segment; also clinched Arnold segment), MD 662.

I expect to be based in PA through the 4th of July weekend at least. In the works for the next two months are multiple trips between PA and VA, a trip to New England for my cousin's memorial service, and the revival of the annual trip to western PA (Pennsic War, for the curious).

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #752 on: June 26, 2022, 10:17:57 pm »
Another trip to Virginia Beach (with a side trip to Raleigh on the return) allowed some time for collecting roads (but not too much).

Northbound:
(NC) US64, US301, *I-95
(VA) I-95, VA40, US460, US258, US58/258Bus (Franklin), US58, *US58Bus (Suffolk), VA168, VA168Bus, VA165

In town:
(VA) VA225, US58, US13

Southbound:
(VA) VA134, *VA172, VA171, VA143, VA106, VA156, US301
(NC) US64, I-440, US70, US401, US401Bus (Fayetteville), US301, I-95Bus (Fayetteville), US301/501
(SC) US301/501, US76, *I-20Bus (Florence)

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #753 on: June 26, 2022, 10:47:56 pm »
Having clinched visiting and taking pictures of all 159 Georgia courthouses, I'm moving on to neighboring states in random segments.  West and central Alabama was up the past 4 days as I visited 15 county seats plus some other sites in Tuscaloosa.  For travels, was able to finally add I-359 and mileage on several US highways and AL highways with a few new clinches given how short a few of the AL highways are.  From Atlanta, came west across Alabama to Mount Cheaha then on to Talladega, Sylacauga, Columbiana, Clanton and then Birmingham.  Day 2 took me NW to Jasper then west to Fayette and Vernon before south down lots of AL 17 through Carrollton and Aliceville with a detour to Gainesville before Livingston then back NE to Tuscaloosa.  After day around there, headed home on day 4 in a big arch down to Centreville, Greensboro, Marion, Selma and Tuskegee before back north to Atlanta.

Next up is a July trip to North Carolina Piedmont with the Triad and Triangle to see 17 counties plus many historic sites and travel many new roads.

Travel Mapping: https://travelmapping.net/user/?units=miles&u=kjslaughter&
Counties visited: http://www.mob-rule.com/user-gifs/USA/kjslaughter.gif
County courthouses visited:  http://www.mob-rule.com/user-gifs/USA/kjs_ch_photo.gif
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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #754 on: June 27, 2022, 02:05:05 pm »
Quick trip this weekend to the Lexington, KY area...
16 new counties - 13 in KY (gets me to 63/120), 3 in TN (86/95).
New miles on US127 (now at 196, had about 4 before) from just north of Chattanooga, TN to Danville, KY and US27 from just east of Danville to a segment in Lexington I already had from a previous trip. Also picked up a little US25, US60 and US421 mileage around Lexington.

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #755 on: July 01, 2022, 08:10:14 pm »
More on the topic of this thread, the wife and I are heading out to the Northeast (flying into Boston) for a short roadtrip in a couple weeks. I've never been to MA, CT, RI, NH, or ME (I spent 2 hours in VT once lol), so does anyone have any "can't miss" attractions in the eastern Adirondacks to White Mountains area? I already have some ideas but I figure asking people who know more would be useful...
Guess I should give an update on how this went lol (work's been busy); we did most of the things y'all suggested (NH 112 reminded me a lot of Spearfish Canyon (US 14A) so that was nice). It was great fun and I managed to visit all the Northeast states I had left, so now Kentucky and Hawaii are the only states I haven't been to. Also drove the Mt. Washington road in NH (same day as 112) and hoo boy is that narrow and terrifying. I'd say it was worse than Pikes Peak, because at least that one has some attempt at railings and you can see what's next on the road. Views were gorgeous tho!
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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #756 on: July 01, 2022, 10:47:27 pm »
I'm on a trip with limited TM route clinching opportunities, but I did have a chance to take a short ride to get some "low hanging fruit" in the Jupiter, Florida, area.  In the space of under 2 hours (including a couple stops) and under 50 miles of driving, I added 35 miles, got my first travels on 5 routes (FL A1A North Palm Beach, FL 706, FL 708, FL 809, FL 850) and clinched 5 routes (FL A1A North Palm Beach, FL 708, FL 786, FL 811 Jupiter, FL 850).  Also added a small segment of US 1.  Heading back north tomorrow and Sunday, we'll see if I can pick up anything new since we're going up the east coast of FL which we don't usually do.

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #757 on: July 02, 2022, 02:05:24 am »
Had a three-day jaunt from Portland to Reno and back for Clarinetfest (the clarinet choir I play in had a concert there), picked up some serious mileage... and signage in Reno is effectively useless.

Drove out to the Tri-Cities in Washington and then straight down US 395, picking up US 730 and finally clinching ORH 2. Picked up some US 12 mileage and the entirety of I-182, with a bit of I-82. I was hoping to get WA 397, but that would have been too much of a diversion. Saving it for a more comprehensive Tri-Cities trip.
On the Oregon side, went from only overlap (and from OR 74 to Pendleton) coverage of US 395 to 100%, which includes 100% of ORH 54 (Umatilla-Stanfield Hwy), ORH 28 (Pendleton-John Day Hwy), ORH 48 (John Day-Burns Hwy), ORH 49 (Lakeview-Burns Hwy), and the southern portion of ORH 19 (Fremont Hwy). Because 395 has five non-overlapped sections, it has five zero points, so ODOT delineated each mileage series with its own letter: none for ORH 54 [1-999], B for ORH 28 [1B-999B], C for ORH 48 [1C-999C], D for ORH 49 [1D-999D], and E for ORH 19 [131E-999E; I'm not sure if it has the E suffix on OR 31].
This also means that 48 is no longer the lowest numbered highway/route I've not been on. I'll have to find an 81 somewhere...

On the California side, detoured through Cedarville and back to snag the eastern extreme of CA 299, then down to Susanville to officially claim the Standish-CA 36 portion (was only a passenger on the last pass through. Clinched the portions of I-580 that were still under construction the last time I was in Reno/Carson, and any NV highways within McCarran Blvd. Signage was not impressive. Did get another five miles to I-80 though.

Back in California, took CA 139 from Susanville up to Canby, pulled a fast uwie at the K Falls turnoff and finished CA 299 out to Redding, snagged the western mile of CA 44, and reclinched CA 151. Grabbed the northern segment of Biz 5/His 99 I missed in Dunsmuir last time, then detoured to Montague for CA 3's eastern end, and clinched the entirety of CA 263 and the nothereastern end of CA 96.

On principle, I followed Blackwell Road between OR 140 and OR 99 in Gold Hill, as I suspect it might have been an old US 99 alignment, and it does have ODOT style mileage markers. Straigh shot up I-5 back to Portland from there.

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #758 on: July 02, 2022, 04:58:44 pm »
Had to go pick up son from grandparents and met in Chattanooga.  Gave me a chance to clinch a few roads around Calhoun, GA I had missed plus clinch US 76 & TN 153 in TN finally.  Small things, but have to keep my stats in Georgia up!  I'm currently #1 in routes traveled and #3 in routes clinched and oscar is not far behind me and my #3 ranking in miles!  You guys are all WAY ahead of me in other states, but at least I'm covering my home state pretty well.

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #759 on: July 03, 2022, 04:57:45 pm »
I got back home yesterday evening from a five-week road trip, starting the day after our Memorial Day, and ending right after spending Canada Day in Canada. My itinerary was basically a southern route to Colorado, and a northern route back east. The original plan had Colorado as my turnaround point. But I made good progress heading west, so what started as a Colorado trip turned into an Idaho trip, to help use up the time available before my resort reservation in Colorado, and spend more time at altitude before visiting that resort (altitude over 8600 feet, enough to cause me some discomfort when I go there directly from sea level). On the return trip, after visiting relatives in the Twin Cities (including an aunt who moved last autumn into a senior living community), I tacked on a four-day visit to Ontario, focusing on the southwestern corner of that province which I hadn't been to in a few years.

The states/provinces I went through, in order of first contact on this trip: VA-NC-SC-GA-FL-AL-MS-LA-AR-OK-KS-CO-NM-UT-ID-OR-WA-MT-NE (after a return trip to CO)-IA-MN-IL-IN-MI-ON-NY-PA-MD, for a total of 27 states and one province. I've been to five other states (TX, TN, KY, OH, WV) on trips earlier this year.

During this trip, I got three new US route clinches (US 165, US 167, US 270). I also re-clinched I-69 (extension in IN), US 84 (relocations in southern GA), US 70 (relocation in Little Rock), US 14 (relocation in southern MN) and US 12 (relocation in northwestern IN), as well as the TCH in Ontario (relocation of part of the Georgian Bay segment). I'm still missing part of the TCH in eastern Quebec, which is going to be a moving target until A-85 is completed, so that can wait.

The first day of the trip, I clinched a number of state routes in Virginia's Hampton Roads region, finishing off all the TM-mapped routes in Chesapeake, Norfolk, and Virginia Beach. Still working on Portsmouth and Suffolk routes, to finish off that region.

Notable state route clinches elsewhere:

-- finished off the long cross-state Nebraska 92

-- Montana 38, becoming the only TM user so far to travel and clinch the route. Not helping is that the middle of that route is an unpaved, narrow, and twisty mountain road, though it also has the spectacular Skalkaho Falls right next to and flowing under the highway near its highest point.

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #760 on: July 03, 2022, 09:54:02 pm »
With the ride home finished, my trip to mostly very familiar places still got me just short of 200 new TM miles, about 170 of that total in Florida and smaller additions in North Carolina and New Jersey.  I mentioned the Jupiter area ride in an earlier post.  The new things other than that came from a different route through northern NJ to avoid some traffic on the way down last week, a side trip off I-95 to Cocoa Beach yesterday, taking US 301 from Lumberton to Fayetteville, NC, late last night, and a gas stop that involved getting off one I-295 exit and getting back on at the next one in NJ this morning.  I got my first travels on 14 usafl routes and 3 usanj routes, and clinched 8 usafl routes.

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #761 on: July 08, 2022, 11:21:16 pm »
Was supposed to go a project in Las Vegas this week, but was given New Mexico instead. Since it involved driving from Albuquerque to Roswell, I picked up about 500 new miles and picked up a few little NM routes, along with eight new counties. I-25 south to US 380 to Roswell and then back on US 285 to I-40, with a few diversions for fun. A much more interesting drive than a bunch of casinos, IMHO.

Roswell definitely applies the alien motif in virtually everything, and everyone was pretty friendly. No spooky sights other than some wonky signage, but there's some spectacular views I don't get elsewhere.

Blake's Lottaburger "New Mexico Style" is pretty good too. Minus the chiles, the long-standing local burger chain seems to have inspired Five Guys (the fries were crispier, though).
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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #762 on: July 09, 2022, 11:18:07 am »
Took a 17.5 U-turn yesterday...

New routes clinched in order:  WV 279, OH 550, OH 682, OH 733, WV 62 Spur, WV 87, WV 331, WV 68, WV 5

New mileage: WV 14 (Elizabeth to Williamstown); OH 13; WV 833; WV 62 (Mason to Millwood; Cottageville to Evans); WV 2 (WV 87 to Ravenswood)

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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #763 on: July 10, 2022, 07:32:18 pm »
I'm still working on the Chicago/NW Indiana Meet Trip from a couple weeks ago, but, in the meantime, yesterday was the day to go drive the newly open northern section of the CSVT and clinch loose ends in Districts 2 and 3 that I had held off on previously.  Most of the extended PA 405 is still signed as PA 147 (except the ends), but the most interesting thing it that there is a US 147 shield in Northumberland.  We will see if it becomes US 405.

PA 880 was also interesting because you end up in the median of I-80 for about .75 miles or so.

It was so odd yesterday with how nice it was in north central PA, but how rainy it was between Harrisburg, PA, and Baltimore, MD.

Clinched: PA 445, PA 477, PA 880, PA 654, *PA 405, PA 642, PA 254, PA 442, **PA 147
New Mileage: PA 44, PA 487, US 220 (PA)

*I plan on reclinching PA 405 when the old PA 147 intersection is realigned, and it is fully reopen in Muncy (so it was walk clinch time yesterday).
**Reclinched on new CSVT alignment.
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Re: New Travels and Stats Discussion
« Reply #764 on: July 13, 2022, 09:24:06 am »
Something interesting about KY.  The difference between first (mapcat-total 2504) and second (vespertine-total 1375) in clinched routes is 1129.  The difference between vespertine and third-place (lkefct-83) is 1292.

Personally, as much as I would like to clinch every short route in KY, there are just way too many to make that reasonably worthwhile.