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#1 mobilene

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:32 PM

I'm back from my trip across Ohio! Photos and writeups to follow. Highlights:

- The bridges at Blaine. The 1830 stone bridge next to the 1930s (?) concrete arch bridge -- very cool, and hard to get a bad photo of them together.
- Various segments of brick road east of Zanesville. Peacock Road is celebrated, but I actually liked the brick section west of Norwich best. Good rumbly brick.
- Left-behind scraps of the 1914 concrete highway between Zanesville and Hebron.
- Cambridge, Zanesville, Columbus, and Springfield.

The road west of Springfield gets less and less interesting the closer you get to Indiana. It's just a straight shot, except for the flood-control reroutings north of Dayton. Past those two reroutings, it's a stick-straight two-lane with one (1) tiny old alignment right at the Indiana line. But i was pretty tired by the time I got to these, on day 3, so it was all for the best.

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 12:43 PM

I'm back from my trip across Ohio! Photos and writeups to follow. Highlights:

- The bridges at Blaine. The 1830 stone bridge next to the 1930s (?) concrete arch bridge -- very cool, and hard to get a bad photo of them together.
- Various segments of brick road east of Zanesville. Peacock Road is celebrated, but I actually liked the brick section west of Norwich best. Good rumbly brick.
- Left-behind scraps of the 1914 concrete highway between Zanesville and Hebron.
- Cambridge, Zanesville, Columbus, and Springfield.

The road west of Springfield gets less and less interesting the closer you get to Indiana. It's just a straight shot, except for the flood-control reroutings north of Dayton. Past those two reroutings, it's a stick-straight two-lane with one (1) tiny old alignment right at the Indiana line. But i was pretty tired by the time I got to these, on day 3, so it was all for the best.

jim


Jim,

Welcome back! Will photos follow?

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Posted 31 May 2011 - 08:14 PM

That explains the "Hoosier Survives Trip Across State" headlines on all the major Ohio newspapers :rolleyes: . Glad you had good weather and cooperative cross traffic and hope you'll return to our chunk of America someday.

The stone bridge at Blaine is from 1828 and the concrete bridge beside it is from 1933. When the foliage is absent, you can sort of see the I-70 bridge even higher up. Even with foliage, you can see semi-trucks -- at least the brightly colored ones -- on the interstate.

From Zanesville west, there were no existing roads or trails to incorporate into the NR so it could start being the straight connector the government wanted. Federal money dried up at Springfield, long "the town at the end of the pike", and things got even straighter and sparser.

I'm definitely looking forward to your pictures and comments.

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Posted 01 June 2011 - 09:39 AM

I didn't know that federal bucks petered out at Springfield -- that really explains a lot. The road past there is at least a pleasant enough drive, but there was so very little to stop and see.

I had the most fun from Wheeling to Zanesville. You know I love old pavement, so driving over the old brick and concrete was a real thrill for me. I also loved all the stone bridges on the old alignments.

Photos will come. I was way behind on uploading photos to Flickr -- just finished uploading nearly 800 photos I took at a muscle car auction two weeks ago. Gotta blog about that and then I start uploading NR Ohio photos and blogging about that.

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Posted 16 June 2011 - 09:16 PM

Jim,

Sounds like you had an awesome time.

What muscle car auction did you attend?



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