Road Trips

June 15, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

So your planning a little weekend get away for you and the Mrs. Where to go what to do.....You could knock off midweek, and hop a plane to Vegas, or jet into some beach hideaway on the coast. That's the easy and yet somewhat mundane way to do things. Doesn't require much thought,might require some preplanning for accommodation availability,but it does the job and can run into the pricey side. 

But have you ever thought about whats between the place you get on the plane and the point you landed? This place called America is huge place with so many miles of roads and points in between. The band Pure Prairie League wrote a song called Two Lane Highway, America has probably more miles of than you can imagine, and holds some of the greatest treasures and memories you'll ever see or have. Granted there's no 5 star hotels,beach or swimming pools, but once your sense of adventure kicks in, that WTF attitude is all you got, the world is your oyster. Get that CD collection of road music, a couple pairs of old blue jeans and some comfortable shoes hit the road. Before you turn the ignition key pick a final destination spot, then find every back road two lane piece of black top that runs through every small town in between. 

For some that may be a bit to hard core, and the thought of coming to a cross road every 20 miles and having to make the decision of which way to turn creates to much stress in your life. So pick an established route like Old Route 66 that starts in Chicago and ends in California. Plenty of things to see an do along the way, complete with restored motels down to the neon,gas stations,cafe's and restaurants . US Route 66 Kansas.US Route 66 Kansas.2 lane black top crosses a 3 span steel girder bridge cafe-BW150cafe-BW150

Just recently, I drove from Chicago to West Virginia via Canton Ohio,Columbus Ohio and finally Parkersburg West Virginia. I took  US RT 30 which goes directly through Canton Ohio, home of the pro football hall of fame. US RT 33 to Columbus, and then East into West Virginia, SR 2 up along the Ohio River to Wheeling WV picked up I 77 west to 316 in Ohio into Newark Ohio then US 33 back through Decatur Indiana up to US 30 in Ft Wayne and home.All told about 1400 miles but very scenic, a plethora of photo opportunities, small town nuance, festivals, rural beauty and just plain relaxing plus a lot of jumping in and out of the car to shoot pictures, browse, ok I did some shopping, sue me.

 


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