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Post by knightfan26917 Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:27 pm

In September 2009, I road tripped along the Illinois portion of the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 from Illinois to California. That trip increased my awareness of "old routes" in general, including others like the Dixie Highway and US Route 6. Last year's journey also increased my awareness of the "road ahead". Whether the road is "less traveled" or filled with traffic, looking ahead is most-often fun, in more ways than one.


Around the Elgin area, I "exercise" my Monte Carlos on the same "old" roads west of Elgin, including US Route 20:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_20
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_20_in_Illinois

Some of those roads, particularly US Route 20, are different roads in different places. In this shot west of Starks IL, US Route 20 is a "rural" road:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective1_USRT20_WofStarks

Meanwhile, in Elgin, US Route 20 is a 4-lane bypass highway...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elgin_Bypass

...as evidenced in this shot heading east in Elgin:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective2_USRT20_ElginSC_EofMcLeanBlvd

Beyond that line of trees on the right hand side is the Elgin Softball Complex where my bro-in-law's Tuesday team and my Dad's Friday team play.


Starting in 2008, I've researched new "routes"...or variations of paths I've taken before. The more I've driven the same roads, the more I actually NOTICE, including how...
...different things are spotted when traveling one direction on a road vs. the other direction on the same road [the crest of a hill in one direction might reveal a spectacular site (especially at sunset or sunrise), while the crest of that same hill going the other direction may only reveal a dilapidated old barn hidden among a grove of trees]
(and)
...routes interconnect/intersect with others, such as IL RT 47 crossing several major cross-country routes, including US Route 20, The Lincoln Highway, US Route 6 and famed US Route 66.


Thus, this year (2010), I started taking pics of the "road ahead" around here, similar to what I took along Route 66, except in some cases I added the element of "perspective". I took one pic in each direction, showing how the pathway looks different going one way versus traveling the other. Three examples....


#1 ... IL RT 47, intersection with BURLINGTON RD

NOTES
~15-20 minutes north of this intersection, IL RT 47 crosses US RT 20:
http://picasaweb.google.com/knightfan26917/RT66TRIPDAY15#5431275012661266562

~2+ hours south of this intersection, IL RT 47 crosses US RT 66:
http://picasaweb.google.com/knightfan26917/DriveSouthTNAL112709112909#5431282615925577026

Heading North on IL RT 47:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective4_ILRT47atBurlingtonRd_headingN

Heading South on IL RT 47:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective3_ILRT47atBurlingtonRd_headingS


#2 ... RUSSELL RD, curve east of MUIRHEAD RD

Looking to the NorthEast:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective5_RussellCurve_lookingNE

Looking to the SouthWest:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective6_RussellCurve_lookingSW


#3 ... NOLAN RD, between BOWES and HOPPS RDs

Looking South:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective7_Nolan_lookingS

Looking North:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective8_Nolan_lookingN



So...what have YOU noticed as you travel in your home area/state?



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Post by wokrdan AKA BU Balls Wed Jul 28, 2010 9:48 pm

Hey! I know that road! It's about 20 minutes from where I live now near Albany, NY, and runs through my old hometown in Avon, NY. It's usually a 3 1/2 hour drive from Albany to Rochester but I decided to take the "scenic route" on a trip back home one time without looking at a map and extended it to about 5 1/2 hours. It goes down through the mountains, up by Lake Ontario, back down through the Leatherstocking Region of NY (aka Cooperstown, NY) to Lake Geneva, and finally back up to Avon. If you keep going west, you run through about 2 hours of some of NY's finest farm country before you wind up in Buffalo.
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Post by knightfan26917 Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:18 am

Hey ... I was JUST in your area on August 8! I'll post pics from that road trip here in a few minutes or so...watch for that thread Wink. Dang...would've been cool to meet up with you along US Route 20....

Unfortunately, I didn't take any of US Route 20 through that area, but I DID take US Route 20 in some spots in MA, closer to Boston.....


And, speaking of US RT 20 ... another example....

#4 ... US ROUTE 20, curve west of Pingree Grove IL

Sign just after the intersection with IL RT 72 and IL RT 47, where all 3 roads share the same pavement for ~.5 mile:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective9_USrt20eUSG

Heading West on US RT 20:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective10_USRT20curveWofPGrove_headingW

Heading East on US RT 20:
Road Ahead ... Perspectives RAperspective11_USRT20curveWofPGrove_headingE



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Post by Limey SE Wed Aug 25, 2010 1:23 am

sweet cort thanks for all the updates

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