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The National Road - Ohio - Cambridge to Zanesville

Just west of Cambridge is another of the numerous stone arch 'S' bridges in Ohio.  Built around 1828, the bridge crosses over Peters Creek and is now part of a South Bridge Park.

Continuing west on US 40 and just east of New Concord, another 'S' bridge stands just off of the now heavily beaten path of Route 40.  The bridge is similar to ones located in Claysville and Cambridge; however, this particular bridge has been restored to magnificent condition.  The bridge is known as the Fox Creek 'S' Bridge.  Paved in brick, the bridge, located at the intersection of OH 83 and US 40, has a renewed life that future generations can enjoy.  The Fox Creek Bridge was the last segment of the National Road to be paved in brick in 1919. The National Road from Maryland to Illinois was paved in brick during the 1910s for military vehicles.

New Concord is one of the numerous small Ohio towns along US 40.  It is the birthplace of American Hero, John Glenn, and the home the Muskies…
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Big Sur Slide Spectacular Part 4; Prelude to Pfeiffer Canyon Reopeing

Given I was out in Monterey I was very close to the northern section of Big Sur that is still cut off by the Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge closure.  Originally the new Pfeiffer Bridge was slated to open on October the 1st but now seems to be pushed back to October the 24th.  I woke up early on the 19th and didn't have much better to do until Mid-Day, it seemed like a waste of a fog free coast not to head down CA 1 to see what progress has been made.  Of course as I stated in Part 1, Big Sur technically begins at the Carmel River or the intersection of CA 1 and County Route G16. 






There wasn't a single trace of fog the entire 26 miles south to Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park which offered much more clear views of the coastline.  Back in June the weather was still dreary and had heavy rain in places.





Of course I couldn't resist getting some unobstructed historic bridge pictures, this one is the Malpaso Creek Bridge.





Not a cloud in the sky, even Point Sur could be seen far to the south.





California State Route 218

Since I was closing out routes on the Monterey Peninsula on the 18th I figured that I would drive all of CA 218 given it was only about 2.9 miles.  Really CA 218 is a odd urbanized route that runs from CA 1 southeast to CA 68 along Canyon Del Ray Boulevard through the city of Del Ray Oaks.  The route isn't very notable aside from it being oddly short and surprising in nature given it is still part of the Caltrans route inventory.  I started out by exiting the CA 1 freeway and making my way to CA 68, I did manage to get both "end" placards.















The history of CA 218 is pretty simplistic:

-  Legislative Route 169 first appears on California State Highway Maps in 1960.  LRN 169 would have run between SSR 1 which was on Fremont Street southeast to LRN 117.  LRN 117 was signed as SSR 68 by 1961.

-  LRN 169 became LRN 218 during the 1964 State Highway renumbering but doesn't appear to have been signed until 1969.  LRN 218 appears to have been extended to the new CA 1 freeway b…