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New York State and Connecticut Travel Notes

I headed down to Long Island last weekend (Saturday, January 19, 2009 to be exact) from Binghamton, where I recently relocated to, and I have a few field notes that I wanted to mention for the masses. My field notes are for the trip down, as I couldn't think of as much that was noteworthy on the trip back Upstate.

NY 17 - I saw that the speed limits at times was posted at 55mph along the future I-86 in sections where I would expect the speed limit to be 65mph. This would be between Hancock and Roscoe, in Monticello and also in Wurtsboro.

Understandably, the speed limit is posted as 55mph between Deposit and Hancock, and also in Parksville due to at-grade intersections, driveways and the like. Is the section between Hancock and Roscoe just not up to Interstate standards? It can be a little curvy at times, but to me, it seemed that it would be suitable for 65mph.

The other two sections of road I mentioned may be more valid as to having the lower speed limit. In Monticello'…

Another blog for your enjoyment

There's another highway and travel blog out there that I think you will enjoy. Joe Babyak has started "Life is a Highway..." Joe will mix in video, photos, and commentaries of the various small towns he's visited. It's an up close and personal perspective of towns bypassed by the Interstate and what we're missing when we're zooming by at over 70 miles an hour.

Some MA Highway Observations and Photos

Took the annual holiday pilgrimage (sorry, wrong holiday?) to Massachusetts and while the weather was not too great for photo taking, I did take a few when leaving which will be scattered among my observations below.

1. The MA 3 Re-signing Project
This project is still not complete. MassHighway now lists its completion, which was to be during the Spring of 2008, as Spring 2009. There appears to be only 2 mainline BGSs that need to be replaced. Going north in Braintree the 1 mile Exit 20 I-93 sign (as featured on BostonRoads.com's Pilgrims Highway site) and the 1/2 mile sign going southbound for Exit 17, Union Street. They have put up new signs northbound 1 and 1/2 mile out for Exit 16, MA 18 in Weymouth. These did not replace old signs since, for as long as I can remember, there never was a 1 mile sign. The 1/2 mile sign was knocked down in the early 1980's and never replaced. The only warning of an upcoming exit since then has been a blue business sign. As you can see below, th…

First photo trip of the new year

Took a trip into Virginia on Saturday for the first roadtrip of the year. Zigzagged around from Raleigh to Oxford, NC to Boydton, VA to Blackstone, VA ended up in Alberta, (Virginia), and down through Wake Forest.

The entire flickr set (51 photos) is here.

The first stop is Oxford - which is the Granville County Seat.




Zig zagged to US 1 in a small town called Manson, NC. There was this great old gas station there.



An old American Oil Company sign.

I don't think I have ever seen a gas pump in the United States that was "price in liters" until now!

The Pepsi Bottles have to be from around the time NC State won the National Championship in 1983.

Now, one of the best surprises of the trip was this old gas and service station on US 1 at the North Carolina/Virginia State Line.

Can you imagine driving down US 1, 40 or 50 years ago, on a rainy night and seeing the neon "Virginia" as you ride down the lonely highway?


Made it as far north as Burkeville, VA where US 360 and 460 …