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Corridor L - West Virginia's Gateway to Adventure

Connecting Interstate 79 to the West Virginia Turnpike near Beckley, Corridor L runs nearly 70 through the heart of West Virginia.  It may be the state's most important route as it is the most direct route for residents and transplants of Western Pennsylvania, New York, and Ontario to the South, but it also opened up this once isolated area to tourism and adventure seekers everywhere.

Corridor L is a product of the Appalachian Development Highway System (ADHS) that is part of the Appalachian Regional Commission.  The Appalachian Development of 1965 put into motion the formation of the ADHS and the funding for the eventual construction of Corridor L.  Construction on Corridor L would begin in 1969 and the route would be completed in 1978. (1) A one mile spur of Corridor L connecting to the West Virginia Turnpike would open in 1980.  From the West Virginia Turnpike north to US 60 - Corridor L was built as four lanes divided.  From US 60 to Interstate 79, the highway was built as a t…

Caifornia State Route 140 in the Merced River Canyon (The El Portal Road)

Back in January I was looking to make a day trip out to Yosemite for the winter by California State Route 41 and the Wawona Road were under R2 chain restrictions.  With that being the case I headed out from the Central Valley early in the morning and took CA 140 through the Merced River Canyon to Yosemite.






Oddly Yosemite Valley wasn't under chain restrictions which I thought was a little inappropriate given how much ice was caking the park roads.  After having my fill of the Valley I tried my hand at replicating Ansel Adam's Wawona Tunnel View monochrome.





Ansel Adam's Wawona Tunnel View

Really though I think the Wawona Tunnel looks great covered in snow and ice.




Nothing like the weird interpretations of the California Highway Spade heading out of the park towards the El Portal Road.







I'm not sure how high the flood waters got this past year in the Merced River with the winter storms but they don't appear to have surpassed what happened in 1997.






As the El Portal Road …

Down in the Tropics: U.S. Virgin Islands

This is second set of photos that I am posting from my twin brother Devin and my sister-in-law Dawn, but this time focusing on the U.S. Virgin Islands. This is a part of group of road photos that they had sent me from excursions from a couple of cruises they took in the Caribbean.

There's one big thin to point out about the U.S. Virgin Islands when it comes to driving around. They drive on the left side of the road, which I believe is the only United States territory where drivers are on the left side of the road, not the right side of the road. Once again, enjoy the photos without annotation.