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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

I'm Done Traveling

I made it back to Virginia safely today. It wasn't a bad drive at all, I made very good time yesterday, driving 550 miles in well under 10 hours, including lunch and dinner breaks. If there are any Indiana, Ohio or West Virginia troopers reading this, don't do the math on my speed.

I had planned (in my original post) to stop in Columbus, Ohio but it was too early, so I continued on to Wheeling WV. That's when the freezing rain started, so I decided a room for the night was a good idea, and stopped at Dallas Pike, which consists of a truck stop, two hotels, two bars, and a porno theater.

Today I drove my favorite part of the trip, on I-68 through the Cumberland Gap and the eastern Continental Divide. There was a little bit of snow at lower levels, but as I hit the 2300 ft. mark, it became much deeper, and fresh looking. Glad I didn't drive last night, I'd have been in the middle of it.

However, it did make for a few nice pictures. These were taken at the first Maryland information center on the interstate. If you click them you get the 800x600 versions.



As you can see I'm not the worlds greatest photographer,
but they do show a nice view of the area, and how nice it looks with new snow on the ground. I love the look of snow and ice covered trees. There was a better spot to get a picture of it, but I think the trucker behind me would have gotten angry at me for stopping on a 6% upgrade to take pictures.

To all who wished me a safe trip back, thank you, I appreciate it. My next trip home is in two weeks, but I'll let Northwest Airlines handle it instead of driving.

Normal opinionated blogging will return in a few hours, after I finish putting all my stuff away, and rearranging some things so that I have room for the Linux box I built while on vacation.

6Comments:

Blogger Lone Pony said...

Glad you're back safe. The pictures are cool. Congrats on adorable little rodent status.

6:20 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

I'm not sure how to take it, being congratulated on being an cute undersized rat. That could give some guys a complex.

12:56 PM  
Blogger Doug said...

Welcome home.

We made it home from Cleveland, OH yesterday as well. Our drive through Western PA was quite scenic as well.

4:18 PM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Doug, the only thing I still haven't figured out about that area of PA is who taught them to STOP on onramps, instead of accelerating to merge? I swear I'm gonna get killed there one of these trips!

Glad you made it safely, look forward to some updates at your place.

Bob

4:47 PM  
Blogger Matthew said...

Glad you made it back. I-68 across West Virginia and Maryland is a beautiful drive, but very long. Maybe I've driven it too often, but it always seems to take forever to get from Morgantown to where 68 and 70 meet in Maryland.

Today, I'm going to be driving a route I dislike even more, however, the Pennsylvania Turnpike from Pittsburgh to the I-70 interchange at Breezewood. No other road in America is as bad as the Pennsylvania Turnpike: worst highway in the United States in terms of perpetual road work and a nearly consistent 55 MPH speed limit, and to top it off you have to pay for the torture of driving on it. It's almost six bucks to drive from Pittsburgh to Breezewood.

8:55 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

68 does seem like a long drive, but I'd rather do that one than the Breezewood mess. Besides, by taking 17 to 522, I completely avoid the beltway, and cut 35-40 miles off my trip.

9:54 AM  

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