Road Trips

Upcoming road trip reports

Abandoned US 50 bridge over Little Wabash River
Abandoned US 50 near Clay City, Illinois

The long-ago road trips I’m sharing here on Fridays are a copy and paste from my old Roads site, which I started about a year before I started this blog. I want to repurpose that domain as a landing page for my various sites, and possibly as a photography portfolio. But before I can do that, I want to bring the existing content over to this site.

I’ve now brought over all of my road trips from 2006-2008. I have 2009-2012 to go. But I’m more than half done, because I took a lot of road trips in those first few years, and then my pace slowed.

That pace slowed to almost a stop about five years ago. Life just got in the way. I’ve made a few quick road trips, all of which I’ve written about on this site. But they are almost all along roads I’ve traveled before.

I’m itching to explore some new roads. I know of several with lots of juicy old alignments! I intend to start Indiana’s State Road 67 from Indianapolis to Vincennes this year, and with luck I’ll finish it this year, too. I’m also interested in exploring US 41 from Terre Haute south to Evansville. Further down my list are State Road 46 and both Indiana alignments of the Lincoln Highway.

One day I will also explore the Mauck’s Ferry Road, also known as the Mauxferry Road. This 1824 road begins at Mauckport on the Ohio River and goes to Indianapolis. Some of its original routing is unclear to me and might even be lost.

Next Friday we’ll revisit the Dandy Trail, a 1920s pleasure drive around Indianapolis — I have fresh photos of an abandoned bridge along that route. Then I’ll return to grinding away at bringing my long-ago road trips over here. Starting the following Friday I’ll share a quick trip I made with my old friend Michael along US 50 in Illinois and then my detailed tour of US 50 across Indiana. After that we’ll revisit my epic three-day trip on the National Road all the way across Ohio. I’ll finish with my trip along the Chicago mainline of the Dixie Highway in Indiana, from the Illinois state line to Indianapolis.

If you’ve followed my blog for a long time, some of that material might be familiar to you. I wrote a little about those road trips when they were fresh. But the trip reports on my Roads site are far more comprehensive.

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16 thoughts on “Upcoming road trip reports

  1. Andy Umbo says:

    Looking forward to it! I don’t comment much on the road stuff, but I read them all. I’m a life long road wanderer if I have nothing to do. Gas prices can be daunting, but in my 20’s and 30’s, if I had nothing to do, I just got in the car and started driving out and wandering the near countryside. It was the cheapest thing to do.

    • Awesome. I think I can fill the rest of the year’s Fridays with the old road trips. But I’d better get cracking on new road trips or I won’t know what to do with this blog on Fridays!

  2. Steve Bryan says:

    Looking forward to seeing the content. Love off interstate road trips. County roads and state highways are nice.

  3. Greg Clawson says:

    Jim, US 41 is really nice from Southern Fountain county through Parke county north of Terre Haute. It runs past SR47 by Turkey Run State Park

  4. Sounds like a lot of work. Isn’t there a way to pull it in with an RSS feed and set them to draft? Otherwise, you can copy and paste it all and WordPress now gives you an option to upload an image to your media library that was pasted in from another website. I’ve done it so many times with copy/paste from Google Docs. There’s an upload button in the toolbar that appears when you click on the image that was pasted over.

    • It’s not as much work as you might think to do it the way I’m doing it. Also, my images are all stored at Flickr, and the a href tag in my HTML site would not come over cleanly into WP. I have to create an Image block and paste the Flickr embed code in anyway for every single image. I’m also lightly editing the text, and fixing in Photoshop some photos that I misframed.

      • I remember when Khürt Williams mentioned using that method. Do you put links in those pictures’ description metadata on Flickr to point visitors back to your website or directly to the post they are embedded into?

        • Neither. I used to put links from Flickr photos to the blog posts that use them, but it drove next to no traffic to my blog, and so I stopped.

  5. I’m saving money for a trip later this summer and have been intentionally staying close to home. This has been hard because I’m dying to hit the open road. Have fun!!

  6. You should try State Highway 63 from Terre Haute south to Vincennes. It is the old (War of 1812 era) military Highway from Ft. Vincennes to Ft. Harrison, and passes through numerous small towns like Prairie Creek and Merom.

    • Oh fascinating. I’ve always thought its southern end was in Merom. I’ll have to look at old maps to find out where it went from there south to Vincennes.

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