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2004/08/31 16:17:25 (permalink)

Your Favorite Highways and Roads

Do you have a favorite road? Is your favorite roadfood along it?
I grew up a few blocks from US 50, a coast to coast byway which spurred my imagination about what streched beyond the horizon. It's companion route, US56, follows the Santa Fe trail, from US71 in KC, to I-25 in New Mexico. A 750 mile drive through history and food, from BBQ through European immigrants to Native New Mexico Cuisine.

My favorite out west is the Winnemucca to the Sea Highway, which consists of US 95 heading north from I-80 out of Winnemucca right past the beloved Martin Hotel, with family style Basque, up to Denio Junction, a combination motel/gas station/ casino/ grocery store/cafe. Now closed, according to latest reports I've read.The route intersects with Nevada 140 and turns West. This is the edge of the middle of nowhere. Then it's west into Oregon and Oregon 140 , the real heart of nothing, 100 miles past Agate beds, hot springs, antelope preserves, and onwards til you reach Lakeview, Oregon's highest town. (In Elevation)
Great drive-In with walkup windows. Then it's onwards past Bly, where a Japanese balloon exploded in WWII, and finally to Klamath Falls. Over the Cascades to Medford, and the Rogue Valley, then up to 199 at Grants Pass. It's the Redwood Highway. Follow it SW towards Crescent City, through the top of the redwoods and to the Ocean. You've made it from the middle of Nevada to the middle of the Pacific Coast. Stunning changes of scenery, food, and culture.
Old 66 from Kingman west into Oatman. It feels like a Twilight Zone episode; leave civilization and head 50 years back in time.
.....+any road that involves ferries.
How 'bout you? Got a favorite?
This is my 500th post and spudnut said to make it a good one, so I wrote about something close to my heart, roads and food. Roadfood.
Bill


ADD at the end of 2007:
heard from someone that the Denio Junctio store/motel/casino is again operating and open
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    Jennifer_4
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/08/31 16:42:48 (permalink)
    Congrats, Bill! My fave has to be HWY 1 between Morro Bay and Big Sur.. so beautiful I don't even think about food while I'm driving it... (that's the ONLY time you will hear me say something that blasphemous....hehe)
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/08/31 17:16:04 (permalink)
    My favorite route for Roadfood has to be Route 1 through Maine.....wish I were there now to get my fill of lobster, lobster rolls, fried clams, and wonderful blueberry pies

    My second favorite is Route 1 from Miami to Key West......always find something new to do or explore......and the fish sandwiches and Key Lime pie cannot be beat.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/08/31 17:24:24 (permalink)
    Several come to mind
    1. St 127 from Baker CA up past Death Valley turn-offs to U S 95 near Tonopah. Tonapah H S nickname is/are the Muckers. Always wanted to watch them in action. South from Baker you can go thru the Kelso Dunes and see the Kelso RR Station being restored to use as a park headquarters for the new National park in the Mojave. Then down to US66 near Cadiz,CA. great desert emptiness to enjoy.

    2. 89/89A-98-160 in the Monument Valley area of AZ and Utah to Shiprock . Again some ultra-scenic desert rocks.

    3. US 30 across Nebraska and Iowa. A nostalgic trip back in time to the cross-country roadtrips we made 40 years ago. Lots of U P rail action to watch too.

    4. For an Interstate, I-70 in the mountains of Colorado is unbelieveable. A beautiful ride. Same for I-87 (the Northway) from Albany to the Lake Champaign area. The mountains are older than Seafarer, but have maintained their beauty (the mountains that is).

    5. US 17 along thru the low country of South Carolina, another step into the past. So many fun places to explore! Same with U S 12 from Lewiston Idaho to Missoula MT. Different scenes but the attitude is the same . Toss in US 61 from LA up to St Louis for the music!

    10. To make us appreciate all of the above, I have to include the 10/605/105 from Ontario to LAX in SoCal. Solid L A freeway madness. You can pick any combination of dozens of freeways around the country. This just sticks in my mind...but when I think of the hours I spent on that set of pavement, I get a real feeling of gratitude for the places I have been able to go to take me 'away' from the madness.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/08/31 17:28:11 (permalink)
    Congratulations Bill,
    I'm with you on Rt 50. The last 150 miles on the East coast covers most of my favorite place to be ..Maryland's Eastern Shore..ending as you cross the Rt 50 Bridge into Ocean City. As far as Roadfood along that stretch of Rt 50, what can I say, Seafood any way you want it.
    Looking forward to checking out the West coast end of 50. My niece just moved to Sacramento, CA. In talking to her after she moved, I told her if she decided she had done the wrong thing, just get on 50 & head East for a couple of thousand miles!
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/08/31 17:39:38 (permalink)
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    Congrats, Bill! My fave has to be HWY 1 between Morro Bay and Big Sur.. so beautiful I don't even think about food while I'm driving it... (that's the ONLY time you will hear me say something that blasphemous....hehe)


    Well, Jennifer-----let me disagree a little. I love that stretch-----in fact all of Highway 1. I agree that that stretch is extra-special though. What I disagree with though------there is some great food along the highway. Several good places in Morro Bay----Roses Landing, Windows on the Water come to mind------a fantastic place in Cambria for ribs and tri-tip with huge outdoor BBQ's called the Main Street Grill. Across from Big Sur there is the Fernwood Bar/Redwood Grill----good eats and drinks when you want a break from camping. So-----you can drive and enjoy the food!
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/08/31 18:32:25 (permalink)
    The northern end of Highway 1 is just as pretty, in my opinion, and less popular (well, only a little). I either cruise down 116 from 101 at Cotati to Highway 1 at Jenner (mouth of the Russian River) or pick up 1 directly at Marin City and drive it as far north as I have the time for. If time is no limitation (meaning a few days), the ultimate long weekend destination is Mendocino but the road is so gloriously curvy (and you better pay attention because lots of people have gone over those cliffs) that the drive can be exhausting and it's best to take your time and frequent breaks. There is food along here but it tends to be a little pricey since this is not only a very popular drive but also very popular turf for very expensive second homes--so the restaurants can get away with gourmet pretentions and prices to match. I prefer eating in the few towns such as Marshall, Jenner, Guerneville, Occidental, Sebastopol, Point Arena, Elk, Albion and Mendocino itself.

    Now can we vote for LEAST FAVORITE ROAD? Is there really any contest? Come on, all together now: I-5!
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/08/31 18:47:53 (permalink)
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    The northern end of Highway 1 is just as pretty, in my opinion, and less popular (well, only a little). I either cruise down 116 from 101 at Cotati to Highway 1 at Jenner (mouth of the Russian River) or pick up 1 directly at Marin City and drive it as far north as I have the time for. If time is no limitation (meaning a few days), the ultimate long weekend destination is Mendocino but the road is so gloriously curvy (and you better pay attention because lots of people have gone over those cliffs) that the drive can be exhausting and it's best to take your time and frequent breaks. There is food along here but it tends to be a little pricey since this is not only a very popular drive but also very popular turf for very expensive second homes--so the restaurants can get away with gourmet pretentions and prices to match. I prefer eating in the few towns such as Marshall, Jenner, Guerneville, Occidental, Sebastopol, Point Arena, Elk, Albion and Mendocino itself.

    Now can we vote for LEAST FAVORITE ROAD? Is there really any contest? Come on, all together now: I-5!


    I haven't been on that section in a while but remember it well for the places around Tomales and Bodega Bay that served "barbecued oysters". Just the thought of those makes me salivate!

    And as for I-5......could it be anything except unanimous?[|)]
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/01 18:24:27 (permalink)
    http://www.route50.com
    I've read since first posting that US 50 is the longest route that wasn't supersceded by an interstate. It now ends in Sacramento but by all rights should still end at the Bay Bridge.
    ocdreamer, tell your niece to head up towards Redding, Mt. Shasta, and Ashland. Just 4hours away, but totally different than where she is. It makes a great weekend.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/01 18:53:23 (permalink)
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    quote:
    Originally posted by Jennifer_4

    Congrats, Bill! My fave has to be HWY 1 between Morro Bay and Big Sur.. so beautiful I don't even think about food while I'm driving it... (that's the ONLY time you will hear me say something that blasphemous....hehe)


    Well, Jennifer-----let me disagree a little. I love that stretch-----in fact all of Highway 1. I agree that that stretch is extra-special though. What I disagree with though------there is some great food along the highway. Several good places in Morro Bay----Roses Landing, Windows on the Water come to mind------a fantastic place in Cambria for ribs and tri-tip with huge outdoor BBQ's called the Main Street Grill. Across from Big Sur there is the Fernwood Bar/Redwood Grill----good eats and drinks when you want a break from camping. So-----you can drive and enjoy the food!

    Ed,
    sadly, Rose's my fave place in MB, is no more! they tore it down to build something else.. best garlic fries and best calamari anywhere!
    Haven't been to windows yet.. I love Robin's in Cambria, will have to try Main Street when I'm there next..thanks for the tips!
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/01 18:54:28 (permalink)
    Least fave? 99 for sure!
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/01 19:10:38 (permalink)
    The Sundancer has to include the Cherohala Skyway. It is a new road and the Sundancer had the opportunity to be on the pole position when it opened. It is a non commercial road that crosses the mountain from Tellico, TN to Robbinsville, NC passing Joyce Kilmer Park (I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree".

    I have made this drive many times and most recently with "The Mayor" and his wonderful wife "Janet". There are many pullovers with unbelieveable vistas and many balds. Perhaps "The Mayor" will post some photos of the wild azeleas.

    If you are a motorcycle fan, you can drive from Robbinsville, NC to Fontana, NC where you can ride the tail of the dragon which is the most famous motorcycle drive in the USA with better than 300 curves in just a few miles. Many fresh buyers of crouch rockets which become instanteously mediocre riders have met their waterloo on this famous stretch. This can be viewed at a motorcycle graveyard at the end of the tail of the dragon.




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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/01 19:13:29 (permalink)
    quote:
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    Least fave? 99 for sure!


    Naw! I argued this elsewhere. 99 is not as smooth a road, has more traffic and isn't even limited access for short distances, but it's far more interesting and, to nudge myself back on-topic, has a lot more "roadfood" along it since it goes through (or near) towns like Modesto, Merced, Fresno and Visalia.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/01 20:22:48 (permalink)
    I'm partial to Tennessee 100, going west from Nashville. Starting with the newly renovated Loveless Cafe, to the Beacon Light, and beyond, there are good food stops all the way across.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/01 21:54:08 (permalink)

    BT, my best memory of 99: in 1973, going to Modesto and getting
    5 cent ice cream cones at the Thrifty Drugstore.
    Favorite Highways: I-65 - nearly familiar with the entire
    stretch between Montgomery and Louisville (Exit 205: Clanton,AL -
    Chilton County peaches)
    I-75 - the mother road to Detroit and
    Ontario (Exit 159: Findlay, OH - the old Greyhound Post House
    Restaurant/Bus Stop; Exit 167: the McDonald's that looks like
    it's in a cornfield in the middle of nowhere)

    Worst: Hwy. 401 between Windsor and London, ON: All road,
    few exits, and no billboards to at least get your attention!

    Yea! - My 100th post!!
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/01 23:49:26 (permalink)
    Here's another one (for those with good lungs only--current and former smokers advised against it): the Tioga Road, Highway 120, between Manteca and Lee Vining, CA. This road crosses Yosemite National Park and goes through Tioga Pass at 9945 ft. It is only open in summer--snowed under the drifts in winter. But it is beautiful and there are plenty of places to stop and picnic in alpine meadows or next to crystal alpine lakes.

    Once you reach the interesection of Highway 395 at Lee Vining, there are several options. You will be at the shores of Mono lake which itself is worth the trip for its amazing mineral formations and unusual wildlife (brine shrimp and so on). My preference is to go north, toward Lake Tahoe and Carson City, NV where you can connect with Highway 50 for the return trip (or a side trip to the gambling dens in Stateline). Or, for more high country scenery (Sonora Pass, el 9624), you can make a left at Highway 108 and recross the Sierra ending up pretty much where you started.

    PS--Just noticed I'm now a 3-star!
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/01 23:54:41 (permalink)
    Both of you are to be congratulated on your posting achievements. Now that being said, You owe me a 'wetting down' Beer whenever our paths cross !!
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 00:20:11 (permalink)
    I have two favorite roads. The first is Hwy 1 along the coast of California. I've driven it all the way from San Francisco to near San Luis Obispo. Can't be beat for scenery.
    The next is the Blue Ridge Parkway which "winds" throught North Carolina from Ashville all the way into Virginia. It has spetacular scenery with plenty of stoping places to enjoy the sights. The Viaduct near Grandfather Mt in NC is a true wonder" />. The only drawback is that it's Federal property and this means that speeding over 40 is a Federal crime. Tickets are expensive and must be paid right away. But going slow is a great way to enjoy the experience. Kind of like the diff between FF and Roadfood.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 09:45:17 (permalink)
    I too, enjoy the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Glen Cove Viaduct is a very beautiful sight as you go over it. Have your gas tank full and use the bathroom before you get on it and plan to drive slowly. The last time we drove the section between Boone, NC and Cherokee, NC. We had leftover country ham biscuits and fried chicken from the Daniel Boone Inn and pulled over to one of the pull offs and had a small picnic. I also think that for Interstates-Interstate 81 in Virginia-going through the Shennadoah (sp) Valley is a beautiful drive.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 09:58:15 (permalink)

    Thank You, Mr. Mayor! Beer of choice?? I'll stick with a
    nice cherry Slush like the one I had at Sonic in the mall on
    Tuesday!
    Best part of Roadfood: seeing pictures like the big plate
    of smoked meat at Schwartz's in Montreal....
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 10:01:27 (permalink)
    quote:
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    The first is Hwy 1 along the coast of California. I've driven it all the way from San Francisco to near San Luis Obispo. Can't be beat for scenery.


    I'll second that!
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 10:18:33 (permalink)
    Route 11 thru the Shenandoah Valley...as if you can't tell!
    I also like Rt.20 through Western Mass..
    And Rt.15 through Orange, Madison and Culpeper VA.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 12:22:17 (permalink)
    LEAST FAVORITE: For anybody who has driven on I-95 in Fairfield County, Ct. you know how it is. We have accidents almost daily. I don't mean fender benders, I mean tractor trailor, taking out one or two lanes and backing up traffic for hours type accidents. Well, weekly anyway. Earlier this year, one took out the whole highway for a few days. (Gasoline truck caught on fire, and burned up a bridge; no one hurt, thank Goodness).

    Prettiest, is I-81 to I-77. going through the mountains.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 16:58:34 (permalink)
    Rt 17 around the Paramus area has to be the absolute pits of all American roads. Noisey, crowded, smelly, crowded, dangerous, crowded, poorly signed, crowded, and crowded with Jersey drivers.

    But there is one saving grace, The North American Lobster Company , a place where we've had some fine lunches over the years after looking for clothes at Sy Sims.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 17:27:08 (permalink)
    US 7 from Lenox, Mass., through Connecticut (I think it ends at the Merritt) is truly wonderful. Small towns, parks, lakes, the Housatonic River, if you're not in a hurry, it's a wonderful ride.

    I must disagree with you slightly about Route 17, though, John: US 9 from Palisades Park to Jersey City is as blighted a stretch of road as I ever hope to drive.
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 21:17:28 (permalink)
    I have studiously avoided both the Palisades and US 9 for many years, I'd almost forgotten them. 9 was a horror, and the Palisades was no better when traffic was heavy.

    Cheers, John
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 23:00:31 (permalink)
    Barbara -

    I-95 in New Haven County and Middlesex County is no picnic either!

    Too many vehicles for 2 lanes of traffic, especially from Exit 54 in Branford to Exit 82 in New London, and the exit numbers don't equal the mile markers here, folks.

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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/02 23:18:58 (permalink)
    Worst one.... That's Easy!

    I-5 where it merges with the 405 in Orange County California. 28 Lanes of traffic (14, YES, 1 4 to a side) Merger ends at a ramp for the entrance to Laguna Woods, A huge Leisure World Community chock full of folks who can't see past their bifocals, can't hear a train horn from 50 ft away, and don't care to exceed 40 mph as God intended them to . Add to this that it is now within the Border Free Trade Area, so Mexican trucks have free access to the markets here..with no attempt to have those truckers meet the same safety standards, equipment and insurance standards that U S drivers must meet. Toss in the Yuppie Beemer drivers playing Grand-Prix Racer on their GameBoy while they shave and talk on the phone, watch a DVD and fight with their wife/girlfriend (etc) and plenty of Redneck commuters full of Road Rage cause they had to wait in line at Krispy Kreme for more than 5 minutes and don't forget the 'Banger's who will shoot at you for 'Mad Dogging' them in their Low Riders with the opaque windows.
    It is a cultural Nightmare that folks who haven't lived in SoCal have no way of grasping. And pray that you never will !
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/03 09:07:08 (permalink)
    Al: Congratulations! You insulted more people in one post than I've ever been able to do despite strenuous efforts to be all inclusive in my insults... Keep up the good work!

    Cheers, John
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    RE: Your Favorite Highways and Roads 2004/09/03 10:36:32 (permalink)
    The Funny part of that John, is that my Mother lived in the L W community for 18 years, and was one of the terrors of the highway there.
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