Day 1: Back on the Road
And so begins the summer trip. 37 days ahead. The focus will be Colorado and Wyoming. But before we get there — there will be about a week of other states. A couple of days in Indiana & Illinois, a couple in Iowa, a couple in Nebraska, etc. The rough sketch of the route is here:
Before we get to today’s photos — a few notes for the newbies on the bus:
Each night on these trips, I post about a dozen photos to Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/agilitynut/) and then about a dozen other photos here at this blog. These photos are clickable — clicking on them with your cursor will open them to a larger size. For more info about how I plan these trips, manage traveling with four dogs, all that — see the special blog pages — links over there in the right column. Also, info about the website in general at the “About” page: http://www.agilitynut.com/about.html
OK — since I left you on the last trip, I’ve been trying to squeeze in overtime at work and planning for this trip. I also managed to get about a week’s worth of photos (four more weeks to go) from that spring trip up at the site — you can always follow my progress & see where/when I’m heading next at this page:
Alright then — enough links & information — I’m working on two hours sleep so it’s time to get to the photos.
The trip began as they always do — immediately after work. Since I work nights, that means I leave home at 3am. Drive til about 5am and find a quite place to park for a couple of hours then get back on the road. With jumbo coffee. Construction on the Brooklyn Bridge meant I had to detour through the Lower East Side of Manhattan to get to the FDR. I grabbed a few shots on the way:
Some “sanity stops” off the interstate for a bit in Pennsylvania. This is from Benton. The angle was not my doing — the sign is really leaning like that:
On the roof of the Creekside Family Restaurant in Orangeville, PA. There is a little ice cream stand round back:
How about some storefronts in Williamsport, PA. Sadly, this camera shop (established 1935) is closed now:
Franco’s (probably not the original name) next door — still open. Unfortunately, the hanging sign was apparently updated — pretty hideously:
Really neat stationers — still open (established 1899). The place has a great interior that wouldn’t shoot well through the glass (too early for them to be open):
And on to Ohio. This one from Lansing — the used car lot still open. However, the neon cars on this sign seems to be stuck on Car #1. The cars are protected behind plastic. This sign has probably been reworked numerous times — still crazy fun like it is:
A couple of signs from Dillonvale:
And lastly for the night — the Neil Armstrong Memorial Park centerpiece in Warren, OH. I was actually quite into the whole Apollo space program as a kid. Glued to the TV set for the moon landings and walkies. So, seeing this mini replica of the lunar lander was kind of a thrill for me:
The dogs were in their usual fine start-of-trip form today. Deliriously happy and barking like mad. It takes about 3 days for them to settle into a groove, start napping, and stop thinking that every time I put the van in park that they’re getting out for some big party. Although the forecast was for “mostly sunny” — the sun didn’t come out at all until 4:30pm. I don’t know why I even bother to look at the weather predictions at this point. Although there were lots of grey crappy photos, it was quiet a pleasant relief (70s?) from the heat wave we’ve been having back in NYC for weeks (90s).
Alright — I hope this post was somewhat coherent. It’s midnight and I’m toast. Ambitiously hoping to finish up Ohio tomorrow. Stay tuned….
dj & the dogs