Friday, June 28, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-75 in Kentucky

Clay Wade Bailey Bridge
Clay Wade Bailey Bridge and Brent Spence Bridge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 75 crosses the Ohio River via the Brent Spence Bridge into the state of Kentucky. This highway joins Cincinnati with the Kentucky cities of Covington, Lexington, Richmond, Berea and Corbin. I-75 travels through the scenic bluegrass country which features some beautiful horse farm areas. Attractions near this interstate include the Natural Bridge, Cumberland Gap, the Ohio River and the Holly Bay Recreation area.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-75 in Ohio

Coasters inside the Cedar Point amusement park...
Coasters inside the Cedar Point amusement park in Sandusky, Ohio Top to bottom: The Corkscrew (overhead), The Mantis (yellow track), The Millennium Force (in distant background), and The Iron Dragon (red track). The Power Tower runs along the right side of the image. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 75 in Ohio is a road I used to travel often. It travels north to south along the western side of Ohio and provides the major route in this farmland area. I-75 joins the cities of Toledo, Bowling Green, Findlay, Lima, Dayton and Cincinnati. Attractions near this interstate include the Maumee River, Lake ErieKelly's Island, Cedar Point Amusement Park, Seneca Caverns, Blue Hole, Fallen Timbers Battlefield, Armstrong Air & Space Museum, the Neil Armstrong home, National Museum of the USAF and a Wright Brothers Memorial. Most people know this area for Cedar Point and the variety of roller coasters available in the park.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Friday, June 21, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-75 in Michigan

Empire Bluffs Trail view of Sleeping Bear Dunes.
Empire Bluffs Trail view of Sleeping Bear Dunes. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 75, which has a long journey from the border of Canada to Naples, Florida, is the only interstate in northern Michigan. The section north of Detroit is the only section of this entire interstate I have not driven. I know it well in other states. I-75 joins the cities of Saulte Set. Marie, Cheboygan, Bay City, Saginaw, Flint and Detroit. Michigan is well known for its water activities since it touches all of the Great Lakes except Lake Ontario. Attractions include Mackinaw Island and its bridge, Lake Huron, Lake Superior, Lake Michigan,  Lake Erie, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Traverse City and the Henry Ford Museum.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

On the Road: CDs

I used to take all my favorite cds with me when I would travel. One day it occurred to me that it would cost me a lot of money to replace the cds if someone stole them from the car or if they were damaged in a hot vehicle. I went through all of them and chose my favorite songs and burned them onto blank cds. Now if they are stolen or damaged, I will not be upset because I still have the originals.


When I travel, I have the cds in a cd wallet that holds 48 discs. In addition, I always carry an extra wallet to hold any cds or dvds that I may purchase on a trip. That way I can put the new discs in the wallet and leave the cases in the car when I check into a hotel.

I know some might think using an iPod would be easier and I agree. I just purchased a new car stereo that has a hookup for my iPod and I have been getting used to playing the iPod in the car. However, I will still continue to have a few cds with me on my next few trips.
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Friday, June 14, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-74 in Illinois & Iowa

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English: The Rock River (below) joins the Mississippi. Iowa, with Davenport and Bettendorf, is above. Rock Island, Moline and East Moline are in Illinois and sandwiched between the two rivers in the middle. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 74 travels across the upper half of Illinois and ends its journey in Iowa. I-74 links the cities of Danville, Champaign, Urbana, Bloomington, Normal, Peoria, and Galesburg before it turns north to join to the Quad cities of Moline, Davenport, Rock IslandBettendorf and East Moline. Attractions near this highway include the Octave Chanute Aerospace Museum, Wheels 'O Time Museum, the Wyatt Earp Birthplace, William M. Staerkel Planetarium, the John Deere Pavilion and the Mississippi River.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-74 in Ohio & Indiana

NCAA Hall of Champions building located in Ind...
NCAA Hall of Champions building located in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Interstate 74 has a short section in Ohio of 19.4 miles. This segment runs from the Indiana state line to downtown Cincinnati. I-74, which cuts across the state of Indiana for 171.5 miles, joins the smaller cities of Batesville, Greensburg, Shelbyville, Brownsville, and Crawfordsville with Indianapolis. Attractions near this interstate include the NCAA Hall of Champions, Eagle Creek Reservoir and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Museum.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Your Favorite Interstate Exits: I-73 & I-74 in North Carolina

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Interstate 73 and Interstate 74 are short highways in North Carolina and both are part of future extentions of the Interstate Highway System. I-73 is just over 42 miles with one section running south of Candor to north of Asheboro, and the other short section is near Greensboro. I-74 has several short sections. The first joins I-77 at the Virginia state line and travels a scenic path to US 52 near Mount Airy. Nearby attractions include Fancy Gap and Pilot Mountain. The next section is south from I-40 by Asheboro and this segment travels the same path as I-73. Laurinburg to Lumberton is the last part of this interstate.

Please share with other drivers your experiences as to which exits are best for single travelers or anyone for that matter. Reasons for the choice may include the safety of the surrounding area, the availability of good hotels and restaurants or proximity to the interstate. Please make sure to give the exit number or a description of the location. For example, when I discuss I-40, I would recommend Exit 145 in Oklahoma City. Many hotels and restaurants were located at this exit and I felt safe in the area. This exit was very convenient for easily continuing west without the hassle of dealing with early morning rush hour traffic.

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

On the Road: Severe Weather

Category F5 tornado (upgraded from initial est...
Category F5 tornado (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
I was watching the Weather Channel and meteorologists were discussing my worst fear when I travel. Tornadoes were going through the Oklahoma City area and vehicles on Interstate 40 had been tossed by the storms. Traffic was backed up on Interstate 35 and the storms were headed for these cars. Authorities advised drivers to get off the interstates and seek shelter. Many people were killed, many people were injured and many cars and buildings were damaged or destroyed.

These storms were predicted earlier in the day, so residents had a warning for this situation. However, I wondered if vacationers who were traveling through the area had checked the weather report. Distances between interstate exits can be a couple of miles or dozens of miles, so finding an exit to look for shelter can be very challenging and frightening for drivers involved in a severe weather situation.

I try to be very vigilant about the weather when I am traveling. I know people think I am fanatical about this, but I never want to be caught in a situation like these poor drivers went through Friday evening. If I see red which designates severe weather on a weather map, I change my plans. I also avoid blue because high wind warnings especially in states like Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas can mean a dangerous situation.

If an area has a good chance of a severe weather situation, I want to stay out of the way. Newscasters will tell local residents to stay off the road. Many times vacationers will not know about those warnings unless the area has electronic highway signs. These people may still be on the highways possibly impeding the ability of emergency vehicles to reach their destinations.

Being aware of weather conditions when people are traveling is essential to the safety of drivers. I check the weather every morning when I travel. I have weather apps on my phone in case I need current information to keep me safe while I am on the road. I want to keep myself and my car out of harm's way. Taking the time to be aware of the weather situations in the areas in which drivers are traveling is just as important as making sure the car is in optimal condition for the trip.
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