Explore I-70


Eric’s I-70 diary

Explore I-70


Nicoline’s I-70 diary

We have returned from our trip to the other end of I-70!

We are dedicating the year 2012 as the year of I-70. The plan is to explore the entire almost 2200 miles of Interstate 70, in a number of trips.

Ever since the Maryland Highway Administration placed a sign close to the start of westbound I-70 with the tantalizing text Columbus 420 — St Louis 845 — Denver 1700 — Cove Fort 2200 we have been wanting to go to the other end of this Interstate. Over the winter we decided that this year is going to be the year. We will be reading books about I-70, but also about places and events surrounding it. We expect to make several I-70 related day trips, a one-week vacation in the spring to explore the first part (Pennsylvania through Ohio), and finally “the big one,” where we will be spending most of the month of September along the I-70.

Just like we did with our 2007 trip around the United States we are creating a website were we will be blogging about our progress and our impressions. Links to our respective diaries are at the top.

We are also planning to write “essays” about what we discover and experience. These essays will a little bit more in-depth than the diary entries and include references to additional information.

We hope that our friends will again join us on this adventure, and maybe we will all learn a little bit about America...

Map of Photos

The map below shows all the places where I've taken photos from September 4 through 22. Not all photos are posted on this site; many are only in my private photo archive. But the map still gives are reasonable idea of this trip....

20 most recent comments:

Nicoline Smits wrote on September 28, 2012 at 18:26:08:

It's a she, and she hates tuna :-)

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Matt Kutrik wrote on September 27, 2012 at 17:15:25:

Butterscotch is probably still upset because we had him working some extra OT at SSA in your absense. He didn't know that we would be giving him a check instead of tuna, and he was a little peeved.

Welcome back! It was great following your Trip Diary on a daily basis!

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Nicoline Smits wrote on September 26, 2012 at 19:23:57:

We drove a total of 6,986.7 miles in 23 days. Quite impressive, if I do say so myself.

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Nicoline Smits wrote on September 20, 2012 at 18:47:28:

We've been to the Flight 93 memorial before. It was very moving. I understand they're building the official memorial now, so I think we'll wait until they finish that. We'll have to put John Brown's New York place on our bucket list for now :-)

PS Hope your kids are doing well. From what I see on FB, it seems so!

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Ellen wrote on September 20, 2012 at 10:01:01:

Thanks for the info on these statues. I walk by the one in Bethesda often, and have wondered about it!

You mentioned John Brown. We visited John Brown's farm in Lake Placid this summer - there is an interesting interpretative walk and film about the abolition movement and his attempts to establish a safe community for free blacks in the Adirondacks. He couldn't have picked a less hospitable environment for farming :)

As I drove out 70 to visit my kids last weekend, I turned off on Rt. 30 to see the Flight 93 memorial in Stoystown, PA. On your way home, you may find it an interesting stop.

Be well and travel safe.

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rose slade wrote on September 19, 2012 at 10:58:10:

Hi Eric, We need you to call us

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Kandace York wrote on September 16, 2012 at 12:01:22:

Smalltown America, USA. :-)

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Kandace York wrote on September 16, 2012 at 12:00:13:

I can't imagine living in a covered wagon, let alone having a family there -- and some of the women gave birth along the way, even. Amazing.

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Kandace York wrote on September 16, 2012 at 11:58:24:

Tallgrass prairie -- my favorite habitat!

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Nicoline Smits wrote on September 14, 2012 at 22:47:08:

It is disrespectful, but it's done tongue-in-cheek, and besides, pioneer life was hard on women. It struck me when we visited the John Brown Memorial Park that Florella Brown Adair was quite a handsome woman when she married Samuel Adair, but she looked like a worn-out old hag by the time of the Osawatomie Massacre. No doubt worries about their safety and that of her half-brother and his sons contributed to that, but she led a difficult life. The information panel in the sod cabin at the Prairie Museum in Colby confirmed that the pioneer life was hardly a picnic: "Loneliness and the stark landscape proved a struggle for many who were used to living in towns and among trees." And that's quite apart from the financial struggle, or the struggle to raise a crop. Perhaps there is a reason for the ugliness of the statues, albeit perhaps unconscious. Socialist realism, indeed.

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Nicoline Smits wrote on September 9, 2012 at 22:18:22:

Did you know you can drive around the circuit yourself? You can even get a racing license or something. Not quite F1, I'm sure, but still. http://www.circuit-zandvoort.nl/Page?contentid=90&languageId=1

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Katie Khadem wrote on September 8, 2012 at 10:04:46:

That looks delicious!

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Eric Grivel wrote on September 6, 2012 at 23:37:29:

Pictures should be there now...

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Frank Grivel wrote on September 6, 2012 at 22:28:14:

>"Why would I want to have my picture taken with a preposterously magnified instrument of torture?"

For laughs?

Pictures? I suppose they're still uploading...

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Frank Grivel wrote on September 6, 2012 at 22:26:37:

Looks like a lot more fun than what I'm doing! Keep us updated! :D

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Frank Grivel wrote on September 6, 2012 at 22:25:50:

Zandvoort is one of the most famous racing circuits in the world... I should go and visit it sometime ;)

Looks like you guys are having lots of fun! Keep me/us updated!

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Frank Grivel wrote on September 6, 2012 at 22:22:58:

Oh dear... oh dear...

Wait, what?

Oh dear...

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Nicoline Smits wrote on September 6, 2012 at 21:16:15:

Works well outside of travel, too :-)

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Kandace York wrote on September 5, 2012 at 22:33:48:

It does give hope, doesn't it?

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Kandace York wrote on September 5, 2012 at 22:33:01:

Love this!

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