I’ve been experimenting with my new Airbox inflatable softboxes. Because of their portability I am very excited about using them on the road.
(photo by Danny Damiani)
I will soon be exploring the 325.2 miles of Illinois Route One.
I’ve been adding a few images I had not had time to post earlier… enjoy.
BTW: all the National Road photos where shot with an iPhone 4s.
My Ural motorcycle at the Melody Drive-In in Springfield, Ohio. (iPhone photo)
The east entrance to the Wheeling Suspension Bridge, in Wheeling, W.Va. (iPhone photo)
The workshop for Central State Hospital, formally the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane. (iPhone photo)
The Knightsville, Indiana gym where the movie “Hoosiers” was filmed. (iPhone photo)
My motorcycle as seen from the entrance to the power plant of the Central State Hospital, formally the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane. (iPhone photo)
Well, I found it; the National Road. Or should I say I found about .01% of it. The part I noticed, and the smaller subset I photographed.
It a hard working road, cutting through the manufacturing and agricultural heartland of the middle west. It a political road; its very construction causing constitutional arguments that raged for years. It goes through several state capitals — past and present. It passes several places of higher learning and public and private k-12 schools. There is a lot to be learned from having traveled it. It goes through both impoverished areas and well-to-do hamlets. It did succeed at linking east to west as Washington and Jefferson had hoped. Ironically, although it runs across much of the Mason-Dixon line, it did not do much to link north and south. It’s been called many things including “America’s Main Street.” But I like to think of it as America’s back yard. I look forward to exploring it further. I highly recommend exploring a section near you.
A harness racer tries to beat the coming rain at the Effingham County fair grounds half-mile track in Altamont, Ill. (iPhone photo)
Discarded letters in the sign graveyard of Signs & Graphics Inc. in Effingham, Illinois. (iPhone photo)
The sign graveyard of Signs & Graphics Inc. in Effingham, Illinois. (iPhone photo)
The hood emblem of a weathered Ford as found in Montrose, Illinois. (iPhone photo)
John McClarey’s sculpture “Sitting with Lincoln” faces away from the Old Illinois Capitol Building in Vandalia Illinois. It is here the National Road terminated around 1837. (iPhone photo)
Today, I spent some time at home, before leaving tomorrow (weather permitting ) when I will tackle the last segment of the National Road. I was able to get caught up on and post some photos I had not gotten to from the previous days. Enjoy.
Phillip Girand and Paul Ruane chew the fat outside an auto repair shop in West Brownsville, PA. (iPhone photo)
Graffiti scrawled on the wall of the Central Indiana State Hospital Power Plant, formally the Central Indiana Hospital for the Insane. (iPhone photo)
Cayla Maurer holds a giant container of fireworks near the Fireworks Outlet where she works summers in West Terre Haute, Indiana. (iPhone photo)