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Over the past few summers I have tackled the National Road, the Oregon Trail, and I've motorcycled to the Arctic Circle (Yukon) and Alaska. In the summer of 2013 I tackled Illinois Route 1. Starting on the south side of Chicago, Illinois 1 is the longest state highway, meandering south until it ends in Cave In Rock, Illinois, on the banks of the Ohio River. Once again, I operated with the assistance of Verizon Wireless, using an Apple iPhone and Nokia Lumia 928 to make all photographs.

Tomorrow it ends

Posted: June 10th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

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.

On the verge

Posted: June 9th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | 1 Comment »
I’m in the middle of last-second preparations for my trip along the Oregon Trail. This mostly  involves: playing the Oregon Trail video game (above), attempting to persuade my GPS unit that I really do want to travel on dirt roads– not on the interstate — and deciding which critical items won’t fit on my motorcycle. I leave this Saturday.  The Oregon Trail game in its old school form can be found on the internet (link below) and in a newer version for Facebook and mobile phones.
Old school | Facebook | Mobile Phone

Getting lost, a how to guide

Posted: June 4th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

With a week left until I leave, I am looking at maps that show mile-by-mile where the O’ Trail can be found relative to today’s western America.  Well, not exactly. These maps were published back in 1981.  So, I have to translate the ’81 maps into today’s reality.   I take these new plots of data and use them, along with the Harley Davidson’s Online Trip Planner, to establish  “waypoints” for my trip.  Google Maps, Map Quest and Yahoo Maps are a total bust at this by the way.  I then download these plotted waypoints into my GPS unit.  This is done with the hope that my GPS accurately reads them, interprets them, and plots the correct course.   If I wind up in New Brunswick I will know mistakes were made. Seriously, what could go wrong?  (BTW: A big shout out to Historian Gregory M. Franzwa.  He spent his life researching the O.T.  This small fragment of one map is take from the over 300 detailed maps found in his now out of print book Maps of the Oregon Trail.)

The book

Posted: June 1st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »

Who needs the books of  historians  Merrill Mattes, Gregory Frazwa or John Unruh when you have this little gem? Everything you need to know about the Oregon Trail (and  Lewis & Clark) — all covered in only 58 pages.