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Counting the cars on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

Counting the cars on the Pennsylvania Turnpike

They’ve all gone to look for America.

Another one from Sandy’s road trip, taken on the Pennsylvania Turnpike west of Pittsburgh by a:

guy who appeared to be a miserable creature, whose mom would even have a hard time trying to love, and we know a mother’s love is unconditional. Hunched over his wheel, rounded shoulders, no wonder he supports Voldermort…


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BannedbytheGuardian | June 10, 2012 at 8:12 am

Pennsylvania + The Bee Gees Mining disaster. You got the knack Prof.

Right up there with all the traditional mining songs.

Pretty stunning for guys under 20.

DINORightMarie | June 10, 2012 at 9:38 am

Any way to zoom in on the smaller areas? I don’t see the Voldermort one, and can’t read the other (both on the left of the car?).

Thanks!! Have a great day!

l agree , you do a good job with topics Professor. Pennsylvania Turnpike. It was a State model for the lnterstate Highway System. A good example of Federalism. 11 years ago l drove truck for a year & a half. lt is a very difficult stressful job. Damn few Obama voters in the cab of a truck. Heading west on the Penn. tp your stress levels go down unless your load is Chicago. Heading east they go up because chances are you’re either Philly or NYC. The area of Harrisburg is where a # of freeways junction. Just to the south lies Gettysburg , a small town of no particular note except that you can feel the presence. Driving a truck in a big city , especially in the east is a nonstop exercise in tension. They just weren’t built for trucks. As land is at a premium everything is narrow & constricted. The docks you unload at are often very limited. Pennsylvania is a pleasant state , especially as you get further west. l was at a rest stop on the Turnpike & dropped several large bills from my pocket. A resident chased me down to give them back.

    PatriotGal2257 in reply to secondwind. | June 10, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    Appreciate the compliment!

    I live in western PA, and the general attitude is that if you can get to your destination some other way besides the Turnpike, you take it. It’s a standing historical joke that once a driver gets past Breezewood, the roads are suddenly non-lumpy and free of miles of orange barrels and jersey barriers in one of the lanes.

    I attended a conference in Harrisburg several years ago and one of the other attendees who was also from western PA suggested that I drive through West Virginia and Maryland to the Gettysburg exit to Harrisburg.

Love the Simon and Garfunkel reference, Professor.

SoCA Conservative Mom | June 10, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Kerry/Edwards…hmm… I can’t believe everyone hasn’t scraped the offense off their bumper considering the denials, mistress, lies, baby, lies, trial… seriously, do they STILL support Edwards?

PatriotGal2257 | June 10, 2012 at 12:56 pm

One of my co-workers, originally from Kansas, I think, replaced his “Obama 2008” sticker with a 2012 version, which I noticed was much smaller type than before. To me, that means a lack of confidence. 🙂

Gal : l drove several times north to south thru Penn on US highways. The 1st when l was still green. l spent the night at Waterboro NY. In the morning l headed south thru Penn. to pick up the Turnpike Does US 214 make sense? lt was a pleasant drive. At times small towns were strung along the road like pearls. l believe l picked up the Pike at the afore mentioned Breezewood? The 1st time l went thru a tunnel was at Wheeling W. Va. l freaked out as the clearance sign was confusing.

    PatriotGal2257 in reply to secondwind. | June 10, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Hi, Secondwind: Maybe it’s US 219? Just looked on Google Maps and that seems to be one of the north-south routes which come out somewhat west of Breezewood, where you’d get on the PA Turnpike. Can’t say I’ve ever been on that road myself, but friends of mine who travel within the state frequently say the same thing you have, that the hospitality in the small towns is the best.

Gal: That sounds right. l no longer have my truckers atlas & what l have is a world atlas which lacks detail. Toward the end before l hit the T. Pike l think l was just east of Johnstown. l think there was another U.S. highway just to the east with a similar # which was roughly parallel.