Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Pac-48 Roadtrip Route

Good evening all. Next week at this time, we should be in Sioux Falls, SD, after completing Day 1 of the Pac-48 Roadtrip! This trip is planned to span 12 days and 13 states from July 21-August 1 and will take us to our 47th and 48th states, Washington and Oregon, respectively. We are very excited about this trip as it will allow us to clinch the final two states that we haven't been to in the continental United States!

Here is the planned trip route. Of course, this is subject to change:

Day 1 - Wednesday, July 21 - OKC-Sioux Falls:
I-35 North -> I-335 North -> U.S. 75 North -> NE/IA 2 East -> I-29 North

Day 2 - Thursday, July 22 - Sioux Falls-Miles City, MT:
I-29 North -> I-90 West -> U.S. 83 North -> I-94 West

Day 3 - Friday, July 23 - Miles City, MT-Spokane, WA:
I-94 West -> I-90 West'

Day 4 - Saturday, July 24 - Spokane, WA-Seattle, WA:
I-90 West

Day 5 - Sunday, July 25
Roadgeeking in NW Washington (I-5 North to Canada, ferry to Bremerton)

Day 6 - Monday, July 26 - Seattle, WA-Portland, OR:
I-5 South

Day 7 - Tuesday, July 27
Roadgeeking in NW Oregon/SW Washington

Day 8 - Wednesday, July 28 - Portland, OR-Redding, CA
I-5 South

Day 9 - Thursday, July 29 - Redding, CA-Kennewick, WA
I-5 North -> I-84 East -> I-82 West -> U.S. 395 North

Day 10 - Friday, July 30 - Kennewick, WA-Provo, UT
U.S. 395 North -> I-182 East -> I-182 West -> I-82 East -> I-84 East -> I-15 South -> I-215 South -> I-15 South

Day 11 - Saturday, July 31 - Provo, UT-Denver, CO
I-15 South -> I-70 East -> CO 470 South/East

Day 12 - Sunday, August 1 - Denver, CO-Oklahoma City, OK
I-25 North -> I-225 North -> I-70 East -> U.S. 287 South -> U.S. 50 East -> U.S. 183 South -> U.S. 270 East -> OK 3 East

In other news, I am still working on writing picture captions from the Rocky Mountain Roadtrip. I am currently on Day 6 (the next-to-last day of the trip). Hopefully I will finish Day 6 & Day 7 from that trip before next Wednesday. I don't think I'll get to the picture captions from the New Mexico Trip until the Pac-48 Trip is complete. In other words, there will be enough work for me to do for several weeks (maybe months) to come!


Sunday, June 27, 2010

New Mexico Roadtrip

This weekend, we will be taking a trip to New Mexico. We plan on driving through most of the state's major cities in the northern half of the state, including Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Taos, Farmington, and Gallup.

The proposed trip route is listed below: (subject to change)

Friday, July 2 (OKC-Tucumcari):
I-40 West -> NM 469 North -> U.S. 54 East -> NM 39 North -> Harding County -> NM 39 South -> U.S. 54 West

Saturday, July 3 (Tucumcari-Santa Fe-Red River-Raton-Albuquerque):
I-40 West -> U.S. 285 North -> NM 502 West -> Los Alamos -> NM 502 East -> U.S. 285 North -> U.S. 64 East -> NM 38 West -> Red River -> NM 38 East -> U.S. 64 East -> Raton -> I-25 South -> Albuquerque, NM

Sunday, July 4 (Albuquerque-Gallup-Shiprock-Farmington-Albuquerque):
I-40 West -> Arizona state line -> I-40 East -> U.S. 491 North -> U.S. 64 West -> U.S. 160 East -> U.S. 491 South -> U.S. 64 East -> U.S. 550 South -> I-25 South

Monday, July 5 (Albuquerque-OKC)
I-40 East -> U.S. 287 South -> U.S. 83 North -> I-40 East

After this trip, we should have 8 new counties (5 NM, 1 CO, 2 TX) and should also have all of Interstate 25 clinched. Hopefully the weather will cooperate with us, as this is the wet season in parts of New Mexico.

In other news, I am still writing Flickr captions from the Rocky Mountain Roadtrip's pictures. I am currently up to Dillon, MT on Day 3 of the trip. I don't think I'll have all of that trip's pictures captioned by this weekend's New Mexico Trip but hopefully I'll be close.

Also, I am hoping to announce another major roadtrip soon that will take place during the last 2 weeks of July. At this time I am not completely sure where we are going, but I will say that it could be anywhere from California to South Carolina to Delaware to Michigan.


Friday, May 28, 2010

Rocky Mountain Roadtrip So Far...

Good evening from Billings, Montana, where we are spending the night after a rainy & foggy Day 4 of the Rocky Mountain Roadtrip. It rained about 95% of today's 306 mile trip from Helena to Billings.

We have had to make a couple changes during the trip; one due to time constraints (no sidetrip to Logan, UT, yesterday) and one due to the weather (no trip to Yellowstone today). Other than that, the trip has gone as planned thus far. The weather has cooperated for the most part; it has been cloudy for a good part of the trip but there have also been blue skies for much of the trip. Sometimes there has even been blue sky visible while it's raining! But all in all, it has been a great trip.

Wednesday, we entered our 44th state (Wyoming), and yesterday, we entered our 45th & 46th states (Idaho & Montana, respectively). We've even seen a few sign goofs (Business Loop I-80 signed as I-80 in Wyoming, Business Loop I-15 signed as I-15 in Idaho, and UT 265 signed as U.S. 265 at its eastern terminus).

The pictures for the first 4 days are all uploaded to Flickr, and our county map has been updated as well. Tomorrow, we plan on going to Buffalo, WY, via Rapid City & Mt. Rushmore.


Wednesday, May 19, 2010

KC Road Meet & County-Collecting Roadtrip

Good evening all. It has been yet another stormy week in Oklahoma. After the tornadoes last Monday 5/10 and then the hail on Sunday 5/16 (which damaged the hotel I work at), we have had more severe weather in the state tonight. Thankfully, the storms somehow missed Oklahoma City but hit areas just to the north and south. Hopefully the storms are over now and the weather will be great for the Kansas City Road Meet & County-Collecting Roadtrip that I have planned for this weekend. The forecasts seem to indicate that the weather will cooperate this weekend, so I'm hoping that is the case...

I will be leaving Friday morning for Kansas City but will do some county collecting in eastern Kansas & southeast Nebraska before making it to Kansas City. Saturday, I plan on doing some driving in the Kansas City area before and after the road meet. Finally, on Sunday, the plan is to do some more county collecting in eastern Kansas & southeast Nebraska before heading back to Oklahoma City, where I will spend about 36 hours until the Rocky Mountain Roadtrip begins on Tuesday! Overall, I hope to collect a total of 19 new counties during this weekend's trip (17 in Kansas & 2 in Nebraska). The approximate trip route for this weekend is as follows:

I-44 East -> U.S. 69 North -> OK 2 North -> U.S. 59 North -> K-47 West -> U.S. 169 North -> U.S. 59 North -> U.S. 56 West -> U.S. 75 North -> U.S. 73 South -> U.S. 159 South -> U.S. 59 South -> U.S. 24 East -> K-7 South -> K-32 East -> I-635 South -> I-35 South

New counties: Labette, Neosho, Allen, Anderson, Jackson, Brown, Nemaha, Richardson (NE), Atchison, Jefferson

Saturday: TBD

K-7 North -> U.S. 73 North -> U.S. 59 North -> I-29 South -> U.S. 36 West -> K-63 North -> NE 50 North -> NE 8 West -> NE 99 South -> K-99 South -> U.S. 36 West -> K-15 South -> U.S. 24 East -> K-99 South -> I-70 West -> K-177 South -> U.S. 56 East -> U.S. 75 South -> U.S. 400 West -> U.S. 77 South -> U.S. 166 West -> U.S. 81 South -> U.S. 60 East -> I-35 South

New counties: Doniphan, Pawnee (NE), Marshall, Washington, Clay, Pottawatomie, Morris, Woodson, Wilson

In other news, we took a last-minute trip to SE Oklahoma last weekend. It was a good thing we did; it saved our cars from being affected by Sunday's hail storm! The U.S. 377/OK 99 West sign goofs in Madill that I photographed in 2006 are still there. I also took some pictures of the Chickasaw Turnpike, thus ending my "boycott" of the turnpike since the only other time I had driven the turnpike in March 2002 (before I even had a digital camera!).

See y'all later, and drive safely.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Upcoming Roadtrips

It's been over a month since I last blogged. In that time, we have been as far away as Tulsa. (ooh aah)

But that is all about to change, because starting on May 21, we will have 10 roadtrip days out of 11 total days. I will be taking a trip to Kansas City for a road meet & county-collecting May 21-23, and then from May 25-31, my wife & I will be taking a trip to the "Mountain Northwest" as we take the Rocky Mountain Roadtrip through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Wyoming, Utah, Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas.

I will post the trip route for the KC/County-Collecting Trip in a later blog, as that route is still being worked on. I do have the Rocky Mountain Roadtrip route planned out, and it is stated below. Of course this is subject to change...

Tuesday, May 25:
Oklahoma City, OK to Grand Island, NE
I-35 North -> I-135 North -> U.S. 81 North -> U.S. 136 East -> U.S. 77 North -> I-80 West -> U.S. 281 North

Wednesday, May 26:
Grand Island, NE to Evanston, WY
U.S. 281 South -> I-80 West (sidetrips planned include the eastern section of I-76 & the infamous I-180 in Cheyenne)

Thursday, May 27:
Evanston, WY to Helena, MT
I-80 West -> I-215 South/West -> I-15 South to Provo -> I-15 North

Friday, May 28:
Helena, MT to Billings, MT via Yellowstone
I-15 South -> I-90 East -> U.S. 89 South -> Yellowstone -> U.S. 89 North -> I-90 East

Saturday, May 29:
Billings, MT to Buffalo, WY via Mount Rushmore
I-90 East -> I-190 South -> U.S. 16 West -> U.S. 16A West -> SD 244 West -> U.S. 16 West -> I-90 West -> I-25 South

Sunday, May 30:
Buffalo, WY to Trinidad, CO
I-25 South -> U.S. 36 West to Boulder -> U.S. 36 East -> I-25 South

Monday, May 31:
Trinidad, CO to Oklahoma City, OK
I-25 South -> U.S. 87 South -> I-40 East


Friday, April 9, 2010

Rocky Mountain High...Colorado (Plus a few other states)

Due to some unforseen circumstances, the Wyoming Trip, scheduled to take place May 29-June 1, has been renamed and expanded! The trip will now be known as the Rocky Mountain Roadtrip and will take place May 25-May 31.

We are no longer simply going to Wyoming. We have added Utah, Idaho, and Montana to the trip! This will be our first time to Utah & Colorado since June 2003, when we were in those states during the Deserts & Mountains Trip. This trip will also mark our first time to be in Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. After this trip is complete, we will have been to 46 states! The trip route will be announced in late April or early May.

We are excited about this trip and are looking forward to getting pictures from 3 new states!


Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Upcoming County Collecting Roadtrip

This weekend, we will be taking a roadtrip to East Texas and West Louisiana for a concert and some county/parish collecting.

I-35 South -> I-35E South -> I-635 East

I-635 East -> U.S. 80 East -> I-20 East -> U.S. 59 South -> U.S. 84 East -> I-49 South -> U.S. 371 North -> U.S. 84 West -> U.S. 171 South -> LA 191 South -> LA 6/TX 21 West -> TX 103 West -> U.S. 96 North -> TX 21 West -> Bus. U.S. 59 North -> U.S. 259 North -> TX 64 West

New counties/parishes: Panola, Shelby, Red River (LA), Sabine (LA), Sabine (TX), San Augustine, Nacogdoches, Rusk

U.S. 69 North -> U.S. 80 East -> TX 155 North -> U.S. 271 North -> I-30 West -> U.S. 69 North -> U.S. 75 North -> U.S. 70 West -> I-35 North

New counties: Wood, Upshur, Camp

Coming soon: a big announcement about a future roadtrip!


Tuesday, March 23, 2010


The Clearview sign font is spreading throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. Within the past couple weeks, button copy signs on I-235 between I-40 and N. 36th Street have been replaced with Clearview signs. Also, button copy signs on Lake Hefner Parkway (OK 74) between I-44 and OK 3 West (NW Expressway) have also been replaced with Clearview. There are still a few button copy signs around the metro, but most of them are on the I-40 Crosstown section that will be replaced in the next few years. And we all know that when the new I-40 opens that the new signs will probably be in...Clearview. AAH!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Texas County-Collecting Roadtrip & A New Car!

Later today, I will be leaving for Fort Worth, where I will be spending the night before heading out tomorrow for some county collecting in East Texas. The planned route is as follows:


I-30 East -> I-35E North -> Spur 366 East -> U.S. 75 North -> SMU -> U.S. 75 South -> I-45 South -> U.S. 175 East -> U.S. 69 South -> U.S. 59 South -> U.S. 190 West -> TX 19 North to Palestine

New counties: Henderson, Anderson, Cherokee, Angelina, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Houston


TX 19 North -> TX 154 West -> TX 24 South -> I-30 West -> U.S. 380 West -> U.S. 75 North -> U.S. 70 West -> I-35 North to OKC

New counties: Rains, Delta

On this trip, I will collect 10 new counties and will clinch U.S. 175 in its entirety.

This will also be my first trip out-of-state in my brand new 2010 Mitsubishi Lancer ES! I bought it on Wednesday. I do still have the old Lancer (with 176,450 miles on it and counting) but I will be selling it to someone.
And here is the new official car of OKRoads...


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

OK 34A & OK 34B

OK 34A & OK 34B, 2 short spurs to the towns of Willow & Brinkman, respectively, were supposedly decommissioned several years ago. Yet I just looked in Google Street View, and both of those highways are signed at its respective intersections with U.S. 283/OK 34 with "END" signs! And the shields are the meat cleaver versions. It looks like the "END" signs are the only places were the highways are signed, though. Neither 34A nor 34B are signed from U.S. 283/OK 34. Weird...

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Wyoming Trip Announcement

With 99 days left until the Saturday of Memorial Day Weekend, I am happy to announce the Wyoming Trip! The trip will take place on Memorial Day weekend (May 29-June 1) and will take us to our 44th state, Wyoming. This trip will also have a few sidetrips built in to see some college football stadiums (and also to go to a few extra counties).

Planned trip route: (subject to change)
I-35 North to I-135
I-135 North to U.S. 81
U.S. 81 North to U.S. 136
U.S. 136 East to U.S. 77
U.S. 77 North to I-80
I-80 West to Laramie, WY
I-80 East to I-25
I-25 South to U.S. 36
U.S. 36 West to Boulder
U.S. 36 East to I-25
I-25 South to U.S. 87
U.S. 87 South to I-40
I-40 East to OKC

This will not be the only big trip we will be taking this summer, as we are also planning our first trip to Michigan since May 2003. The dates for that are not set yet, but it will likely be in late June or early-mid July. The route is already planned, but I will hold off on announcing the route until a later date.


Upcoming Short Trips

Today's blog will cover 2 trips I plan to take the next 2 weekends (1 short trip & 1 medium-length trip by OKRoads standards). In my next blog, I will announce a Memorial Day Weekend roadtrip!

Tomorrow night, I will be leaving OKC on a 3-day trip to the Lubbock, TX area for a concert & for county collecting. I will be driving to Weatherford, OK tomorrow night, and then on to Lubbock & Post on Saturday, and then home on Sunday. This will be my 3rd time to be in Lubbock but the first time I have been there since April 2006, when I was there on two consecutive days. (On a related note, it seems like I only go to Lubbock every 4 years because the 1st time I went there was in July 2002)

Friday & Saturday:
I-40 West to I-27
I-27 South to Loop 289
Loop 289 East to U.S. 84
U.S. 84 East to Post
U.S. 84 West to Lubbock

U.S. 82 East to TX 6 (including Marsha Sharp Freeway)
TX 6 North to U.S. 287
U.S. 287 South to U.S. 283
U.S. 283 North to OK 6
OK 6 North to I-40
I-40 East to OKC

The new counties that will be collected this weekend are all in Texas, and they are Lynn, Garza, Dickens, King, and Foard counties.

On Sunday 2/28, I plan on taking a trip to Clinton, OK for another concert. This trip will just be along I-40, but if I have time, I may cover other roads in the area. Of course, this is weather permitting.

Next blog: Wyoming Trip announcement!


Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Fictional Interstate 140

The 2nd fictional highway I have created is Interstate 140. Interstate 140 would be 45.2 miles and span from I-40 & the Muskogee Turnpike to OK 112 northeast of Poteau.

Sign Examples:

  • Exits 1A-B - Interstate 40 - Ft Smith/Okla City - Cloverleaf with c/d lanes
  • Exit 5 - E1100 Rd - Simms - diamond
  • Exit 12 - Tamaha Rd - Garland - diamond
  • Exit 18 - OK 9 - diamond
  • Exit 24 - OK 26 - diamond
  • Exit 29 - OK 31 - diamond
  • Exit 36 - Calhoun - diamond
  • Exit 43 - U.S. 59/U.S. 271 - SPUI
  • Exits 45A-B - OK 112 - trumpet
Speed limit: 70 mph
Lanes: 4 lanes (2 EB, 2 WB)

My next fictional highway idea is Interstate 38. Interstate 38 would connect Interstate 27 in Lubbock, TX, to Interstate 30 in Hope, AR, via Altus, Lawton, Duncan, Ardmore, Hugo, and Ashdown. There would also be an Interstate 238 (a legitimate one at that) that would connect I-38 near Vernon to I-44 in Wichita Falls along the U.S. 287 corridor.


Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Fictional Highways

First, I have finished writing captions from last weekend's trip to NE Oklahoma.

Second, I have created a new collection on the OKRoads Flickr page. This collection is called Fictional Highways, and will, you guessed it, be about fictional highways that come to my mind for one reason or another.

The first highway I have created is Interstate 344. Fictional Interstate 344 runs along OK 3 from U.S. 81 to OK 74, then NW Expressway (former OK 3A) from OK 74 to Interstate 44. It is about 27 miles long. This interstate would ease the traffic woes that plague NW Expressway at most hours of the day and would separate long-distance travel from short-distance travel.

I used Kurumi's SignMaker (located at to create these signs. SignMaker does use the old circle shields for state highways, and it doesn't use Clearview (which is what new Oklahoma signs would use, but I prefer the old font anyway), but otherwise, these are what I propose the signs to look like.

Exit list (with proposed interchange type & other notes)

Exit 1 – U.S. 81 South – Concho/El Reno (mm 0.0) - currently a trumpet interchange & would stay the same

Exit 2 – Alfadale Rd (mm 2.2) - there isn't much between U.S. 81 & OK 4, but I didn't want there to be 13 miles between exits. This would be a simple diamond. Plus, this would probably be the only exit in the country with the word "Alfadale" on it.

Exit 8 – NW 164th StPiedmont (mm 8.4) - this would provide access for eastbound travelers to downtown Piedmont without using OK 4. Piedmont would not be signed on westbound because motorists would exit at OK 4. Another diamond interchange.

Exit 11 – Frisco Rd (mm 11.2) - another exit that could provide access to Piedmont. Diamond.

Exit 13 – OK 4 – Yukon/Piedmont (mm 13.4) - SPUI due to anticipated growth in this area

Exit 14 – Mustang Rd (mm 14.6) - diamond

Exit 16A – Hefner Rd WB/Morgan Rd (mm 16.5) - diamond, some ramps would be weaved with the ramps for Exit 16B...

Exit 16B – Kilpatrick Turnpike (mm 16.7) - stack interchange

Exit 17 – Hefner Rd EB (mm 17.2) – EB only - Y-interchange inside the Kilpatrick Stack

Exit 18 – County Line Rd (mm 18.0) - Diamond

Exit 19 – Council Rd/Britton Rd (mm 19.1) - Diamond

Exit 20 – Rockwell Ave (mm 20.3) - Diamond

Exit 21A – Wilshire Blvd (mm 21.2) - Diamond

Exit 21B – MacArthur Blvd (mm 21.5) - Diamond

Exit 22 – Meridian Ave/Lake Hefner (mm 22.7) - Diamond

Exit 23A – N.W. 63rd St (mm 23.3) - Diamond

Exit 23B – Portland Ave (mm 23.8) - Diamond

Exit 24A – OK 3 East/OK 74 (mm 24.1) - Stack

Exit 24B – Independence Ave/Baptist Medical Center (mm 24.4) - Diamond

Exit 25 – May Ave (mm 24.9) - SPUI

Exit 26A – Penn Ave/Penn Square Mall (mm 26.0) - SPUI

Exit 26B – Classen Blvd (mm 26.8) - SPUI

Other notes:

  • Frontage roads would be built between Exit 18 (County Line) and Exit 24B (Independence)
  • Texas turnarounds would be built for all interchanges between Exit 18 & Exit 24B (except for the Exit 24A stack)
  • The freeway would be 4 lanes (2+2) between U.S. 81 & Kilpatrick Turnpike, and 6 lanes (3+3) from the Kilpatrick to I-44

Saturday, February 6, 2010

OKC-Tahlequah recap

One week later than scheduled, I took a roadtrip today to Tahlequah. I am typing this from Muskogee, where I am staying the night. Pictures will be uploaded to Flickr when I return home tomorrow.

I-235 South to I-40 East to U.S. 69 North to U.S. 62 East to OK 10 North to Scenic U.S. 412 West to OK 82 South to Keys to OK 82 North & then back to Muskogee after sunset

A few notes from today's trip:
  • Signs on Interstate 40 between Interstate 35 North & the Oklahoma-Pottawattomie County line have been replaced. The new signs are in Clearview. I am glad these signs finally got replaced, as many of them have been around since the freeway was built. I am not so glad that they were replaced with Clearview, but I guess that is a "sign" of the times.
  • As part of the above sign replacement project, the error signs that said "Sunny Lane Road" instead of "Sunnylane Road" have been replaced. The new signs say the correct "Sunnylane Road".
  • An old button copy BGS, complete with a button copy OK 165 shield, remains in place on U.S. 62 East in Muskogee
  • OK 412A is not signed at all from either direction of Scenic U.S. 412.
  • The 4-way stop at Scenic U.S. 412 & OK 82 in Locust Grove has been replaced with a stoplight
  • OK 10 is not signed very well along its duplex with U.S. 62 in Cherokee County between the Cherokee-Muskogee County line and the Tahlequah bypass
  • The U.S. 62/U.S. 69 duplex in northwest Muskogee is now 7 lanes (3 lanes each direction + a center turn lane)
Tomorrow, we plan on driving home via OK 16, ALT U.S. 75, and OK 33.


Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Odds & ends & winter weather

Hello all,

It has been almost a month since I last blogged. Not too much has gone on in that month. I did finish writing picture captions from the San Antonio Trip. I had a trip to Tulsa & Tahlequah planned for this past weekend, but due to the winter weather, I had to cancel it. That makes 2 trips in the past 6 weeks that I have had to cancel due to winter weather! Of course, in the weeks between the cancelled trips, the weather was nice. But I can't control the weather, so all I can do is move on.

I am planning on making a trip to Lubbock on February 20 for a Southern Gospel concert. Hopefully the weather will cooperate so I can make this trip. I will also be making a trip to Clinton, OK, on February 28 for another concert.

This past Sunday, I compiled a map of all counties I have been in. You can access that map by clicking here. I have been in 37.1% (or 1166 of 3141) of the counties in the United States. Not too bad for a 26-year-old.

I have also created a Facebook fan page for OKRoads. That page can be accessed here.

That is all I have for today. See y'all later, and drive safely.


Monday, January 4, 2010

Back to the ol' grind

The San Antonio Trip concluded yesterday after 2,315 miles of driving in 8 days.

Saturday, we drove from San Antonio to Wichita Falls via Loop 1604, I-10, U.S. 83, and U.S. 277. Highlights from this day include getting to experience the 80 mph speed limit on I-10 in Texas and driving a brand new stretch of the Kell Freeway in Wichita Falls.

Sunday, we drove from Wichita Falls to OKC. I got a few pictures of freeways in the Wichita Falls area (ie. U.S. 281, U.S. 287, & Spur 325).

The next major roadtrip has been planned but will not be announced until a later date. The trip will allow me to enter my 44th state. I will leave you with that. :D