Captain’s Blog, Supplemental – Part 2

1. I have found the WORST. ON. RAMP. EVER. It was in Pennsylvania, where US 51 meets the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The Turnpike is one of the oldest superhighways in the country, and as such it’s narrow, has no median, has sharp turns and has a 55-mph speed limit. And lousy on ramps. The one from US 51 actually has a STOP sign at the bottom, and there is NO merge lane. You have to hit the turnpike from a standing start and accelerate to 55 – or however fast everyone is going – as quickly as you can while everyone else tries not to hit you.

2. Interagency Senior Passes are great. If you’re 62 or older, you pay $10 – once – for a pass that’ll get you into national parks, national monuments, and many other places where you would normally pay a fee – such as the Wright Brothers monument.

3. Sometimes traffic signals can get borked. While I was driving down US 158 today, I came upon some construction that limited a bridge to one lane. There was a temporary stop light at each end; I stopped at mine because it was red. When it turned green, I proceeded across the bridge – only to be met in the middle by another pickup also pulling a trailer. Since he showed no inclination to back up (I’m guessing his light turned green, too), I had to back up and try not to jackknife my trailer. I’m still not sure how, but I managed to back far enough that I could pull off on to an almost-nonexistent shoulder far enough that the other truck (and the car behind it) could get by. Not fun.

4. There’s an enterprise in Kitty Hawk called Kitty Hawk Kites, and one of the things they’ll let you try is a replica of the Wright glider (a precursor to their powered airplane). I just might put this on my bucket list.

5. I saw a 1960 Buick for sale at a lot called “Muscle Car Motors”. I think they have a loose definition of “Muscle Car.”

6. I also saw another flatfender Jeep for sale. It looked good as I sailed by at about 55 mph, but I didn’t stop to see how much they wanted.

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