When You’re Sitting in Traffic on the Interstate

You think about things.

Interstate Route 78 headed east to NYC. Usually you’d be zipping along, doing sixty-five.

The giant lighted sign said INCIDENT AHEAD! Stop-go-stop -stop! You try to not feel frustrated. You’re not getting anywhere fast. You’re stuck. Trying to get to the Holland Tunnel.

“The drive west along I-78 across New Jersey is one of the most exceptional highway geology tours of North America” geologycafe.com (I was driving East on 78 but the rocks looked the same on either side.)

Years ago I read about the Geology along Interstate 80 in an essay in The New Yorker , north of my route. I thought of that piece when I saw these rocks.

There are signs warning “Falling Rock”.

John McPhee, author of In Suspect Terrain one of four volumes now combined in Pulitzer Prize winning book Annals of the Former World writes Human time, regarded in the perspective of geologic time, is much too thin to be observed: the mark invisible at the end of a ruler.”

The interstate leaves the Newark Basin and enters the Highlands of the Reading Prong. The next fifteen miles includes some of the most complex geology in the region. The road crosses sections of folded and faulted Precambrian rock, early Paleozoic sedimentary rocks, and additional outlier patches of Newark Basin rocks. Near exit 7 the interstate climbs Musconetong Mountain then drops” From the Geologycafe.com

You can’t pull over, stop your car and get out of to take a photo on an interstate but you can roll down your window when you’re stopped. a

nd think about just how old these rocks are.

In the winter it will be covered in ice

Columbus Skyline Captured by Jack

From the top floor of a hospital parking lot. Columbus, Ohio.  Jack (12) texted me his photograph from this vantage point. You know it pleases me when a grandchild sees something, takes a photograph and sends it to me. I told him he is honing his eye. He asked me, is that good?  Yes, it is.

Columbus Ohio Skyline

Doesn’t look too safe

My granddaughter Anna texted, “Doesn’t look too safe” with these three photos she took on Friday.

Seriously unsafe.

You might remember Anna’s guest blog of pick up full of mannequin legs     and another of a driver brushing his teeth.

I can see her taking the photo in the side mirror reflection.

Thanks for being the guest blogger today.

 

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Polk, Pennsylvania Street Name

I had to turn the car around and take a photograph when I read this street name.

Someone was creative in Venango County, Polk, PA.

Do you ever wonder who names the streets?

In the same zip code 16432- Frozen Toe Road, Riddle Street, Hells Kitchen Street, Rainbow Road, Broken Arrow Road,  Log Cemetery Road, Fishermans Cove, Gameland.

If you had a time machine, to what period of time would you travel?

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Rest Stop in Ohio- I had to pull in and get out and photograph

 

Sunday Night.  Along Route 70 Eastbound. The sunset.

It was the end of a beautiful day.

 

Ohio sunsetEven using the real camera cannot capture the beauty of the sunset. The pair of cars helps give perspective.  When you don’t live where it’s flat, you really notice the sky and the immensity.

Unexpected Signage at East Exit Motel and Street View Google Car in an Alley

Be the Change SignWilliam Penn Highway on the way to the crafts store Pat Catan’s in Murraysville.

After I bought the couple of items I needed, I had to drive and turn around and come back so I could photograph this sign.  There’s a median in the middle of the road and LOTS of traffic so it was a bit of an effort but I knew I wouldn’t be this way again in the near future.

This location is near the Pennsylvania Turnpike Entrance/Exit.

The motel is old school in appearance and it would be nice to include the sign AND the motel itself but too dangerous to shoot from the highway itself so pulled into their parking lot. There was a lot of truck traffic.

Here is a slice of the motel taken out the passenger window.

East Exit Motel

 
And then later in the afternoon what did I see in my neighborhood?

A GOOGLE car with a big camera mounted the top, driving down an alley way off of Bryant Street.

Collecting images for Street View? Here is information on how the photos are turned into Street View.

I don’t know.  You can sure see them coming. By the time I got the camera to my eye they were going.

Headed in a different direction.

I wonder how much the camera costs that is on the top of the car? I looked up LIDAR camera technology.

 

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Above view is the cropped version of the photograph below.

 

google car in alleyBy the way, that sky is a true blue sky which is rare in our city. They say we have just 59 sunny days a year.

Well, this was one of them.   Seriously hot, too.

Millbrae Way is the name of the alley shown and it’s near the historic marker of the Billy Eckstine home on Bryant Street. Born in 1914-Died- 1993.  I just went to look up his grave and he was cremated and ashes given to a family member. There are many famous graves in Pittsburgh.

How I went from the signage at the East Exit Motel, to Google camera car to famous people buried in Pittsburgh I’m not sure so will close and post.

Ellis Has To Miss His 60th Duquesne High School Reunion

This is Ellis whom I met in Cambridge Ohio. I thought he was selling eggs. Cambridge, OH on Interstate 70 is halfway between Pittsburgh and Columbus.

I’d pulled into a Cracker Barrel to buy a giant set of checkers and use the rest room.

We got to talking, he told me about the price range for the various brands of balls but I didn’t need any golf balls.

Turns out he was from my neck of the woods.  West Mifflin, McKeesport, Duquesne-  all in the Pittsburgh vicinity.

He will attend a niece’s wedding and unfortunately that’s the same day as his 60th reunion from high school.  Hope I got that all correct, sir.  Thank you.

Ellis and golf balls

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To give you a better perspective on his location- above is a crop of the photo below.

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