I connected with the section of US-62 that I was on last month so now have
now driven about a third of the route. Today went through the middle of
Ohio to Georgetown, Kentucky. Barns & bridges.
I hooked up with the section of US-62 that I first drove in May and again
found it enjoyable. I saw a remarkable museum that I missed before and
drove about fifteen miles away from Sixty-Two to check out something a
coyote hunter recommended. Ate at an old gas station and ended the day in
I started down Sixty-Two after a really cool boat ride. Shuffling out of
Buffalo wasn't that pretty at all but things got better. The day ended
with music on the streets of Warren, PA.
The personal portion of this road trip got started today. I decided to
stop off in Corning, NY, and stop short of Niagara. The Corning part
worked but I ended up going all the way to the falls.
A regular work day but the commute was bit nicer than expected.
A delayed departure and its complications resulted in an idle afternoon in
Williamsport. I hit the Little League Museum, of course.
As recently as a month ago, US 62 held no particular meaning for me. Then
I followed it across the Pennsylvania-Ohio line after checking out a bit
of US-6 and really enjoyed it. Next, I used a stretch in Kentucky to
complete a driving loop and I enjoyed that even more. This 2-and-0 streak
prompted me to take notice of Route 62 and realize that it may be the only
even numbered US highway to touch both Canada and Mexico. As an even
numbered US highway, it must run east and west and it does cover more
ground east & west than north & south as it connects Niagara
Falls, New York, with El Paso, Texas. Its path on a map is a diagonal
slash across the country rather like that of old US-66. Some even numbered
US routes touch both coasts and several have one end at an ocean with the
other at some inland point. Others both begin and end well inside the
country. But US-62 touches no ocean yet keeps right on going just as far
as the US of A does.
But this wasn't what made my two drives memorable. It was the road's
scenery and its... Well, I guess, its "curviness". I took notice
of those two stretches because they twisted enough to be enjoyable without
being either a chore or frightening. A map gives the impression that there
might be some more bits like this along the route.
It was a business trip that lead to that PA-US Route 62 experience and a
similar one is at hand. I had actually thought of visiting Niagara on that
earlier outing until eGroup members suggested US 6. Another eGroup member,
Russell, expressed a desire to cover all of Sixty-Two and called it
"the poor man's US-66". With all that going for it, how could I
not plan a US-62 drive from Niagara when an opportunity came along?