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Detour bonuses - Mark's Journal
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Detour bonuses
On my way back from my parents' house last Monday, Route 17 slowed to a standstill around Middletown. Luckily, I came to a stop right by the exit ramp at exit 121, and after we all sat there for about ten minutes, people started peeling off onto the ramp. I decided anywhere was better than where I was, and did the same. I found myself on I-84 westbound, and while my first thought was finding Old Route 17 and taking the back roads up a few exits and rejoining 17, I decided 84 to Scranton and then I-81 up would do fine.

Tunkhannock ViaductI quickly realized the bonus from the detour was that I could stop in Clarks Summit for lunch and hit the Waffle House, the closest to Ithaca, and perhaps grab some Krispy Kreme on the way out. I got off the highway there just as traffic was slowing down for that construction zone. So, after lunch I decided to continue up US 11 instead of going back to I-81. From Clarks Summit, the route back to I-81 if you go north instead of getting right back on the highway is several miles long, so I never do it, but this time I got the unexpected pleasure of seeing this viaduct spanning the Tunkhannock Valley. I shot right past the "scenic view" parking lot while staring up at the bridge, but turned around and parked for a few minutes to take some photos. This viaduct in the middle of rural Pennsylvania really reminds me of the stunning aqueduct in Segovia, Spain. I should scan my pictures of that.

The viaduct went into service in 1915 on the Delaware, Lackawanna & Western Railroad, spanning 2,375 feet, 240 feet above Tunkhannock Creek.

Oh, and the waffle was awesome. (The biscuits and sausage gravy was too salty.)
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pigglet27 From: pigglet27 Date: May 17th, 2009 08:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
I live at exit 130, next time wave as you go by!
kaitl From: kaitl Date: May 17th, 2009 08:44 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sounds like a fabulous detour! :)
aregulardyke From: aregulardyke Date: May 17th, 2009 09:31 pm (UTC) (Link)
Perfect time of spring to take a scenic long-way-home detour ... the tree leaves are all *the* best color of green :-)

hojo1690 From: hojo1690 Date: May 18th, 2009 02:47 am (UTC) (Link)
I was blown away the first time I saw that viaduct. It's amazing!
brazenredhead From: brazenredhead Date: May 18th, 2009 05:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Waffle House is my FAVORITE.

It breaks my heart there's none on the west coast.
sthenos From: sthenos Date: May 18th, 2009 10:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Waffle House.....

I love unexpected monuments while on a road trip.

BTW.... I think your brother has a chair for me, but I'm out of ideas as to how to get it from NYC to my place, as I don't have a big enough car and don't know when I'll be able to get down there. Any ideas?
mhaithaca From: mhaithaca Date: May 19th, 2009 04:59 am (UTC) (Link)

I don't know what kind of chair we're talking about, but could it be strapped to the roof of a car? Or do you need someone with an SUV or pickup truck? (Like, ferinstance, your parents.)
sthenos From: sthenos Date: May 19th, 2009 10:42 am (UTC) (Link)
It's a chair and footstool so I should probably ask them :-/. I'm gonna ask around to see who can make it to NYC and maybe I can go too.
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