Mark (mhaithaca) wrote,

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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