Thursday, April 03, 2014

US Hwy 70: Beginning At The End

In the sleepy little coastal town of Atlantic, NC, a single sign indicates the terminus of US Highway 70: “End”

There’s no corresponding “Begin” sign facing the opposite direction, as if to assume that nobody would begin the route here.

Also absent is any sign about the opposite terminus that one sees on other cross-country routes. Nothing to note that Globe, AZ, is some 2,385 miles away.

Beyond imagination would be a sign to inform travelers that US70 was once called the “Broadway of America” due to its status as one of the main east–west thoroughfares in the nation.

Thus, I find myself beginning at the end with little fanfare, but eager to embark on yet another cross-country expedition.

The area is appropriately coastal in feeling, with vast marshlands frequently punctuated by various fishing marinas, seaside communities, beaches and the like. I’m thankful to be here well ahead of the season, when it is evident the area will be overrun by weekenders, tourists, etc.

As usual, I know practically nothing about the route I will drive, except for what it looks like on the map. I now know the first few miles are a rural two-lane, yielding to a divided highway as it heads inland. After that, your guess is as good as mine... Stay tuned!

Click here to see exactly where I am posting this from on Google Maps.

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