A blog dedicated to the pursuit of all roads in the United States except Interstates
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Christiansburg Wayside, Routes 460/11 VA
Before interstate highways were built in Virginia, the state opeated a system of "waysides" on most of the primary highways. These were similar to the rest areas that you find on Interstates today. I remember seeing a few of them as a child. Most of them no longer have restrooms, but they still have picnic tables. This is the Christiansburg Wayside on US Routes 460 and 11 just north of the town of Christiansburg. It's perched at the top of Christiansburg Mountain, and hence on top of the Eastern Continental Divide. Interstate 81 takes ten miles to ascend Christiansburg Mountain. 460/11 makes the climb in about one mile. It's steep, but I've seen steeper hills.
I love to travel blue highways, or older roads off the Interstates. I'm retired and have plenty of time to pursue this. While traveling these roads, I fit in my other two passions: hiking and railroads. (you can't exactly stop on the Interstate to watch a train go by.) I try to take my drives as if I were still in the golden age of motor travel, like the family vacations of my youth. Whenever I travel, I attempt the recreate these sorts of trips as much as possible. I'm always on the lookout for artifacts from the time when car travel was much more relaxed: Stuckeys, Howard Johnsons, Hornes. I rarely drive more than 200 or 250 miles a day.
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