Private Railroad Cars

Years back when I started flight lessons to obtain my private pilot’s license I didn’t believe many hobbies could exceed the cost, aside from Richard Branson style activities like ballooning the world or circling the globe in fancy boats. Everything I’ve done in between and since: commercial flying and travel, Spanish lessons, skiing, biking and…

Ortega Highway

California Highway 74, or the Ortega Highway, is a thread of winding road passing through and over the Santa Ana Mountains to Lake Elsinore and the Temecula Valley. I road tripped this Sunday morning, starting in San Juan Capistrano. After a few housing developments the road gains altitude, and becomes desolate and steep after Nichols…

Public Transportation Tip for May 4, 2009

I guess I should be pleased at this because it keeps the swine flu at bay, but I really don’t understand why people who ride Denver’s light rail trains insist on bunching up at the doorways and in the stairwell.  (Bike guy excepted of course.) There’s often plenty of room throughout the car, and standing in front of…

California High Speed Rail

California is a great place. Living in California is also great, provided you work in or within three miles of your home. I was a Los Angeleno for five years. But eventually decided I didn’t want to spend my existence in a car, so I moved back to Colorado. Now I can bike most everywhere,…

Netherlands Roads and Highways

For roadgeeks and those interested in signage and infrastructure… These were taken while driving up the A10 / E22 motorway from Amsterdam en route to Bolsward, Freisland. The drive is only 120 kilometers. After the Amsterdam suburbs in North Holland the motorway passes through farmlands while bypassing small towns. The Afsluitdijk (dike,) connects Noord Holland…

Interstate 80

I haven’t driven this stretch in over 10 years when I moved to Denver from Michigan. Back then I would drive the full 1,200 miles straight through with numbing exhaustion setting right in around the most congested areas of Chicago and Indiana. Not one of my wiser moves in life. Along with the Iowa 80…

Glenwood Canyon Photos

For my friends and strangers over at misc.transport.road – some photos of interstate 70 as it winds Glenwood Canyon, Colorado. I haven’t visited or posted to this group in a while, but there is a usenet board full of folks who are interested in roads, highways, and general infrastructure. If you’ve ever wondered about arcane…

Union Station

Union Station is the terminus of the C, E and H light rail lines. At the west end of downtown is Union Station, which is on par for a major redesign as it becomes the hub for the Fastracks plan, which will expand rail services to the west and north surburbs, as well as the…