The Triple-C one-day all-day road trip to Centralia and Concrete City is set for Saturday, September 25, with an alternate weather date of of Saturday, October 2. You can see all the details on the event page. If you plan on attending, please RSVP via Facebook so we know how many to expect for the carpool. Hope to see you there!
Ever since I discovered the abandoned turnpike three years ago (has it been that long? Really?), I’ve received a steady stream of inquiries about going there. If enough people are interested, I’d like to organize a group trip within the next few weeks. This will be a fairly simple day hike on what is more or less paved road. You don’t need any hiking or backwoods experience, but a pair of good, comfortable sneakers will be a lifesaver (PROTIP from personal experience: do not wear hiking boots).
This past weekend I grabbed some friends and ventured west to re-visit the abandoned turnpike. As you may recall from my previous posts, the abandoned turnpike is hands-down my favorite nugget of bizarre Pennsylvania history. And ever since I learned that scenes for the film adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s The Road had been filmed along the abandoned ‘pike, I’ve yearned to go back. But, work being what it is, I haven’t had enough free time to return. So with the decent weather about to run out, I cleared my calendar and trekked up this past Saturday.
As mentioned in some of my previous posts, Pennsylvania has a very unique bit of history about 90 minutes west of here. Nestled between Breezewood and the Sideling Hill travel plaza, a 16-mile-long segment of the Pennsylvania Turnpike has been abandoned since 1966. The roadway, complete with two large tunnels, cuts through the mountains like a four-lane concrete snake, all but forgotten by most. So I was pretty ecstatic to find this video on YouTube. Enjoy:
As the official representative* of Pennsylvania’s Abandoned Turnpike, I decided to take advantage of the recent snowfall, chilly temperatures, and “low” gas prices to make another trek out to Breezewood. In typical fashion, my plans to leave at 8am wound up becoming my plans to leave at 11am, which means I left around 12:30pm. But despite the declining light, and with the help of a family of dogs, I managed to pull off a few decent shots. Click any picture to enlarge, or view the full album here.