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 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.
There’s a movie coming out this November that features everybody’s favorite 13-mile stretch of abandoned highway. The abandoned Pennsylvania Turnpike was used as a major filming location for The Road due its post-apocalyptic appearance and relative isolation. Look at slides #6 and #4 of the USA Today slideshow, and you’ll see the eastern portal of the Rays Hill tunnel and the bend as they approach one of the tunnels, respectively.