USA - Washington D.C. - leaving DC heading on the US 50 to Fairfax

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©junebug on September 8, 2008

Klasse Foto von der Route 66, Michael! Gruß, Anne

®mene on September 9, 2008

lol... ob das die "klassische Route 66" ist bezweifle ich ja. Die geht, glaube ich, weiter westlich durch...

gruss michel

Cinza on March 9, 2009

This photo is definitely not of I-66 which is very different. In this area I-66 is eight lanes separated by a median strip and, as an Interstate, has no intersections or lights. This area looks very familiar, much like parts of U.S. 50 in Fairfax, but I cannot place it exactly. If I could read the intersecting street sign I could place the photo for you.

I-66 and the "classical" Route 66 running from Chicago to Santa Monica are entirely different roads. That historic Route 66 is no longer even marked on most maps.

I-66 only runs from Arlington Virginia at the Potomac to meet I-81 in the Shenandoah Valley at 39.0078° -78.2985°.

®mene on March 10, 2009

Hi Cinza, thank you very much for that hint. You are pretty much right with that... i also thought that is not at the place i posted it. Maybe it just happened by accident.

It really was on our way to the Shenandoah Valley and Front Royal. We passed the NRA Buildng on our way from Arlington. For that there is a junction with triffic lights i.e. that must be an other place - probably more on the countryside?

Just give me a better hint and i'correct that. ok?


Cinza on March 10, 2009

If you can read that street sign in the original photo and get the name I can probably pin it down quickly. I am looking anyway. It is hauntingly familiar, then it is also fairly typical of many places along the larger roads in Arlington and Fairfax counties. That looks like an overpass beyond the lights and then a big overpass with ramps at the top of the hill. I am looking at intersections with the Beltway, I-495.

I took many film photos back in the days when I traveled the world more and am slowly recovering the positions of the ones I cannot quickly identify. As a person working in mapping and charting I usually knew the general location. Some, taken along the coasts or back roads are really difficult though. I've sometimes thought of posting a few dozen here to seek local help.

®mene on March 18, 2009

Hi Cinza, that picture turned my mind again and i scanned the complete way from D.C. to Front Royal. I did not see that place where i took the shot. ... Damn...

Unfortunetly i can not read the road sign too even when getting a close up.

But i have some pictures before that one. We crossed the Theodore Roosevelt Mem. bridge and drove the I-66. On that way we crossed the National Rifle Assoc. Building and i used the same camera to take the shots.

Later that day i'll post the pictures and name them with the DateTime stamp in eachs title. ...

Maybe you can identify a more excatly position... ?

regards... michael

®mene on March 18, 2009

ok, Cinza ... here we go:

I posted that part of pictures we took whilst driving out of D.C. Starting on Roosevelt Mem.Bridge at 150502. The last one we took when pasing the NRA buidling at 15:32:06

Each is named by a (ISO)Timestamp:

20080705 150502 means 07/05/2008 15:05:02

lets have a look... if you like to help identify that place ... :))


Cinza on March 19, 2009

Ok. That photo has been bothering me because it looks so familiar and I cannot nail it down by "cruising" likely roads in Google Earth. Since Street View coverage not getting much beyond the Beltway (I-495) it is all straight overhead.

I'm looking at your new sequence now and will leave a comment that can later be deleted with positions about which I am certain.

Cinza on March 19, 2009

Ok, got them all pretty well nailed down. You came out US-50 from Constitution Ave. in D.C. and, since you passed Seven Corners you had only two ways to get onto I-66 for the NRA building view:

Beltway (I-495) or, I'd guess more likely, Chain Bridge Road (VA 123) by way of 38.8639° -77.3075° that connects US-50/29 with I-66. The next direct connection would put you on I-66 west of the NRA view.

®mene on March 20, 2009

haha - pretty nice Cinza - thank you very much for that hints!

Of course i corrected that position as well as i did with the buena vista overview on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Indeed, our stay of 2 nights in D.C. caused me to keep in mind that we come back asap - hopefully in spring to see all the places we did not come around. Hard to believe but we only walked the Mall from GW-Memorial to Captol Hill but not the other direction .... LOL.

Later that year we will travel the U.S. again and agin the east. This time New England from NYC/Niagara/Lake Placid/White Mtn-Area/Northern Main/Boston.

To be honest: it was not a heavy work to convince me to decide that :))

cheerio ... michael

p.s. i really can not explain what was the reason for we took the US-50 instead of the I-66. Probably it happened what most families think about: one drive , the others gives the directions: here and here and here.... if not there.


Cinza on March 20, 2009

You did well to use US-50 instead of I-66. You saw more of the real Northern Virginia than on a limited access, sound barrier enclosed racetrack. Forty years ago you would have left Arlington and seen some rural areas once past that photo with the load limit sign.

Back in the sixties I considered Falls Church a fringe "town" when I visited from Maryland. Fairfax City was a small town among farms, including some nice horse farms. Back then, to catch flights out of Dulles, I'd take a shuttle bus from D.C. and hit farmland before crossing the four lanes of the Beltway and from then to Dulles I was in rural Virginia. Dulles itself sat in lonely splendor far out from any sign of an urban setting.

Your US-50 route took you past pockets of the old places that remain such as my Old Annandale shot. If you'd driven just beyond where I think you must have diverted to I-66 by way of 125 in Fairfax City you would have seen the 29 Diner--I think you turned at that traffic light in the background. You get no sense of that on I-66.

Cinza on March 20, 2009

That should have been "by way of 123 in Fairfax City" instead of 125. I'd guess you must have turned here (38.8585° -77.3073°) unless you did take the Beltway to I-66 in order to get that photo of the NRA. The diner is at 38.858° -77.3089°.

AWDishman on July 22, 2014

This is US Route 50 in Arlington VA @cinza

Cinza on July 23, 2014

Yes, where it is mapped.

®mene on July 23, 2014

...was a nice pice of work to recognize that :)

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  • Uploaded on September 5, 2008
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    by ®mene
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX Optio W20
    • Taken on 2008/07/05 15:13:38
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