Sunday, March 29, 2009

Schmap Follow-Up

Well, after contacting Schmap and advising them of their error, I received a reply:

Thanks for taking the time to point out this error - it's
really appreciated. I'll make sure your photo doesn't
proceed to our final selection phase.

For our future guides the best way for us to find your
photos is to have them on Flickr with correct tags.


Emma Williams

So, are they accusing me of having my photos improperly tagged? Personally, I would think a Louisiana highway sign would be a big clue that the photo isn't from St. Louis, but I suppose I could be wrong.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Things That Make You Go "Hmmmm"

I received a message a few days ago from someone representing Schmap wanting to use one of my Flickr photos for a St Louis area visitors guide. Sadly, there would be no money in it and they would have rights to my photo for as long as they chose to use it. So, I rejected their request.

I never could figure out why they wanted to use a photo from Louisiana for a St Louis Visitor's Guide.

JCT 425 15

Seriously, does this look like Missouri to you?

Sunday, March 08, 2009

Buckle Up (OR ELSE!)

Seat Belts Required

If you're travelling along Arkansas's Highways anytime after July 1st, make sure you've buckled your seat belt. Arkansas' Governor has signed into law a requirement that all motorists must be buckled up. That's old new there since that's been around for a number of years. What is new is not being buckled up will now be a Primary Offense rather than a Secondary Offense. Before now, the police could cite you for not wearing your safety belt, but only if you were stopped for another offense. The new law means the police can stop you simply for not being buckled up.

Lest you think it's all about safety, it isn't. The federal government is giving Arkansas an additional $9.5 million in highway funds for passing this measure. Now, while Arkansas could use the money for various construction projects (including I-49), I disagree with forcing the issue with buckling your safety belt. Now, I've always worn mine... it was ingrained into me at a young age. But I know several folks who never wear theirs. If you want to wear it, fine. If not, that's your prerogative. However, I object to the state not only forcing you to wear it, but also to allowing the police to stop you simply for not wearing it. Does that mean they can stop me if they suspect, even if I am wearing it? This sounds too much like "Big Brother".

Change of Plans?

There may be a change in plans for my trip to Mississippi this coming week. Originally, I planned to travel US 71 to Shreveport, then US 80 to Jackson, MS. My return trip was intended to be US 190 to Baton Rouge then old US 71 back to Arkansas (including a possible ride on the Melville Ferry).
Well, all of that may have changed. After consulting with a couple more road scholars (or road geeks if you prefer) I am tentatively changing my routing to US 61 between Memphis and Vicksburg, then US 80 to Jackson. I've clinched almost all of US 80 between Jackson and Meridian, so Vicksburg to Jackson would complete that circuit.

Why the change? A couple reasons:
#1 Since my return trip will probably be via US 71, there will be less redundancy.
#2 The information I've recently received seems to indicate more things to see along US 61 than US 80 (including major construction, old alignments, etc).

So it looks like it will be US 61 on the trip south , preceded, in part, by a drive down US 70. If I get an early enough start, maybe I'll stop for a look at the old Harahan Bridge.

As I said, my return trip is likely to be old US 71 from Baton Rouge
(now LA 77, LA 10 from Baton Rouge to Lebeau), but I may detour to finish US 49 in Mississippi. Last year I completed everything north of Wiggins, so this year I want to complete the rest of the route (though I'm normally not one to clinch a highway just for the sake of clinching). Of course, that's 2 weeks away so my plans may change yet again. I only get to this area around once a year, so I want to see as much as I can in the few days I have available.

If you see a green minivan with a yellow SCA sticker, won't you stop and say "hi"? ;)