Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Singer/Songwriter Aprylle Gilbert Runs Coast to Coast on US Route 6 To Raise Money for Kids; Follow Her Progress

U.S. Route 6 Coast-to-Coast for Kids

Follow one woman’s courageous fund raising event for disadvantaged youth as she runs from coast
to coast along the entire length of historic Route 6 beginning in Long Beach, CA and ending in
Provincetown, MA.

Aprylle Gilbert is an extreme-distance endurance runner from the San Francisco Bay
area. She is best known as a singer-song writer and author, one of the top folk-rock musicians in the Bay

After an May 7, 2015 Hollywood kick-off concert at Hollywood House of Blues, Gilbert will launch a national
charity fund-raising event. Beginning in Long Beach on May 11, 2015, Gilbert’s Charity Challenge Run will
traverse the entire 3,652 miles of historic (old) Route 6, running 30-50 miles per day.

Aprylle is passionate about raising awareness (and money) for disadvantaged young people. Aprylle’s Coastto-
Coast for Kids run was conceived as a way of supporting youth activism by helping Washington United
Youth Center in San Jose improve their after-school programs that build confidence, self-esteem and
leadership skills in local, underserved kids. She encourages “Public Charities” along the 6 to use this special
event to help their own local youth organizations.

Since then, the vision has matured into a way of building a network for community activism across the nation
by challenging like-minded athletes to raise money for local charities by running with Aprylle for a portion of
the distance. However, she will slow to a walk for those families with children who would like to join her.

Coast-to-Coast for Kids is planned in cooperation with the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association (www.route6tour.com) and
Catholic Charities’ Washington United Youth Center, San Jose, CA. (www.CatholicCharitiesSCC.org/washingtonunitied-

You can follow Aprylle via GPS by visiting
Web-site: www.Aprylle.com

Live Tracking: After May 11, Gilbert’s progress can be tracked on live GPS feed on www.Aprylle.com
Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/pages/Aprylle/160874516394
Fund-raising: www.crowdrise.com/coasttocastforkids/fundraiser/AprylleG
Chariity Run
Joiin the Team
Become an active member of the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association,
a Not-for-profit IRS 501 (c) (3) “Public Charity”

Fed. ID: 91-2136205

Friday, May 1, 2015

Wild Turkey Smashes Through Truck Window on Route 6, Brewster MA

Pygmy Goats, and now Wild Turkeys? What's going on on US Route 6?

From BOSTON WCVB Channel 5:

Wild turkey crashes through truck windshield in Brewster

Driver suffers cuts, turkey runs into woods

UPDATED 6:01 AM EDT May 01, 2015
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BREWSTER, Mass. —A wild turkey crashed into and through the windshield of a truck and ended up in the passenger cabin with the driver.
The turkey flew into the small truck on Route 6 in Brewster Thursday and then escaped from the truck and ran into the woods.
The driver suffered minor cuts and bruises.   Wild turkeys have become a problem for drivers in the area, officials said.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Pygmy Goats Invade Route 6

Some headlines are just too weird to pass up. Found this one today in Google Alerts, and, well, you can imagine my bemusement. I'd hardly call nine to 13 goats an "invasion," but ANY Pygmy Goat sighting is definitely out of the ordinary on a federal highway. I love the fact that there's a road in Wyalusing named Bowling Alley Rd. And that it took these little goats over a month to roam just one mile.

Here's the accompanying article in its entirety. 

Pygmy Goats Invade Route 6

A number of people have been recently spotting a group of pygmy goats that have been roaming along Route 6 and the area near PenMart and Bowling Alley Road in Wyalusing Township. It is believed between nine and 13 of the goats escaped from the Wyalusing Livestock Market over a month ago, which is just one-mile down the highway.

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, a US Route 6 City, Named One of 52 Places to Visit in 2015 by New York Times

US Route 6 runs right down the center of this up and coming Great Lakes city. Named by today's New York Times as "One of 52 Places to Visit" in the world,  I was privy to the fact that Cleveland is one fantastic place way back in the summer of 2011, when I wrote THIS.

Cleveland, OH
Congrats to Cleveland and all other 51 spots mentioned! 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

120 Miles from Smethport to Linesville, PA on US Route 6

WHY GO: Right on PA Route 6, Monster Truck driver, Joey Sylvester, made his World Record Jump in northwestern PA at the annual Cornfield 500. That should give you some idea of recreation in this seldom visited region of this long state. You’ll also find an old-fashioned rambling inn/dinner theater and some massive penitentiaries of fish (I’d say “schools,” but these carp are disgusting and rude) in a tourist spot where “ducks walk on the fish”. You’ll be on the Ohio State line when you end this drive, and can make the decision to head two hours to Cleveland or just another hour to Erie for some Great Lakes R&R.

120 Miles from Smethport to Linesville, PA on US Route 6

PA US Route 6
Barnside Sign on PA US Route 6
From Smethport, venture west 28 miles through the tiny rural communities ofPreston, Ludlow, Sheffield, and Clarendon then on to the relatively large city ofWarren (pop. 40,000), marked by a huge oil refinery on its Eastern end and the Allegheny River that arcs through downtown. With a Historic Downtown District (on the National Register of Historic Places), Warren is also home to Blair Corporation– one of the largest catalog companies in the world. The legacy of driven, industrious Pennsylvanian, John Blair, who in 1910 started his company by selling trademarked rubberized black raincoats to undertakers, Blair Corp. has grown into a billion dollar purveyor of elastic-waist leisure-ware.
Cornfield 500
It’s another 28 miles to the Miller’s place in Columbus, PA. Self-professed “Professional Rednecks,” Sabrena and Blair Miller got married on CMT’s My Big Redneck Wedding and founded what is now considered to be a premier international Monster Truck Competition, the Cornfield 500, held every Labor Day weekend on their property. (Joe Sylvester accomplished his 237ft. World Record jump – in his truck, Bad Habit – at the 2013 Cornfield 500). If you are traveling at the end of the summer and find yourself in a traffic jam in this very rural region of Pennsylvania, this is why; the Cornfield 500 draws over 20,000 monster truck fans for that one weekend a year. Check here for the rest of the post on Getaway Mavens.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Getaway Mavens Cover PA US Route 6: Wellsboro to Smethport PA

WHY GO: This 70 mile stretch of PA’s US Route 6 takes you back the kind of vacation you might have experienced in your long-ago childhood. Drive through rolling, emerald hills- very much like those of the Blue Ridge Parkway: Each twist and turn offers stunning views, and every once in awhile a slice of small town life. You’ve reached the eastern border of the PA Wilds and the Allegheny National Forest that theMavens covered HERE.

Wellsboro to Smethport on US Route 6 in PA

PA Grand Canyon, Colton Point SP
Pine Creek Gorge, PA’s Grand Canyon, Colton Point SP
STOP: About 11 miles west of Wellsboro, turn left off of Route 6 onto Forest Rd. It’s a 5-mile detour (10 mile roundtrip) to see the 47-mile-long and 1,000 ft. deep Pine Creek Gorge known as The Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania. Not as vast as its western counterpart, and far greener, it is certainly worth the extra 20 minutes for the exceptional vistas.
For More about this stretch of PA, consult Getaway Mavens at: http://www.getawaymavens.com/70-miles-wellsboro-smethport-us-route-6-pa/

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Iowa's "Highway 6" is Ready for It's Closeup (in June 2015)

15 in '15: 'River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6'

Date and location to be announced
Moline documentary filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle turn their attention to the winding U.S. highway's stretch from Davenport to Council Bluffs, Iowa, including how the two-lane interstate predecessor played a part in the lives of Bonnie and Clyde, Jesse James, Nancy Drew and Jack Kerouac. The Rundles' first dramatic effort, "Sons and Daughters of Thunder," is scheduled to debut in the fall.