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Just a good old fashioned roadgeeking trip

2020 as we all know has been a year unlike any other.   A number of planned trips for my family and for work have obviously been shelved.   So what can cure that itch to get out and explore.  For me, it was a simple four and a half hour loop north of my home.  
This was for me a good old fashioned roadgeek trip - an explore trip on some roads I hadn't checked out before.  In addition to checking out a few towns along some roads I have been on.  No expectations but the hope of discovering some new things and learn about them.
Route: Local Roads to NC 3 , NC 801, US 601, US 64, NC 901, NC 115, local roads home.
Part of the goal for the trip was to hopefully get additional towns and communities for the Carolina Crossroads project.  Fortunately, the trip didn't disappoint.  For the entire set on flickr - head here.

Bear Poplar was one of the more interesting community names.  Just down the road from here was a nice surprise.  The Mount Ulla community barn quilt is posted on the side o…
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California State Route 222; the unsigned State Highway connecting Talmage to the Redwood Highway

In this California Highway article we examine the history of California State Route 222 between Ukiah and Talmage in Mendocino County.


California State Route 222 ("CA 222") is a two mile State Highway which connects from US Route 101/Redwood Highway in Ukiah east via Talmage Road to the community of Talmage.  CA 222 notably isn't signed with reassurance shields but does include Post Mile paddles.  CA 222 has a surprisingly long history which is rooted in serving Mendocino State Hospital.



Part 1; the history of California State Route 222 and Mendocino State Hospital

The origin of CA 222 traces back to 1925 when Legislative Route Number 70 ("LRN 70") between Ukiah and Mendocino State Hospital was adopted into the State Highway System.  The original definition of LRN 70 was; "LRN 1 (future US 101) near Ukiah to the west line grounds of Mendocino State Hospital."  LRN 70 according to CAhighways.org was stated to have originated from LRN 1 2,446 feet south o…