Originally Posted by jen b
Neat! As a Pennsylvania nerd I love this stuff.
Have you ever been on the abandoned sections of the turnpike? THey're in Bedford county I believe.
Have I????? I am allowed to Boondock there on that 8.5 bike trail. Half the unfinished railroad grade is still there.
Some links to my forum on the Pike 2 Bike Trail
southpennraiload.freeforums.org • View forum - Test Forum 1
southpennraiload.freeforums.org • View topic - Pike 2 Bike Trail
How I got permission to camp on that abandoned turnpike is that in 2002 I was going through my DVD and found the entity that still owns it and they said to me when I called that "They were trying to get a hold of me" I said why and they replied that they were trying to get a $75,000 grant and that they were going to get it until a heated argument came up as to wether there was proof that a railroad was indeed involved in the history of that section of the old turnpike. Well WJAC out of Altoona was there and they decided to take a break to get the TV people out of that meeting because of how heated the topic got. Well while they were putting out the TV crews the idea came up to submit my research and when the meeting came back to order they showed as a slide show such as my DVDs are and they got the money.
Well they said they wanted to get a hold of me because without my research they would surely not have gotten the money and then some as the Department of Highways who is in charge of issuing these grants had $15,000 extra and said they should get that as well.
Well lets just say that my research was worth $90,000. What did I want in return ?? Just a camping spot for my work. Am I stupid or what????
I suppose I could have sued but why and for what. Every time I call they treat me well. They weren't able to keep the grant due to some wrong actions but they appreciated my work just the same. I have almost 15 years of friendship with people from the turnpike, state police and property owners that I feel like they are all great. Just love to share the history.