1st Cross Country Lady
EXIT Of The DAY: EXIT 101b I-4s To: Heathrow, Florida
This is what you would hear if you had the RoadSpoke app and drove past this Exit:
Off this Exit is the AAA National Headquarters. Triple A may be considered the mother of all RoadTrippers. Or not. That honor really belongs to a plucky housewife from New Jersey named Alice Huyler Ramsey.
On a Saturday in August 1909, 59 days after starting in New York, Alice Ramsey drove off a ferry into San Francisco. She thus became the first woman to drive a motor car across the United States.
The Hackensack native discovered that the lack of suitable roads made the adventure more similar to a trip by gold seekers in the days of ’49 than it did to modern day travelers. Only 152 of the 3600 miles was paved.
Despite this, Newspapers remarked on the good shape of her Maxwell car. It was dusty but clean. They said it was not battered and scarred but showed that it had received treatment "much more considerate than would have given by a man."
Still, Ramsey had it right when she said, "Good driving has nothing to do with sex. It's all above the collar.” As for the transcontinental trip itself, articles described the machine climbing steep grades, crawling roads made from goop, extracting the machine from an irrigation ditch, suffering multiple blow outs and the necessity of driving as much as possible alongside the railroad tracks of the Transcontinental Union Pacific in order not to lose contact with civilization.
Other than the tracks, Ramsey used maps provided by Triple A. She needed the best horse trails wide enough for car travel.
By the time she had reached Sacramento, Alice was leading a parade of vehicular well-wishers who followed in her dust. They honked to announce her extraordinary feat.
Remarkably it is very difficult to imagine how stone aged vehicle travel was just a few generations ago. In 1960 she was named Woman Motorist of the Century by Triple A and she would live until 1983.
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The George (& Martha) Washington Bridge
The EXIT of the DAY is a Bridge
Ok RoadTrippers, now time for some humor — some Construction Worker Humor. But first the Fast Facts: you are now crossing the George Washington Bridge high above the Hudson River. The Bridge is anchored to the bedrock which constitutes the Hudson River Palisades -- sheer cliffs carved by the river's flow over millions of years. The bridge links New York to New Jersey.
Originally built in 1931 as a single span, construction workers later added an underneath level in 1962.
The Construction workers nicknamed the underneath level “The Martha Washington Bridge” for George’s wife Martha. George, of course, is on top.
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