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Zigzagging a State Line.

Michigan and Ohio are border states. Loving state welcome-to signs, I got the crazy idea of driving west to east along the border one evening and turning on one north/south road after another to capture the signs and scenery.

I reached the border from the north on a major two-lane road, U.S. Highway 127 in the beautiful countryside.

Michigan, Ohio state line

Michigan, Ohio state line

Slightly to the east, I wandered onto numerous secondary roads. On all of them I checked out, there weren’t welcome-to signs, just a sign signifying what county was being entered.

Michigan, Ohio state line

Michigan, Ohio state line

I also noticed the difference in pavement as you crossed into a different state. Sometimes you’ll notice it when you cross into a different county within the same state. I’m barely in Michigan in this shot.

Michigan, Ohio state line

In this border crossing case, it went from a dirt road in Michigan, to pavement in Ohio. Who’s that guy taking the photos haha?! 🙂

Michigan, Ohio state line

Michigan, Ohio state line

The west to east road in the area, was named State Line Road. What are the odds?

Michigan, Ohio state line

The welcome-to signage will not always be the same between major roads, as is the case with this green sign when entering Ohio.

Michigan, Ohio state line

Going further east, on what becomes M-52 north, your still in the beautiful countryside and the welcome-to signage is decorated with blooming flowers. Love capturing the blue sky, a barn, a silo or other objects in signage shots.

Michigan, Ohio state line

The Michigan/Ohio land border ends at Lake Erie to the east in the urban Toledo area. A lot more people will see these Michigan and Ohio welcome-to signs around Toledo then the others because they’re on the interstate. In this case U.S. 23.

Michigan, Ohio state line

Michigan, Ohio state line

For good measure, I captured some shots of welcome-to signs in a more urban setting. I liked the countryside backdrops better.

Michigan, Ohio state line

It was a great evening zigzagging the Michigan/Ohio state line capturing all the welcome-to signs and backdrops behind. I look forward to doing it again, with different states as the participants. What experiences in your travels do you have in regards to welcome-to signs? Any ideas of interaction I should have with them like jumping?

The Wonderful World of Travel Signs.

Travel signs. You see them when your driving, biking, hiking or taking a walk. You see them on the highway, on a two-lane road in the country, in the big city. You see them at parks, beaches and everywhere else imaginable. I’ve been fascinated with these travel signs as long as I can remember. On family road trips, I’d watch the exit numbers on the freeway go up, waiting eagerly for the next sign indicating how many miles it was to the next big town or city, wondering what the difference was between green, blue and brown signs.

I don’t know what kind of sign is better than a welcome-to sign, whether you’re entering into a new village, town, city, state, province or even country. When I am somewhere, for the first time especially, I’m thinking a new place equals new possibilities. More and more towns and places are putting up elaborate welcome-to signs to try to showcase their place. To this day when driving north or south on I-75 I get goose bumps when I see the welcome-to state signs especially Georgia when going south and Michigan when driving north.

Welcome to Georgia
Welcome to Michigan
Welcome to Tennessee
Welcome to New York
Welcome to Coromandel Peninsula - New Zealand

Highway Signs. Numbers everywhere. Some questions you might be thinking: How can I be on a road that has four different highway designations one northbound, another west, yet another something else. Which way am I really going? How can I be turning onto a road going east off of a road going east? I’m on HWY-32, when did that happen? In all honesty, the more numbers, highways, confusion there is, the better I like it. Lot’s of numbers and lot’s of places to explore. The photo I took of Georgia State Route 141 below caught my attention because I noticed the gas price in the picture of $2.38. I took this last year. Boy those were the days! Ohio State Route 2 is part of the Lake Erie circle tour. There is a circle tour for each of the Great Lakes, which I highly recommend going on. So scenic. I’ve done the Erie, Michigan and Huron circle tours so far.

Georgia Highway 141 - Peachtree Industrial Boulevard
Georgia highway signs
Ohio highway signs - Perrysburg
Northern Georgia I-75
Michigan Highway 116 - Ludington
Ohio State Route 2 - Lake Erie circle tour

Lots of cities, parks and others places have signs sprinkled about, giving the tourist or new person in town guidance to some their best and most popular destinations. The first one below is in Queenstown, New Zealand highlighting streets and where visitors can get information. The one below that within Leelanau State Park indicates how far your away from other points across the lakes. If it was only that many miles to drive to those places. Parks use them too as the Royal Botanical Gardens in Sydney, Australia below indicates how to get to the various gardens and attractions. The comprehensive city ones like the one in Auckland highlight attractions, provide a map and even provide the current time.

Queenstown - New Zealand
Leelanau Peninsula - Michigan
Royal Botanical Gardens Sydney, Australia
Auckland - New Zealand

These days with GPS devices and your enabled smart phones you always know how far your away from somewhere. Your also better enabled to answer the questions posed above. What did people do before GPS? They relied on physical maps and the mileage signs along the interstate. At least to me though there is still nothing like seeing a freeway sign indicating how far you have until your next destination or seeing highway signs indicating the next biggest city in a certain direction.

New Zealand South Island - Hwy 73
Downtown Cleveland Ohio - Eastbound I-90 along Lake Erie shoreline
Georgia - Metro Atlanta
New Zealand South Island - Hwy 79

I’m not just fascinated by directional signs and ones along the highway. Spending a lot of time at parks and beaches, I’ve seen my far share of signs including yes/no on fishing and swimming, no wake and smoking signs. For a photo, nothing beats a backdrop with a sign in front. The beginning of some hiking trails have signage estimating how long it’ll take to hike to the final point, waterfall or a scenic view. Whether it’s an hour or a two-day hike nothing beats seeing the sign marking you’ve made it all the way as I did at Kea Point overlooking Mount Cook in New Zealand.

Tunnel Park - Holland, Michigan
Kensington Park - Michigan
Voinovich Park - Cleveland, Ohio
Kea Point - Mount Cook, Aoraki, New Zealand

Travel signs do a great job of helping people get around, lead them to popular destinations and warn them like if roads are slippery or you should not swim there. Whether on a day road trip, navigating through a big city or hiking at the park I’ll continue to photograph and be in awe of the signs I come across. What kinds of travel signage do you like? Which cities, states, countries and other places do you think does the best job at guiding their visitors through signs?