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
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
Live Tracking: After May 11, Gilbert’s progress can be tracked on live GPS feed on www.Aprylle.com
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
Posted by Malerie Yolen-Cohen at 2:29 PM
Friday, May 1, 2015
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
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.
Posted by Malerie Yolen-Cohen at 10:02 PM
Saturday, January 10, 2015
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.
Congrats to Cleveland and all other 51 spots mentioned!
Posted by Malerie Yolen-Cohen at 11:06 AM
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
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
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.
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.
Posted by Malerie Yolen-Cohen at 10:01 AM
Tuesday, January 6, 2015
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
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.
Posted by Malerie Yolen-Cohen at 8:16 AM