United States Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all United States activity »
  1. 1 more info: https://gojixtremesitebrazil.com/lift-make-serum/
  2. 2 New England Tour
  3. 3 Pacific Grove/Carmel CA area
  4. 4 Yosemite - importance of staying in park?
  5. 5 Hotel Picks - Kauai
  6. 6 2 Grannies, 2 parents & 1 three-yr-old
  7. 7 Avis or Budget from LAX
  8. 8 Hotel location Albuquerque
  9. 9 Great Lakes extended road trip
  10. 10 Saint Lawrence River Seaway
  11. 11 Driving CA 395
  12. 12 Maui and Kauai
  13. 13 50th Anniversary ocean stay with luxuries?
  14. 14 Short warm weather family vacation in January or February
  15. 15 Glacier National Park 2018
  16. 16 Hawaii wedding
  17. 17 I-84 Columbia Gorge
  18. 18 Trip Report Adirondacks trip repot
  19. 19 Suggestions for Sedona and Grand Canyon
  20. 20 Los Angeles Area Restaurants - 2017 Edition
  21. 21 Looking for areas to live? Commuting to Palo Alto
  22. 22 Philadelphia Traffic Help
  23. 23 sf Chinatown restaurant
  24. 24 Botanical gardens on Maui, Hilo, and Kauai: how much do they differ?
  25. 25 City of Seattle: What we might miss and the kick ourselves later
View next 25 » Back to the top

Trip Report The Lincoln Highway, abridged: Nikki's road trip

Jump to last reply

A few years ago my husband Alan and I drove to Pittsburgh for an event. We gathered advice from everybody we knew who was familiar with Pennsylvania, and we did everything they told us to do on the way to Pittsburgh and back. We went to the Little League World Series; we visited Fallingwater; we ate at the big Mennonite buffet near the childhood home of the viola player in my chamber group and at the crab restaurant near the cellist’s farm, a roadside eatery surrounded by corn fields where they bring hammers with your crabs and you pound them open on the paper table coverings. We toured Gettysburg with an enthusiastic guide who drove us around the battlefields in our car and pointed out the strategic high ground and the witness trees.

And we stopped for lunch at a diner where I had a memorable reuben sandwich and where I should have splurged and ordered pie for dessert, but Alan wouldn’t split it with me and I passed and have regretted it ever since. Outside the diner there was a vintage gas pump painted with a portrait of baseball player Nellie Fox, and a plaque describing this as an art project of the Lincoln Highway Heritage Corridor.

Intrigued, I researched the Lincoln Highway when we returned home to Massachusetts. The first automobile route traversing the United States from New York to San Francisco, it was dedicated in 1913. It has now been superseded and bypassed by the interstate highway system, but one can follow the whole route and go through the towns that this road connected, with an intriguing glimpse of rural and urban life and idiosyncratic roadside attractions. Alan expressed a desire to drive the whole route. I bought guidebooks and started planning. We hoped to take this drive in May, 2014. We would rent a car, take a couple of weeks to drive across the country, visit our new grandson in California, and fly back.

Instead, in May, 2014 I began chemotherapy.

Fast forward to August, 2017. We were invited to a wedding in Columbus, Ohio. This presented a new opportunity to take a part of the drive we had been planning three years ago. We decided to combine the wedding with a visit to Alan’s childhood friend in Bloomington, Indiana. We would drive along the Lincoln Highway, which more or less follows US 30, as far as Indiana, and then go to Bloomington and Columbus and drive back.

We allotted ten days to the trip and decided to make our first stop at a place whose photo had popped out at me from a guidebook: The Red Caboose Motel, a motel in Pennsylvania Dutch country constructed of actual cabooses, each one of which is a room.

27 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement