Lincoln Highway East Locator map

Day 1
Big Apple Quicky

Day 2
A Day In Philly

Day 3
On To Bedford

Day 4
1 Flag, 3 Fires, & Some Magic Springs

Day 5
Wheeling Waited

Day 6
Bridges, Bomb, Bowl

July 6, 2008
The weather was great for my last day on the road. The day included finding that elusive Blaine Bridge mile marker and driving around a bomb threat in Cambridge.

Touching the eastern terminus of the Lincoln Highway has been a goal but one that I was (rightfully so, I think) a little fearful of. It's done and wasn't quite as bad as I had imagined but was close enough. I've now driven the Lincoln between Times Square and Cindy's Diner and can now drive beyond Fort Wayne with a clear conscious.

July 5, 2008
In Wheeling, rain turned the 4th of July fireworks into the 5th of July fireworks and I was there as the rocket's red, green, and white glare lit up the old suspension bridge.

July 4, 2008
Before leaving town, I peeked inside the reopened Bedford Springs Resort and checked out a museum. I didn't find that big celebration (I wasn't looking very hard.) so spent a quiet (except for an occasional bang) evening in Greensburg after a quiet day driving in spotty rain.

July 3, 2008
I was inside the Shoe, chatted with a former neighbor, and got a picture of a previously passed pump. A little rain at the end of the day did no harm.

July 2, 2008
Even though I didn't get inside Independence Hall, I saw a lot of history -- and a lot of traffic -- today.

July 1, 2008
No time for a prelude. The trip's under way and I'm still not entirely sure what I'm doing. Long time readers may recall some trips where I stretched my travel dollar by tacking vacation on the end of a business trip. After I get the company's work done, I get to spend some time some there without paying the cost of getting there. An exploitable situation hasn't come up in a while but now I'm in New Jersey during the run up to a holiday weekend. The trip was to happen three weeks ago but the fellow I was to meet had to see one of his customers in Ohio! Next I was on vacation then he was. So Sunday saw me driving toward the environs of New York City for some software testing. I guessed the job would take two days but might take three. Four seemed very unlikely. If the two day guess was right, maybe I could tag the east end of the Lincoln Highway and follow it to at least Lancaster; my most eastern Lincoln Highway point to date. If it was three or even four, I could replace the Lincoln with US-22 and have enough time to follow it from end to end. The fact that the Lincoln Highway route would take me right through Philadelphia caught my eye. Surely the birthplace of U.S. independence would have some sort of special shindig on Independence Day.

But I was taken entirely by surprise and found my chores done after just one day. The test setup was nearly ideal. There was a machine available and dedicated to the task along with a very cooperative fellow who knew exactly how to operate it. There were problems, of course, but they got solved and Monday evening found me trying to plan a road trip launch. There is clearly enough time for that Lincoln Highway thing.

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