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  1. I don't know that I ever got all twenty in the lens at one time while they were airborne but you can see the 2012 reunion from my point of view here.
  2. Sorry Dave. Didn't mean to scare you. I'm really thinking of the YT for 2014. 2013 is being pretty much gobbled up by the Lincoln Highway and its centennial.
  3. I attended Cece's performance in Hayseville's 1886 opera house after driving a bit of the LH in Ohio. Some pics & words here. American Songline has a long way to go and I encourage anyone near the LH west of Indiana to check the schedule and attend one of the free concerts if possible.
  4. Nice report of a great trip. The call of the Yellowstone Sirens just keeps getting louder. Everyone does indeed see different things and often see the same things differently. Thanks for sharing.
  5. Sorry to be so late to the party. Gotta do some shotgunning. black85vette: Your trip reads like a section of my bucket list. Yellowstone, Little Big Horn, and Rushmore are all still in my future. I definitely encourage you to drive the Lincoln but don't view it as another Route 66. I've talked with some who did and, not only were they disappointed, they missed enjoying a great route with truly unique history. KtSonR: The Yellowstone Trail is very much on my bucket list. Know of any guides for the west portion who work for peanuts -- and an occasional beer? roadhound: At last year's Doolittle reunion in Dayton, I had 20 B-25s (The most in one place since WW II) fly over my head. Even without the background and appreciation you and others have, the sound was incredible. BTW, 3 of the 4 survivors met in Florida this year and announced that there would be no more public reunions.
  6. I've been reading and enjoying the blog and plan on digging into the ebook when my current "to read" stack gets a little shorter. Definitely some interesting tidbits revealed -- and some nice pictures from the California trip, too.
  7. Even if the stove isn't used much/at all, the shelter apparently is and that's cool.
  8. I do remember fountains that operate as you describe -- water flowing straight up and falling back on fixture -- but the fixtures I remember were metal hemispheres, not porcelain globes. Are you sure that's not an extra tall tee the CCC built for a now defunct golf course?
  9. Like Jim, this thread has stirred up my desire to visit the northwest. Although I've driven the coast, there's a bunch of space between Wisconsin and Washington that I've yet to see. I intend to travel the YT some day but it will be at least a year or two. Hopefully you folks will have it all sorted out for me.
  10. Dave: You're right, "cursory" isn't quite the right word but I wanted to announce -- especially since it was close on the heels of Jim's -- that my report lacked the details of pavement, abandoned sections, etc., that are in his. Jim: Those picture were probably taken through the windshield. You may sometimes notice that marks on the pavement and smudges on my car's glass can be strikingly similar. Jim (again): Regarding that brewery I asked about, it seems that the road it is on is DH although the road I approached it on was not. It was the work-around north of Oolitic that gets back to the DH at Needmore.
  11. A recent road trip included the Dixie Highway between Louisville and Indianapolis. The cursory -- compared to Jim's -- report is here.
  12. As recently as 2005, the turkey tracks were unmarked and required really good instructions, a local guide, or a lot of walking to find. By the fall of 2006, someone had splashed some white paint on the area and the sign a painted border were in place by 2009. Calling this good or bad is an individual choice. There are still unmarked tracks of a similar age on an older route. Proving that humans are not always smarter than turkeys, some bright fellow walked across the recently created and more recently paved US-30 in Ogden, Iowa, in 1929. At the time, the US-30 designation was so new that I'm guessing many Ogdenites were still calling the road the Lincoln Highway. Ogden Footprints
  13. With all those cameras and a new wife, you're going to need a bigger Vespa.
  14. Too bad that travel brochures pay so poorly 'cause you certainly have some great material. Nice report on an interesting location.
  15. I don't know enough about the area to say anything more than this thread contains more information on the YT's west end than most reference books. Impressive work.
  16. Nice pictures and I share your hope that it's still there.
  17. I'm guessing that porch was added as part of the conversion or did you westerners put those on your schools? Ohio has quite a few one room schools that have been converted to residences and even more that are, or at least were, used by farmers for storage. All that I can think of are brick though I imagine there were some frame ones once upon a time.
  18. Cece Otto is a classically trained -- and great sounding -- vocalist who who has performed at the last couple of LHA conferences and who plans to travel the Lincoln Highway during this, its centennial year, performing concerts along the way. A related Kickstarter project is about to end with the goal unmet but in sight. I've seen projects that appear to be little more than an attempt to get a road trip paid for and I am not at all a fan of those. Cece went to Kickstarter not so much to pay for the trip but to make all the concerts free. Kickstarter projects are all or nothing so a few bucks in the next couple of days could mean a whole lot. Check out the Kickstarter project here and Cece's website here.
  19. There is certainly an amazing amount of difference between the two sections but they are both pretty cool.
  20. Prudent move, Dave. Just wait for it to show up on Google Street View.
  21. A chain might be your best bet. It seems the closest recommended independents are the Will Rogers (Claremore, 20 miles east), Chelsea Motor Inn (Chelsea, 40 miles east), and the Skyliner (Stroud, 50 miles west). Mentioning Stroud reminds me that there is an Ozark Trails obelisk on an old gravel alignment west of town that may not show up in tourist guides but which you may want to see. It's at N35° 43.4505' W96° 41.9068'. If you or the boys are Cars fans, you probably know that Stroud is home to Dawn Welch and the Rock Cafe. I could probably assume you plan on driving at least one of the nine-foot wide sections near Miami, OK, but will mention them anyway.
  22. Looks good overall but I suggest you rethink the Desert Hills. I had a very satisfactory stay there in 2007 but that seems to have been the high water mark. The long term trade that the place had been surviving on was still there but a few rooms had be redone and the owner talked about continuing with that and pursuing the Route 66 business. He was probably sincere but it didn't work out that way. Reports about the hotel have been getting worse as time goes on. This TripAdvisor thread from October offers some recent discouragement. I'll make some queries for alternatives but don't expect much since the subject has come up before. You may want to consider making that day a little longer or shorter or make do with a chain. I've stayed at the Wagon Wheel and the Munger Moss and both are excellent. The CarlinVilla gets good reviews and is on my to do list. I'm not familiar with the Americinn but it has some really good reviews at TripAdvisor.
  23. Yeah, you've got the Wagon Wheel, Munger Moss, Rail Haven, Rest Haven, and Boots so close that you can't possibly stay at more than one or two (I've yet to stay at either of the Havens) then a rather dry stretch for mom-n-pops. There is a decent independent, Route 66 Motel, near Afton that I've stayed in and the Skyliner in Stroud gets good reviews though I've not stayed there myself. There are the normal chains around both Tulsa and Oklahoma City and Tulsa does have the historic, cool, and pricey Campbell Hotel. Regarding that Missouri cluster, you might be able to double your pleasure by working one of them into your return drive. Whether you know it or not, Afton Station is an absolute must-stop. Failing to stop there would be something that neither the Bremers or I would ever let you forget. If time permits, the boys might like the military museum that's connected to the Route 66 museum in Pontiac, IL, and the Pontiac (the car) museum a few blocks away.
  24. A search for "Jackson Courthouse" turned up a couple of mentions but no story. Assuming there is something interesting to tell, please do. That search did reveal that Washington's Jackson Highway had been mentioned before but, although I recall seeing the posts, it apparently didn't strike me at the time that this was also the name of a mid-west auto trail. The auto trail that goes through Kentucky, Tennessee, et. al., was named for President Andy. I figured that wasn't his namesake out west but had no idea who. I'd not heard of John. Regarding George, one of our local radio stations was founded by John Kennedy. I'm guessing that your Washington and my Kennedy have similar connections with the U.S. presidency. I thought "utility lines" when I first saw the picture. After a little more study, I'm starting to think they might be a distant extension of the Nazca lines which would be an even more exciting discovery. However, wires beside a road are perfectly normal so finding a roadbed is more likely. Take your waders.
  25. Wonderful stuff. Nice work bringing the various sources together. The identity of the parallel white lines is now an intriguing mystery but it wouldn't have been interesting at all without the other discoveries. This is definitely off topic but the name Jackson Highway caught my attention. There was a Jackson Highway in the east that ran from Chicago to New Orleans. I'm somewhat familiar withe the section in Kentucky now called US-31E. Any stories about Washington's Jackson Highway?
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