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    Hard to believe TwentyEleven is nearly over. What has characterized this year for you?



    For me it was a 9,000 mile road trip that included all of Route 66, most of US 101 and all of US 20 coast-to-coast. I also did about a third of the eastern alignment of the Dixie Highway. In the meantime I acquired two more classic cars ( a 1937 Ford Tudor and a 1972 Monte Carlo) making the decision regarding which vehicle to drive on our various jaunts in 2012 a little bit more difficult.


    Safe travels in 2012!



  2. Yes indeed, I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and an all around joyful season. Mike, I, too, will be on the Dixie Thursday though I'll be going the way Carl intended, south. I'll be picking up a stretch between Russellville, KY, and Shelbyville, TN, that I've somehow managed to miss in the past. I doubt this section is part of your route but I'm guessing I'll be there in mid-afternoon.


    Now dash away, dash away, dash away all!




    Hi Denny,


    You're right; I'll be going through your town along the eastern alignment. Sometime in the next few months I want to go to Russelville too, but head north rather than south. I want to stay in the Wigwam Village for the night. I have managed to stay in the one in Rialto, CA a couple of times but missed Holbrook, AZ three times and missed Cave City once. You'd think by now I would learn to make reservations.


    Anyway, safe travels and a very Merry Christmas to you!



  3. Yep, just about everybody who actually gets to the point of making a to-drive list finds it never gets shorter no matter how many routes and auto trails get checked off. This forum won't do a thing to cure you but you will be among folks with the same addiction.


    You're in a dandy location with the Blue Ridge Parkway so close and the eastern trunk of the Dixie Highway not much farther. Regarding your 2013 Lincoln Highway plans, are you considering hooking up with the Lincoln Highway Association caravan to the national conference in Nebraska or planning a solo run?


    Hi Denny,


    The Association caravan looks like an awesome trip, but I think I would have to skip making the entire trip in order to do that. Our goal is to make it from Times Square to San Francisco, then decide how to get back home. Maybe Route 66 again or U.S. 50 back to the Atlantic Ocean or...?



  4. Hi Everyone!


    I have been enjoying looking through all of the features of this site, including the information in the forums and the amazing photography, and I thought I should introduce myself.


    I live in Brevard, North Carolina, the Land of Waterfalls. I relocated here from Michigan about 10 years ago. I have always been a fan of two lane "blue highways" since long before William Least Heat Moon coined the term in his terrific book by that name. I travel a lot for both work and pleasure, and though I spend a lot of time in airplanes I will almost always opt for a 500 mile drive rather than a 500 mile flight.


    I have a particular soft spot for Route 66; I've driven it end-to-end three times now including this past summer with my girlfriend. That particular trip extended beyond 9,000 miles and included the entire length of U.S. 20 from Newport, Oregon to Boston. We also took a 1,400 mile weekend trip a few weeks ago to get a "concrete" custard from Ted Drewe's iconic custard stand on Route 66 in St. Louis, then walked the Chain of Rocks Bridge, drove to Litchfield, Illinois for dinner at the Ariston Cafe, then came home the next day. We are planning our next end-to-end trip again next summer.


    Another favorite is the Blue Ridge Parkway, which borders our county.


    I think the things that excite me the most about this site, though, are the roads we have yet to explore. I'm just learning a little bit about the Dixie Highway and have driven short segments of it. Even though a stretch near Detroit where I grew up is still called the Dixie Highway, I never really knew what it was until this year. I would love to explore more of it. We are also excited about traveling the Lincoln Highway, though we decided to put that off until 2013 to coincide with the 100th anniversary. Right now the plan is to drive from New York to San Francisco in my 1937 Ford. That's one thing I haven't done yet; taken one of my old cars on a long road trip.


    It's clear from reading many of your posts that there are some incredibly knowledgeable people on these forums. I'm quickly learning that there are so many facets to these old roads that I don't even know what I don't know!


    Anyway, I look forward to spending more time visiting and learning. After only a few days I have added the Yellowstone Trail, National Road and U.S. 89 to my "gotta drive someday" list. I'm sure the list will get much longer before it gets shorter too!




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