The American Road Forum is a great place to ask questions and get info from roadside experts, including, of course, for the Lincoln Highway. You can browse as a guest, but sign up so you can add your own questions and answers.
In May, Rick Pisio (whose website of impressive photos can be found in my Helpful Links section) asked about driving the LH west from the Pacific, especially the original alignment around the Great Salt Lake Desert. He got some wonderful insights and detailed replies:
Rick made the trip in late July with his father Matt (who turns 70 this month – happy birthday!) and 14-year-old son Richard, whom he says really enjoyed it: “I talked enough about the history of the roads we traveled and he listened in on the conversations my dad and I had during the trip enough to understand that what we were doing was not your normal vacation. I think he also realizes that opportunities for 3 generations to travel on a trip like we did do not happen that often.” Must have worked – Rick says they hope to take another trip next year.
Rick’s posts to the American Road Forum picked up his journey three days into the trip, starting at West Valley City, Utah, traveling through Skull Valley to the US Army Dugway Proving Ground:
http://americanroadmagazine.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=522 Here’s a view from the start of the trip looking south on the original LH in Skull Valley:
Four subsequent entries through Utah and across Nevada can be found on the “Lincoln Highway / U.S. 30 / U.S. 50” board:
Here’s a view looking east to the Goodyear Cutoff, a contentious shortcut that’s been off-limits for more than a half-century. The sign’s faded lettering reads “Dead End Road, No Trespassing, Government Property.” The short post on the right has the Lincoln Highway logo and “Lincoln Highway” down its length:
Days later, he captured sunset at the International Cafe in Austin, where they had the last dinner of their trip:
Anyone wanting to make the trip themselves will enjoy Rick’s storytelling and evocative images, plus maps of each day’s journey. All his posted photos, plus some not in the American Road reports, can be found at http://www.rwphotos.com/Scenics/scenicmain.htm
We can’t wait for next year’s trip.