A Blog Along The Lincoln Highway

All of this is about a public TV project about one of America’s great roads, and we’re hoping you might enjoy reading about some of our behind-the-scenes work. I’m Rick Sebak, and I write most of the tales. Bob Lubomski is our cameraman. And Glenn Syska has been traveling with us recently. He made the video blog entries in 2008. Back in 2007, Jarrett Buba did all that. A RIDE ALONG THE LINCOLN HIGHWAY first aired on PBS on October 29, 2008 at 8 PM. Check with your local PBS station to find out about repeat broadcasts. Or go for the DVD at www.shopwqed.org.

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On gravel roads, several videos

June 17th, 2008 ·

Sunday morning we leave Tooele around 10. At the gate to the Government’s Dugway Proving Ground, we get on gravel roads around 11:00.

We say there’s a disaster a day on this trip. When we get to Fish Springs National Wildlife Preserve in the middle of nowhere Utah, our vehicle gives us another surprise.

Jay Banta, who’s in charge of the nature preserve, figures out what to do. He gets his co-worker Bret to fix our tire or find another. We climb in Jay’s SUV, and he gives us an extensive tour of the various routes of the Lincoln Highway around there. We visit Callao (pronounced callie-o) and Gold Hill and Ibapah (pronounced eye-ba-paw) and make a huge circular route back to the Nature Preserve. And then Jay says the only sensible thing is for us to spend the night in his bunkhouse. It’s an adventure.

But Bob is a persnickety sleeper, and he says he’s too tall for the bunk beds, so he’s up early.

By 8 am, we’re on the road again, taking the easier, flatter route south to Border, Utah, rather than the old Lincoln through Tippet, on our way to Ely, Nevada.

Tags: Road Diary

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Min // Jun 17, 2008 at 2:07 pm

    Omigod. I think I’m honestly not jealous anymore. I had imagined tiny pie shops, and beautiful rock formations, and lazy evenings watching the sunsets by the various motel pools. But bunkhouses, flat tires and giant mosquitoes? I’m kinda o.k. with the coal mine! Miss you guys. xoxoMin

  • 2 Brian Butko // Jun 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm

    I dunno, the bunkhouse looked kinda cushy – well, the house did, not the bunks….

  • 3 Jay Banta // Jun 22, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Ah, the crew punted on me after I departed! They did not travel the stretch from Ibapah to Shellborne, which I beleive (and i’ll bet Drake will second) is that stretch of the Lincoln that is the most unchanged for nearly a century.

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