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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Trying to think anew, act anew and drive anew

August 27th, 2007 · 1 Comment

So, not long after we filled our tank at that small independent gas station in Dix, Nebraska, we drove under Interstate 80 and were now zipping along on the old Route 30 as it traveled just south of the big highway. 30 had been quietly transformed into a sort of a high quality access road, […]

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Geology. Yesterday was Day 8.

August 28th, 2007 · No Comments

From our motel in Rawlins, the morning is bright and clear. Day 8. It’s all new landscape. It’s a giant blue sky, treeless hills, wild Wyoming. We decide to walk next door to Cappy’s for breakfast and Bob is in love with the morning light. “This is so beautiful,” he says. “I’m gonna get a […]

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The views from the back seat

August 28th, 2007 · No Comments

I didn’t sleep a lot in Rawlins, so I’m happy that Jarrett is willing to drive a lot today. The view out the right side of the van is amazing. The view out the left side is blocked by the big Q decal. Stupid branding. It could be on the rear side window and no […]

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John’s Diamond Club. Diamond. Club. Get it?

August 28th, 2007 · 1 Comment

We love the service road but eventually get on the interstate again. We figure Lyman might be worth a visit because there’s a picture in Butko’s book of an old concrete Lincoln marker in a field outside of town, and Bob says “I’d love to shoot that.” He’s sitting in the back seat now, reading […]

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Is there an Echo?

August 28th, 2007 · No Comments

We stop briefly in Evanston to see the restored train station and a little Lincoln Highway marker memorial along the main drag through town. One of the information panels lets us know that the only original concrete Lincoln Highway marker in Wyoming is just east of Lyman, about 65 miles east of here. Yep. Following […]

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A beautiful and seductive island

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

At the start of Day 8, we’re in Park City Utah in the nicest rooms we’ve had so far on the trip. And I’m thinking about The Odyssey. Wasn’t there an island that seemed a paradise to Ulysses’ men? And they didn’t want to leave? Same thing here. Bob and Jarrett are totally taken with […]

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Dullsville and Magna

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

We wiggle into Salt Lake City following Butko’s directions on how to follow the old route. Salt Lake City from the old Lincoln Highway, or at least from the version we’re following, is not a very exciting or good looking city. Bob was expecting something more exotic, I think. He’s a fan of the HBO […]

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Saltair on the Great Salt Lake

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

After Magna, we have several options, and I think we should check out Saltair. It’s a fabled old resort on the southern shore of the Great Salt Lake, and Butko mentions it in the book as a popular stop for many early travelers along the Lincoln Highway, although it’s about a mile off the actual […]

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The Idol of Tooele (pronounced too-illa), Utah

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

So, with salt air in our lungs, we turn west again. Actually, the road from here gets really interesting. Travelers along the Lincoln Highway have some choices to make at this point. Take the straight and easy course on I-80 across the Great Salt Lake Desert to Wendover, or follow the original route to the […]

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Old Salts

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

So, west of the Great Salt Lake, west of Saltair and Tooele, there is the Great Salt Lake Desert. Much of it was the bottom of a gigantic prehistoric lake that stretched over some 20,000 square miles about 18,000 years ago. We now call that dried up old body of water Lake Bonneville. Or the […]

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