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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Entries from August 2007

Original Seedling Mile

August 26th, 2007 · No Comments

See video of the last remaining stretch of the old concrete road.

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Sunday drivers.

August 26th, 2007 · No Comments

It’s Sunday evening, almost quarter to seven, and we’re sailing across Nebraska. Or driving in the high 70s as another beautiful summer day starts to think about the impending setting of the sun. Nebraska is flat, the road is straight, and the trains of the Union Pacific RR keep running along our left side. There […]

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Sunday drivers continued

August 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Jarrett is driving. Moving along at a brisk clip. We can’t see another car right now. Bob says, “We own this road!” We’re passing quickly through Maxwell, NE, just trying to rack up some miles. The sun will set later tonight because we’re farther west. Bob is in the passenger seat, starting to get excited […]

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If it’s Monday, this must be Ogallala

August 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Yes, we got as far as Ogallala at about 8:25 last evening, and the towns are getting farther and farther apart, so we decided to find a motel here. We started to see some interesting looking mom-and-pop motels along Route 30 as we came into town, but all of them had their neon NO VACANCY […]

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Coffee? Pancakes? Extra hour?

August 27th, 2007 · No Comments

We went to breakfast this morning at Kathy’s Kafe at the Ogallala Livestock Auction just west of town on the Lincoln Highway. The guy at the motel had touted it as “maybe the best breakfast in town.” Big and hearty. Lots of coffee. Jarrett was trying to finish editing the video postcard we made yesterday […]

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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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Green River, Wyoming

August 27th, 2007 · No Comments

Watch video of one of the most breathtaking views of the Lincoln Highway.

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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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