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post #21 of 302 (permalink) Old 02-23-2011, 08:24 AM
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I'll be coming up Thursday 14th and leaving later in the day on Friday 15th and bringing my better half.

I wish I could stay longer but I'm working weekends this year.

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Anyone heading down there from Mass/NH/Ct/RI area?

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National Rally - Shark Week 2011 UPDATE.

Just thought I would give you all an update on the Rally numbers.

So far we have 12 people who have committed and have completed the information data using the link that Peter sends out to those who want to go.

Again lets get a nice gathering of Sharks out in Gettysburg.

Also, please consider joining me on my way to Sharkweek on the Lincoln Highway.

A history lesson for you.

Prior to the Lincoln Highway there were no organized major auto routes to connect towns across the USA. Directions were along the lines of "go over that hill, follow the fence until you see the yellow house and then make a left on the trial that goes north west". With the gaining popularity of the automobile (thank you Henry Ford) individuals were able to travel at will, freeing themselves from the railroads. Automakers, many that never made it past the great depression (Maxwell, Packard, Studebaker and many others) promoted cross country driving as a way to demonstrate the quality of their vehicles. If their vehicles were able to withstand the rigors of a cross country drive than they must be of high quality!

Since its initial inception the Lincoln Highway (LH) has had multiple major alignment changes in addition to many minor local changes. The LH Association had to deal with local chambers, politicians as well as national politicians promoting and lobbying for their areas/towns to be included along the route. A merchant in 1915 wrote that traffic along his road has increased over 500% since they were included on the LH. Before the LH they saw a grand total of two to three cars per day!

The routes, especially out west, even as they changed to better alignments were still largely unpaved. Rain and inclement weather brought unimaginable challenges. As time went by improvements in road surface allowed cross country driving to become a bit less problematic to the travelers of the day. I am not even mentioning service station availability. A trip on some of the originals alignments will present to you a LH that remains unpaved but is still in use on a local basis.

I hope to share a few of these original roads with you! Just West of Pittsburgh along the Ohio River is a yellow brick road in a small community that is still in use to this day. It is the only yellow brick segment in existence on the LH and is one of a very few brick sections still intact. If anyone wants to go see it we can.

Fortunately the Pennsylvania corridor of the LH is well marked with much of the original road still being used. Community Leaders are realizing that the LH can be a boon to increase tourism to their areas. To this day the modern LH associations are facing difficult decisions as to which alignment should be marked.

I will try my best to show you some of the lost segments and to locate as many of the original Lincoln Highway markers that are still to be found in addition to taking you to Pittsburgh to begin our tour we will also visit the Flight 93 memorial. I live quite close and have yet to make my way out there to pay my respects.

Please consider joining me on my trek to Gettysburg.


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Great blog Chris, thanks for the story and links. I wish I was able to get an early out from a prior engagement (wife's birthday) because I'd join in on that ride for sure....great countryside and history there!
I traveled a portion of the Lincoln two years ago from Bedford to Pittsburg on the way to Ohio. If any of ya haven't done that tour definitely try to hook up for that ride with Hutmo.

MassHD should contact PeterRG2009 and see what his schedule is. I think he's coming thru that way.

This is gonna be a great event that the east side of the country can brag to the west coast....

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Sounds like the plans are coming together. Ive been a bit reserved with making my own in that Ive been thinking hard about heading out to Sturgis for the rally, as its been 7 yrs since my initial visit there, however Ive been thinking about possibly ditching those plans and hitting shark week, and possibly leaving from there and continue on north east toward Maine, as I havent been in that area before. Decisions, decisions.

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Wife and I are going to be in Gettysburg the weekend before too for Bike Week. Man... I would love to get to ride and meet with you guys. Let me see if I can do some sweet talking and make the trip 2 weekends in a row

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This RG rally sounds like fun. The wife and I would definately consider it if we didn't already have a July MotoGP Laguna Seca vacation planned in July.

For all those RG riders attending, I hope you have a great time there, as well as on the ride to/from the rally. Maybe next year's 2012 rally can be held in a different location. Maybe somewhere Cental US of West Coast.....

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Seriously thinking about it, just trying to get the wife to pin down our annual July 4th week long bike trip for this year. It's the one trip a year we both enjoy as it's totally on the bikes and usually a 3000 to 4000 mile trip for a week.

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MassHD should contact PeterRG2009 and see what his schedule is. I think he's coming thru that way.
PM sent to MassHD with my itinerary

This Itineray is pretty solid as all rooms booked. Taking a Scenic slow ride down, 2UP with GF

Saturday, July 9th; 07h00ish --> Leaving Quebec on a South East Route
Passing through VT and heading into NH to stop near Laconia (outlet shopping!) in Tilton NH.
Then heading out to reach Amherst MA staying 2 nights.
Monday, July 11th; 07h00ish, heading to NJ(Cape May) grabbing Ferry to DE
Staying 3 nights at Rehoboth Beach DE.
Thursday, July 14th; 11h00ish, leaving DE to head to Gettysburg PA - Arrival at Days Inn Base for meet for 16h00ish.
Anybody that wants tag along for the final run, send me a PM and will try and connect.

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A little too soon to tell if I can make it although I'm only an hour from Gettysburg.....may try to make a day trip over to meet some of ya'll.......
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