I stayed with the Lincoln to the edge of Iowa and even for a few miles
inside Illinois although I didn't expect that and didn't document it. By
following the original alignment, I arrived at familiar places on
unfamiliar, often gravel, roads.
I started my return to the east by heading west. Then I turned around at
the state line and proceeded to follow as much of the original Lincoln
Highway as I could.
We were entertained and educated by a variety of presentations before
ending the day with the awards banquet.
It was another very full day even without the photo. The excellent bus
tour was followed by a car show and one of the best pork tenderloins I
have ever known. I didn't know it for very long, though.
It was a very full day with an early morning group photo, a bus tour, and
some movie watching at the Donna Reed Theater.
More expressway with a two-lane finale got me to Denison for the start of
Events in Cincinnati kept me from leaving until the day before the
conference so I stuck to interstates through Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
Besides being surrounded by big trucks on the expressways, I surrounded
myself with more in a museum then ended the day with a beautiful 'burger
in a classic joint.
So many roads and so little time. Not only isn't there enough time to
drive them all, there isn't enough time to attend all the events
associated with them. As I write this, the 2017
Highway Association conference is taking place in Denison, Texas. Last
weekend the inaugural Neonfest, an event related to Historic Route 66,
took place in Arcadia, Oklahoma. Despite wanting to go to both, I went to
neither. I felt that my time and dollar budgets would be sufficiently
stressed by the Hawaii trip ending earlier in the month. Last year an even
more solid conflict occurred with the 2016 Lincoln Highway Association
Conference overlapping my drive to Alaska. I don't know what next year or
even the rest of this year holds but I do know that I won't be attending
every highway related event I'd like to.
At the moment, though, I've started to catch my breath and can see that
the bank account, despite taking an unusually severe beating, will
survive. So today I filled out my registration for the
2017 Lincoln Highway Association Conference scheduled
for June in Denison, Iowa.