March 30, 2009 (day 3)
We ate breakfast in a "secret" restaurant then backtracked to seek out a mile marker we had missed. There was sun overhead as I sat back and let Dale drive us over the 1928 alignment. Great fun and I'm hoping we don't wait forty years for the next road trip together.
March 29, 2009 (day 2)
March 28, 2009 (day 1)
Prelude - March 5, 2009
The NPE and the LHA Conference don't actually overlap this year. The conference is June 16-20 and the NPE June 22-26. They are even is the same portion of the country. A straight line between South Bend and Chicago is only 75 miles long. It's technically possible that I could attend both. The reality is that the week before the NPE is hardly an idle one. While I might have time for the conference, it's not likely. My hope is that I'll be able to catch the tail of the conference on Friday and Saturday but it's not a sure thing. And I certainly can't count on the time for that leisurely drive to the conference along the Lincoln Highway as I once thought.
Before I looked seriously at the dates, I envisioned driving the Lincoln Highway from the Ohio border to South Bend a day, or maybe even two, before the conference. I have now driven all of the Highway from Times Square to Fort Wayne and this would be the perfect opportunity to extend that through one more state. After the conference, I could drive on to the Illinois line then return to Fort Wayne via the later alignment through Plymouth and Warsaw. But, rather than arriving at the conference on its reason for being, I stood a very good chance of arriving without having driven nearby sections at all. Time for plan B.
Plan B involves driving all of the Lincoln Highway in Indiana before the conference. There were two major alignments of the Highway between Fort Wayne and Valparaiso so I could drive one going west and another returning east. A friend lives in Fort Wayne and we occasionally talk of sharing some sort of road trip but haven't quite put it together since around 1966. (Yeah, we go back aways:-) I was in his neighborhood over Memorial Day but that trip really came together at the last minute and scheduling conflicts prevented a hook up. This outing looked perfect. It would be a loop with the start and end points near Fort Wayne. "What do you think?", I asked. "Sounds good", he answered. And we soon settled on the weekend of March 28 to hit the road.