Been Thinkin’ ’bout the Lincoln

Been Thinkin’ ’bout the Lincoln

Over the weekend I plucked a book off the shelf that I’ve had for a few years now: Lincoln Highway Companion: A Guide to America’s First Coast-to-Coast Road by Brian Butko. Flipping through its pages, makes me want to hit the road. I wish I could pinpoint what it was that initially sparked my interest in Americana.

Whenever I’ve traveled along the western half of Pennsylvania’s section of the Lincoln Highway, I’ve had a great time. The riding itself can be dull in some places with lots of traffic lights and congestion. But, those population centers lighten up as you go west and the sights overshadow the annoyance.

Some of the things I’ve seen along the way in PA:

Haines Shoe House – Hellam, PA

Mmmm… donuts… – Maple Donuts in York, PA

Pied Piper – Schellsburg, PA

Dutch Haven – Where I had my first taste of Shoo Fly Pie – Ronks, PA

Mural at the Bison Corral – Schellsburg, PA

Mural at the Bison Corral – Schellsburg, PA

Totem Pole Playhouse / Mail Pouch Barn – Ortanna, PA

Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum – Ortanna, PA

Ms. Penny Candy at Mr. Ed’s Elephant Museum – Ortanna, PA

Vincent Van Gas a Lincoln Highway Pump Parade gas pump – Schellsburg, PA

Bull Durham ghost ad – Bedford, PA

Dunkle’s Gulf – Bedford, PA

The Coffee Pot – Bedford, PA

Near Jennertown / Stoyestown, PA

Wayne Fettro mural and a Lincoln Highway Pump Parade gas pump – Stoyestown, PA

8 Replies to “Been Thinkin’ ’bout the Lincoln”

  1. While Lincoln Highway (Route 30) may be the first coast to coast route, Route 20 is the longest. Stretching from Boston to Newport, Oregon. I’ve ridden only a tiny 100 miles of this route and regularly traverse 68 miles of it at least twice a month from Rensselaer, NY to Richfield Springs, NY. It is a beautiful road that continually switches from 4 to 2-lane as it passes through and by farmlands and small towns and of course, roadside oddities that you love so much. Things like a windmill farm, automotive part welded sculptures, hand painted billboards and the Tee-Pee gift shop near Cherry Valley.
    I have this dream of actually doing what I call the “20/30 Tour”, Route 20 west then Route 30 back east. It’s on the bucket list.

  2. It is a cool ride. I often stop at the site where the ship hotel once stood and take in the view. What I have never been able to figure out is where did they park the cars?

  3. I’ve lived my whole life in Pennsylvania and traveled the Lincoln Highway dozens if not a hundred times. And I’ve seen only two of those places you’ve photographed. I’ve only ridden a small part of it on the scooter though. That could explain it — cage blindness.

  4. I remember that elephant on the Void Rally! Thanks again for being there at the right time to stop my bike from taking a nap! My boot got caught in my tail bag and I damn near pulled it over on top of myself. You were able to grab the bars and help me out.

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