Posts Tagged ‘motorcycle’

Road food tips at Ride To Eat / LHC review

July 27, 2009

Lincoln Highway fan Steve Jones wrote me to mention a road food website that he manages: It lists nearly 1,000 eating places, some with descriptions. Steve explains below it’s not the same as a recommendation guide.


It’s not really about places to eat while on the road (that’s well-plowed ground) but more about places it is worth planning a trip around — even if it’s just a Sunday drive. It’s still a little rough, but I hope to grow it into a unique and valuable resource. The premise is motorcycle-related, but there is really nothing about the data that is bike-centric other than the tendency towards destinations that are on twisty roads.

Steve also posted the book review below to LDRider, an email list for members of the Iron Butt Assn. and other long-distance endurance motorcycle riding enthusiasts. Thanks Steve!!

Brian Butko, author of Greetings from the Lincoln Highway has a new book out called Lincoln Highway Companion.

Though its 192 pages are filled with great full-color photos on quality paper, this is no coffee table decoration designed to give you something to flip through during commercials.

It’s the ultimate detailed authority on the current and historical alignments of the Lincoln Highway, conveniently sized to fit in a tank bag or glove box (just over 8×5″).

Every mile of the Lincoln Highway is covered with detailed color-coded maps showing the following:
* Original 1913 alignments
* Intermediate alignments or sanctioned detours
* Final Alignments still in use by 1930
* Modern detours
* Gone or hard to reach
The map scale varies as needed to show meaningful detail, all the way down to 1 inch per mile.

It bursts with snippets of interesting things to see, lodging and great food along the route – but the maps are the star of the show.  It is obvious that a great deal of research went into this.

The author (with whom I have no affiliation) has put together a short video highlighting the features of the book:

I originally bought it with the intention of putting together the “definitive” route for a Lincoln Highway Coast-to-Coast ride, but now I see there are too many variables and the decisions are just too subjective.  The good news is that it gives me everything I need to choose the route I find most interesting.

I am sure some here will enjoy it as much as I am.  It just came out and may not be widely available yet, but they have it in stock at Amazon:

Cross-country motorcycling the Lincoln Highway

June 5, 2008

The Lewisboro [Connecticut] Ledger reports that Buddy Rosenbaum will leave San Francisco next Friday and follow the Lincoln Highway to Times Square. It’s been done before, but not by a 71-year-old. Rosenbaum approached Piaggio, maker of the popular Vespa, in the hope of altering stereotypes about aging and activity levels. The company responded by offering their new innovative all-terrain bike, the MD3-500, with two wheels in front and one in back. Rosenbaum has biked around the world with his wife, but he will be accompanied on this trip by his friend, Bob Chase of California. They leave June 13 and hope to arrive in NYC on July 14. He had planned to camp along the Lincoln Highway, but has decided to use hotels, in part so they can produce a daily blog with photos. Click the screen shot below for the full story:

Video – Motorcycle Ride over Donner Summit

December 9, 2007

Here’s a relaxing ride on the Lincoln Highway/US 40 starting just west of Donner Summit in California.

The motorcycles (one following another) head east, top the summit, cross the Rainbow Bridge (site of the recent bear rescue), and pull over for a view of Donner Lake below. Then it’s back of the road among the pine trees and gentle curves as the highway descends the mountain. Much smoother than most videos shot form a moving vehicle. Note that the bridge is a later alignment – the original Lincoln Highway curved under the tracks of the Transcontinental Railroad, to the right of the bridge, and can still be walked.

Video by Mellowmike43, added August 2007, with music by Arlo Guthrie.