The Long Way Home


Lincoln Highway
October 15, 2014, 7:10 AM
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A remnant of Fairyland Forest, Laurel Highlands.

Little Boy Blue: A remnant of Storyland, Laurel Highlands.

When Jeff and I stared dating nine years ago, our first road trip together was Route 30, Pennsylvania’s old Lincoln Highway, destination: Mutter Museum. I mapped out the places I wanted to see along the way, but more importantly, this travelers’ road crazy-twisting through mountains provided relief from the PA Turnpike. Speeding highway travel puts my nerves on edge, and finally, I found a man who was willing to travel the roads less wandered with me (metaphor intended). A few weeks ago, driving back from a visit with friends East, we climbed intense mountain passes, and felt the isolation in those forgotten towns nestled in the hills. It was a bright, clear, sunny day, so pretty it made hearts ache. We imagined Model T-s struggling up those hills in the route’s early days, all the stops it took just get a few miles – clever roadside attractions that gave travelers some escape: hotels that looked liked ships, fairytale creatures hidden among the trees in someone’s yard, with signs made clear no trespassing.

 

Antique store in a barn near Gettysburg.

Antique store in a barn near Gettysburg.

TV in Fayetteville, PA

TV in Fayetteville, PA

Bedford, PA

Bedford, PA

Garden near the Laurel Manor motel.

Garden near the Laurel Manor motel.

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Those mountain roads were rough this time around. But the drive was really pretty, one of my favorite roads.

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Comment by Jeff

It always has a place in my heart.

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Comment by Lisa

I live right off a stretch of the LH, although when it was originally charted I imagine it looked nothing like it does today. At least I hope so. 😉

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Comment by John

that’s awesome! i know what you mean – I love looking at old photos of it stretching across the state, and wonder how the hell they made it through!

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Comment by Lisa

Holy Crap, I remember your trip to the Mutter. I still have not gone.

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Comment by Bill

doesn’t it seem like yesterday? that was almost a decade ago! dude, you gotta get to the Mutter, it’s worth the drive.

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Comment by Lisa

I have always wanted to see how far and just where route 30 would take me. I have only traveled a small portion of it. There is lots of kitsch to be had, that is certain. So happy that you and your monster share these journeys with all of us.

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Comment by motherblue212

I forgot how difficult the mountain pass is (between Bedford and past Breezewood), but once you get into PA Dutch Country, it’s a land of country and kitsch wonder. I’d love to someday travel the Lincoln Highway going west.

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