Welcome to the travel blog of C.L.Higgins.
Join me as I ride across America – a 3000 mile journey on, and around, the Lincoln Highway.
What begins as an attempt to walk across America, continues as a ride across the country on an 1998 1100 Honda Shadow ACE motorcycle, with laptop, art equipment, camera, wires, batteries, and three tons of other unnecessary gear.
My backpack weighed 68lbs. – depending on how many CLIFF bars remained – which proved too much for this tenderfoot to carry more than five days.
Serious consideration was made to lighten my load, but in order to document my journey – my main objective – there was little I could live without.
My idea was bad from the start. But how could I know its shortfalls before I set off down the road?
Camping roadside seemed simple enough each night. I had a sleeping bag, air mattress, bag liner, tent, and pillow……It was virtually impossible! Thorns, shoulders not being wide enough, private property with barbed wire fences, homelessness, lack of cover – all thwarted each attempt!
Cheap motels became a better solution.
Time can be a nefarious demon that robs an artist of his work.
This project was not a Forrest Gump quest for redemption, or healing from some traumatic event. It was time that I was after, to work on my art, and to expose myself to material for subject matter.
Perhaps traversing a small country, or strolling around an island, will serve this walking idea more readily.
….And as for having time to draw and paint, believe me, when three thousand miles lay ahead, and there is no certainty where you will spend the night, the thought of stopping somewhere to paint a picture becomes suddenly preposterous.
My feet, though, made the final decision. When they finally succumb to the onslaught of blisters, they screamed –– “BUY A MOTORCYCLE!”
…. So I did.
[Wikipedia] The Lincoln Highway was one of the earliest transcontinental highways for automobiles across the United States of America. Conceived in 1912 by Indiana entrepreneur Carl G. Fisher, and formally dedicated October 31, 1913, the Lincoln Highway ran coast-to-coast from Times Square in New York City west to Lincoln Park in San Francisco, originally through 13 states: New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, and California. In 1915, the “Colorado Loop” was removed, and in 1928, a realignment relocated the Lincoln Highway through the northern tip of West Virginia. Thus, there are a total of 14 states, 128 counties, and more than 700 cities, towns and villages through which the highway passed at some time in its history.
The first officially recorded length of the entire Lincoln Highway in 1913 was 3,389 miles (5,454 km). Over the years, the road was improved and numerous realignments were made, and by 1924 the highway had been shortened to 3,142 miles (5,057 km). Counting the original route and all of the subsequent realignments, there have been a grand total of 5,872 miles (9,450 km).
The Lincoln Highway was gradually replaced with numbered designations after the establishment of the U.S. Numbered Highway System in 1926. Today, Interstate 80 serves as the primary highway from the New York City area to San Francisco.