Friday, May 18, 2001... Greetings from San Bernardino, California, as far from Los Angeles as I could get. I flew clear across the country so I could drive two-thirds of the way back.

This vacation was originally planned as a loop up and down the West Coast: old US 99 northbound from Mexico to Canada, with stops in Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks, then back south. When I bought the ticket on April 11, that was still the plan.

Two days later, I left for an Easter-weekend drive along the east end of the Lincoln Highway. Postcard album at my side, I tried to duplicate 40- to 90-year-old views of Pennsylvania and Ohio. That worked so well that I decided to do the same for the rest of the Lincoln, from Indiana to the Bay Area. I still needed a road to follow in the other direction...but since I was booked on a flight to Los Angeles, Route 66 was the easy choice.

So between now and Sunday the 27th, I'll be driving a triangular route: Los Angeles to Chicago on Route 66, Chicago to California on the Lincoln Highway, then south to Los Angeles on old 99, the road I was originally planning to drive. If I'd had this brainstorm three days earlier, I could've saved half the airfare and two-thirds of the flight time by starting the trip to Chicago. Oh well.

But wait, there's more! Phase 2 of this project starts when I return home. Over the summer, I'll be trying to assemble a Web site to display highlights of the then-and-now views, other travel photos and old postcards, and an archive of the past few years' News from the Road reports with links to the people, places and trivia referenced herein. Anyone with a clue about designing a Web site...HELP!!

I'll let you know when the site is up. (Don't hold your breath.) In the meantime, watch your E-mails for 2001's News from the Road...

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