The Lincoln Highway was the first trans-continental road across the United States. It served to bring the country together through an improved method of transportation and (literally) paved the way for further long distance routes. These routes saw rise to the automobile in a rush mirrored only by the recent trend towards bicycling. Just as Iowan motorists celebrated the ability to visit their neighbors across the state so do we bicyclists celebrate spending time with bicyclists from different parts of the state, country, and even the world as every kind of bicyclist imaginable converges on the state of Iowa for RAGBRAI.
In 2013 the Lincoln Highway will celebrate It’s 100th anniversary, and I for one think we the riders should campaign to make the 2013 RAGBRAI route cover the entirety of the highway. How cool would it be to say “I’ve biked the whole Lincoln Highway from West to East through Iowa” ? This is a unique opportunity for us all to stand up and say that we are proud of our nation’s heritage as a people who like to get up and go places! Who’s with me?