This book is not a history of the Lincoln Highway, nor is it a travel guide listing all the sites and attractions. Instead, this is a travel narrative in the tradition of Travels with Charley.” John Jay Abbott’s journey is a combination of swashbuckling adventure as well as careful reflection and discovery.
It reveals a portrait of America and Americans found along the Lincoln Highway during his adventure.During the spring of 2013, author John Jay Abbott took off on an adventure to explore the Lincoln Highway. During its centennial year, he traveled thousands of miles from home just to start the journey in New York City.
Then weeks of travel followed as he traced the historic road all the way to San Francisco. Left nearly penniless by the Great Recession, Abbott took to the road for one last adventure before settling into a new career, knowing he may never get a chance to make a trip like it again. The stress of unemployment drove Abbot to attend trucking school, but it also provided him with an unexpected opportunity--an opportunity to travel the 100-year-old Lincoln Highway.During his travels, he encountered Manhattan traffic for the first time—quite an experience for a farm boy from Missouri—and met up with a provocative range of people from one end of the United States to another.
Abbott met a zombie while taking the elevator to his hotel room, a girl with a death wish, a female flasher, a group of swingers, and curious New York City street cops puzzle by his Missouri license plates cruising downtown Manhattan. The voyage started in the concrete swamps of New York City and New Jersey, crossed the Pennsylvania countryside, ran though the Great Plains, stretched across the Loneliest Road in America, and finally ended 3,389 miles later in San Francisco.
He encountered latter-day hippies on their way to California, a manic street preacher taking salvation to the Wild West and some close calls with girls of the night.