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Along the Lincoln Highway

Austin NV, June 6, 2012 - Following an epic ride of 112 miles on Tuesday, the Sea to Shining Sea team has an easier ride today of only 70 miles, from the historic mining community of Austin to Eureka.

Following US Highway 50, termed the "Loneliest Road in America" by regional promoters, the riders will tackle more of the up-and-down range-and-valley terrain characteristic of east-central Nevada. The highway follows two historic routes through this part of the state, the 19th century Pony Express route, and the early 20th century Lincoln Highway, America's first transcontinental automobile route.

In 2013, the Lincoln Highway will celebrate its 100th anniversary as "America's Main Street," connecting New York with California. It was the innovation of Carl Fisher, the originator of the Indianapolis 500 race, who saw the need for better highways in America. With the support of the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company and the Packard Motor Car Company, Fisher created the Coast-to-Coast Rock Highway, an ambitious plan to create a national highway. Later renamed the Lincoln Highway, in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, the road provided a designated route for early automobiles to cross the country.

As the Sea to Shining Sea team heads east along the paved US Highway 50, they can imagine the challenges faced by early automobile enthusiasts who crossed the Nevada desert a century ago at about the same rate of speed.

The Sea to Shining Sea team approaches Austin, Nevada on June 5. Photograph by Kimberly Warpinski.

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