My route planning and plans for navigation change over the course of planning. As I began anticipating this trip, I had intended to use low-tech atlases and maps. (I am sort of naturally drawn to low Tech.) This changed after a tour in September 2016 of the California Lincoln Highway that I took with the San Diego Packard club.
At the beginning of the tour, Paul Gilger the mapping specialist for the Lincoln Highway Association advised me to consider a GPS. Being a technophobe, I pooh-poohed his suggestion and I paid for it. I can definitely say that by the end of that tour, "I became a believer! I have seen the light!" After returning home from the tour I not only went out and purchased a GPS, but I bought a deluxe GPS by Garmin that can be used in conjunction with my laptop computer and a Garmin software program called "Base Camp". With the GPS and the Base Camp program I can do much more than navigate the shortest and quickest route point A to point B. I can set the Garmin to avoid toll roads or interstates altogether or at least to avoid them so far as is practical. I can even design my own custom route and download it into my Garmin which will then guide me, turn by turn, with pleasant enough female voice. At least that's the theory. By the end of this summer's trip I hope to be an experienced navigator with a good understanding of the mysteries of the Garmin.
Of course I will still take along maps and atlases. In fact, I will be taking some very old "Commercial Surveys", one written before 1926 and one written just after the creation of the US Highway system in 1926. The survey written before 1926 clearly shows both the Lincoln Highway and the Yellowstone Trail. The one written after 1926 shows the US Highway route numbers which should help me in finding the original routes amongst the much newer roads. Of course, neither shows interstate highways.
Pre 1926 Road Atlas (Left), Post 1926 Atlas with US Hwy designations (Right)
Reproduction Lincoln Hwy. 1928 marker at Donner pass (left)
Original YellowstoneTrail Marker (right)
|"Pole Markers" of named Highways|