US Route 6 is the longest contiguous transcontinental route in the USA. Running from Provincetown, MA to Bishop, CA (and before 1964 to Long Beach, CA), Route 6 goes through 14 states. This is your guide along all of its original 3,652 miles. From Revolutionary War sites to pioneer settlements and western mining towns, Route 6 offers an in-depth lesson in US History, charms of yesteryear and comforts of modern times.
When it rains and pours all night and all day, there's bound to be an effect on the roads. Business Route 6 in Carbondale, PA got hit pretty hard, but Penn DOT seems to be taking it well, as you can see in this video.
For all traveling on Route 6 from Massachusetts to California, keep an eye on the road and on the weather, and use precaution.
What do Bonnie & Clyde, Jesse James, Nancy Drew and Jack Kerouac have in common? U.S. Route 6 in Iowa takes two-lane motorists from Davenport on the Mississippi to Council Bluffs on the Missouri. Built in one day by 10,000 farmers and businesses across the state, Iowa’s Route 6 is part of the second longest transcontinental highway in America. River to River: Iowa’s Forgotten Highway 6 guides viewers on a nostalgic classic car journey through yesterday’s soda shops, filling stations, general stores, drive-ins, and roadside attractions. Experience the sights and sounds, the people and the places that the four-lanes have forgotten...before they are gone forever.
River to River is a documentary from award-winning filmmakers Kelly & Tammy Rundle inspired by the Highway 6 research and photography of David W. Darby.
River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6 producers Kelly & Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films.
Emmy ® nominated documentary filmmakers Kelly and Tammy Rundle of Fourth Wall Films are excited to hit the road with their new documentary River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6 starting with a grand premiere event at the Putnam Museum's Giant Screen in Davenport, Iowa on September 17th at 7:00 p.m.
"We could not be more thrilled about premiering the film at the Putnam," said producer Tammy Rundle. "The museum is a treasure to the Quad Cities and the documentary is very much about seeking out the treasures in communities along Historic Route 6. It is among our favorite places to explore and to bring guests who are visiting the Quad Cities."
The premiere event will kick off the 5th Annual River to River Retro Road Tour, organized by Dave Darby, the Executive Director of the Iowa Division of the Route 6 Tourist Association. The film was inspired by the research and photography of Darby and he launched the first River to River Cruise when film production began on the project in 2011. The tour draws 100+ cars each year to the Quad Cities where the Route 6 journey begins, and ends in Council Bluffs with stops at events, museums and restaurants in towns along the way. For more information and to register for the Road Trip, visit River to River Retro Road Trip.
Premiere attendees will enjoy the classic car 'eye-candy' in the Putnam lot between 6:00 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. The screening of the 1-hour film will begin at 7:00 p.m. with Q&A with the filmmakers and other film participants following the movie. The premiere event is sponsored by the Putnam Museum and Dahl Ford. Advance tickets are recommended--$8.50/pp. To order tickets visit Putnam.org.
Six special event screenings of River to River will take place at venues along Historic Route 6 from Davenport to Council Bluffs, September 17-30:
Davenport, Iowa- PUTNAM PREMIERE EVENT! September 17, 2015 (Thurs), 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.Putnam Giant Screen, 1717 West 12th Street. Tickets $8.50/pp at Putnam.org. Q&A with the filmmakers and film participants following the movie. Sponsored by the Putnam Museum and Dahl Ford.
Iowa City, Iowa - HUMANITIES IOWA EVENT! September 20, 2015 (Sunday)2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.UI Museum of Natural History, 17 N. Clinton St. Free to the public! Q&A with the filmmakers and Carolyn Dyer (author of "Rediscovering Nancy Drew").
Marengo, Iowa - FRIENDS OF MARENGO PUBLIC LIBRARY EVENT! September 22, 2015 (Tuesday)7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.Marengo Public Library, 235 E. Hilton Street. Free to the public! Q&A with the filmmakers following the movie. Sponsored by Friends of Marengo Public Library.
Council Bluffs, Iowa- WESTERN HISTORIC TRAILS CENTER EVENT! September 27, 2015 (Sunday)2:00 p.m. -4:00 p.m.Western Historic Trails Center, 3434 Richard Downey Avenue. Tickets $8/pp at the door (seating is limited). Q&A with the filmmakers following the movie.
Dexter, Iowa - ROUNDHOUSE EVENT! September 28, 2015 (Monday)7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.Dexter Roundhouse Community Center, 707 Dallas Street. Tickets $7/pp at the door. Q&A with the filmmakers following the movie.
Grinnell, Iowa- SPAULDING CENTER FOR TRANSPORTATION EVENT! September 29, 2015 (Tuesday)7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.Spaulding Center for Transportation, 829 Spring Street. Tickets $7/pp at the door. Q&A with the filmmakers following the movie.
Showings will continue at film festivals and in art theaters, followed by a national DVD release, and broadcasts on Midwestern PBS stations in 2016.
We'd LOVE to bring River to River: Iowa's Forgotten Highway 6 to your location! To book a showing of the documentary in your community, contact Kelly and Tammy Rundle at email@example.com!
Aprylle Gilbert, long-distance endurance runner, receiving the Points of Light Gold Medal - a Presidential Volunteer Service Award - from US Route 6 MA Director, Don Doucette, at the end of her 3,652-mile transcontinental run in Provincetown MA.
Photo Credit - Merrily Cassidy, CAPE COD TIMES
Watch Aprylle cross the Finish Line HERE. "These kids are worth running the extra mile for."- Aprylle Gilbert
RUNNER TO CONCLUDE COAST-TO-COAST CHARITY RUN IN PROVINCETOWN
America's First Destination will be Aprylle Gilbert's final at the finish line in Pilgrims' First Landing Park
PROVINCETOWN, Mass. - Endurance runner and musician Aprylle Gilbert will finish her historic run along famed U.S. Route 6 on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at Pilgrims' First Landing Park in Provincetown. The coast-to coast run is in support of her charity program, "Coast to Coast for Kids," supporting disadvantaged children in San Jose, Calif.
Gilbert's run began on May 11, 2015, in Bishop, Calif. and stretches 3,652 miles to Provincetown, where U.S. Route 6 ends. She runs 30-40 miles each day and has endured challenging terrains and climates including the deserts in California, Nevada and Utah and mountain regions in Colorado, although she says she finds comfort in the changing landscapes.
Gilbert has traveled with her friend and support driver, Jose Reyes, with help from a network of volunteers and the Route 6 Tourist Association. She doesn't use any money from the charity fund and credits the volunteers who have offered her housing in small towns along the way. As a reward for those who are sponsoring the run, donors receive gifts of Gilbert's CDs and her book. One-hundred percent of contributions are donated to charity.
To honor Gilbert, the Board of Selectmen in the Town of Provincetown, in the County of Barnstable of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, has proclaimed Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015, as Aprylle Gilbert Day in the Town of Provincetown and encourages citizens to express their gratitude and to pay tribute on this day.
Pilgrims' First Landing Park commemorates the 102 Pilgrims on the Mayflower whose first landing in the New World was at the tip of Cape Cod in Provincetown in 1620. Plans are underway to commemorate the 400th landing along with the signing of the Mayflower Compact in Provincetown Harbor, a document giving rise to a nation and American Democracy.
Several years ago, I tackled transcontinental US Route 6, known also as The Grand Army of the Republic Highway. By "tackle" I mean I drove the complete 3,652 miles in the comfort of my own car, purely for the joy and novelty of documenting the country's second longest road for my guidebook, Stay on Route 6. (Though formerly the longest American highway, it was overtaken by US Route 20 in 1964 when California renumbered its routes.)
But endurance runner and musician, Aprylle Gilbert, has been actually tackling Route 6 as earnestly and powerfully as any linebacker goes after his opponents on the football field. She is not doing it for the joy or novelty, either. She's doing it to prove that she can, and "for the kids."
Read the rest of the story on Huffington Post HERE.
Aprylle Gilbert is on a 3,652-mile journey across the country, part of a “Coast to Coast for Kids” campaign to raise money for disadvantaged children. She is expected to arrive in McKean County on Wednesday.
Aprylle Gilbert is on a mission to run 3,652 miles across the country on U.S. Route 6, and is expected to arrive in McKean County on Wednesday.
Her “Coast to Coast for Kids” campaign is an effort to raise money for programs geared toward disadvantaged children in San Jose, Calif.
“Having runners on Pennsylvania Route 6 is a positive press image for our region,” said Linda Devlin, executive director of the Bradford-based Allegheny National Forest Visitors Bureau. “It helps to raise awareness of their cause, and since our marketing brand for McKean County is ‘Trail Central’ we always appreciate having runners, bikers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts in the McKean County area.”
Gilbert, a long-distance runner and professional musician, began her journey May 11 from Long Beach, Calif., and is heading to Provincetown, Mass., which is at the tip of Cape Cod.
Each day, Gilbert has been running 30 to 40 miles along U.S. Route 6, and she is due to cross the Pennsylvania border from Ohio on Sunday.
By Wednesday evening, she should be in Kane, according to her schedule.
The next day Gilbert is due in Smethport. Plans are in motion for people to walk with her along Route 6, according to Claudia Caminite of the ANF Visitors Bureau and an official with the Potato Creek Trail Association.
That’s the kind of support that Gilbert wants to see. In a statement on her website, Gilbert said she wants to reach out to communities during her trek, invite them to be part of the movement and run with her.
Meanwhile, on Thursday night, Gilbert will spend the evening at Inn on Maple Street in Port Allegany. On Friday, she will reach Coudersport and arrive in Galeton that night.
“We would like to show Aprylle how excited we are to welcome her to PA,” said PA Route 6 Alliance Jennifer Rossman in an e-mail. “Thus far, Aprylle has had police and fire escorts arranged for her, mayors, commissioners and other local government persons welcome her into their towns, counties, and regions. We want Aprylle to know how friendly and welcoming we are in PA but we need your help.”
In the past, Route 6 has been the site of long-distance walkers — a writer and most recently a blogger, but Devlin doesn’t remember there being a runner.
For Gilbert, she will be accomplishing a dream of running from coast to coast.
“I am hoping my run will develop connections and build a network for community activism. I want to encourage young people to make health and fitness a priority and inspire them to dream big,” she said.
For more information on the “Coast to Coast for Kids” campaign, see www.aprylle.com.
A California woman has reached the halfway point in her 3,652-mile journey along U.S. Route 6 and is expected to reach the Gretna area on Monday.
Long-distance runner and singer/songwriter Aprylle Gilbert entered Nebraska on July 7 and averages 30 miles per day, which will place her in the local area sometime over the weekend or early next week.
The resident of San Jose, Calif., began her journey on May 11 in Long Beach, Calif., and plans to continue to Provincetown, Mass.
Gilbert would be the first person to run U.S. Route 6 from coast to coast, according to the U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association.
Her coast-to-coast charity run is in support of Washington United Youth Center in Santa Clara County, Calif., a nonprofit organization providing afterschool care for underserved children.
Gilbert plans to write a book and produce a video of her adventure when the run is finished.