Adventure

Call of The Open Road

Wanderlust, a German term meaning a strong desire to travel. The Wanderlust by Robert Service The Wanderlust has lured me to the seven lonely seas, Has dumped me on the tailing-piles of dearth; The Wanderlust has haled me from the morris chairs of ease, Has hurled me...

Enjoy The Ride

It was a bizarre series of coincidences that led to an interview in Jay Leno's garage. Long hours, hard work, endless research and laser focus on a goal ended with the biggest financial loss encountered to date. My first book contract was awarded because of who I knew...

Dispatch From Kingman

I was about seven years old when a grizzled old WWI vet took me to a special place that he knew in the sand hills near Port Huron, Michigan. It is still a vivid memory as I came home that day with arrowheads in my jacket pocket. One summer Uncle Burton took me deep...

The Quest

It was a highway in name only. In that summer of 1915, Edsel Ford recorded in his travel journal that July 15 was a "good days run." He had driven from Williams to Kingman, Arizona, a distance of just over 153 miles on the National Old Trails Road. He had left...

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Discover America

Discover America

"Suddenly, a light shined down from the heavens when a very unassuming old man approached me and asked what year the car was and where we were from. We talked and I told him our story and our current situation. It was then that he introduced himself as Jim, the owner...

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An Attempt to Explain

An Attempt to Explain

Exactly when thoughts first turned to ownership of a Ford Model A is unknown. Suffice to say that the seeds for this pipe dream were planted long ago, long, long ago. Well, with the passing of another birthday, and having survived the swirling disasters that was the...

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Now More Than Ever

Now More Than Ever

The passing of time dilutes history just as adding water to the soup thins the broth. It also mutes the taste by making it bland. And it also makes a homemade soup a whole lot less nutritious. "For Rutherford B. Hayes, election evening of November 7, 1876, was shaping...

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The Empty Places

The centennial is fast approaching. How will it be celebrated? What does the future hold for this storied old highway? What will be preserved and what will be lost? The answers to these questions are as diverse as the communities along Route 66 and the reasons people...

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Another Milestone

Another birthday is fast approaching. That is always a reason for a bit of reflection, especially during the sunrise walkabouts. This year the thoughts seem to be running deeper than ever. I am mere weeks away from submitting book number twenty to the publisher, and...

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Welcome To My Neighborhood

Welcome To My Neighborhood

It was mid summer 1966 when we followed the flow of traffic on Route 66 into Kingman, Arizona. Even though I was just a kid, I was no stranger to travel. My folks liked to tease that my toilet training had taken place along the highway and in service station rest...

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