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    National Road Garage Sale 2018

    By Foster Braun

    Click here to listen...  Click here to download.   In  our 2018 Spring Viva Las Vegas issue , under the Friends in the Fast Lane column, the lead story was about an 824 mile long garage sale!  In this American Road Trip Talk podcast,  you are going to meet Pat McDaniel, the lady who dreamed up this great gathering.  The Historic National Road Garage sale took place from May 31 to June 4 Along US 40 from Baltimore to St. Louis.  For ore information visit their Historic National Road Meande
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    Geneva And Geneva On The Lake Ohio

    By etchr66

    It's summer time and its hot. What better way to cool down then to spend some time at the lake. With that in mind, our Namesake town for this entry is Geneva, Ohio and the nearby summer resort town of Geneva on the Lake. Both are located in Ashtabula County, which has a wealth of museums and sites of historic interest. In addition there are some eighteen covered bridges in the county, including both the longest and shortest covered bridges in the United States. Add the ten or so wineries in the
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  • Alex Burr - hester_nec

    Introduction

    By Alex Burr - hester_nec

    Hello. Tho I am new to this media, blogging, I am not new to American Road. I've been around since the beginning. I do have a road trip web site, but decided to give this blog a try to post my rather infrequent road trips in the Memphis, TN, area.   Being nearly 73 years old I'm old enough to remember the good old days of 2-lane road travel. Indeed, I went with my folks in the late 40's and early 50's on several trips from southern Maine to the Dayton, Ohio, area to visit friends and relatives
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  • Foster Braun

    American Road Trip Talk: Heather Hausmann: Sinful Sidney Sesquicentennial

    By Foster Braun

    Click here to listen… Click here to download… In the rough and tumble days of the late 1800’s, the little town of Sidney, Nebraska was an important military and commercial outpost on the railroad lines that were becoming the arteries of American expansion. It was indeed the Wild West, populated by such colorful characters as Buffalo Bill and Calamity Jane and earned the moniker, Toughest Town on the Tracks. In 2017 what was once called Sinful Sidney is celebrating its Sesquicentennial ( that’s
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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Neal Howk: Jewels Of The North

American Road TripTalk (Podcast)- Neal Howk: Jewels of the North Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Like 21 rough-cut jewels the Apostle Islands adorn the shores of western Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin. These rugged islands aren't just pretty baubles crowning the Badger State; they have had tremendous cultural and historical significance to North America for millennia. Once the ancestral home of the Ojibwa people, and resource for a growing nation, the Apostle

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob O'neil: Vali Highlights

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob O'Neil: Vali Highlights Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Our summer 2011 issue of American Road Magazine featured a special section highlighting 26 classic drive in theaters across North America. A common thread among the picture parks, like the Vali Hi Drive In Lake Elmo, Minnesota, is that they are survivors. Bob O'Neil, owner since 1978, has learned how to hang on and is now enjoying a renaissance in moonlight movie-going thank

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Arnold Berkman: Us Route 66 Death Of An American Icon

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Arnold Berkman: US Route 66 Death of an American Icon Click here to listen... (10:26) Click here to download... After seeing his obituary in a newspaper, Mark Twain quipped, "News of my death has been greatly exaggerated." Along these same lines, some of you may be more than a little put off by the title of this photo exhibit:US Route 66: Death of an American Icon. Arnold Berkman, a retired psychologist and professional photographer, took the pictur

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Carol Stuttle, Carol Burke Et Al: Endless Nights

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Carol Stuttle, Carol Burke et al: Endless Nights (16 min) Click here to listen... Clickhere to download... The sky never looked brighter over central Illinois than when The Sky View Drive In Theatre in Litchfield lit up the night with Hollywood's stars. The Sky View is the last operating drive in on Historic Route 66 in the Lincoln State. Somehow it has survived until just recently charging just $2/person for admission to a double feature! How they

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dave Preston: Breezy Rider

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dave Preston: Breezy Rider Click here to listen... 10:00 Clickhere to download...   For nearly a decade Dave Preston has entertained readers of the American Road Magazine with reviews and commentary on our heritage roadways. Recently I had an opportunityto talk to him about his passion and favorite way to see the American Road: on a motorcycle! In our story you'll hear how Dave went from being a schoolteacher to become a motor enthusiast and learn abo

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Nathan Schock: Corn Power

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Nathan Schock: Corn Power Click here to listen... (11:00) Clickhere to download... It's highway robbery every time we pull up to the gas station. Whether it's political turmoil in the Middle East or pure greed on the part of oil companies, there always seems to be an excuse for jacking up the prices Well there are some folks in the heartland of America working to break that dependence on foreign fuels at a company called POET, a company formed in the

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Erika Nelson: Desert Dinos

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Erika Nelson: Desert Dinos Click here to listen... (9:22) Click here to download... Claude Bell was a man who could dream bigger than most men can imagine. Two enormous concrete dinosaurs that command the Mohave desert town of Cabazon, California are silent witnesses to his hard work, persistence and vision. The desert dinos were featured in our Spring 2011 American Road Magazine column World's Largest Things. In every issue, author and artist Erika Nelso

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Tonia Buell, The Green Highway

American Road TripTalk (Podcast)-Tonia Buell The Green Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   Sticker shock at the pump in 2011 and the fact that this year's Car of the Year at the Detroit International Auto Show was the electric powered Chevrolet Volt seem to indicate that Americans are beginning to take electric cars seriously. Nissan and Ford have joined GM in producing electric vehicles but the biggest limitation seems to be: How far can you go on the batteries?

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rollin Southwell: The Loneliest Highway

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Rollin Southwell: The Loneliest Highway Click here to listen... Click here to download... His voice reminds you of smoke filled saloons, tall tales around campfires and sun-baked days on the high desert. Rollin Southwell personifies the area that he calls the Loneliest and Oldest Highway in Nevada, US 50, part of the Lincoln Highway. His Lincoln Highway website chronicles this dusty road that makes its way through central Nevada like a rattle snake throug

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Janet Leopold: Hawaiian Jurassic Park

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Janet Leopold: Hawaiian Jurassic Park Click here to listen... Click here to download...   When filmmakers want to create a dinosaur domain for our imaginations, there is one favorite place on earth that they go to create their prehistoric settings: The Hawaiian island of Kauai. Specifically, they set up their cameras in the National Tropical Botanical Gardens. Our spring issue of American Road Magazine is built around the theme of dinosaurs so I dial

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Barbara Wynns: Weeki Wachee Woes

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Barbara Wynns: Weeki Wachee Woes Click here to listen... Click here to download... Weeki Wachee Springs, is a natural wonder innorthwest Florida where "mermaids" have performed under water for millions ofvisitors since it opened shortly after WWII. Right now the very existence of this extraordinary attraction is in danger. Like every state in the union, Florida is trying to save money by cutting costs and outsourcing state services. Wee

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Dr. Steve Cumbaa: Extinction Theatre

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Dr. Steve Cumbaa: Extinction Theatre Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Our spring 2011 edition of the American Road Magazine is centered around dinosaurs and their many manifestations along the highways of North America. One of our articles presented The Extinction Theatre, part of the Talisman Energy Fossil Exhibition, housed in the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa, Canada.   Our guest for this American Road TripTalk is

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Dee Helming: Fallen Shoe Tree

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Dee Helming: Fallen Shoe Tree Click here to listen... Click here to download...   The stretch of desert highway between Austin and Fallon, Nevada was home to one of the rarest trees in Americana: the "shoe tree." Actually there are a number of these huge trees draped with Doc Martins, tennies, work boots and all manner of used shoes all across the country. Rather than being treated as smelly, eyesores, they have become beloved roadside shoe shrines. T

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Costas Schuler: Mercedes Pens

My linkAmerican Road TripTalk (podcast) - Costas Schuler: Mercedes Pens Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Like any dedicated artist Costas Schuler wants to make his mark on the world. The only difference is that Costas wants to make that mark with used up pens, thousands of them, in all sizes and colors and all of them glued to his 1981 Mercedes 300D, better known simply as the Mercedes Pens. Costas has his sights set much higher than his ingeniously colorful ride and yo

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Tom Holm: Eco Trek Plant Power

American Road TripTalk (podcast) - Tom Holm: Eco Trek Plant Power Click here to listen... Click here to download... Tom Holm is a man on a mission to change the way Americans travel our favorite roadways without becoming enslaved to foreign oil based fuels. In early 2011, Tom completed a 10,000-mile Eco Trek from coast to coast and back powered solely by cellulosic ethanol. It's a fuel derived from cornhusks, stalks, and other plant byproducts and is currently produced by a company named P

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Kim Koga: Neon In The Spotlight

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Kim Koga: Neon in the Spotlight Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Starting in the1920's the art of neon lighting lit up American roadways and towns from coast to coast. In many ways it was arevolutionary as the digital artistry of today. Curiously, neon lighting made its way into the US from Europe by jumping across the country and landing in Los Angeles, California. So it's fitting that the City of the Angels should be the home of th

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Ron Gustafson: Penguin Power

American Road TripTalk (podcast) - Ron Gustafson: Penguin Power Click here to listen... Click here to download...     When the weatherperson wants you to know just how cold things can get in case you were starting to feel sorry for yourself, they would probably say, "But in Cut Bank, Montana it's 40 degrees below zero." In our Winter 2010 Holiday Road Tour we visited the Glacier Gateway Inn and Plaza in Cut Bank where former owner Ron Gustafson had built the largest penguin inthe world t

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jim Jones: Waldmire's Wheels

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Jim Jones: Waldmire's Wheels Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Route 66 has been dubbed the Mother Road and Bob Waldmire has to have been one of her favorite sons. A Tunnel Vision article in the Winter 2010 issue of American Road Magazine describes some of the unique vehicles that Waldmire used while creating his incredibly detailed pen and ink images of the American Road along Route 66 . In this American Road Trip Talk, JimJones, th

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Steve Sidlecki: Christmas Leg-Acy

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Steve Sidlecki: Christmas Leg-acy Click here to listen... Click here to download... "You'll shoot your eye out!" was probably the most famous line in The Christmas Story but the infamous leg lamp that became the movie's most famous prop. As a matter of fact it was a homemade version of the Leg Lamp that served as the inspiration and one of the main means that led, former Navy pilot, Brian Jones to buy the house in 2005 and recreating the magic of Ralph

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