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    American Road Trip Talk: Heather Hausmann: Sinful Sidney Sesquicentennial

    By Foster Braun

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    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 150 candles) between Aug. 18-20 with a double extravaganza. One is man-made and the other is Mother Nature made and utterly unique. Our guest Heather Haussmann, Cheyenne County Visitor and Convention Bureau, which is based in Sidney, has all the details for both events.


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    Sinful Sidney’s Sesquicentennial
    This summer the “toughest town on the tracks” is rolling out the red carpet for lovers of the Wild West and good old fashioned family fun. Whether you are a classic car enthusiast, history buff or just making plans for a family vacation, you’ll want to save August 18-21 for a visit to Sidney, NE.

    If any place knows how to throw a great party, it’s Sidney. Over the last 150 years the town, known as the “Wickedest Town in the West”, has seen the likes of Buffalo Bill, Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane. Good food, non-stop entertainment, a classic car show and loads of activities for kids will be topped off by two extraordinary light shows. The first one will be a spectacular firework display on Sunday night at the Cheyenne County Fair Grounds. The second one will be a once in a lifetime experience put on Mother Nature.

    On Monday, August 21, Western Nebraska will be one of the best places in the country to watch a total eclipse of the sun—make Sidney your hub. This will be the first total solar eclipse visible in continental United States for the 38 years and you will have one of the best seats in the house. Nebraska is one of a few places in the country that will be under the complete blackout as the moon blanks out the sun and day turns to night for nearly 3 minutes. It will be an historic event for young and old alike.

    This summer Sinful Sidney 150 will be an awesome opportunity to enjoy a good old fashioned community celebration and get a good night’s rest before witnessing the rare historic event of a total solar eclipse. It’s an experience your family will treasure for the rest of their lives.

    Don’t forget to mark the dates, August 18-21, 2017 in Sydney, NE. It’s going to be an unforgettable event that you won’t want to miss. For more information visit cheyennecountytourism.com and follow the celebration on Facebook at “Sinful Sidney 150 Sesquicentennial Celebration.”
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  • Foster Braun

    National Road Garage Sale 2018

    By Foster Braun

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     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 Meanderings page on Facebook or www. oldstorefrontantiques.com      
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  • etchr66

    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 county and what's not to like?   At 613 feet the Smolen-Gulf Bridge, loacted on Ashtabula County Road 25 just south of the city of Ashtabula, is the longest covered bridge in the country and the fourth longest in the world. The map coordinates are (41.855458,-80.762204). At just 18 feet the shortest covered bridge is the West Liberty Street Bridge in the town of Geneva. The map coordinates for it are (41.799183,-80.948532). [1]   Please comment if you like these entries or have any feedback to offer.   From the book "For Namesake, a Travel Book" [2]:   Geneva, Ohio is a town of 6,215 located in Ashtabula County along US Route 20. It lies 25 miles from the Pennsylvania border and 45 miles northeast of Cleveland. Geneva on the Lake is a town of 1,288, which lies 5 miles north of Geneva on Ohio Route 534. The county seat of Ashtabula County is Jefferson, located 10 miles southeast of Geneva. The closet college is Lake Erie College in the city of Painesville.   Ashtabula County was established in 1807 and was the first county created in the Connecticut Western Reserve. The area around Geneva was originally part of Harpersfield Township. In 1816 a small group of settlers decided to withdraw from Harpersfield and create their own community. They named it Geneva for the scenic town of Geneva, New York. With the completion of the Eric Canal in 1825, its location close to the lakefront added to its attraction. In 1829 the first post office was established. By 1840 the population was over 1,200. The Lake Shore railway came from Cleveland through Geneva to Ashtabula in 1852. The community of Geneva was incorporated as an official Ohio Village in 1866. By 1896 the village had a population of three thousand persons. In the early 1900’s Geneva gained its first automobile industry company with the manufacture of the Geneva Steamer in 1901. The company that manufactured this car closed just 3 years later. A few other attempts were made to manufacture automobiles in Geneva; however they too only lasted a few years. The grape industry has played an important part in the economy of Geneva and still does so today. In 1958 having obtained a population over 5000, Geneva was incorporated as an official Ohio “City”. [3]   Geneva on the Lake was Ohio’s first summer resort. It began in 1869 with the opening of the first public picnic ground on a bluff above Lake Erie known as Sturgeon Point. By the early 1900’s it had evolved into a camping and fishing playground for America’s elite. Incorporated as an Ohio Village in 1927; today it is a premier lakeshore vacationland. [4]   Ashtabula County has sixteen museums and sites of historic interest; the following is a sampling of those you may want to visit. The city of Ashtabula has Great Lakes Marine & Coast Guard Memorial Museum, Hubbard House (a northern terminus of the Underground Railroad) and Olin’s Museum of Covered Bridges. Conneaut has the Conneaut Historical Railroad Museum. Shandy Hall, 2 miles south of Geneva, is the 1815 home of Robert Harper and said to be the oldest frame house in the Western Reserve to be preserved in its original form. Hartsgrove has the Presidential Museum. In Jefferson you will find a nice railroad depot and the Victorian Perambulation Museum. In Windsor there is the Servants of Mary Center for Peace featuring a fifty-foot statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe. There are eighteen covered bridges in Ashtabula County including the longest one in the United States, spanning a distance of 613 feet. [1] The warm breezes off of Lake Erie make this region a prime location for growing grapes and there are some ten wineries in the county. [5] Geneva hosts an annual Grape festival in September. Geneva on the Lake is a very popular summer resort with a strip of tourist oriented businesses and parks. To learn about all of the attractions in the area stop by the Geneva on the Lake Visitor Information center at 5536 Lake Road.   Enjoy the Lake Erie shoreline with boating, camping, hiking, fishing or just relaxing at Geneva State Park, just one mile from Geneva on the Lake. Additional recreation areas include Pymatuning State Park and Reservoir, Mosquito Lake State Park and Reservoir, Headlands Beach State Park, and Punderson State Park.   Notable residents of Geneva include Brian Anderson, major league baseball pitcher; Edward S. Ellis, dime novel author; and Ransom E. Olds, automobile industry pioneer.       Notes:   1. http://www.experience-ohio-amish-country.com/covered-bridges.html   2. http://www.amazon.co.../dp/B00CBM6JFK/   http://www.barnesand...n=2940016722009   3. http://www.genevaohio.com/history.html   4. http://www.visitgenevaonthelake.com/history.htm   5. http://www.accvb.org/wineries.html   Picture is Harpersfield Covered Bridge, at 228 feet in length this was the longest covered bridge in Ohio until the construction of the Smolen-Gulf Bridge in 2008. Picture Credit: (Wikimedia Commons – User: Homefryes CC-BY-SA)
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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. I look back and think, good old days?? Hot summer days on the road in a 10 year old Chrysler with no AC?? Motels that were more cabin than motel and usually not air conditioned?? Greasy spoon diners - tho most were pretty good. But, it was still exiting for a 10 year old to see what was around the corner. Kids miss so much today on vacation trips on the interstate. And there's not much new around the corner - or down the road, either. Got a Mickey D's in your home town - you'll find many along the road - along with BurgerKing, Wendy's, shopping malls with the same stores. No, kids today miss a lot.   Back in 1953 I was crazy enough to go to the west coast, from Maine, with a buddy of mine, on 20 to the mid-west where we picked up 66 to California. Then 101, more or less north to Oregon and Washington, then home to Maine, mostly on 20, but some on 30, 6 and 2. We were celebrating the big transition from child-hood to adult-hood - getting our drivers licenses. At the time, in Maine, you could get a license at 15 - Maine was largely rural and farm land so 15 year olds were expected to drive the family farm equipment, trucks, etc. Can you imagine two 15 year olds driving across country today?? Probably wouldn't get out of the state, to start with.   So, I'll probably be posting more on my new blog as time goes by. Won't be every day, won't be ever week. We'll try to find something to add at least inside a six month window.   Happy, and safe, travels everybody.
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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 Islands are now again wilderness wonderland. Neil Howk, Assistant Chief of Interpretation and Education, for Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Park gives us the full tour of the Jewels of the North.   American Road TripTalk (Podcast)- Neal Howk: Jewels of the North Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Summer fun has arrived in Wisconsin. Whether it's water skiing, camping, festivals or relaxing at the lake, you can find your fun at TravelWisconsin.com. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. Special Podcast Sponsor This October there is a marvelous cultural event taking place in south Louisiana that you simply must experience. The Grand Reveil Acadien is a wonderful gathering of Acadians and lovers of participating in the continued expression of the native French language and culture exemplified in Louisiana. This unique celebration takes place October 7- 16, 2011. Visit www.GRA2011.org for more information.

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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 thanks to families who want their kids to enjoy a time they fondly remember. It also helps that Bob has the secret to picking just the right movies for this atmosphere, a secret sauce. American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob O'Neil: Vali Highlights Click here to listen... Click here to download..   Summer fun has arrived in Wisconsin. Whether it's water skiing, camping, festivals or relaxing at the lake, you can find your fun at TravelWisconsin.com. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road. Get your American Road iPhone and iPad app today.

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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 pictures during four trips he made along Route 66. During our conversation we discussed his perspective on a roadway where many people insist there are still plenty of places to get your kicks. You can see the full display of his Route 66 pictures by visiting his photography homepage. Regardless of your opinion about the state of this historic highway, you have to admire the rugged beauty of Berkman's images of the automotive artery that carried Americans west to California's gleaming shores.   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...   ####### Don't miss the 1st Annual Midwest All Ford Nationals Car Show and Swap Meet in Vandalia, IL The meet will be held at Vandalia Lake Campground July 16 & 17th from 8am-5pm both days. There will be vendors, live music including a Johnny Cash and Willie Nelson impersonator, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes every hour! Admission is just $5.00 for adults, Children 10 & under get in FREE. All proceeds will benefit the Vandalia Lions Club. For more information visit: midwestallfordnationals.com ####### Summer fun has arrived in Wisconsin. Whether it's water skiing, camping, festivals or relaxing at the lake, you can find your fun at TravelWisconsin.com. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road. Get your American Road iPhone and iPad app today.

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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 manage this magic is the subject of my conversation with plain talking, hard working Carol Stuttle, the long time manager of the Sky View. But we have another special treat: Carol Burke, the tourism coordinator for Litchfield, IL describes a special interactive commemorative display that was erected in front of the Sky View. The Route 66 Scenic Byways built an interactive Wayside memorial that allows visitors to not only find out the history of the drive in but also hear the warm memories of local residents who grew up with the Sky View. At the touch of a button on the Wayside you can hear those voices but we've taken care of all that for you and you will hear their delightful stories in this podcast. A little note, because of all the content this podcast runs 16 minutes but I think that it's worth the listening. You tell me what you think. American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Carol Stuttle, Carol Burke et al: Endless Nights (16 min) Click here to listen... Click here to download... ####### Don't miss the 1st AnnualMidwest All Ford Nationals Car Show and Swap Meet in Vandalia, IL The meet will be held at Vandalia LakeCampground July 16 & 17th from 8am-5pm bothdays. There will be vendors, live music including a Johnny Cashand Willie Nelson impersonator, a 50/50 drawing and door prizes everyhour! Admission is just $5.00 for adults, Children 10 &under get in FREE. All proceeds will benefit the VandaliaLions Club. For more information visit: midwestallfordnationals.com ####### Summer fun has arrived in Wisconsin. Whether it's waterskiing, camping, festivals or relaxing at the lake, you can find your fun at TravelWisconsin.com. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road. Get your American Road iPhone and iPad app today.

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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 about some of his favorite rides. Dave has also written and self-published three books and a collection of essays which can be read as eBooks on Kindle, iPad and Nook readers. They are: Motorcycle 101 - a light-hearted guide to motorcycling for those new to or returning to motorcycles. Motorcycle 201 - an extensively revised e-book edition with added sections and Mourning Ride - available as an e-book at Amazon.com featuring plot twists, adventure, a couple of motorcycles, and a few explosions! Motorcycle Heart, Theory, and Practice - a collection of essays written for Sound Rider! magazine and a few others. You can also find Dave through his website: www.davidpreston.biz   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dave Preston: Breezy Rider Click here to listen... 10:00 Click here to download... Summer fun has arrived in Wisconsin. Whether it's waterskiing, camping, festivals or relaxing at the lake, you can find your fun at TravelWisconsin.com. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road. Get your American Road iPhone and iPad app today.

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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 mid-80's to turn corn into ethanol, liquid fuel that has been included in most of our gasoline. In one of our past TripTalks I interviewed Tom Holm who went on a 10,000 mile Eco Trek across the country in vehicles powered solely by cellulosic ethanol, derived from farm waste like corn husks, leaves and stubble. (EcoTrek TripTalk ) POET provided Tom with that fuel and in this podcast I speak with Nathan Schock their PR director about producing ethanol to break our addiction to foreign fuels.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Nathan Schock: Corn Power Click here to listen... (11:00) Click here to download... Summer fun has arrived in Wisconsin. Whether it's waterskiing, camping, festivals or relaxing at the lake, you can find your fun at TravelWisconsin.com. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road. Get your American Road iPhone and iPad app today.

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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 Nelson salutes the king-sized roadside attractions that adorn the American Road. Erika Nelson is the creator of the World's Largest Things and travels the country with her bus full of the World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Copies of the World's Largest Things telling the stories of America's wonderful, king-sized roadside attractions. As a matter of principle she has visited every attraction that she has miniaturized and collected. American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Erika Nelson: Desert Dinos Click here to listen...(9:22) Click here to download... Summer fun has arrived in Wisconsin. Whether it's waterskiing, camping, festivals or relaxing at the lake, you can find your fun at TravelWisconsin.com. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road. Get your American Road iPhone and iPad app today.

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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? The State of Washington is tackling this issue head on with their participation in the West Coast Green Highway that will one day stretch from Vancouver, Canada to Baja California. Washington is building a series of rapid recharging stations that will release the electric cars from the urban grid and let them breath the air of wide open spaces. My guest, Tonia Buell, Program Developer and Communications Manager for the Washington State Dept. of Transportation, explains the scope of this great green highway and the schedule for implementation in 2011.   American Road TripTalk (Podcast)-Tonia Buell The Green Highway Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Chautauqua County New York. Come to Chautauqua in June and get ready for summer with a new hobby or skill during Chautauqua in June, a celebration of vacation and lifelong learning, June 3-23, 2011. The three-week festival is packed with more than 50 workshops held in indoor and outdoor settings throughout Chautauqua County, New York - The World's Learning Center. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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 through sagebrush. I spoke with Rollin about the fall of the Shoe Tree near Middlegate, Nevada around Christmas 2010 and how his website is preserving the history of this wild west roadway, the Lincoln Highway. American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Rollin Southwell: The Loneliest Highway Click here to listen... Click here to download... Chautauqua County New York. Come to Chautauqua in June and get ready for summer with a new hobby or skill during Chautauqua in June, a celebration of vacation and lifelong learning, June 3-23, 2011. The three-week festival is packed with more than 50 workshops held in indoor and outdoor settings throughout Chautauqua County, New York - The World's Learning Center.   Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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 dialed up the NTBG and spoke with communications director Janet Leopold about this remarkable tropical gem. Kauai is the westernmost of the Hawaiian islands and the many gardens that make up the National Tropical Botanical Gardens have provided lush settings for everything from South Pacific to Blue Hawaii with Elvis. It was these lush jungles, waterfalls and exotic plants that gave Steven Spielberg the perfect setting for many of the scenes in his 1993 prehistoric classic, Jurassic Park. Janet was there for the filming and has some interesting stories to share on this podcast, but she just couldn't tell us the name of the film that just finished shooting in this tropical paradise. We'll let you know as soon as we know! The Gardens themselves are a veritable Noah's Ark of some of the most delicate and endangered tropical plants on the earth and the NTBG is dedicated to preserving all that they can. Janet has full details on that mission as well as movie stories.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Janet Leopold: Hawaiian Jurassic Park Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Chautauqua County New York. Come to Chautauqua in June and get ready for summer with a new hobby or skill during Chautauqua in June, a celebration of vacation and lifelong learning, June 3-23, 2011. The three-week festival is packed with more than 50 workshops held in indoor and outdoor settings throughout Chautauqua County, New York - The World's Learning Center. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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. Weeki Wachee became a Florida state park in 2008 and has been extremely successful since then. But now Florida is threatening to privatize certain park services which many feel would threaten the quality of those services and damage a park that is working perfectly well the way it is.   Our guest, Barbara Wynns, became a mermaid at the historic park in the late 60's and still performs regularly as one of the "veteran" mermaids. She is passionate about saving Weeki Watchee from the changes that Florida wants to make. As of this writing (May 3, 2011) Florida is still planning to lump Weeki Wachee together with all the other state parks, cut services and privatize others. Barbara and the other friends of Weeki Watchee declare that the park is making a profit and is working just fine the way it is. So Florida, leave Weeki Wachee alone! If it isn't broken; don't fix it. Urge Florida lawmakers to leave Weeki Wachee Park out of the current package of changes to Florida state parks! American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Barbara Wynns: Weeki Wachee Woes Click here to listen... Click here to download... Click here to play Weeki Wachee video http://youtu.be/tBZ_mwINHVA Chautauqua County New York. Come to Chautauqua in June and get ready for summer with a new hobby or skill during Chautauqua in June, a celebration of vacation and lifelong learning, June 3-23, 2011. The three-week festival is packed with more than 50 workshops held in indoor and outdoor settings throughout Chautauqua County, New York - The World'sLearning Center. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.  

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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 Dr. Steve Cumbaa, a paleontologist at the museum and one of the scientific advisors who helped create The Extinction Theatre. He'll describe the show which is actually a truly unique multi-media experience that chronicles the passing of the great thunder lizards and the dawn of a new age for the earth ruled by mammals. Even the museum itself is something of an architectural exhibition!   American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Dr. Steve Cumbaa: Extinction Theatre Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Thanks to the Heritage Tractor Adventure for sponsoring this American Road TripTalk. Join over 300 vintage tractors led by Max Armstrong as they travel the scenic byways of the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor from June 11 - 15. Visit HeritageTractorAdventure.com. Illinois ...Mile After Magnificent Mile.   Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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. That is why it is so sad that around New Years 2011 tragedy struck the shoe tree on the loneliest stretch of America highway, US 50 near Middlegate, Nevada. Dee Helming of the Austin, Nevada Chamber of Commerce shares the story of the enormous shrine to former footwear and its role in the lonely desert community.   American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Dee Helming: Fallen Shoe Tree Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Thanks to the Heritage Tractor Adventure for sponsoring this American Road TripTalk. Join over 300 vintage tractors led by Max Armstrong as they travel the scenic byways of the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor from June 11 - 15. Visit HeritageTractorAdventure.com. Illinois ...Mile After Magnificent Mile.   Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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 you'll hear more about what made Costas simply known as ThePen Guy and the big dream he has for the future in his adopted home state of California: Pentopia! You can help Costas realize his dream by mailing used pens to PO Box 994, Forestville, CA 95436 or visit his The Pen Guy Website   I want to thank the Heritage Tractor Adventure for sponsoring this American Road TripTalk. Join over 300 vintage tractors led by Max Armstrong as they travel the scenic byways of the I&M Canal Heritage Corridor from June 11 - 15. Visit HeritageTractorAdventure.com. Illinois ...Mile After Magnificent Mile. American Road TripTalk (podcast) - Costas Schuler: Mercedes Pens Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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 POET. We'll hear more about them in a future podcast; but today's conversation with Tom talks about the incredible event that turned his life around 180 degrees to plant based fuels and is now leading him on a quest that could have profound impact on the defenses of our nation. The Cellulosic Ethanol used in the EcoTrek Tour is produced by POET. You can follow Tom's entire Eco Trek journey through his blog. Find out more about the Eco Trek Foundation. American Road TripTalk (podcast) - Tom Holm: Eco Trek Plant Power Click here to listen... Click here to download... We want to thank the city of St. Joseph, MO for sponsoring this American Road TripTalk. Make history this year and bring the family to St Joseph, Missouri and make it a vacation they'll never forget. In St. Joseph you'll discover 150 years of history where the Pony Express began and Jesse James ended. Experience history, make history...go to St. Joe, MO Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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 the Museum of Neon Art (MONA)and on this AmericanRoad TripTalk we'll visit with Kim Koga, the museum's director to find out about a splendid display of neon art at the beginnings of one of America's great highways, Route 66. The city of West Hollywood celebrated its 25 anniversary in 2010 by displaying four of the biggest neon signs from the museum collection. After you listen to the interview with Ms. Koga, watch this video which describes the collaboration between MONA and West Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd. where the famous Mother Road, Route 66 began.   American Road Triptalk (Podcast)-Kim Koga: Neon in the Spotlight Click here to listen... Click here to download...   We want to thank the city of St. Joseph, MO for sponsoring this American Road TripTalk. Make history this year and bring the family to St Joseph, Missouri and make it a vacation they'll never forget. In St. Joseph you'll discover 150 years of history where the Pony Express began and Jesse James ended. Experience history, make history...go to St. Joe, MO Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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 to mark the coldest spot in the nation. But you will never guess where this thick skinned cowboy now hangs his hat: Galveston Island, TX where he has opened an RV Park. Looks like he traded in his snow shoes for flip flops and long underwear for shorts.   American Road TripTalk (podcast) - Ron Gustafson: Penguin Power Click here to listen... Click here to download...   We want to thank the city of St. Joseph, MO for sponsoring this AmericanRoad TripTalk. Make history this yearand bring the family to St Joseph, Missouri and make it a vacation they'llnever forget. In St. Joseph you'll discover 150 years of history where thePony Express began and Jesse James ended. Experience history, makehistory...go to stjomo.com. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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, the director of the Route 66 Hall of Fame and Museum in Pontiac, IL shares fond memories of an eccentric but passionate artist and the vehicles that took him from Illinois to the great Southwest. Visit the webpage for the Route 66 Association of Illinois for more details on the Mother Road and Bob Waldmire. American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Jim Jones: Waldmire's Wheels Click here to listen... Click here to download...   This American Road TripTalk is brought to you by Houma, LA. You are invited to discover a truly unique and authentic Cajun Mardi Gras celebrated nowhere else but in Houma, Louisiana - in the heart of the Cajun Wetlands. For more information check out their flier. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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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 and Randy's cozy home. The full story behind the rebirth of the Christmas Story House can be found in the Grand Old US Six column written by Joe Hurley for the Vol. 8 Winter 2010 issue of the American Road Magazine. In this TripTalk Steve Sidlecki, the executive director of The Christmas Story House and Museum fills in more of the details. Visit The Christmas Story House just three miles off of US 6 as it passes through Cleveland, Ohio or online at their homepage to find the times for visiting and some of the merchandise from the movie. Just imagine how you'd look in one of those pick bunny pajamas! By the way, Peter Billingsley, who played Ralph in the original movie still has a place in his heart for the story. "In 2010 he returned to his 'A Christmas Story' roots as executive director of 'A Christmas Story The Musical.' played as a pre-Broadway engagement in Kansas City where it was the most successful engagement in the history of the Kansas City Repertory Theatre. The producers will continue developing the production at the 5th Avenue Theatre this year with the goal of taking the production to Broadway in 2011. American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Steve Sidlecki: Christmas Leg-acy Click here to listen... Click here to download...   This American Road TripTalk is brought to you by Houma, LA. You are invited to discover a truly unique and authentic Cajun Mardi Gras celebrated nowhere else but in Houma, Louisiana - in the heart of the Cajun Wetlands. Festivities start February 25 and run to Mardi Gras on March 8, 2011. For more information check out their flier. Feel free to comment, criticize and correct our podcasts because we are always looking to make them better. In particular, if you know of anyone who might make a good subject for these podcasts, please let me know in the comments section. See you soon on the great American Road.

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