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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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  • Foster Braun

    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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  • 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
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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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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Virginia Sullivan: Cycling Route 66 Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   For most of us the idea of rolling down Route 66 involves a nostalgic trip on 4 wheels powered by a motor. For Virginia Sullivan that’s two wheels too many and her vehicle runs on legs. She is part of Adventure Cycling Association based in Missoula, Montana. I caught up with her on a Skype connection a while back to talk about an ambitious Route 66 mapping project and to learn about the association. In part 1, Ginny talks about the histor

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

Athens, Texas

Since I recently returned from a trip to Athens, Texas I would like to start this Blog with that town. If you go I can highly recommend the restaurant at the Lake Athens Marina. The catfish was fantastic. Plan to arrive early enough in the day to visit the Texas Freshwater Fisheries center which is also located on lake Athens which is just about 4 miles east of the town.     Athens, Texas is a city of 12,710 located 70 miles southeast of Dallas on US 175. Texas Routes 31 and 19 also bisect t

etchr66

etchr66

Introduction To The "for Namesake" Blog

My name is Rick Etchells. I love to travel 2 lane highways and read about the history of the towns and cities along the back roads of America. Several years ago now I created the American Road Magazine Index. I maintain and update it with each new issue. The index is now available as a online database that allows you to search for the Magazine articles by Road Name, Route, Topic, Author, Department, etc.   As I woud travel the back roads and the famous highways such as Route 66, The Lincoln H

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Scott Herioux: Rescued Bridges

http://www.audioacrobat.com/play/W4CYRDNx] Click here to listen... [/url]http://americanroad.audioacrobat.com/download/196c8b97-c024-fc9c-f5f1-fea308a2f6a0.mp3] Click here to download [/url]   The 2013 spring issue of American Road Magazine featured a story about a golf course in northern Michigan with a one-of-a-kind feature to its course. Sweetgrass Golf Course is part of the Hannahville Indian Community resort complex just north of Green Bay, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Michigan. The

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Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Paige Hunt: Southern Fried Blues

Click here to listen... Click here to download   The movie The Help took viewers behind the scenes of a post WWII southern society in the midst of change. It was filled with wit, insight and mouth-watering southern fried dishes. When Hollywood location scouts for the movie found Greenwood, MS, they knew that had struck gold. The architecture, cotton fields, fabulous food, and residents who welcome everyone with open arms were enough to convince producers that Greenwood was the perfect place.

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Rick Fraley: Norfolk Ten Top Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download   One of the best parts of an American Road adventure is finding interesting and authentically local places to eat. In Volume 4 of the 10th Anniversary edition of American Road Magazine, our Diner Days column focused on the tiny and unique Ten Top Restaurant in an historic Norfolk Virginia neighborhood. It’s a story of romance and a love of good, homemade food that our guest and co-owner Rick Fraley has to tell about his charming Ten Top Rest

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Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Rick Fraley: Norfolk Ten Top Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Part 1 Legend has it that Napoleon said, “An army marches on its stomach.” Whether that is true or not, it is absolutely true that finding new, interesting and authentically local places to eat is a wonderful part of the American Road adventure. In Volume 4 of the 10th Anniversary edition of American Road Magazine, our Diner Days column focused on the tiny and unique Ten Top Restaurant in Norfolk Virginia’s historic Ghent neighborhood. I

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Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Karen Rubowski: Hospitality On The Hudson Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Franklin Delano Roosevelt was one of America’s most influential presidents having brought the country through the Depression and to the brink of victory in WWII. The quaint town of Hyde Park on the Hudson, New York was his hometown and the site of the Roosevelt Inn, the Memory Motel in our Winter 2012 issue. Karen Rubowski runs this family motel along with her mother Raili. In this second part of our conversation with her she shares more abo

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Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Karen Rubowski: Hospitality On The Hudson Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download   In the colonial days of Ichabod Crain, the Headless Horseman and the Knickerbockers, a stagecoach, post road connected New York City and the state capital of Albany. The little city of Hyde Park along side the mighty Hudson River marked the halfway point in the long journey and was a frequent overnight lodging place. That Post Road still exists as US Route 9. This lovely town was also the birthplace and favorite retreat of Franklin Delano

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Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Jamie Summerlin: American Road Warrior Part 2

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   For most of us, a road trip is no more strenuous than getting in our vehicles and driving from one destination to another. For our guest, Jamie Summerlin, his 2012 road trip was an extraordinary feat of human endurance that only 40 + other humans have ever accomplished. Starting at Sunset Bay State Park in Oregon, Jamie Summerlin ran 3,452 miles in 100 days until he dipped his 10th pair of worn shoes into the Atlantic at Annapolis, MD. In par

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Jamie Summerlin: American Road Warrior Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Welcome to the second decade of the American Road Magazine. During the past 10 years we have covered lots of miles with our guests on American Road Trip Talk, but none of those excursions compare with the cross-country journey that today’s guest made in 2012. Starting at Sunset Bay State Park in Oregon, Jamie Summerlin ran 3,452 miles in 100 days until he dipped his 10th pair of worn shoes into the Atlantic at Annapolis, MD. In our convers

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Erika Nelson: The Dime Box

Click here to listen... Click here to download   I confess; I have favorites. After nearly 40 years of hosting talk shows, podcasts and a weekly radio program, I have interviewed an estimated 50,000 people and today’s guest, Erika Nelson, is one of my favorites. This delightful peripatetic artist is the author of the Think Big column that appears in every American Road Magazine. In this podcast, we talk not only about her most recent subject, the world’s largest Dime in a Box, but also tel

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Steve Sidlecki - You'll Shoot Your Eye Out!

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   (In honor of the 30th Anniversary of the movie A Christmas Story, we are bringing back a podcast that features the interview with the curator of the house that was featured in the film.)   Nothing says Christmas like sparkling lights, mistletoe and leg lamps. That is, of course, if you are a fan of the 1983 holiday movie, A Christmas Story. The film chronicles a hilarious holiday season during the late 1950’s through the eyes of a child. In

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

Toad Suck Arkansas

On the backside of our cross country and back road trip last year, we stopped in Toad Suck Arkansas.   What does "Toad Suck" mean anyway? Well, the answer is quite simple... Long ago, steamboats traveled the Arkansas River when the water was at the right depth. When it wasn't, the captains and their crew tied up to wait where the Toad Suck Lock and Dam now spans the river. While they waited, they refreshed themselves at the local tavern there, to the dismay of the folks living nearby, who said

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Brainbucket Mike

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Robert Huttinger: Finding Covered Bridges

Click here to listen... Click here to download Believe it or not, covered bridges are as American as apple pie. According to Robert Huttinger, web designer and covered bridge aficionado, what we might consider quaint rural river crossings are very particular to North America. Robert is not only knowledgeable about these architectural wonders but he also wants to make sure that the rest of us can find them. That is why he developed a covered bridges app or program for the iPhone or iPad, a po

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Margaret Dunning: 102 In The Fast Lane Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download Margaret Dunning may be 102 years old, but most of us might find it hard to keep up with her. In a recent issue of our magazine this remarkable woman was featured for her participation in a classic car event with her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster. In this second part of our interview, Margaret relates what it was like to travel on original American Biways, like the Lincoln Highway and Route 66 when there were more horses than horseless carriages. But

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Margaret Dunning: 102 In The Fast Lane Part 1

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Margaret Dunning may be 102 years old, but most of us might find it hard to keep up with her. In a recent issue of our magazine this remarkable woman was featured for her participation in a classic car event with her 1930 Packard 740 Roadster. During an extended interview with Margaret, she shared about her love for cars and told some fascinating stores about the beginnings of motor travel in America. In this first of a two-part interview, Mr

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Christy Hackman - Cross At The Crossroads

Click here to listen... Click here to download   It's not the kind of thing that you can miss if you are headed through the heart of the land of Lincoln. An enormous cross that rises nearly 200' out of the corn and soybean fields of central Illinois and can be seen for miles away coming from any point of the compass on the flat landscape. It towers above the convergence of two major freeway systems: I 70 between Terre Haute, IN and St. Louis MO and I 57 between Chicago and Memphis, TN. For

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Kare Anderson: Olympic Sweets

Click here to listen… Click here to download From Biblical times the name Goshen has been synonymous with a promised land of plenty. That is exactly what the little community by the same name in Northwest Indiana’s Amish country became for Kare Anderson’s relatives. His great-grandfather brought European candy making skills from Greece to Goshen where folks have come to count on those handmade delicacies and his corner restaurant, the Olympia Candy Kitchen. During a recent trip through Ind

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Take 10 Photo Contest - September 2012 Deadline

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Beautiful photography has been a key part of the magic of American Road Magazine right from the start. How fitting, then, that we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the magazine with the Take 10 Photo Contest to find the best "ten themed" images of the American byways! Becky Repp invites you to help them celebrate their tenth anniversary year by sending them your favorite “ten” themed road trip photo! You could win $250 and have your photo

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Becky Repp Special Interview: Part 2, Digital Highways

Click here to listen... Click here to download American Road Magazine is not just another a beautiful, glossy magazine, it has also developed an excellent digital presence with its Internet homepage. Readers can now view their full magazines online if they prefer and enjoy all the information and beautiful pictures on the device of their choice. They can even work the crossword puzzle electronically, find special sales and enter sweepstakes online! On this podcast co-founder Becky Repp de

Foster Braun

Foster Braun

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Becky Repp Special Interview: Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download Foster Braun has not only been the host of American Road Trip Talk but he has also been the co-host of The Internet Advisor radio program on WJR 760-AM in Detroit since 1998. It was there that he met Thomas and Becky Repp, the co-founders of American Road Magazine. In this interview Foster and his co-host Gary Baker chatted with Becky Repp in 2011 about a summer issue that featured classic drive-ins and they discussed the best things about tr

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