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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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  • 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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  • Foster Braun

    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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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Pinball Wizard Pt. 1: The Guru Of Games

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   The spring issue of American Road Magazine focused on America’s love of games and a feature article by Terri Cook traced the Pinball Route down the east coast from New Jersey to the National Pinball Museum in Baltimore. Along the way we met, Todd Tuckey, the Pinball Wizard and proprietor of TNT Amusements, His Pennsylvania showroom specializes in the acquisition, restoration and sale of old, coin-operated video game machines. In Part 1 of our conversation Todd shares the rich history of the classic video arcade games he lovingly restores. Part 2 will focus on a reality TV show about restoring those classics beauties called, High Score.   ######   This American Road Trip Talk is sponsored by Natchez Trace Scenic Byway ###### Discover the extraordinary season of autumn on the Illinois Lincoln Highway!   See the vibrant fall colors as they begin to appear on this National Scenic Byway and take some time to experience autumn traditions at their very best. Enjoy fall festivals and special events, find your way through a haunted corn maze, explore a Midwest apple orchard and see the Lincoln Highway murals and gazebos. This road takes you everywhere you want to go; entertainment and adventure can be found around every corner, as you travel the historic Illinois Lincoln Highway. Visit drivelincolnhighway.com to plan your autumn getaway. ######   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Judy Busy: Finding Bigfoot...again

Click here to listen… Click here to download   The 2012 summer edition of American Road Magazine celebrates some of the best columns, trips, interviews and stunning photographs presented during its first decade. This podcast brings back a favorite conversation with ARM founders, Thomas and Becky Repp, when they interviewed Judy Bushy from Happy Camp, CA. The subject was a bashful fellow named Big Foot and California's Bigfoot Scenic Byway, a breathtaking Northern California stretch running 89-miles on a portion of Highway 96 surrounded by the Siskiyou and the Klamath Mountains.     #####   This American Road Trip Talk is sponsored by Natchez Trace Scenic Byway   ######   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): 10Th Anniversary Pt. 1 Florida Mermaid Tour

Click here to listen… Click here to download… In 2002 Thomas and Becky Repp took their dreams and turned them into American Road Magazine, a nationally syndicated travel publication celebrating our nation’s two lane highways. Its 2012 summer edition celebrates some of the best columns, trips, interviews and stunning photographs presented during that first decade. To mark this milestone, this podcast brings back one of Thomas and Becky’s first and favorite interviews with a mermaid, Barbara Wynn, one of the early piscine princesses at Florida’s Weekee Watchee Springs. This was also the inaugural podcast of American Road Trip Talk and one of our most listened to shows.   ######### This American Road Trip Talk is brought to you by Folkmoot USA, a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance in western North Carolina. Nearly 300 people from 9 countries will appear in Waynesville, NC to begin their Folkmoot experience. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the diverse cultures represented at this year’s Folkmoot Festival, July 18 – 29, 2012. Call 877-FOLKUSA for more information.   ########   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dave Silva: Gmc Motorhome, A Passion For The Past

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) - Dave Silva: GMC Motorhome, A Passion For The Past Click here to listen… Click here to download…   We all have a trusted steed that carries across the American Road whether it’s a vintage Campervan or the latest Hybrid. But there is group of travelers with a peculiarly deep passion for an historic American Road transport: The GMC Motorhome. From 1974-1978 GMC made the only RV produced by a major automaker. Of the 12,000 made, 8000 are believed to still be on the road.   The GMC motorhome was not a home stuck on top of a truck frame; it was intentionally built as a motorhome from the ground up. In addition the community of devoted fans who keep these vintage RV’s going are unique among car groups. According to our guest, Dave Silva, an avid RV fan and ersatz chronicler of the GMC Motorhome, “There is a cottage industry of specialized vendors, all on a first name basis. They drive these 40 year old coaches all over the country under the protection of the 'Blacklist'."” This is a story not only of a remarkable house on wheels but also of the passionate people who have kept them running on the American Road.   Check out Dave Silva's homepage.   #########   This American Road Trip Talk is brought to you by Folkmoot USA, a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance in western North Carolina. Nearly 300 people from 9 countries will appear in Waynesville, NC to begin their Folkmoot experience. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the diverse cultures represented at this year’s Folkmoot Festival, July 18 – 29, 2012. Call 877-FOLKUSA for more information.   ########   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Ray Dallaveccia Jr.: Slinky All American Toy

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Ray Dallaveccia Jr.: Slinky All American Toy Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Normally our podcasts introduce you to the people behind the places along the American Road that we visit in our magazine. In this interview, however, we are going to focus on a different kind of celebrity: a toy! Not just any toy, but Slinky, the All American Toy born during the battles of WWII and still internationally popular after more than half a century. The 2012 spring issue of American Road Magazine focused on games so it seemed fitting to talk with Ray Dallaveccia Jr. the President and CEO of Poof-Slinky, the Plymouth, Michigan based company that manufactures the Slinky in Pennsylvania. Like many popular inventions, Slinky began its life with quite a different purpose than entertainment but has maintained its popularity through generations precisely because of its simplicity.     #########   This American Road Trip Talk is brought to you by Folkmoot USA, a two-week celebration of the world's cultural heritage through folk music and dance in western North Carolina. Nearly 300 people from 9 countries will appear in Waynesville, NC to begin their Folkmoot experience. Don't miss your chance to enjoy the diverse cultures represented at this year’s Folkmoot Festival, July 18 – 29, 2012. Call 877-FOLKUSA for more information.   ########   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Kurt Schumacher: Walking The War Of 1812

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Kurt Schumacher: Walking the War of 1812 Click here to listen... Click here to download   200 years ago this summer the War of 1812 secured Detroit for the United States and gave us our national anthem, the Star Spangled, among many other historic milestones. Its battles were fought from the steamy bayous of Louisiana, to the expanse of Baltimore’s harbor and the inland seas of the Great Lakes where we pick up our story.   In the spring edition of American Road Magazine, a Tunnel Vision article entitled Walking the War of 1812, described the Walking Tours developed by the Great Lakes Seaway Trail Association in Sackets Harbor, New York. Kurt Schumacher, the Director of Business Relations for the group, has lots of details about the unique walking tours developed for the nearly 500 mile-long area bordering the St. Lawrence Seaway and other special events that you will want to put on your summer travel calendar. Visit their special website for more details on the events surrounding the Bicentennial of the War of 1812 along the Seaway. ###### History Comes Alive June 8th through September 2nd in Springfield, Illinois! It’s time-travel fun for the whole family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300..or go to visitspringfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile after Magnificent Mile ########   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Babe's Big Bat

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Babe's Big Bat Click here to listen… Click here to download …   The American Road is home to some of the most unique landmarks in the world from the Largest Catsup Bottle to Biggest Ball of String. In each issue of our magazine artist and educator Erika Nelson trains her gifted eye on one of these unique sentinels. This time it’s Babe’s Big Bat that is on deck; the world’s largest baseball bat that leans up against the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory in old downtown Louisville, KY. ##### History Comes Alive June 8th through September 2nd in Springfield, Illinois! It’s time-travel fun for the whole family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300..or go to visitspringfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile after Magnificent Mile       ########   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/     Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Ruth Dobyns: Quaker Heritage Scene Byway

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Ruth Dobyns: Quaker Heritage Scene Byway   Click here to listen.. Click here to download …   For many years the designation of an American Byway meant the recognition of a very special route and a very special history of the American Road. In the Spring 2012 issue of American Road Magazine, we caught a quick glimpse of a brand new byway in the birthing, The Quaker Heritage Scenic Byway planned for southern Ohio. On this TripTalk our guest is Ruth Dobyns, curator of the Quaker Heritage Center on the campus of Wilmington College of Ohio. Ruth shares with us the fascinating history of the Quakers, a group of American founders who were not only pioneer but also dedicated warriors in the battle against slavery. She then outlines the path the byway will take and the history it will visit. (You can get trip information, brochures and maps of the coming Quaker Byway by visiting the Quaker Heritage Center .) Thanks to Springfield, Illinois for sponsoring this American Road Trip Talk. #####       History Comes Alive June 8th through September 2nd in Springfield, Illinois! It’s time-travel fun for the whole family! For more about great getaway packages call 800-545-7300..or go to visitspringfieldillinois.com. Illinois. Mile after Magnificent Mile ########   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/     Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Max Armstrong: Heritage Tractor Adventure

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Max Armstrong: Heritage Tractor Adventure Click here to listen... Click here to download…   It’s loud, it’s funky and definitely a whole lot of fun. It’s The Heritage Tractor Adventure in Morris, Illinois held this year from June 8-11, 2012. Nearly 200 vintage tractors that have been lovingly restored and carefully tended take to the road with a roar to celebrate the farmer’s iron work horse and best friend. To give you some of the history of the Heritage Tractor Adventure we spoke with Max Armstrong, the Voice of Agriculture on WGN Radio for the best part of 40 years. Max's agricultural reports are now heard on a network of smaller stations throughout the Midwest and on the Internet. Max Armstrong is as colorful as the festival that he has organized and you won’t need to be a farmer to catch his enthusiasm for this great family adventure on the American Road.   ************       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 8-11, 2012. VisitHeritageTractorAdventure.com. Illinois ...Mile After Magnificent Mile. ************   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Rosslyn Schultz: First Flush

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)- Rosslyn Schultz:First Flush   Click here to listen... Click here to download…   For the last two years we have followed the progress of one of the most eccentric art projects on the American Road: Bowl Plaza in Lucas, KS. And now the moment of truth has arrived: June 2, 2012 The First Flush.   We met Rosslyn Schultz, the curator of the Grassroots Museum in Lucas, back in 2010. At that point she was midway through the construction of Bowl Plaza, a public restroom/ art project behind the museum built in the shape of an actual toilet. You really need see the photo album on the Grassroots Museum website to appreciate the artwork involved here. While laughter may be one of Rosslyn’s gifts, she and her fellow artists are deadly serious about this artsy outhouse, as you will hear in this interview. ************       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 8-11, 2012. VisitHeritageTractorAdventure.com. Illinois ...Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ************   Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Donald Davidson: Kissing The Golden Brick Part 2

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Donald Davidson: Kissing The Golden Brick Part 2 Click here to listen... Click here to download…   In the spring 2012 edition of American Road Magazine our National Road column features a story Foster Braun wrote about the Indianapolis Speedway. In Part 2 of that series on the Indianapolis Speedway Donald Davidson, the track historian talks about the curious links between super-promoter Carl Fisher and the Speedway, Miami Beach and the birth of the National Road. But Don is most excited when he describes his realm, the magnificent Indianapolis Speedway museum.   ************     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 8-11, 2012. Visit HeritageTractorAdventure.com. Illinois ...Mile After Magnificent Mile.   ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!     Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Donald Davidson: Kissing The Golden Brick Part 1

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Donald Davidson: Kissing the Golden Brick Part 1   Click here to listen… Click here to download…   In the spring 2012 edition of American Road Magazine our National Road column features a story about the Indianapolis Speedway. Other than the fact that both surfaces were navigated in cars, you might well ask, how are they related?   In Part I of our two part series on the Indianapolis Speedway entitled Kissing the Golden Brick, my guest is track historian Donald Davidson. He is uniquely qualified to tell the tale of this famous race course since he is its full time historian, a position found nowhere else in the world. Donald tells us in this segment how he came all the way from Great Britain to be the track historian and about how the Indianapolis Speedway was born from a vision that Carl Fisher had to promote the newly introduced automobiles to the American public. ************ 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 8-11, 2012. Visit HeritageTractorAdventure.com. Illinois ...Mile After Magnificent Mile. Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!     Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

Foster Braun

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Vicki Royer: Ace In The Hole Part 2

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Vicki Royer: Ace in the Hole Part 2 Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Behind all the romance of the motor courts that grew up in the early 50’s, there is a story of dedication and hard work on the part of the families that owned them. In this second part of our conversation, Vicki Royer, talks about how she landed at the Ace Motel in northwest South Dakota. She left home to pursue her own dreams, which took her to the gaming tables of Las Vegas where she became a skilled dealer. I fact Vicki was so good she was chosen to deal cards for the World Championship of Poker. But as they say, there’s no place like home and we pick up the conversation with Vicki Royer as she talks about returning home to help her parents run the family motel in Belle Fourche, South Dakota.     ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Vicki Royer: Ace In The Hole (Part 1)

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Vicki Royer: Aces in the Hole (Part 1) Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Welcome to another one of our interviews from the American Road. This time we are traveling to Belle Fourche, South Dakota, last stop on the famous cattle drives of the late 1800's. The motel itself is typical of the homey, family run motels that dotted the American highways for many generations. Our guest Vicki Royer, is the latest of her family to offer rest to the weary travelers and enthusiastic tourists heading for Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills.   This is part one of two podcasts dedicated to this motel that appeared in the Spring 2012 issue of American Road Magazine. So be sure to catch part two of our conversation to find out the connection between the Ace Motel and famous Hollywood cowboy hero John Wayne.   ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) - John & Ann Ridge: Yellowstone Trail

American Road Trip Talk (podcast) - John & Ann Ridge: Yellowstone Click here to download   During the last 5 years we have interviewed dozens of people behind the articles in our American Road Magazine but this time the subject has to do with one of our regular columns: On the Yellowstone Trail. John and Ann Ridge are a Wisconsin couple who have spent their retirement years uncovering and publicizing the history of the Yellowstone Trail.   In this interview John and Ann take us through the unique history of one of America’s great transcontinental highways developed in the early 1900’s at the same time that the Lincoln Highway was growing. The story of the Yellowstone Trail began in the middle of the country and worked its way west and then east. The history of this Heritage Highway is interwoven with the development of interconnecting roads spurred on by the growing popularity of a marvelous new machine, the personal automobile. Visit John and Ann's Yellowstone Trail website for more information.     ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jake Sigal: Riding Digital Shotgun

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Jake Sigal: Riding Digital Shotgun Click here to listen... Click here to download…   American Road TripTalk is where you normally meet the people behind the stories and places on American Road Magazine. This show, however, will introduce you to a new companion for your next trip down that road.   If you can figure out how to listen to a podcast, there is a good chance that you understand some things about digital devices like iPods, smartphones and the device we’ll talk about. This special American Road TripTalk podcast is all about a new digital way of taking your favorite traveling tunes, audiobooks and radio stations on the road with you. This podcast includes an interview conducted by Foster Braun with Jake Sigal the inventor of Livio Radio. This simple but elegant car kit is used along with a free application that you download to connect a smartphone wirelessly to any car radio. It's a perfect companion for long road trips.   Click on these links to find out more about Livio's free car Internet radio application for iPhone and Android and the Livio Radio Car Kit .   ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Andrea Jorgensen: Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days

American Road Trip Talk – Andrea Jorgensen: Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Each issue of American Road Magazine has a regular column called On the Yellowstone Trail dedicated to the people and places along this historic highway. The idea for this northernmost of America’s transcontinental highways actually began 100 years ago in the wheat fields of the Midwest. So it’s fitting that one of the centennial parties for the Yellowstone Trail would take place Spring 2012 in northwest Wisconsin. May 11-13th Hudson, Wisconsin on the beautiful St. Croix River will kick off the 100th birthday party with Yellowstone Trail Heritage Days. Andrea Jorgensen of the Hudson Convention and Visitors Bureau has all the details for our American Road listeners.   ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Supersized Fruit Cocktail

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Erika Nelson: Supersized Fruit Cocktail Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Erika Nelson is a traveling artist who has made it her life mission to chronicle and clone the largest landmarks along America’s classic byways. In each issue she has a think big column and the Winter Issue focused on a massive can of fruit cocktail that just happened to be a water tower. Erika will tell us all about that remarkable California landmark. *********** Wintertime in Wisconsin is all about having fun. In fact, it’s where the great outdoors and the great indoors come together. So whether you like to ski, snowmobile, get a massage or visit an indoor waterpark, Wisconsin is your winter destination. For the latest snow conditions around the state, check out the Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.   *********** Mardi Gras may be a memory but Louisiana is anxious for you to find about all its rich history from its French Canadian south to its German north. Find out more at www.louisianamaintomain.org.! ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lars Johnson: Goats On The Roof

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Lars Johnson: Goats on the Roof Click here to listen… Click here to download …   ThisTripTalk is all about how a very special birthday present turned into a famous restaurant’s unique calling card. The location for this strange but charming site is Al Johnson’s Swedish Restaurant and Butik in Sister Bay, Wisconsin. The eatery is located near the tip of the beautiful Door County, which was the subject of a full-length article in our Winter edition of American Road Magazine. Our guest and guide is Lars Johnson son of the restaurant’s founder Al Johnson.   *********** Wintertime in Wisconsin is all about having fun. In fact, it’s where the great outdoors and the great indoors come together. So whether you like to ski, snowmobile, get a massage or visit an indoor waterpark, Wisconsin is your winter destination. For the latest snow conditions around the state, check out the Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.     *********** Mardi Gras may be a memory but Louisiana is anxious for you to find about all its rich history from its French Canadian south to its German north. Find out more at www.louisianamaintomain.org.!     ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Ray Scriber: Louisiana Main To Main Streets Part 2

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)– Ray Scriber: Louisiana Main to Main Streets Part 2 Click here to listen… Click here to download… Part 2 of 2 This is part two of our conversation with Ray Scriber of the Louisiana department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism about that state’s Main-to-Main Street Program. During our first conversation Ray explained how that program is encouraging historic preservation in small towns across the state and he announced Louisiana’s 200th birthday celebration coming in November of 2012. During this second segment Ray talks about some of the unique areas to visit in this richly diverse state. We also get the inside scoop on the different ways that Mardi Gras is celebrated across the Pelican State and learn where to find those Gone With The Wind, moss covered southern mansions. ***********   Wintertime in Wisconsin is all about having fun. In fact, it’s where the great outdoors and the great indoors come together. So whether you like to ski, snowmobile, get a massage or visit an indoor waterpark, Wisconsin is your winter destination. For the latest snow conditions around the state, check out the Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.   *********** Plan to celebrate Mardi Gras in Louisiana's Main Street communities in February 2012! For detailed information on all Mardi Gras happenings in Main Street communities across Louisiana, watch for the events calendar at www.louisianamaintomain.org!   ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Ray Scriber: Part 1 Louisiana Main Streets

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Ray Scriber: Part 1 Louisiana Main Streets Click here to listen... Click here to download   Part 1 of 2 What do Fat Tuesday, Fasching and Mardi Gras have in common? They are the same food and fun festival celebrated throughout the great state of Louisiana. But the Pelican state is famous for much more than this one day of the year. In this two-part Trip Talk segment, Ray Scriber of the Louisiana department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism will open your eyes to the wonderful celebrations of Main Street Louisiana from the Cajun Bayous of the Mississippi Delta to the German settlements of northeast Louisiana. It’s a trip you won’t want to miss.   ***********   Wintertime in Wisconsin is all about having fun. In fact, it’s where the great outdoors and the great indoors come together. So whether you like to ski, snowmobile, get a massage or visit an indoor waterpark, Wisconsin is your winter destination. For the latest snow conditions around the state, check out the Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.     *********** Plan to celebrate Mardi Gras in Louisiana's Main Street communities in February 2012! For detailed information on all Mardi Gras happenings in Main Street communities across Louisiana, watch for the events calendar at www.louisianamaintomain.org!   ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Andy Coulson: Fish Boil Fame

American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Andy Coulson: Fish Boil Fame Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Warning dieters. The following podcast may be dangerous for your diet! The White Gull Inn is a beautiful little hotel/bed and breakfast in Fish Creek, Wisconsin on the Door Peninsula. The winter edition of American Road Magazine features a tour of this colorful arm of the Badger state that forms the southern boundary of Lake Michigan’s Green Bay. As you’ll hear, the White Gull Inn is not only famous for its historic genteel setting but also as one of Wisconsin’s culinary traditions: the fish boil. Our host Andy Colson will fill in all the details in just a moment. ************       Wintertime in Wisconsin is all about having fun. In fact, it’s where the great outdoors and the great indoors come together. So whether you like to ski, snowmobile, get a massage or visit an indoor waterpark, Wisconsin is your winter destination. For the latest snow conditions around the state, check out the Travel Wisconsin Snow Conditions Report. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.       ************ Plan to celebrate Mardi Gras in Louisiana's Main Street communities in February 2012! For detailed information on all Mardi Gras happenings in Main Street communities across Louisiana, watch for the events calendar at www.louisianamaintomain.org!   ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Triptalk (Podcast)- Big Al Pelski: Toby's Clown School

American Road TripTalk (Podcast)- Big Al Pelski: Toby's Clown School Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Our Winter 2012 issue of American Road Magazine features a wonderful drive right down the middle of Florida on the Orange Blossom Trail. Just before you get to Lake Okeechobee you want to take time to visit the Toby the Clown Foundation in Lake Placid, the City of Murals. Big Al Pelski is the president of the Foundation and will be our guide during this podcast. If you think clowning is just about funny noses and flowers that squirt water, you’re in for an education.   ************ Plan to celebrate Mardi Gras in Louisiana's Main Street communities in February 2012! For detailed information on all Mardi Gras happenings in Main Street communities across Louisiana, watch for the events calendar at www.louisianamaintomain.org coming soon!   ************ Pick up a copy of American Road magazine and don't miss another edition!   Find a Store: http://dld.bz/AMRoadRetailOutletsPreview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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