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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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    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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    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 Triptalk (Podcast)- Carol Schwantes: The Original Sundae

American Road TripTalk (Podcast)- Carol Schwantes: The Original Sundae Click here to listen... Clickhere to download     Two Rivers, Wisconsin is a town in love with history. It has four historical settings that celebrate everything from the birth of one of America's favorite fountain treats to a labor saving device that everyone who has done laundry appreciates.Carol Schwantes, who is one of the guides at the Washington House Museum, is our guide to the wealth of history in this Lake Michigan town. American Road TripTalk (Podcast)- Carol Schwantes: The Original Sundae Click here to listen... Clickhere to download   ************ 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/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 2 Csi And The Repentant Assassin

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 2 CSI and the Repentant Assassin Click here to listen… Click here to download…   The St. Valentine's Day Massacre This is part 2 of our interview with Lt. MikeKline, Quartermaster for the Berrien County Sherriff's Dept. who is the keeper of the machine guns used in the St. Valentine's Day Massacre. During this concluding interview Lt. Mike reveals how examination of the guns used in the bloodbath became the key to launching what we now call CSI (Crime Scene Investigation.) Our guest also has a fascinating story of repentant assassin.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 2 CSI and the Repentant Assassin Click here to listen… Click here to download… ************ 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/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 1 Cowboys And Tommy Guns

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 1 Cowboys and Tommy Guns Click here to listen… Click here to download We wrap up our coverage of the Gangland fall 2011 issue of American Road Magazine with The St. Valentine's Day Massacre in Chicago. Our guest is Lt. Mike Kline, Quartermaster for the Berrien County Sherriff's Dept. on the shores of Lake Michigan. His office is home to the two Thompson submachine guns used in that bloodbath and in this first of two segments, Lt.Mike will tell how these brutally efficient killing machines started out as the cowboy's best friend! American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Lt. Mike Kline: Part 1 Cowboys and Tommy Guns Click here to listen… Click here to download   ************ 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/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob Mcmurray: Rookwood Speakeasy

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob McMurray: Rookwood Speakeasy Click here to listen… Clickhere to download… Butte, Montana may sit a mile above sea level butsome of the most interesting secrets of this rugged mining town are underneathits current streets. In this podcast BobMcMurray, the owner of Butte Underground Tours is going to tells us all about alevel of history that folks were walking all over until it was recentlyrediscovered. Perhaps the mostfascinating find of all, the Rookwood Speakeasy, was hidden behind a mirror.Join us for this modern day, wild west treasure hunt.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Bob McMurray: Rookwood Speakeasy Click here to listen… Click here to download… ************ 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/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Susan Anderson: Pretty Boy's Death Mask

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Susan Anderson: Pretty Boy's Death Mask Click here to listen… Clickhere to download…   Our fall issue of American Road Magazine has featured the theme of Gangsters. There have been some very interesting highlights, but possibly one of the most curious among them is the story of Pretty Boy Floyd's death mask. Charles Arthur Floyd's career as Public Enemy#1 ended in a hail of bullets on Oct 22, 1934 near the southeast Ohio town of East Liverpool. His body was transported to the nearest funeral home where we will pick up the story with our guest Susan Anderson. She manages the most recent incarnation of that funeral home, the Sturgis House bed and breakfast.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Susan Anderson: Pretty Boy's Death Mask Click here to listen… Clickhere to download…   ************ 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/AMRoadRetailOutlets Preview the current issue: http://americanroadm...previewmag.html American Road Magazine: http://www.americanroadmagazine.com/

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Robert Raines: Gangster Museum Of America

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Robert Raines: Gangster Museum of America Click here to listen… Click here to download…   Hot Springs, Arkansas has a lot to be proud of including its salutary springs that have been refreshing folks since the beginning of our country and it is also the site of one of America's first national parks. However, Hot Springs is also noted as the favorite hang out for the country's most notorious gangsters during the first half of the 20th Century. All that is immortalized in the GangsterMuseum of America in the Hot Springs National Park. Director, Robert Raines will guide us through the colorful history of this exotic hole in the wall for America's most wanted. American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Robert Raines: Gangster Museum of America Click here to listen… Click here to download… ********   Experience a month-long extravaganza of festivals and special events in November. Louisiana Main Street and designated Main Street Communities throughout the state host the annual"Louisiana Main to Main: A Cultural Road Show" to collectively showcase our culture, commerce, history, and our abundance of creative and natural assets, and encourages road trips from one Main Street community to the next.   ******** Pick up a copy of American Road magazine. Find a store near you. Preview the current issue.Visit American Road Magazine today and don't miss another edition!

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dr. Cristina Schnider: Night Driving Safety

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dr. Cristina Schnider: Night Driving Safety Click here to listen… Clickhere to download…   What is the least favorite part of a trip? No matter where you are headed or how long the trip is, the least pleasant aspect of the journey is usually driving at night. Signs are harder to read, the fellow coming at you won't dim his headlights and there's always the concern that something will dart out in front of you, particularly on winding rural roads. You could decide to drive only in the daytime but for most of us that isn't a reasonable option. Fortunately Dr. Cristina Schinder, Senior Director, Medical Affairs for Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, has great advice that will help you keep trucking through the darkest night, safely. Key facts about night driving: According to a nationwide survey conducted on behalf of Road & Travel magazine and ACUVUE® Brand Contact Lenses, nearly one of every three drivers say they have difficulty seeing all or most of the time while driving in the dark.
Starting at age 20, the amount of light needed to drive doubles every 13 years, so by the time a person is about 60, they'll need 10 times as much light as a 19 year old to see clearly.
The per-mile crash rate for teenage drivers is three times higher after 9 p.m. than during the day.
25% of travel occurs during hours of darkness, and 49% of fatal crashes occur at night.
According to the National Safety Council, the fatality rate at nighttime is three times higher than the daytime rate
  ******** #########   This Podcast is Brought to you by: Celebrate Halloween in style in Vandalia, Illinois this year with the 72nd Annual Lions Club Halloween Parade – Held in Downtown Vandalia. Parade begins at 7pm. Many walkers, floats, first responders, marching bands and more. Fun for the whole family.For more information, contact Vandalia Tourism Center at 618-283-2728 or email tourism@vandaliaillinois.com.   This podcast is also brought to you by the Illinois Lincoln Highway Coalition. This fall plan a visit to the amazing corn maze tribute to the Lincoln Highway Centennial at Jonamac Orchard in Malta, Il. The first Seedling Mile of this historic highway was laid in Malt. Test your orienteering skills and try not to get lost in the 10 acre corn maze with 3 miles of pathways and two bridges. The maze opens Saturday, August 31 and runs through late October. Find out more about this colossal corn curiosity by visiting jonamacorchard.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/   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)– Robert Cashel: Denver Mint Robbery Tour

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Robert Cashel: Denver Mint Robbery Tour Click here to listen… Click here to download…   The Fall 2011 issue of American Road Magazine is all about the lurid lives of America's gangsters, their hangouts, histories and holdups. One of the most famous heists of the 1920's was the Great Denver Mint Robbery for which no one was formally charged. Now you can try to solve the mystery yourself and have a great time getting to know Denver, Colorado with the Denver Mint Robbery Tour. Who better to tells us all about it than Mr.Big himself, Robert Cashel, the tour director.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Robert Cashell: Denver Mint Robbery Tour Click here to listen… Click here to download…   ********** Main to Main   Experience authentic Louisiana heritage, music, art and crafts, food, and much more during a month-long extravaganza of festivals and special events in November. Louisiana Main Street and designated Main Street Communities throughout the state host the annual" Louisiana Main to Main: A Cultural Road Show" to collectively showcase our culture, commerce, history, and our abundance of creative and natural assets, and encourages road trips from one Main Street community to the next. **************** Pick up a copy of American Road magazine. Find a store near you. Preview the current issue. Visit American Road Magazine today and don't miss another edition!

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dan Monaghan: Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dan Monaghan: Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail Click here to listen… Click here to download…     There are some special tools you'll want to have handy for this road trip: Bicarbonate of Soda,Tums, Pepto-Bismol and in extreme cases, a defibrillator. This all presumes that you stop and eat at each one of the restaurants marked on theGreen Chile Cheeseburger Trail in New Mexico! Come to think of it, you might want to set aside the next 12 months to hit every bar, grill, restaurant or drive through in that great western state to try those one-of a-kind Southwest delicacies. Chiles, green and red are the state vegetable of New Mexico where they proudly serve them in everything from soups to ice cream and apple pie. But one of the outstanding uses of these gastronomic grenades is in Green ChileCheeseburgers which can range from mild to molten. DanMonaghan, the Director of Video Services for the New Mexico Tourism Department will tell us all about the famous Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail that stretches from north to south and east to west across the Land of Enchantment. Be sure to visit www.newmexico.org for more information on the Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail and other aspects of this rugged and beautiful state. Here is a site dedicated to videos about New Mexico.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Dan Monaghan: Green Chile Cheeseburger Trail Click here to listen… Click here to download… ####### Experience authentic Louisiana heritage, music, art and crafts, food, and much more during a month-long extravaganza of festivals and special events in November. Louisiana Main Street and designated Main Street Communities throughout the state host the annual"Louisiana Main to Main: A Cultural Road Show" to collectively showcase our culture, commerce, history, and our abundance of creative and natural assets, and encourages road trips from one Main Street community to the next.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Think Big Vault

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Think Big Vault Click here to listen... Click here to download…     If you're guarding America's wealth, you better have a really good lock on your front door, particularly when the year is 1922. It was an era of gangsters and the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland was determined to be ready for anything. That was why they installed the world's largest bank vault door, a 100-ton lid on the nation's cookie jar. In the fall issue of American Road Magazine Erika Nelson tells the story of the monstrous door in her Think Big column. Erika is the owner of the "World'sLargest Collection of the Smallest Replicas of the World's Largest Things." In just a moment she'll give us the full details of one more of the world's largest things that she pursue as part of her art.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Erika Nelson: Think Big Vault Click here to listen... Click here to download…     Fall has arrived in Wisconsin! For the latest fall color conditions around the state, check out Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report. Check online for updates, print off maps or view the color report right on your phone while you're on the go. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– John Goldsmith: Coloring History

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– John Goldsmith: Coloring History Click here to listen… Click here to download…   He may not be Babe the Blue Ox of Paul Bunyan fame, but Ollie has one big advantage: He can be whatever color you make him! I'm talking, of course, about the friendly mascot for the Illinois National Highway Association, Ollie the Ox. You can find his smiling face and many other characters that were part of the wagon trains moving through the Illinois wilderness, in a 13 page coloring book created by the Association. This fun book and a stagecoach boarding pass were designed to help children learn about this part of American history and have been wildly successful. John Goldsmith, the Executive Director of theIllinois National Highway Association will tell us all about this wildly successful project.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– John Goldsmith: Coloring History Click here to listen… Click here to download…   Fall has arrived in Wisconsin! For the latest fall color conditions around the state, check out Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report. Check online for updates, print off maps or view the color report right on your phone while you're on the go. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Heather Carmona: Woodward, Avenue Of Dreams

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Heather Carmona: Woodward, Avenue of Dreams Click here to listen… Click here to download…   Henry Ford's favorite roadway received a high tech, solar powered salute in the summer of 2011 when the National Scenic Byway conference named the Woodward Avenue Tributes the best interpretive highway project in the nation. Detroit's Woodward Avenue Action Association (WA3) helped erect the 30 ft. tall, cylindrical glass and concrete pillars that feature solar-powered LED lights, translucent art panels and integrated audio technology that offer downloadable audio tours. Plans are for 15 Tributes along the 27 miles of Woodward Avenue, part of Detroit's landscape since 1805. My guest, Heather Carmona, Executive Director of WA3 tells all about that award winning project and the other efforts to preserve this urban byway.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Heather Carmona: Woodward, Avenue of Dreams Click here to listen… Click here to download… Fall has arrived in Wisconsin! For the latest fall color conditions around the state, check out Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report. Check online for updates, print off maps or view the color report right on your phone while you're on the go. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jackie Hughes: Hi Tech Amish Highway

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jackie Hughes: Hi Tech Amish Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   The notion of a high-tech tour of Amish country is a bit of a contradiction in terms. You normally identify the Amish with horses and buggies, kerosene lamps, quaint clothing and NO electricity. However, Jackie Hughes and the folks at the Elkhart Convention and Visitors Bureau have managed to combine the two opposing concepts in one excellent package: The Heritage Trail Driving Tour. In our interview Jackie will describe this free audio tour of northern Indiana's Amish country.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)– Jackie Hughes: Hi Tech Amish Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   Fall has arrived in Wisconsin! For the latest fall color conditions around the state, check out Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report. Check online for updates, print off maps or view the color report right on your phone while you're on the go. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Fred Sachtleben: Grandpa's Great Adventure

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Fred Sachtleben: Grandpa's Great Adventure Click here to listen... Clickhere to download... Fred Sachtleben isn't proud that he had ignored his father's stories of pioneer adventure, but he's making up for it now. Fred's dad was one of the first people to travel the then brand new Lincoln Highway from Chicago to San Francisco in 1915. That was all ancient history until just after Fred's father passed away and he found an honorary medal and a handwritten diary from that journey. Our interview is about that rediscovery and setting the record straight, a task to which Fred Sachtleben and his friends at the Indiana Lincoln Highway Association are dedicated. American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Fred Sachtleben: Grandpa's Great Adventure Click here to listen... Clickhere to download... Fall has arrived in Wisconsin! For the latest fall color conditions around the state, check out Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report. Check online for updates, print off maps or view the color report right on your phone while you're on the go. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 2

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 2 Click here to listen... Click here to download... In May of 2011, a caravan of antique cars set out on a very special pilgrimage to celebrate the bicentennial birthday of one of America's oldest roadways, the National Road. Within a generation of the Revolutionary War, President Thomas Jefferson began building the road to open up America's new territories. Two centuries later, Mary Truitt, president of the Illinois National Road Association set out with a group of friends to retrace that roadway from its western end, Vandalia, IL, to mile 0 in Cumberland, MD. In this second part of our conversation, Mary shares stories from journey retracing the National Road to its origin in Maryland.   For a great set of pictures of the National Road caravan, visit Denny Gibson's website. American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 2 Click here to listen... Click here to download... Fall has arrived in Wisconsin! For the latest fall color conditions around the state, check out Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report. Check online for updates, print off maps or view the color report right on your phone while you're on the go. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips bydownloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. ####### A great fall fair is coming to downtown Vandalia,Illinois Sept. 23 and 24th. It's the Vandalia Grand Levee and Corn Day featuring blue grass music, tours of the statehouse, a car show, plenty of good food and loads of family fall festival fun. Mark it on your calendar, Sept. 23 and 24, the Vandalia Grande Levee and Corn Day.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road At 200 Part 1

American Road Trip Talk (podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road at 200 Part 1 Click here to listen... Clickhere to download   Mary Truitt, Pres. Illinois National Road Assoc. and Gary Kruger. In May of 2011, a caravan of antique cars set out on a very special pilgrimage to celebrate the bicentennial birthday of one of America's oldest roadways, The National Road. Within a generation of the Revolutionary War, President Thomas Jefferson began building the road to open up America's new territories. Two centuries later, Mary Truitt, president of the National Road Association of Illinois set out with a group of friends to retrace that roadway from its western end, Vandalia, IL, to mile 0 in Cumberland, MD. In Part 1 of our conversation, Mary shares some fascinating stories about the building of this granddaddy of American highways. American Road Trip Talk (podcast)–Mary Truitt: National Road at 200 Part 1 Click here to listen... Clickhere to download Fall has arrived in Wisconsin! For the latest fall color conditions around the state, check out Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report. Check online for updates, print off maps or view the color report right on your phone while you're on the go. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. ####### A great fall fair is coming to downtown Vandalia,Illinois Sept. 23 and 24th. It's the Vandalia Grand Levee and Corn Day featuring blue grass music, tours of the statehouse, a car show, plenty of good food and loads of family fall festival fun. Mark it on your calendar, Sept. 23 and 24, the Vandalia Grande Levee and Corn Day. _______________________________ Don't forget that you can the American Road Magazine application from iTunes.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rosslyn Schulz: Leaning Toilet Of Lucas

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rosslyn Schulz: Leaning Toilet of Lucas Click here to listen... Click here to download...     Who in their right mind would make a public restroom look like a giant toilet?! Well, the cityof Lucas, Kansas of course! Almost a year ago we told you about a folk art project called Bowl Plaza. The Grassroots Art Center director Rosslyn Schultz shared their vision for an enormous outdoor restroom crafted by local artists in the shape of a toilet bowl, water tank and even toilet paper roll. We recently heard that the project had suffered a setback because of a natural disaster. So we called Rossalyn to find out about the Leaning Toilet of Lucas. American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Rosslyn Schulz: Leaning Toilet of Lucas Click here to listen... Click here to download... Fall has arrived in Wisconsin! For the latest fall color conditions around the state, check out Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report. Check online for updates, print off maps or view the color report right on your phone while you're on the go. And bring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. ####### A great fall fair is coming to downtown Vandalia,Illinois Sept. 23 and 24th. It's the Vandalia Grand Levee and Corn Day featuring blue grass music, tours of the statehouse, a car show, plenty of good food and loads of family fall festival fun. Mark it on your calendar, Sept. 23 and 24, the Vandalia Grande Levee and Corn Day. _______________________________ Don't forget that you can the American Road Magazine application from iTunes.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Vince Cricchio: America Travels Route 66

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Vince Cricchio: America Travels Route 66 Click here to listen... Click here to download   When the Mother Road calls, few can resist her. Route 66 is a long way from Vince Cricchio's New Jersey home, but when he got the call, he and his wife grabbed their video gear and spent 2010 travelling the heartland of America. They recorded the stories and chronicled what Vince likes to call "one long amusement park" from Chicago to Santa Monica pier in California. In this American Road TripTalk Vince will share his vision for a TV series that will take all of us down the American Road. You should also visit Vincent Video to see the blog he wrote as they travelled and filmed Route 66, to find links to his YouTube video clips and to watch the 30 minute video he created for the city of Tucumcari, NM.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Vince Cricchio: America Travels Route 66 Click here to listen... Click here to download Fall has arrived in Wisconsin! For the latest fall color conditions around the state, check out Travel Wisconsin's Fall Color Report. Check online for updates, printoff maps or view the color report right on your phone while you're on the go. Andbring all the fun Wisconsin has to offer to your fingertips by downloading the free Travel Wisconsin iPhone or Android app. ############### Don't forget that you can the American Road Magazine application from iTunes.

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- George Kelloff: Movie Manor

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- George Kelloff: Movie Manor Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   Double your pleasure, double your fun…and right now some of you are singing the name of a favorite gum. Actually we're talking about one of the most unique drive in theatres in North America because it's the only place in the country where you get both a motel room and a drive in theatre all in one. Our guest, George Kelloff, is the proprietor of the Best Western Movie Manor in Monte Vista, Colorado and he'll tell you all about this one of a kind experience. You'll also find an article about the Best Western Movie Manor in the Summer 2011 issue of American Road magazine.   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- George Kelloff: Movie Manor Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...   Podcast Sponsor: Gran Reveil Acadien   This October there is a marvelous cultural eventtaking place in south Louisiana that you simply must experience. The GrandReveil 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)- Donelle Dadigan: Hollywood Museum

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Donelle Dadigan: Hollywood Museum Click here to listen.. Clickhere to download   All that glittered soon became gold when it came from Los Angeles, California for most of the last century. Hollywood was the hub of America's movie, radio and TV industry turning Midwest girls, like Jean Harlow (pictured above) into The Blond Bombshell, with the help of famed make up artist Max Factor, in the early twenties. Today we are going to visit with Donelle Dadigan, Founder and Presidentof the Hollywood Museum. We featured her current exhibit "Harlow at 100" in our Summer issue's Tunnel Vision section but she has news about an even bigger exhibit going on through this fall. Open Weds. - Sun. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.1660 N. Highland Ave., Hollywood, CA 90028 Tel. (323) 464-7776   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Donelle Dadigan: Hollywood Museum Click here to listen.. Clickhere to download   Podcast Sponsor: Grand Reveil Acadien This October there is a marvelous cultural eventtaking place in south Louisiana that you simply must experience. The GrandReveil Acadien is a wonderful gathering of Acadians and lovers of participatingin the continued expression of the native French language and cultureexemplified in Louisiana. This unique celebration takes place October 7- 16,2011. Visit www.GRA2011.org for moreinformation.  

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Mike Conlin: Pines To Palms Highway

American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Mike Conlin: Pines to Palms Highway Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...       Some wags say the camel is a horse designed by acommittee. The same might be said forthe Jefferson Highway! This long forgotten but now much cherished classic American highway once stretched from the pines of Manitoba, Canada to the sultry palms of New Orleans. My guest is Mike Conlin, a map maker by trade, who is the president of the new Jefferson Highway Association with a passion for reconnecting this legendary thoroughfare. The association's inaugural meeting was chronicled in the spring 2011 issue ofAmerican Road Magazine. By the way, did you know you can travel the entire 2300 mile (3700 km) length of the JeffersonHighway in the same time zone?   American Road Trip Talk (Podcast)- Mike Conlin: Pines to Palms Highway Click here to listen... Click here to download...   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)- Greg Greenhill: Long Live The King

American Road TripTalk (podcast)- Greg Greenhill: Long Live the King Click here to listen... Clickhere to download...     Our summer 2011 issue of American Road Magazinefeatured a special section highlighting 26 classic Drive In's across NorthAmerica. In today's episode we meet GregGreenhill who represents the second generation to run the King Drive Inn, in Russellville,AL. He and his family have found a surefire formula for drawing families that's as treasured as the recipe for AuntBea's Sweet Tater pie. It 's acombination of hard work, a love for the business and a commitment to providingentertainment that the whole family can enjoy. We'll serve up a king-sized helping of southern charm and hospitality with this podcast. American Road TripTalk (podcast)- Greg Greenhill: Long Live the King 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 Event 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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