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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Becky Repp: Road Repp On Byway Board

Click here to listen... Click here to download ...   Rebecca Repp is the General Manager of American Road Magazine which she publishes along with husband Thomas Repp. Normally Becky stays behind the scenes but in the 2014 Spring Issue she stepped from behind the headlines into our Tunnel Vision section. There we learned about her appointment as a director of the National Scenic Byways Foundation. This group is a non-profit group organized in 2003 to help Byway committees all over the coun

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Fred Heiss Sr. And Jr.: Melody Drive In, A Family Affair Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download The summer 2014 issue of American Road Magazine brought back one of our favorite family themes for the lazy, hazy days, A Night at Drive In Part 2. This podcast is part 2 of a series focused on the Melody Drive In located in rural northern Indiana near the Bass Lake campground resort. Their family owned drive in is one of the few that still sport grass infield rather than asphalt or gravel and give an almost park like feel. But it has not alway

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Fred Heiss Sr. And Jr.: Melody Drive In, A Family Affair Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download … The summer 2014 issue of American Road Magazine brought back one of our favorite family themes for the lazy, hazy days, A Night at Drive In Part 2. The best part about the more than 30 outdoor movie palaces reviewed is that the majority of them are still going strong. Being a family business seems to be one of the big factors in their survival. Families work cheap! Just ask Fred Heiss and his son Fred Jr. Three generations of their family

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Steve Bloomer: Skyview Drive In, Belleville, Il

Click here to listen... Click here to download …     The Summer 2014 issue of American Road Magazine brought back one of our favorite family themes for the lazy, hazy days of summer, A Night at the Drive In Part 2. This issue features more than 30 outdoor movie theatres. According to Steve Bloomer, second-generation owner of the Skyview Drive In of Belleville, Illinois, things have never been better. We know you will enjoy Steve’s stories in this podcast as he describes a family business he

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Olga Herbert: Postcard Museum

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   Summertime and the living is easy or so the so went in the famous operetta Porgy and Bess. We certainly hope the arrival of our summer edition of American Road Magazine is adding to your summertime relaxation.   In our Friends in the Fast Lane column made a stop at a unique exhibition at the Lincoln Highway Experience Museum in Latrobe, PA. There we met executive director, Olga Herbert, who described the Postcard Exhibit which launched

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Linda Sweat: Odessa,tx Jack Rabbit Central Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download   Our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine featured an article entitled Hopping the Hippety Highway by Jillian Gurney. The author followed rabbit trails all over the country tracking down big bunnies. One of the stops was Odessa, Texas, home of the largest jackrabbit in the world. In this second of a two-part interview with Linda Sweat of the Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau we will find out about the surprising cultural oasis th

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Linda Sweat: Odessa,tx Jack Rabbit Central Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download...   Our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine featured an article entitled Hopping the Hippety Highway by Jillian Gurney. The author followed rabbit trails all over the country tracking down big bunnies. One of the stops was Odessa, Texas, home of the largest jackrabbit in the world. In this two-part interview with Linda Sweat of the Odessa Convention and Visitors Bureau we will find out about the history of the rascally native jackrabb

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dan Parsons: Nanticoke Heritage Byway

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In the Spring 2014 issue of the magazine Tunnel Vision highlighted the birth of a new scenic roadway, the Nanticoke Heritage Byway which will eventually traverse parts of southern and western Delaware. In this podcast Dan Parsons, a historic preservationist for the Delaware, tells us about the importance of this unique byway and its link to the beginnings of our nation. To keep up with the Nanticoke Heritage Byway development, visit their

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Mike Cline: Great American Roadside Art

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   The Tunnel Vision Column of our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine featured a bizarre piece of art called the “Paulverizer” in front of an auto recycler on Highway 501 in Buena Vista, VA. It is just one of dozens of huge, humorous and highly imaginative works of art created by Mark Cline. In our interview, I hope you will catch some of Mark's passion for creating these merry roadside monsters that have found homes all over the co

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Jim Kor & Bruce Sewart: Urbee 2 Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   In our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine we presented the story of a three wheeled, bullet-shaped orange car called the Urbee 2 in our Friends in the Fast Lane column. The strange little car represents the vision of Jim Kor and Bruce Stewart to build an aerodynamically perfect and absolutely energy efficient vehicle. In Part 2 of the Urbee 2 story, Jim and Bruce describe how 3D Printing will give their ultra efficient vehicle the a

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Jim Kor & Bruce Sewart: Urbee 2 Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download...   In our Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine, you’ll find a story about a three wheeled, bullet shaped orange car called the Urbee 2 in our Friends in the Fast Lane column. The strange little car represents the vision of Jim Kor and Bruce Stewart to build an aerodynamically perfect and absolutely energy efficient vehicle. In Part 1 of the Urbee 2 story, Jim and Bruce share the journey that is taking them toward an historic voyage on

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Mike Conlin: Finding The Jefferson Highway

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   2016 will mark the official 100th anniversary of our numbered highway system. Up to 1926 the process of naming, building and publicizing a stretch of roadway was very much a local affair. The results were often confusing if pleasantly familiar to the home team. The named trails served a valuable purpose in their day, but they began to pass into history when the American Association of State Highway Officials formally adopted the U.S. numb

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Erika Nelson: Titanic Turtle

Click here to listen… Click here to download …   The Think Big Column in our magazine is a regular platform for some of the most remarkable sights along the American Road. Erika Nelson is the peripatetic folk artist who chronicles kings and queens of the highway like the largest ketchup bottle or biggest baseball bat in the World’s Largest Collection of the Smallest Replicas of the World’s Largest Things. In this conversation Erika shares her most recent find: a titanic turtle in North Dako

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Joan Nothern: Rediscovering The Midland Trail

Click here to listen… Click here to download… In the Spring 2014 issue in the Friends in the Fast Lane department, we show a Kansas artist David DeArmond who was so moved by the 1916 Midland Trail Tour guide that he began painting scenes mentioned in the book. Now people like our guest, Joan Nothern, of the Solomon Valley Hwy 24 Heritage Alliance are making that nearly century old driving guide come alive. Joan is the president of that association and right here shares the story behind the

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Laura Chisholm: Butterfly House St. Louis, Mo

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Butterflies normally conjure up beautiful images of colorful, delicate winged creatures flitting by your mind’s eye. How about throwing in a few thousand cockroaches you can play with and lots of hungry caterpillars? In the Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine in our US 40: Across the Middle Department, I described some of the Looking Glass Insects I discovered at the Sophia M. Sachs Butterfly House of the Missouri Botanical Garden

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Greg Koehler: Steamboat's Rascally Rabbit

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   In the Spring 2014 issue of American Road Magazine our Memory Motel column was all ears as we swept down into the mountain resort of Steamboat Springs to visit the Rabbit Ears Motel. Ironically, as Greg Koehler, our guest and owner of the motel will tell us, the name has more to do with geology than a certain rascally cartoon character. On the other hand the inn’s overactive sign did create something of a distraction for visitors to the f

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Marsha Gillies: The Rocky Mountain Mermaid Part 3

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   In our Winter 2013 issue of American Road Magazine we wandered a bit north of our theme area of Washington State into the Canadian Rockies for the subject of our Memory Motel Column. Tucked in the foothills of the craggy grandeur of British Columbia near the town of Ainsworth Springs stands the Mermaid Lodge and Motel. Not quite the image that would seem to go with a town that grew up in the rough and tumble of the Canadian Gold Rush.   In

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Marsha Gillies: The Rocky Mountain Mermaid Part 2

Click here to listen...   Click here to download…   In our Winter 2013 issue of American Road Magazine we wandered a bit north of our theme area of Washington State into the Canadian Rockies for the subject of our Memory Motel Column. Tucked in the foothills of the craggy grandeur of British Columbia near the town of Ainsworth Springs stands the Mermaid Lodge and Motel. Not quite the image that would seem to go with a town that grew up in the rough and tumble of the Canadian Gold Rush.  

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Marsha Gillies: The Rocky Mountain Mermaid Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   In our Winter 2013 issue of American Road Magazine we wandered a bit north of our theme area of Washington State into the Canadian Rockies for the subject of our Memory Motel Column. Tucked in the foothills of the craggy grandeur of British Columbia near the town of Ainsworth Springs stands the Mermaid Lodge and Motel. Not quite the image that would seem to go with a town that grew up in the rough and tumble of the Canadian Gold Rush. In

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dave Schaub: Iron Pants Marathon Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download...   In 2011 a California grocer named Dave Schaub drove his Brizio-built Custom ’32 Ford roadster through all 49 continental United States in an amazing 7 days, 14 hours and 21 minutes. We featured a picture of Dave at the finish line in Alaska in one of our recent Friends in the Fast lane Column.   In part two of our interview Dave describes how he made the incredible journey on 5 hours of sleep a day without being accompanied by a chase

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Dave Schaub: Iron Pants Marathon Part 1

Click here to listen,,, Click here to download…   In 2011 the jovial California grocer drove named Dave Schaub drove his Brizio-built ’32 Ford roadster through all 49 continental United States in an amazing 7 days, 14 hours and 21 minutes. We featured a picture of Dave at the finish line in Alaska in one of our recent Friends in the Fastlane Columns. It was all part of an effort to raise funds for the Ronald McDonald House at Stanford University Hospital. In this first part of the interview

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Emmett Brown: Freshwater Fishing Museum Part 2

Click here to listen... Click here to download …   Like any good fish story, the tale of the National Freshwater Fishing Museum located in the wooded lakeland of northwest Wisconsin is about a big one…that didn’t get away. In this second of two parts, Emmett Brown, the museum director, gives some of the vision and mission behind the Hall of fame. It is very much about protecting our valuable fish stocks and educating the public about ways to keep our freshwater resources healthy. Emmett

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Emmett Brown:freshwater Fishing Hall Museum Part 1

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   Like any good fish story, the tale of the National Freshwater Fishing Museum located in the wooded Lakeland of northwest Wisconsin is about a big one…that didn't get away. Emmett Brown, the current director of the Museum, takes us on a two part tour of this remarkable and growing collection of freshwater fishing memorabilia, hall of fame for the greatest fishermen and women and even home to over 100,000 lures, rods and reels. For a full artic

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast): Paige Hunt: Tasty Home Of The Blues

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

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American Road Trip Talk (Podcast) Karen Raymore: Comfort Food Cruise 2014

Click here to listen... Click here to download…   For many of us this has been a hard winter that has kept us cooped up. Good news, there is an event taking place during the first two weeks of February that is guaranteed to get you out of the house if you live anywhere near Ohio. The scenic Hocking Hills area of Ohio just 40 Miles southeast of Columbus is hosting a Comfort Food Cruise Feb. 1-2 and 8-9, 2014. Karen Raymore, the Executive Director of the Hocking Hills Tourism Association ha

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