If Anybody Needs Me, I’ll Be In My RV

Author Kim Romaner and her retired husband decided over two years ago to sell their home and most of their possessions to embark on a cross-country RV adventure that continues to this day with stays at famous places like National Parks as well as small towns and roadside attractions that can accommodate their big rig. Kim is an inspiration to those who hope to pursue their own dreams someday by hitting the open road.

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Weird Western Washington

Manresa Castle in Port Townsend, WA is both a haunted hotspot and a landmark hotel boasting Victorian-era elegance. Several other popular lodgings in the Evergreen State have a ghostly reputation as well, including The Tokeland Hotel in the town of Tokeland. It is the oldest hotel in Washington.

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Jess Winfield and Star Trek Original Movie Locations

Jess Winfield, American Road editor, L.A. based author and screenwriter talks about his feature article “Star Trek Original Movie Locations” in the Summer 2019 issue revealing a gorgeous array of natural settings that filmmakers used in developing the franchise.

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Haunted American Roads and Bridges

Paranormal investigator Marie D. Jones researched the tragic history of numerous American roads and bridges for a chapter in her book, Celebrity Ghosts and Notorious Hauntings. From Hwy. 41 on which James Dean met his untimely (though predicted) demise to infamous bridges where apparitions are frequently spotted, the lure of the haunt compels many of us to seek out spectral scenes as revealed in this edition of Trip Talk.

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Tom Cotter aka The Barn Find Hunter

Tom Cotter has gained a large and loyal following among classic car enthusiasts with his Barn Find Hunter series on YouTube and by forging a career promoting the collection and restoration of these coveted automobiles. He shares experiences and insights gathered during his many Barn Find road trips in this episode.

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Old Joliet Prison and Heritage Corridor Replay

Trip Talk recently hosted an interview with the amiable and informative Greg Peerbolte, executive director of the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Enjoy this “Best Of” episode again and listen for news of American Road Magazine’s 2019 “Picture Perfect” photography contest. You could win $500! Visit americanroadmagazine.com for details and entry instructions.

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Solomon’s Castle in Ona, Florida

Hidden away like a palace fashioned of magic and artistic genius, Solomon’s Castle in the lush wet wilds of central Florida is Howard Solomon’s dream of paradise. The creator’s daughter and current keeper of the Castle flame, Alane Solomon articulates the vision her father lovingly constructed from 1972 until his death in 2016.

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Easy Detroit Outdoor Adventures

For over a century, Detroit has been established as a major urban and industrial center. Yet the Motor City has a surprisingly large and impressive array of outdoor adventures for locals who are in on the secret and countless visitors who discover and revel in The D’s striking open-air
pursuits. Travel writer Amy S. Eckert shares her firsthand knowledge of a hundred exciting venues in and around Motown.

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A Night At The Drive-In

The nocturnal joys of taking in a movie (or two) at a Drive-In Theatre are still available across North America. We talk with Wes and Brian Neal, owners and operators of The Boulevard in Kansas City, Kansas about the enduring appeal and evolution of the Drive-In Theatre experience in the digital era.

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Joliet Illinois and the Heritage Corridor

This episode sends you to prison in Joliet but luckily in a good way, with a fascinating survey of local crime and punishment legacy courtesy of Greg Peerbolte, executive director of the Joliet Area Historical Museum. Other attractions along the Heritage Corridor in Illinois also are included.

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