Right now I don’t have much planned other than weekend day trips, so I’ll do the next best thing: read about them! Reading about the experiences other people have on road trip adventures always makes me so much more inspired for my next trip.
Cross Country: fifteen years and ninety thousand miles on the roads and interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, a lot of bad motels, a moving van, Emily Post, Jack Kerouac, my wife, my mother-in law, two kids, and enough coffee to kill an elephant by Robert Sullivan is a book that truly reads like a real-life road trip. Sullivan doesn’t dress anything up to be bigger or better than it was. He writes about the family arguments, the less-than-desirable hotels, the even less desirable rest stops, etc. He manages to weave historical stories within the personal account of his travels, something that makes this book that much more appealing to me. A big part of why I love road trips is learning about the history of each place and to imagine what happened before I arrived.
The mixture of history lessons plus travel and personal memoir makes this book a compelling read for anyone with an itch to travel.
“From the bestselling author of “Rats,” a personal and national history of one of America’s favorite pastimes: driving across the country.
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Ghost Rider: travels on the healing road by Neil Peart
The Lost Continent: travels in small town America by Bill Bryson