Photo of the Week: Mountain Highway, Rico, Colorado

Photo of the Week: Mountain Highway, Rico, Colorado

Mountain highways, such as Highway 145 near Rico, Colorado, offer some of the most scenic and fun roadways to drive. Even when the weather begins to turn, the landscape offers something special to those travelers intrepid enough to press on, whether it’s snowfall in July or shafts of sunlight cutting through the clouds illuminating a far-off ridgeline. Photo by: Lorraine Paulhus

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American Gods Roadtrip

American Gods Roadtrip

niel gaiman american gods road trip book novelAlmost anyone who reads Neil Gaiman’s 2001 novel American Gods dreams of hitting the road following the route Shadow takes through the Midwest.

Last week marked the ten-year anniversary of the book’s first publication. Here are six essential locations to seek out so you can live Shadow’s journey.

I have obscured the location of several of the places in this book: the town of Lakeside, for example, and the farm with the ash tree an hour south of Blacksburg. You may look for them if you wish. You might even find them.”  —Neil Gaiman American Gods 

1. House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI. The first major stop in American Gods—the stop that solidified to the reader that Shadow is caught between two worlds—is House on the Rock, outside of Spring Green. This dizzying roadside attraction makes it easy to believe there are multiple realities layered atop one another, with dioramas, music machines, and architecture jumbled and smashed together. Continue reading “American Gods Roadtrip”

Long Live Roadtrips! Three Ways to Keep Exploring America’s Roadways Through Rising Fuel Prices

Long Live Roadtrips! Three Ways to Keep Exploring America’s Roadways Through Rising Fuel Prices

As the summer season approaches, I find myself following the price of oil and wondering how the upward trend is going to affect my travel season. The truth is that oil, and the fuels made from it, are a finite resource. The price is going to continue to rise, no matter how many subsidies we throw at it. Period. But this doesn’t spell the end of the roadtrip. (In fact, this may be the dawn of a new “golden age” of exploring America’s roadways.) Here are three ways to keep the pavement rolling under your tires as fuel prices rise.

Will talks to a local about how the town has changed over the course of the man's lifetime. Photo by: Eric Warren

1. See more, drive (slightly) less. While I’d love to get back out to the Rocky Mountains again this year, I’m considering scrapping that plan for exploring the nearby White Mountains instead. Rather than drone out long-distance milage to get to a far-off destination, I’m going to spend a lot more time getting to know the backroads of western Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. While a lot of the small towns here aren’t considered “destinations,” they all have something to offer, either historical or cultural. I spent twenty minutes with an elderly gentleman as he described, to my friends and I, how the small town we stopped in for breakfast had changed over the years since his childhood. I’d never heard any of the events he’d spoken of and it reminded me how little I really knew about the region within 100 miles of my home. Continue reading “Long Live Roadtrips! Three Ways to Keep Exploring America’s Roadways Through Rising Fuel Prices”