I didn't set out on the 48 State Roadtrip to write a book about it, but I did take a lot of notes. I also took a lot of pictures, many of which I uploaded from the road to the blog I was keeping at the time. That blog has since faded into the web ether, but I still have all those old pictures... which cast an interesting new light on the story of the book. Part 2 coming soon!
The Snake Dock
This is where it all went down - halfway out to the boat launch, my keys wound up in six inches of snake-filled muck under this dock in southern Missouri. Getting them back was... well, you'll have to read about it yourself.
The Nic Nac Bar & Grill in West Memphis, Arkansas, where I celebrated my victory over the snakes of Missouri with $1.25 Bud Lights with two ex-cons and a pregnant bartender. This tiny, blurry cell phone picture is the only evidence I have that the place exists.
The Cereal Cooler
My milk 'n cereal 'n trail-mix cooler (a.k.a. 90% of the trip's diet), once it was buttressed by a stop at the Kellogg's Factory in Battle Creek, MI.
In 2003, dust-protection covers were still draped - like mourning veils - over other buildings surrounding the gaping hole in the earth.
The white sand beaches of Pensacola, at dawn, shortly before I was stung by a jellyfish and then nearly arrested.
The old cotton plantation near Natchitoches, Louisianna. Still impressive though no one was around.
Corn Maze, Kansas
Damn you, evil corn maze bird. Damn you.
A few of the 500,000 Harley bikers who flooded Sturgis, South Dakota the weekend I was there.
The hill that killed the Spacemobile.
The railway switch house where I finally found a phone. After hours of hiking in the 100 degree Montana heat looking for civilization, this was the best I could do. Damn you, AAA map.
The Canadian/Montana border pull-off where I finally found my mountain stream.
This picture pretty much sums it up.