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Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1: Turkeys are Jerks and Other Observations from an American Road Trip

Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1: Turkeys are Jerks and Other Observations from an American Road Trip

by Theresa L. Goodrich


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Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1: Turkeys are jerks and other observations from an American Road Trip is a road trip romp from the Chicago area to San Diego and back. Theresa Goodrich grabs her laptop, her camera, and her journal and makes (asks, she means, asks) her husband, Jim, to drive 6,479.5 miles through thirteen states so she can fulfill a childhood dream.

Starting at the most important archaeological site in North America, their journey takes them through sand dunes, forests, plains, and mountains. They stayed in haunted hotels, a rustic cabin, charming bed and breakfasts, and the oldest motel in Arizona. They camped in canyons and deserts and were visited by deer and surrounded by turkeys (jerks). They met a World War II vet, learned how to grow a date, and had a beer in the lowest bar in the Western hemisphere with a bartender named Scheherazade.

They also:

  • made a wish at the Center of the World
  • toured an abandoned mountain lion zoo
  • rode a vintage train with a singing engineer
  • ate schnecks
  • touched goblins
  • did not get blown up by unexploded ordnance
  • did not kill each other

Two Lane Gems, Vol. 1 is an uplifting, inspirational, and often humorous love letter to America. From cliff dwellings to buried cars to more hoodoos than you can shake a switchback at, this tale follows their round-about journey to find the country’s treasures.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780960049554
Publisher: Local Tourist
Publication date: 04/03/2019
Series: Two Lane Gems , #1
Edition description: Second
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Theresa L. Goodrich tells people where to go for a living. After graduating with a BA in Journalism she went straight to self-publishing, founding The Local Tourist in 2002. Fourteen years and an Emmy later, she launched Drive By Towns, a companion website focusing on "two lane gems." She's slightly obsessed with road trips, camping, and her husband. When she's not writing or on the road, she's cooking and planning her next adventure.

Table of Contents

Prologue 9Chapter 1And, They're Off! 10Chapter 2History and Hospitality 14Chapter 3Eureka! Springs, That Is 22Chapter 4Big Cats and Bigger Hearts 33Chapter 5Perseverance and Silver Linings 39Chapter 6Remembering to Breathe 42Chapter 7Half a Billion Years in the Making 46Chapter 8Random, Schmandom 56Chapter 9Turkeys are Jerks 59Chapter 10Surviving I-40 67Chapter 11Camping Should Be a Pre-Marriage Requirement 75Chapter 12Meeting the Greatest Generation 78Chapter 13An Anti-Tourist Trap Tour 82Chapter 14The Beauty and Danger of Bed & Breakfasts 89Chapter 15Where the Past is Always Present 93Chapter 16Real Life Happened Here 101

Chapter 17The Singing Road and Stuff Carved Into Rocks 106Chapter 18How to Survive an Epic Road Trip 113Chapter 19Ghost Towns and an Enchanting Excursion 117Chapter 20Schnecks and Switchbacks 125Chapter 21Sunny and Dry My ... 131Chapter 22All in the Family 136Chapter 23How to Grow a Date 143Chapter 24A High School Full of Criminals 149Chapter 25The Center of the World 153Chapter 26Salvation Below Sea Level 161Chapter 27Romancing the Road Trip 169Chapter 28The Kindness of Rangers 174Chapter 29Hopalong, Gunga Din 180Chapter 30Never Forget. Never Again 186Chapter 31 The Mule Capital of the World 189Chapter 32The Town That's So In-Clined 195

Chapter 33So. Many. People. 202Chapter 34Look Jim, I'm a Goat! 207Chapter 35Hoodoo You Think You Are? 215Chapter 36If I Was Any Better I'd Have to be Twins 224Chapter 37In the Groove 232Chapter 38From Silent Sands to Dusty Grasslands 240Chapter 39Getting Bent 246Chapter 40Whoa There, Wichita 253Chapter 41Vittles and Fiddles 260Chapter 42The Final Stretch 266Chapter 43The Journey Begins 273Acknowledgments 274About the Author 276

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