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Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2: Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip

Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2: Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip

by Theresa L Goodrich


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Two Lane Gems, Vol. 2: Bison are Giant and Other Observations from an American Road Trip is a delightful tale of buffalo, waterfalls, and frosty treats. Theresa L. Goodrich and her ever-so-patient husband, Jim, embark on a cross-country adventure through the northwest. Departing from the Chicago-area, the couple heads for the Oregon coast with a loosey-goosey itinerary and a bucket of trail mix.

Their journey began in front of a dumpster, but they quickly made their way to a UNESCO City of Literature. Over the next 35 days they camped in National Parks, State Parks, and RV Parks. They stayed in hotels, motels, a cabin on a lake, and a 1913 Gambrel cottage-style mansion. They followed scenic byways, highways, two-lane roads, the Outlaw Trail, the Oregon Trail, and the Lewis & Clark Trail, hitting the highlights – and the low-lights – of America’s westward expansion. With a thirst for knowledge and frosty treats, they searched for, and found, what makes this country beautiful and unique.

They also:

  • drank in a mermaid bar in Montana
  • slept with bison – and survived
  • met a man named Lizard
  • stepped on the center of the universe
  • almost stepped on the center of the U.S.A.
  • escaped a rattlesnake – twice
  • fed horsies
  • petted alpacas
  • chased an eagle
  • did not degrade the surface
  • did not kill each other

In this epic, eyes-wide-open love letter to America, little is planned, much is ventured, and everything is gained.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780960049530
Publisher: The Local Tourist
Publication date: 12/06/2018
Series: Two Lane Gems , #2
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Theresa L. Goodrich is an Emmy-winning author and content creator with a penchant for storytelling and a keen eye. She's the founder and publisher of The Local Tourist and author of the Two Lane Gems book series. Theresa has appeared in Crain's Chicago, the Chicago Tribune, and Chicagoist, and on WGN, WLUP, ChicagonistaLive, ArcLight Connects, and WCIU. She was one of the founding bloggers of ChicagoNow, was the Chicago Expert for, and is a contributor to multiple travel outlets. She's also spoken on marketing, motivation, entrepreneurship, writing, and (of course) travel.

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Table of Contents

And, they’re off! 9

Day 1 11

Day 2 15

Day 3 26

Day 4 32

Day 5 41

Day 6 52

Day 7 61

Day 8 68

Day 9 79

Day 10 86

Day 11 96

Day 12 104

Day 13 113

Day 14 119

Day 15 122

Day 16 128

Day 17 135

Day 18 143

Day 19 150

Day 20 153

Day 21 160

Day 22 163

Day 23 164

Day 24 169

Day 25 170

Day 26 176

Day 27 183

Day 28 189

Day 29 198

Day 30 206

Day 31 210

Day 32 215

Day 33 219

Day 34 221

Home 223

Acknowledgements 225

About the Author 227

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