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Cross Country 1996

In the late summer of 1996 I left Bali for America. My good friend Slim met me at LAX in her Studebaker Lark. On the way to Hollywood the native Californian told me that she had fallen in love with an artist in New York.” “That’s good news, except it’s 3000 miles from here.” “I […]

BACK AND FORTH by Peter Nolan Smith – CHAPTER 5 – THE ID LOUNGE

The next morning AK, Pam, and Sean slept in late. After waking tey ate a hearty breakfast of flapjack and sausages with the lodge’s owner on the porch. White rapids surged over the rocky creek and a few clouds dotted the deep blue above the mountain peaks. Ralph spread a map on the table to […]

BACK AND FORTH BY PETER NOLAN SMITH – CHAPTER 2 – FLATLANDS

I-90 weaved over the Berkshires and descended into the heavily forested Hudson Valley. Pam, AK, and Sean had been on the road two hours and they had no immediate plans to stop other than for gas or food. “You know Jack Kerouac started his trip south of here at the Bear Mountain Bridge. He had […]

FLATLANDS by Peter Nolan Smith

I-90 weaved over the gentle Berkshires in the shadow of Mount Greylock and dropped into the tree-drunk Hudson Valley. The smooth lanes shadowed the ancient Mohawk Trail past the cities of northern New York and the escort of low hills faltered after the Finger Lakes, as the interstate straightened out on fertile farmland between Phelps […]

THE FIRST TEN MILES by Peter Nolan Smith 

Early on a warm May morning my friend AK, a blonde BU co-ed, and I traveled by the trolley to Jamaica Plains, where we were picking up a 1973 Ford Torino station wagon to transport cross-country. Upon our arrival at the address, the middle-aged owner descended the tenement’s steps to the sidewalk. He tapped at […]