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MIAMI BEACH BLIND by Peter Nolan Smith

Rain, drizzle, snow, and ice pellets greeted Boston on the first dawn of 1975. The weather on January’s second morning was equally miserable, but by late morning the temperature rose into the 40s and I walked from my Beacon Hill apartment to the Mass Pike in Chinatown. The on-ramp was the good place to start […]

BACK AND FORTH by Peter Nolan Smith – CHAPTER 3 – LOOKALIKE

The Torino crossed the flooded Mississippi and passed heavily loaded semi-trailers laboring up a steep bluff. Davenport, Iowa wasn’t a big city, but river town had been even smaller, when a trucker had dropped Jack Kerouac in 1947. The sun had set without the beat writer catching a ride and Keroacc had backtracked to Davenport […]

BACK AND FORTH BY PETER NOLAN SMITH CHAPTER 1 – THE FIRST TEN MILES

The trees on Centre Street wavered with the warm spring wind under a blue cloudless morning sky. The uniformed driver clanged a bell and the Arborway trolley rattled on the warp steel rails toward Forest Hills. Two longhaired men and a young blonde woman in a peasant dress sat on the wooden seats of the […]

The Death of the Road

In 2013 my summer holiday plans fell apart one by one. The Nantucket house had too many guests, my friend in Millbrook had accepted an invitation to the Rockefeller’s’ Adirondack estate, and my sister was leaving Maine for a conference in Boston. All the flights to Thailand were out of my budget and Labor Weekend […]

Labor Day Travel

In 2008 my good friend Alan Vaughan called from Gary, Indiana. He was driving to Florida. I told him I was leaving Palm Beach for New England. We hadn’t seen each other in a good 6 or 7 years. “How you getting north?” “I’m hitchhiking on I-95. I figure it will take 3-4 days.” I […]