Monthly Archives: July 2018

ON THE ROAD / Kerouac’s Map 1947

Click on map to enlarge. This map from Jack Kerouac’s diary detailed his hitchhiking across the USA in 1947. His itinerary includes more stops than the classic hit ROUTE 66 sung originally by Nat King Cole. New York City, Chicago, Davenport Des Moines, North Platte, Cheyenne, Denver, Laramie, Salt Lake, Reno, San Francisco, Madera, Fresno, […]

A Painter Painting a Picture

Hitchhiking was a good way to travel between Boston and Montreal in the early 1970s. The 400 miles of I-89 was one of the East Coast’s most scenic highway, slanting across New Hampshire and Vermont to Lake Champlain then into Quebec. It was a great trip from start to finish. In August of 1971 I […]


The Arborway trolley rattled on the Centre Street tracks toward Forest Hills. Two longhaired men and a young blonde woman in a peasant dress sat on the wooden seats of the near-empty streetcar. Each had a travel bag at their feet. Sean Coll unfolded a map of America and his New York friend pointed to […]

Hitchhiker Chicks

Hippie chicks hitchhiking are cool. Ax murderers are uncool.

Treason Is Not Just A Word

Relations with our allies had suffered after a disastrous G7 conference in Quebec. Donald Trump complained about having to travel to Canada as a distraction from his upcoming Singapore summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Donald threatened the EEU with tariffs and then cut short his participation to cross the globe to the Orient. […]