The single most-asked question I’ve had in the last eight months is: “Have you read ‘Travels With Charley?’”
My first entry into the Journal Section of Year on the Road Blog was Homage to Heroes and Helpers (https://allevenson.wordpress.com/bits-and-pieces-2) — a frank admiration of John Steinbeck, author of powerful novels and one great travel book.
The second most-asked question is: “Have you read ‘Blue Highways?’”
Yes, long ago and, today, the book is on the short list of to be re-read.
Besides these two books, I’ve had other infections of itchy feet syndrome.
When I wrote the original blog entry I had another inspiring book in mind, “A Walk Across America” by Peter Jenkins (1979). I was also thinking of the 25-year television series on CBS that commenced in 1967, “On the Road with Charles Kuralt.
While on the present trip I realized I read another great travel book in the last few years. “A Sense of the World” by Bay Area writer, Jason Roberts (2006). I forgot about it only because, on first reading, the book is a biography of a blind man who led an extraordinary travel life.
I have already tipped my hat to Ralph Brandt, the editor of the Bridgeton Evening News fifty years ago. (https://allevenson.wordpress.com/bits-and-pieces-2/) My early admiration for his daily column, The Scribbler, stirred my Inner Wordsmith.
I must confess I have not read Alexis de Toqueville’s 1831 book, “Democracy in America”, which may be the godfather of all books on traveling in America.
I expected by now I would have written more detailed essays about how these traveler/writers affected me. Those essays are in the pipeline somewhere behind the more immediately stimulating people and places postings.
My list seems short. I must have missed some books that stir the travelers—armchair or actual adventurers. – who follow this blog. Could I ask you to share, via this blog, your suggestions and recommendations?