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Route 66 Backroads

Your Guide to Scenic Trips and Adventure from the Mother Road (Backroads)

By Jim Hinckley

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Format: Paperback / softback, 208 pages
Other Information: 20 color, 300 black and white, 40 maps
Published In: United States, 29 October 2008
This lavishly illustrated book guides the reader along iconic Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles - from the Great Lakes to the heaving Pacific Ocean, through Great Plains and high plateaus, major metropolises and remote country towns. Presenting fifty backroad journeys, this book points the way to gems beyond the tourist trail: quaint frontier communities, ancient native cultures, awe-inspiring natural wonders, and of course the small towns, service stations, eateries that operated when Route 66 was flourishing, some now revitalized, some ruined reminders of a bygone era. Find state parks, wildlife refuges, museums, historic sites, literary landmarks, and much more, all a short drive off Route 66, awaiting the traveler who is looking for more on this legendary road.Whether you are a nostalgia buff, armchair traveler, group of enthusiasts taking your cars and traveling on holiday, or simply off for a two-week family break, this book is a detailed travel guide and fascinating historic document in one volume, and bound to appeal to the legion of Route 66 fans worldwide.

About the Author

Jim Hinckley's passion for the open road has translated into regular contributions to a wide variety of periodicals, including Route 66, and American Road. He is the author of The Big Book of American Car Culture.

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If you intend to explore route 66, this book will serve as a helpful guide.And even if you are not planning such a trip, the book's photographs provide a remarkable catalog of natural and manmade wonders that will hold your interest.--RV Life, February 2009 Sure, the interstate will get you there faster, but driving the Mother Road gets you closer to history. If you know someone who's enchanted with the double six, "Route 66 Backroads," by Jim Hinckley with photos by Kerrick James, Rick Bowers and Nora Mays Bowers, may be just the ticket (Voyageur Press, $24.99).What's different about this tome: It offers 50 side strips on the road from Chicago to L.A., detours that could bring you face to face with the neon/big fins/diners/motels feeling you're looking for.If only I hadn't gotten rid of my '57 Chevy....--LA Times, December 21, 2008 Through the excellent photography of Kerrick James, as well as Rick and Nora Bowers, the places come alive and entice you to visit.For many of us, Route 66 is the adventure, the moveable feast of cross-country journey, but close to the Road, there are places equally as interesting and exciting.Route 66 Backroads" explores some of these places, and adds even more reasons for making that next Route 66 trip.--Route 66 Magazine, Winter 2008-09 "Sure, the interstate will get you there faster, but driving the Mother Road gets you closer to history. If you know someone who's enchanted with the double six, "Route 66 Backroads," by Jim Hinckley with photos by Kerrick James, Rick Bowers and Nora Mays Bowers, may be just the ticket (Voyageur Press, $24.99)."What's different about this tome: It offers 50 side strips on the road from Chicago to L.A., detours that could bring you face to face with the neon/big fins/diners/motels feeling you're looking for. If only I hadn't gotten rid of my '57 Chevy...." - LA Times"I have been enjoying in the last few days a beautiful book named Route 66 Backroads: Your Guide to Scenic Side Trips & Adventures from the Mother Road. It was written by Jim Hinckley and features photography by Kerrick James, Rick Bowers, and Nora Mays Bowers. The title is somewhat misleading, but not in a bad way. Before looking through the book, I had assumed that it would highlight 66 sites and other places of interest nearby. While sites such as these are covered, the scenic side trips take you far away from the Mother Road, showing many of the other interesting areas within the eight Route 66 states... The photography throughout the book is stunning, and the narrative compelling. I give the book my highest praise: it makes me want to jump in the car and take a road trip!" - http: //windycityroadwarrior.com/ "Famous Route 66 begins at Grant Park in Chicago and ends by the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, Calif. The road and this book recall a time before franchise restaurants and chain motels choked America's highways. The journey begins in Illinois, travels through Missouri and Kansas, continues through Oklahoma, crosses Texas, enters New Mexico, traverses Arizona before ending in California. In total, the guide consists of 50 driving tours, which include plenty of side trips off the Mother Road. What truly sets the book apart from similar titles, though, is the more than 200 color photographs by photographers Kerrick James, Rick Bowers and Nora Mays Bowers." - Arizona Republic "Route 66 Backroads takes us on some of those journeys and in the process makes us wish for more memory cards for the camera and more days to spend on the road...Jim Hinckley takes us to with his lively narrative that both informs and intrigues. Through excellent photography of Kerrick James, as well as Rick and Nora Bowers, the places come alive and entice you to visit. For many of us, Route 66 is the adventure, the moveable feast of cross-country journey, but close to the Road, there are places equally as interesting and exciting. Route 66 Backroads explores some of these places, and adds even more reasons for making that next Route 66 trip." - Route 66 Magazine "If you intend to explore route 66, this book will serve as a helpful guide. And even if you are not planning such a trip, the book's photographs provide a remarkable catalog of natural and manmade wonders that will hold your interest." --RV Life, February 2009"Sure, the interstate will get you there faster, but driving the Mother Road gets you closer to history. If you know someone who's enchanted with the double six, "Route 66 Backroads," by Jim Hinckley with photos by Kerrick James, Rick Bowers and Nora Mays Bowers, may be just the ticket (Voyageur Press, $24.99).What's different about this tome: It offers 50 side strips on the road from Chicago to L.A., detours that could bring you face to face with the neon/big fins/diners/motels feeling you're looking for.If only I hadn't gotten rid of my '57 Chevy...."--LA Times, December 21, 2008 "Through the excellent photography of Kerrick James, as well as Rick and Nora Bowers, the places come alive and entice you to visit. For many of us, Route 66 is the adventure, the moveable feast of cross-country journey, but close to the Road, there are places equally as interesting and exciting. Route 66 Backroads explores some of these places, and adds even more reasons for making that next Route 66 trip." --Route 66 Magazine, Winter 2008-09 Sure, the interstate will get you there faster, but driving the Mother Road gets you closer to history. If you know someone who s enchanted with the double six, Route 66 Backroads, by Jim Hinckley with photos by Kerrick James, Rick Bowers and Nora Mays Bowers, may be just the ticket (Voyageur Press, $24.99)."What s different about this tome: It offers 50 side strips on the road fromChicagotoL.A., detours that could bring you face to face with the neon/big fins/diners/motels feeling you re looking for. If only I hadn t gotten rid of my 57 Chevy . - LA Times I have been enjoying in the last few days a beautiful book named Route 66 Backroads: Your Guide to Scenic Side Trips & Adventures from theMother Road. It was written byJim Hinckleyand features photography by Kerrick James, Rick Bowers, and Nora Mays Bowers. The title is somewhat misleading, but not in a bad way. Before looking through the book, I had assumed that it would highlight 66 sites and other places of interest nearby. While sites such as these are covered, the scenic side trips take you far away from theMother Road, showing many of the other interesting areas within the eight Route 66 states The photography throughout the book is stunning, and the narrative compelling. I give the book my highest praise: it makes me want to jump in the car and take a road trip! -http: //windycityroadwarrior.com/" Famous Route 66 begins at Grant Park in Chicago and ends by the Pacific Ocean in Santa Monica, Calif. The road and this book recall a time before franchise restaurants and chain motels choked America's highways. The journey begins in Illinois, travels through Missouri and Kansas, continues through Oklahoma, crosses Texas, enters New Mexico, traverses Arizona before ending in California. In total, the guide consists of 50 driving tours, which include plenty of side trips off the Mother Road. What truly sets the book apart from similar titles, though, is the more than 200 color photographs by photographers Kerrick James, Rick Bowers and Nora Mays Bowers. - Arizona Republic Route 66 Backroads takes us on some of those journeys and in the process makes us wish for more memory cards for the camera and more days to spend on the road Jim Hinckley takes us to with his lively narrative that both informs and intrigues. Through excellent photography of Kerrick James, as well as Rick and Nora Bowers, the places come alive and entice you to visit. For many of us, Route 66 is the adventure, the moveable feast of cross-country journey, but close to the Road, there are places equally as interesting and exciting. Route 66 Backroads explores some of these places, and adds even more reasons for making that next Route 66 trip. - Route 66 Magazine "

EAN: 9780760328170
ISBN: 076032817X
Publisher: Voyageur Press Inc.,U.S.
Dimensions: 27.18 x 21.39 x 1.35 centimetres (0.86 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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