Hitting the open road
Hitting the open road
Darryl Baumbach took this photo of a woman during his trip to Thailand.
Hitting the open road
Shanna, Anthony, Justin, George and Marie Medeiros visited Mount Rushmore.
- Books to make you crave the journey
'On the Road' by Jack Kerouac
The famous novel, "On the Road," by Jack Kerouac, published in
1957, is an autobiographical work about the adventures Kerouac and
his friends experience across America. Defined as a critical part
of the Beat Movement, "On the Road" revolves around Dean Moriarty
and the narrator, Sal Paradise, who meet in New York as they
travel back and forth across America and the adventures they
experiance together and on their own.
'The Odyssey' by Homer
Though not a traditional road trip across America, "The Odyssey"
is the story of Odysseus telling the countless adventures he
experienced before he arrives to his present situation on Calypso’s
island. Odysseus narrates his adventures that involve a battle with
Polyphemus the Cyclops, encountering the seductive yet dangerous
women called sirens and his journey into Hades.
- Tunes for the open road
Five songs you don't want to leave off of your playlist:
"Ventura Highway" — America
"Born to be Wild" — Steppenwolf
"Highway to Hell" — AC/DC
"On the Road Again" — Willie Nelson
"Life is a Highway" — Rascal Flatts
— Laura Robledo.
- Cinema inspired
Road trip movies that make you want to put your hair up, put the
top down and hit the highway
'Thelma and Louise'
In this 1991 film directed by Ridley Scott, Thelma Dickinson,
played by Geena Davis , is a housewife living with a controlling
husband. Louise Sawyer , played by Susan Sarandon, is a strong
young woman with a haunting past. Together, the two women plan a
two day road trip to the mountains in Louise’s Thunderbird
Convertible to escape from their lives. However, as the trip
progresses, it turns from an escape from reality to an escape from
the law when they kill a man who attempts to sexually
'Little Miss Sunshine'
"Little Miss Sunshine," starring Toni Collette, Steve Carell,
Alan Arkin, and Greg Kinnear recounts a family trip from
Albuquerque to Redondo Beach so 7-year-old Olive, played by Abigail
Breslin, can participate in the "Little Miss Sunshine" beauty
pageant. Filled with colorful characters, the film follows the
family’s adventure to California in their run down yellow
Volkswagen bus that has a broken horn and constantly honks. The
many trials they face along the way draws the family closer
"Easy Rider," a 1969 film starring Peter Fonda and Dennis
Hopper, follows the lives of two bikers as they drive across the
country to gain a sense of freedom. With a large amount of money in
their pockets after a drug deal, the two free-thinking men, Wyatt
and Billy, travel from California to New Orleans in time for Mardi
Gras. During their travels they meet an array of people such as a
rancher who lives a traditional life on a farm and even experience
a night in jail after marching in a parade without a permit.
— Laura Robledo.
- Driving games
Name that tune on the radio
First person to name song title wins. Add in artist for more of
'I Spy ...'
One passenger chooses an object in the car, while everyone else
guesses what the object is. Give hints, like, “I spy with my little
eye something that is brown.”
Find the alphabet
In teams or as individuals, make your way through the alphabet
by finding words on cars, road signs and buildings that start with
each letter of the alphabet.
- Roadside attractions
Where to see a giant artichoke, a shoe-shaped building and
massive ball of twine
Step inside ... the shoe in Bakersfield
In Bakersfield, a large building in the shape of a shoe sits on
a Chester Avenue corner. Standing at 30 feet long and 20 feet tall,
the unique building is a shoe repair store.
The Giant Artichoke outside Santa Cruz
In Castroville California, a 20 foot tall and 12 foot wide
artichoke stands near a local store naturally called the Giant
James Dean died here
Actor James Dean died in a car crash in September 1955 on
Highway 46 east of Cholame in San Luis Obispo County. In memory of
his death, a concrete and stainless steel sculpture stands around a
tree near the crash site in front of the Cholame post office. The
date and hour of Dean’s birth and death are etched onto the
sculpture that was made in Japan.
Park Place, anyone?
In San Jose the world’s largest version of the popular game
Monopoly sits in a park near the Children’s Discovery Center in
Downtown San Jose’s Guadalupe River Park and Gardens. The board is
930 square feet. Groups can rent the space and play with large
dice and wear hats shaped as Monopoly tokens like the car or the
California’s Jurassic Park?
In Cabazon, near Interstate 10, there are larger-than-life sized
dinosaurs, such as a Tyrannosaurus Rex, that stands at 65 feet
tall. Visitors can climb inside the T-Rex and look out through his
teeth. This attraction also has a dinosaur museum.
World’s largest ball of twine
It started with a man who wanted to store scrap twine. Now, it
is a community project that has become U.S. tourist attraction. The
World’s Larget Ball of Twine in Cawker City, Kansas, weighs over
Salvation in the desert
Artist Leonard Knight expresses himself and his faith at his
colorful dessert mountain, Salvation Mountain. About an hour and a
half from Palm Springs, his message, “God is love,” is spread with
layers of adobe-covered paint. At 150 feet wide and 50 feet high,
the mountain encompasses the Sea of Galilee, a giant red heart and
a mountain-top cross.
— Laura Robledo
Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 9:43 am
Updated: 12:28 pm, Fri Jun 10, 2011.
Think about it: A highway that stretches across states, the odd
appeal of roadside attractions, the greasiness of truck
stop burgers and the resonating lyrics of a perfectly planned
playlist. It is time for a summer road trip.
If you are like these Lodians — who have braved roads in
Thailand and trekked across the United States — here is your road
trip guide. Find the spirit of the open road with classic films and
books. Let locals inspire you with their travels. Visit the best
and weirdest roadside stops. And don’t worry about boredom with our
list of fun driving games.
Friday, June 10, 2011 9:43 am.
Updated: 12:28 pm.