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John Steinbeck, Travels With Charley


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March 26-28, 1998 (Thur-Sat) New Orleans

Janet, Melinda, and I flew to New Orelans on Southwest Airlines. We got some cheap $39 tickets one way and had a blast.

When I get the pictures back I will add them. The highlights including eating at, The Commander's Palace (the most expensive meal I have ever had in my life), K-Pauls, and the Cafe du Monde. Also we visited the aquarium, the imax theatre, and walked all over the French Quarter. We stayed in a Best Western on St. Charles Street so everything was within walking distance.

I enjoyed the mimes, street muscians, and talking the walking tour of New Orleans. Seeing haunted houses, etc. To top it off we went to Hahnville, LA. and ate supper with my Aunt Jenny, Cousin Al and Cousin Peggy, my brother Ronald, and a few others. Juanda, Al's wife is the cook! What a delightful evening with her own shrimp menu and other Louisiana delights. Terrific trip!

March 3, 1998 (Tuesday) Miss BoBo's

Went to Miss Bobo's Restaurant today. I have been wanting to go for years. It is in Lynchburg, Tennessee. The meal is served at 1 p.m. Monday through Saturday. It is by reservation only. When Mrs. Bobo died in the early 80s (she was 102), Lynne Tolley took over. The place is packed. Lunch terrific!

Also went to the Jack Daniel's Distillery, the oldest registered distillery in the United States. "Jack Daniels Distillery, No.1" it says. Joe Farrar gave the tour and did an excellent job.

February 28, 1998 (Saturday) Ostrichs!

Today, Janet and I went to Ron and Angie McCoy's Ostrich Farm in Dry Hollow, Tennessee. Ron's wife, Angie, is Janet's first cousin. If you are wondering about Dry Hollow, it is located half way between Livingston and Monterey, Tennessee. Ron presently has 36 ostrichs, and his wife Angie does excellent Ostrich Egg antiques. Called "Eggquiste by Angie" these $50 items sell for as much as $450 elsewhere. If you want antiques or ostrich burgers contact Ron McCoy.

January 17, 1998 (Saturday) Catching Up!

One of the nice things about Web Work is that I meet a lot of nice people on the web. Tony Thibault, editor of the Atlantic Explorer. He is writing to tell of the new URL he is now using. So check out the Atlantic Explorer's new URL.

I also received news from Alain Gayot, publisher of the fine Gayot travel books. He says this of the Web Surfer Travel Journal, "We have checked out your website, and its great! ....We are on it and "linked." Be sure to check out an interview with Alain Gayot in the February edition of the Web Surfer Travel Journal.

Also, my daughter Melinda, has become a travel writer. She is a student at The University of Tennessee, and she just completed a trip to the Orange Bowl. Her description of that trip can be read in her new online web page: Melinda's Web Page!!!

I have just completed a Jack Kerouac Web Page. Read the adventures I have had with Jack Kerouac. I also discover that Levi Asher, editor of the Literary Kicks/Jack Kerouac webpages, has a new book out titled: "Coffeehouse: Writings from the Web." It is available at local bookstores and gives some of the best writing from the web.

Also received a note from Laura Bly, one of the travel writers you often read in USA Today. She writes concerning the travel writers online awards being offered by the Society of Travel Writers. She says, "North American journalists and publications producing original editorial travel content for the Internet are encouraged to enter the 14th annual Society of American Travel Writers Foundation's Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism Competition. Entries in the electronic category must reflect the interactive nature of the medium; the winning entry receives $500. Contest rules and an entry form are available at the Society of American Travel Writers web site, www.satw.org. Deadline for entries is Jan. 30, 1998. You still have time to enter.

December 29, 1997 (Thursday) Snow!

No one loves snow better than me. It snowed 4 inches this morning. A lovely, fluffy, white lake of fur. It rarely snows in Tennessee anymore. Maybe once in the last 6 years, so this was a special treat following the beauty of the Christmas Season. My daughter, Melinda, and I built a large snowman, took our picture with it, and accidently knocked it down while trying to take our little dog's picture sitting on the snowman. At least we have a picture of it.

I have been reading two of the books sent to me by Moon Travel Handbooks' Amada Blakely. It has been a neat experience. The Cuba Handbook by Christopher P. Baker is interesting. I had thought Cuba had disappeared and now am rather amazed at the detail Baker has brought to this beautiful book. Makes me want to go to Cuba and enjoy the beaches...BUT! Baker's approach to travel is summed up in these words. "The use of travel is to regulate imagination by reality and see the world as it really is. I try to reflect reality in my writing - balance gloss with a more sober vision." With the Pope visiting Cuba again soon, we may be seeing the first-fruits of a new adventure in Cuba. Keep this book on your list.">P> The Practical Nomad has also been an "awareness book." Great tips for traveling around the world by yourself. I am continuing my journey through it, taking a chapter or two a day.

Also I have added my travel SITEMAP to this site. It includes all of my internet travel writing. You might check it out and bookmark it!

I wish for each of you Safe Journeys and Good Traveling in 1998.

November 18, 1997 (Thursday) A Special Place!

There is certainly nothing to brag about during the last 3 weeks. Getting behind this far in my travel journal tells you something is wrong! One big event was the death of an Aunt in Georgia. That was last week in Flippen, Georgia. My Aunt Mary was 78 and had been ill for a long time.

Flippen, Georgia, is sort of the home base for the "Davies Family." My grandad and grandmom lived there most of their life. Next door was my Aunt Ned and Uncle Tal. Flippen Methodist Church was always the final resting place for the family. We met there again last Tuesday for the final goodbyes. .

I can remember listening to the roar of the Southern Railway Train passing deep in the night, realizing my father was responsible for its safe journey. And the little a country store a footpath away was where we bought "nookies" for Big Pa. And at one time they even had a post office. Then, I-75 came! Just a few miles away. But, Flippen changed from a carless hole in the road to a pathway for I-75 drivers going from the interstate to McDonough, Georgia. The traffic is still quite bad, but Flippen is a special place in my memories.

October 30, 1997 (Thursday) Road Trip America

A really neat day! Met Megan and Mark Sedenquist of Road Trip America fame. They were in Franklin, TN today with their Nicovan, and I spent time chatting with them at the local Kroger stores.

They have been in 48 states (they still lack Hawaii and North Dakota) and are presently on a tour for Nicovan, helping people to stop smoking. I was amazed at the number of people lined up to get some of the products they were offering. More people want to stop smoking that I realized. They graciously gave me some gifts from their adventures: a hat sticker patch that said, "I don't smoke, kiss me," a Road Trip America large t-shirt, and fed me a sandwich in their van while we talked.

Of course sharing the books we liked was part of the adventure: Travels with Charlie, Great Plains, and of, of course, Road Fever by Tim Cahill. They began their travels almost four years ago (October 27, 1993 to be exact) when their home in California burned to the ground.

But the big event of the day was meeting Marvin the Wonder Dog. According to Mark, "Marvin gets more e-mail than Megan and I put together. " Marvin was really sweet. He was having a bad dag. He was having some ear troubles, and Mark took him to our local Franklin Animal clinic. So, my dog Prissy, now has the same Doctor as Marvin the Wonder Dog. Isn't that a great honor!

We also talked about our common friend, Bill Schwab. When they were visiting Bill in Detroit, Michigan, there were 12 tornadoes in the area. Bill, as you might remember, and I did a Natchez Trace trip together. Bill is quite a guy! Things sure happen when he is around.

They will be in the Nashville area another couple of days. Their tour ends in Pasadena, California, on New Year's Day where they will be part of the Rose Bowl. Tune In!

To previous journal: April 3, 1997 - October 29, 1997

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