On the Road Arizona is focused on exploring this state's back roads, historic buildings, neon and hand-painted signs, road ruins, Americana and windshield attractions. There is a lot to see with natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, Canyon de Chelly and Petrified Forest, and historic towns -- Jerome, Bisbee and Holbrook –- scattered across the state.
I've been fascinated with Arizona since I rolled across Hoover Dam in my VW bus in 1973. Since then I set out to see every town and stretch of open road and explore all the state's canyons, mountains and desert highways.
I've lived in Scottsdale for the past 20 years. I also spent a few years in Flagstaff, Clarkdale, Tempe and Phoenix and a few months in Sedona. I was fortunate to live five years in a rustic, white house on Route 66 in Flagstaff where my spirit for Arizona adventure grew into a passion.
I watched the Mother Road and its attractions fade as the rush of an interstate highway swept across Northern Arizona. And I witnessed Route 66's recovery two decades later. Travelers returned to see what was left of the midcentury glory days of "motoring west" on the old highway.
I've rolled up a half-million miles in 40 years criss-crossing the state as a journalist, on weekend road trips and hiking treks into the Canyon. But there is so much more to see. And I still haven't been to Giselea.
In the past few years, I've been out there on a deeper drive into old Arizona to get a better feel for its character and characters. I shot most of the photos in the last three years.
Take a look. Take a virtual trip. I hope you'll be inspired to explore more of Arizona after navigating On the Road Arizona.
Be safe. Check the forecast where you're going, check your tires, bring plenty of water and let someone know where you're headed.
As a footnote, the name On the Road Arizona honors the legacy of Beat generation writer Jack Kerouac, whose 1957 book On the Road inspired me during my adventures across the West that brought me home to Arizona.
Best Arizona Travel Blog
The New Times Best of Phoenix edition (Sept. 29-Oct. 5) named
On the Road Arizona the Best Arizona Travel Blog in 2016.