Searching back roads for windshield gems
I've been fascinated with the 48th state 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 watched the Mother Road fade as the rush of an interstate swept across Arizona. And I witnessed Route 66's recovery two decades later as travelers returned to see what's left of the glory days of "motoring west" and the ghosts of the old highway.
I've rolled up a half-million miles in 47 years criss-crossing the state as a journalist. Weekend road trips and hiking treks took me into many canyons and alpine meadows. But there is much more to see. And I still haven't been to Giselea.
In the past decade, I've been out there on a deeper drive into old Arizona to get a better feel for its character and characters.
Take a look. Take a virtual trip. I hope you'll be inspired to explore more the state after navigating On the Road Arizona.
Incidentally, the name of this blog was inspired by Jack Kerouac with his rambling 1957 novel "On the Road." And it's a new twist of "On the Arizona Road," the late broadcaster Bill Leverton's longtime features for KOOL-TV and KTSP-TV that were in turn inspired by Charles Kuralt of CBS News.
Best Arizona Travel Blog
The New Times Best of Phoenix edition named
On the Road Arizona the Best Arizona Travel Blog in 2016.
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