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Road Trippin': A Guide to the Best West coast Road Trips-Ever! Paperback – March 8, 2010
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Road Trippin' is an informative and fun to read book that demonstrates that the journey really is the destination! --DC Metroreader Blog
Thumb through this wonderful new book by life long sports car driver and natural explorer Steve McCarthy and you will be packing your bags and your car. --Garage Style Magazine
About the Author
Steve McCarthy has been writing a column called "Road Trippin'" for several years for the "Automotive Calendar of Events" put out by Autobooks in Burbank, CA. The column specializes in giving advice on how best to enjoy driving, seeing the odd and unusual, and generally ruminating on all things Road Trip related. He and his wife Marianne enjoy taking their old Triumph TR3 on long back roads trips and love sharing their experiences with others. He is also a regular contributor to "Garage Style Magazine." Steve and Marianne are also photographers and offer their work through their website mccarthypix.com. In real life, Steve has been a high school history teacher for over 30 years, enjoys model railroading and they have raised 3 fine daughters.
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There are turn by turn directions for navigating between a few towns (again, who needs this in the era of built in navigation systems and smart phones?!). There is a somewhat random list of hotels in the western United States, but no reviews or recommendations. Just name of hotel, address, and phone number.
I would return this to Amazon, but it's such a pain to package it up and mail it back. I'd rather throw it in the recycling bin.
My apologies to the author. It pains me to write such a negative review, but I can't stand the thought of anybody else wasting their money.
What makes this book different from a typical travel guide are Steve's comments and great directions. After 30 years of teaching history and writing a weekly column Steve puts together a great guide complete with turns, distances on the road and photos of the drive. You will find interesting tips on quirky tourist sites and hidden treasures.
As the owner or a TR3 Steve knows how to enjoy himself on a road trip. His comments include helpful suggestions for the time of year when to take the trip, places to eat and suggestions on the accommodations. Steve has included some of the best drives you can do in this beautiful state. Given I have driven north of Los Angeles past Mendocino (home to the filming of Murder She Wrote) north of San Francisco, I can assure you, you will not be disappointed with any of the drives you choose.
Of course no road trip would be complete without driving Route 66. This is another trip included in the book.
Should you be planning a road trip to either California or Arizona I recommend you pick up a copy of Steve's book. If you want to some some great photography visit his site. Who better to get tips from than a bag-pipe playing, car aficionado history teacher.
McCarthy, a road trip veteran, shares his secrets for planning a memorable journey. Road Trippin' covers virtually aspect of an asphalt vacation, from preparation/safety to the perfect soundtrack (e.g. Hot Rod Lincoln, Mustang Sally, and Little Deuce Coupe). The Appendix also includes a wealth of information such as: motels; restaurants; must see "funky stuff" (for instance, a drive thru tree park and a James Dean Memorial); and for the-not-so-geographically inclined a basic map.
And if after reading Road Trippin' you're still not convinced to take the long way around McCarthy succinctly explains the lure of the open road:
We're talking about using cars for their intended purpose. Driving. We are also talking about nostalgia. A desire to turn back the clock to the era of our youths, or to an era we wish we had experienced . . . . These roads, and the surrounding scenery, are indeed magnificent and worth every gallon of fuel, every extra hour of drive time, every bump, every pothole, every possible frustration.
Road Trippin' is an informative and fun to read book that demonstrates that the journey really is the destination!
Publisher: CreateSpace (March 8, 2010), 102 pages.
Advance review copy provided courtesy of the author.