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Route 66: Traveler's Guide and Roadside Companion Paperback – June 7, 2011
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About the Author
Author Tom Snyder was an early advocate of a Route 66 revival and his 1990 Route 66 Traveler's Guide & Roadside Companion for St. Martin's Press was the first guidebook to the old road written in more than forty years, as well as the first to map the route since its decertification in 1985. He lives on the West Coast, dividing his time among British Columbia, Washington, and California.
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First: Be sure you order the latest (fourth) edition. Earlier editions are still being sold and are ten years or more out of date. That said, Snyder's combined guide and storybook is an absolute gem. It has been remarkably updated in every way for the latest edition. The 92 maps and inserts are clear and uncluttered, while turn-by-turn directions make getting through cities and finding older sections of the road easy. Some small bits of new highway construction may interfere, but Snyder seems to have anticipated that as well, and recovery is easy. "But wait," as they say on TV, "there's more." No wonder Snyder is a prizewinning author. He brings to life so many roadside stories - from Wild Bill Hickock and Al Capone to Elvis Presley - that rambling through nearly every town becomes an adventure. And in the companion section of the book, it's total story time through every state all along the route. I don't often review books, but this one deserves more than a good review. It should have applause. Tom Snyder is simply a wonderful writer.
I am quite satisfied with and glad that I purchased Tom Snyder's, "Traveler's Guide."
The first major section, "The Route 66 Traveler's Guide," is organized state-by-state, and provides easy-to-skim maps and directions, along with recommendations for alternate routes. Throughout, it is peppered with choice advice on where to stay and what to do that is clearly the product of research and road testing.
The following section, "Roadside Companion," is what you curl up with after a day's adventure, providing fuel for your dreams of the open road. Organized by state, it mirrors the first section. My favorite vignette is "A Bowl of Red," on page 137.
The book is funny, sometimes philosophical, and often romantic, but never tiresome. In short, Tom Snyder is the guy you would want riding shotgun: Great with directions, never married to an agenda, not too chatty, but quick with a joke and ready with the right story for the occasion. Buckle up!
This very enjoyable travelogue/history of the Mother Road (also Bonnie & Clyde's highway!) isn't just a must for the Route 66 fan. It's a truly insightful trip into America's near-history. An appreciation for Route 66 has been kindled around the world and much of the highway is still there, gently curving along the landscape along side of you on I-40.
Take an exit. Get off the Interstate. And take a fascinating vacation into America's extraordinary past. It's still there. Waiting.
And - Tucumcari Tonight! :)