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Stay on Route 6: Your Guide To All 3,652 Miles of Transcontinental US Route 6 (Volume 1) Paperback – May 10, 2012
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About the Author
With credits in National Geographic Traveler, Ladies Home Journal, Newsday, Sierra, Paddler, and dozens of other publications, freelance travel writer Malerie Yolen-Cohen has been writing about the most exciting and unique places to see, stay and eat in the USA for over 20 years.
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Yolen-Cohen created this book after driving the entire route herself. The trip was a single drive from one end of US 6 to the other and the book is also a single pass of the road. There is a little serendipity in the trip but not much as most stops were planned before departure. I like that most of the author's observations are real-time and personal. Of course, the book is not limited to those personal observations. Yolen-Cohen usually describes multiple restaurants and lodging choices in each locale and they typically cover a range of prices and tastes. Even when she describes a place where she didn't actually eat or sleep, I have the feeling that she at least drove by and probably talked to a manager and took a look inside if possible. She doesn't get them all. There are certainly good motels and eateries on the route that she doesn't mention but she does present a pretty good selection.
This is not a guide to the history and changing alignments of US 6. The author does give directions for the historic route from the current terminus just inside California's eastern border to the former terminus near the coast in Long Beach but, with few exceptions, the reader is expected to otherwise follow the currently signed route. Nothing wrong with that. Just means there's plenty of room left for the road historians.
I witnessed her visit to Ashland NE in June of 2011. Ashland lies 1/2 way between Omaha & Lincoln; Malerie showed real interest in the history, the present,
the arts & religious heritage of the community - she had done research before she got there and asked probing questions for her blog & for the "Stay On Route 6" book. Malerie showed sincere interest & wrote about the people that live in Ashland in her blog & now in her book.
Having grown up in NE & having traveled alot of US Hwy 6 in several states, BEFORE the "super slab" & after, as a child & and adult, her stories about
each segment of the historic road were & are fascinating.
Stay on Route 6 is a MUST read & travel companion when one chooses to get off the beaten path - which EVERYONE should place on their "bucket list" !