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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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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" !
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.
This first guide book dedicated to the oft-overlooked and sometimes maligned US Hwy. 6 is written with a sense of humor and a keen sense of appreciation for the diversity one can find when traveling across America. Perhaps if Jack Kerouac had had such a guide he wouldn't have let a little rain stop him from following this "great red line across America" and those of us who know and love this highway wouldn't always have to be saying, as Yolen-Cohen does with the hint of a weary sigh, "US Route 6 is NOT Route 66."
From that clarification Yolen-Cohen goes on to describe Route 6 as the "living, breathing, still-viable federal highway" that it is, and even if you find yourself humming that famous song (you know the one I mean), you'll find much to enjoy in this book and on the long and lovely road it follows.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wonderful read & an inspiration to make the trip myself sometime.Published 23 months ago by John Snyder
My only complaint is that the writer drove the route east to west and the routing is challenging to figure out from the book if you want to go west to east. As I want to do.Published on March 6, 2014 by Annie
I've always wanted to travel across the US, and Ms. Yolen-Cohen's book let me go along with her. Her book is humorous and very informative. Read morePublished on November 20, 2013 by NYjoyreader
I enjoy books like this that highlight things to see off the interstates. I much prefer travelling by state highways where you can see more along the way.Published on October 16, 2013 by Holly
Stay on Route 6 was a well written and well researched book. The book was informative and demonstrated how unique our American landscape really is. Ms. Read morePublished on September 6, 2013 by J Meyer
US 6, from Provincetown, MA to Long Beach, CA. Read this cover to cover and I intend to put it to good use in a year or two. Read morePublished on July 15, 2013 by Stephen T. Early
I have thought about traveling Route 6 for many years and this book looked interesting. It really is not. I am baffled by the other high ratings. Read morePublished on November 3, 2012 by Oldies Guy