Today’s blog post is dedicated to all those who love the gleam of chrome, the smell of a freshly waxed auto, and the thrill of the journey ahead. For every motorist, dreamer, and person with a little bit of wanderlust, this is a book for you.
Andrew Montgomery has produced a true tribute to Americana and the on-the-move outlook of the United States. On the Road is a treasure trove of fun facts and interesting tales. Following each of America’s most famous highways, this book recounts the history of each and follows the paths that each carves out. Route 66, in all its glory, the Lincoln Highway, and Highway 1 are just a few of the stars of this book. As readers, we are taken on a trip to the places that, though simple, are part of American iconography. This book documents twelve different
routes, complete with information on gas stations, tourist attractions, great dining experiences, and the media that has made these places famous, whether through books, television, film, or even music. Gear-heads will also be pleased to find a generous assortment of (mostly) classic cars throughout the book, with information on how the car relates to the highway’s history, the period it was made, and its own fame. For all those who have traveled these roads or just have a mild interest in making the trip someday, On the Road is a wonderfully told ride that will make even the biggest homebody long for a taste of adventure on these highways.
I immensely enjoyed this book. It was a great read and a great trip into the past. For someone who has grown up watching such films as Cars, listening to the song “Route 66”, and appreciating iconic vehicles, this was an instant hit with me. I love nonfiction reads that are well-written and filled with just enough pictures to keep from being a textbook. On the Road was truly one of these such books and it was enjoyable. I highly recommend y’all pick it up, as you will not be disappointed.
Chime Time: Have you ever traveled one of America’s iconic roadways and if so, which one?