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A sign of the Tea Party in September of 2010 in northern Vermont.

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“Charley” & America in Pictures

In the fall of 2010, I retraced the road trip John Steinbeck made for his bestseller “Travels With Charley.” Along with posting blogs to “Travels Without Charley” at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I took nearly 2,000 pictures of America and Americans.

I took snapshots of people I met, places I went or things I thought were interesting, pretty, funny or stupid. I photographed many places Steinbeck mentions in “Travels With Charley” as well as hotels and homes he stayed at while on his 1960 journey.

Some of my photos are pretty good, some are blurry or kind of crazy. Many were taken through my car windows at 70 mph.

Collectively they help me tell the true story of “Travels With Charley” and provide a hint of the beautiful country and good people I saw on my high-speed dash down the Steinbeck Highway.

One Response to Sleeping on the Steinbeck Highway

  1. Kelebogile says:

    his hope that the country would not some day be overwhelmed by people not too proud or too lazy or too soft to bend to the earth and pick up the things we eat. Far from being simply critical though, what comes out of this book is Steinbeck’s great love for the country. His view that the American identity is an exact and provable thing still rings true today. Travels with Charley is not just classic travel literature, it is also a very readable and informative set of observations on America in the mid-20th century and beyond.