Roadside America

 

Sedona Secret Agent Man

Saturday, July 28th, 2018

The Matterhorn Motel

August 1992. Trying to find the road into Sedona, Arizona in the pitch night. My map reading skills were lacking at the time. To the trepidation of my companions, I veered onto an unpaved, gravel “road.” After a tense, rocky hour-long trip, slipping past survivalist camps along the way, … Continue reading »

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Asbury Lanes

Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

Abandoned Asbury Lanes

After study, we drove down the Shore. Upon arrival, the cops escorted us out of Deal. It was too cold for the beach, but the guy in Asbury turned on Lane No. 1 for us. We drank pitchers and tossed bombs down a warped alley. The place was … Continue reading »

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Asbury Park Boardwalk – Old Howard Johnson’s Restaurant

Sunday, May 8th, 2016
Asbury Park Boardwalk, outside the old Howard Johnson's

Asbury Park Boardwalk, outside the old Howard Johnson’s

“Bones and I still go to the Jersey Shore every summer but we no longer look for our future wives. When the pretty girls pass us on the beach, we ignore their straw cowboy hats … Continue reading »

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Badlands

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

badlands denmark 2014 import 060

The Badlands. Interior, South Dakota. The Lakota Sioux named this desolate land the “Badlands” because it was such a difficult place to cross.

The golden sand mounds there swirl in your head with all the failures that brought you there.

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ABANDONED TRAIN STATION. TATE, GEORGIA

Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013

 

Tate Train Station

Tate Train Depot

Tiny Tate, in Pickens County, is the Home of Georgia Marble.  Highway 53 slows into a curve that almost makes you come to a stop and admire the abandoned train station, which sits just steps from the highway.

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ROUTE 66 – SANTA FE, 2013

Friday, August 2nd, 2013

On a recent trip, I exited I-25 into Santa Fe onto a crowded, modern road with new, adobe-style Marriott Courtyards, Targets, and the only Starbucks I found within 100 miles of Taos.  Wondering how I might be able to find the dusty remnants of Route 66, I soon realized that I was already on the Mother Road, just the 2013 … Continue reading »

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Dunk ‘N Dine

Saturday, January 26th, 2013

 
 dunk n dine
 Ah, the Dunk ‘N Dine.

Or, to some, the Dine ‘N Dunk. (Once you got that in your head, there was no reversing it.)

Many Atlantans have spent a late night there fueling up on DND’s coffee, also known as Legal … Continue reading »

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HOWARD JOHNSON’S – THE PASSING OF A ROADSIDE EMPIRE

Friday, March 27th, 2009

In the late 1970’s, there were more than 1000 Howard Johnson’s restaurants located coast to coast. As of January, 2009, only 3 remain.

Several years ago, I took a trip to see the penultimate HoJo’s restaurant in Florida, arriving as they were literally tearing up the floorboards. Along the way, memories took me back to HoJo restaurants from my youth, including the one in … Continue reading »

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