Desert Strangeness And Charm

The desert southwest is full of strangeness, and other things that are just plain odd. Highway signs are no exception. On Interstate 15, approximately 10 miles south of Baker, California, you will see a sign with what will probably be the strangest looking (and sounding) name for a road. Zzyzx Road. Don’t ask me how […]

Road Beans – A Brief (Twisted) Look (Rant) At Road Coffee Over The Years

Over the past 30 years or so, I’ve somewhat noticed how much the taste (as well as cost) of coffee has evolved. From HoJo and donut shop dirty sock water, to the stuff that can be used to peel the paint off of almost anything, I’ll give a little bit of a run-down at how […]

More road trip tips

Road trip season is in full-swing, and with the high cost of fuel right now, it’s not going to be cheap to travel. I’ve come up with 10 (or more) ways you can save money (and some headaches) out on the road, without starving (or feeling funky). So, saddle-up and get ready for the open […]

The Pros And Cons Of Hitchhiking

I’m not sure what the entire history of hitchhiking is, but I’m pretty sure it has evolved over the years. I know things were a lot different 30 years ago, than they are today. Back in 1987, when I first started hitting the road…thumbing my way around the country, it was a lot easier to […]

On The Road

(Photo: Heading towards Death Valley in 2016) I just wanted to do a short post on here to let everyone know I will be hitting the road Saturday March 10th. I’ll be leaving from the San Antonio, Texas area, and heading west. My plans are to head through El Paso, then to Las Cruces. The […]

Music For The Desert Drive

(Photo: somewhere between Baker, Cali and Death Valley) What road trip would be complete without music? Not just any music, but something that will transform the ride through the desert. I’ve been thinking about this for a little while, and came up with a list of some of my personal favorite albums that will fit […]

Essential road trip apps and more

It’s finally time. Time to hit the road on that big adventure you’re been planning all winter. You have your car packed with all of the gear you could possibly need. But, there might be a few things missing from your “essentials” list. I’m talking about smartphone apps that will come in handy, out on […]

The perpetual vacation from hell

While it may seem like a lot of fun to those that are stuck living a boring life, working a totally dead-end job, being on the road and traveling around all the time has its disadvantages. Some people say they take “mini-vacations” on weekends. To me, a “mini vacation” is usually a trip from the […]

Strange things in the middle of nowhere

               We’ve all seen them. Driving across a two-lane highway, out in the middle of nowhere. What are they? Most of the time we don’t know. An abandoned building? Maybe a missle silo? Odd-looking structures are everywhere. If we aren’t looking for them, they mysteriously show up in our view. […]

Eat Here, Get Gas!

Backroads66 (Photo: Tucson Truck Terminal in Tucson, Arizona) Of all the roadside diners, truck stop cafe’s, and questionable gas station delis one encounters out on the road, there is one thing most of them have in common: Less-than-edible food. That’s right. I’m not just talking about those tasty-looking pieces of fried chicken that have been […]