About the Book
Over the past few decades, the great American road trip has changed. We’re taking far fewer vacations and working far more hours than we did when the family would jump in the station wagon to explore America on wheels. As a result, some of the iconic (and even lesser known) roadside attractions of our past are disintegrating.
Featuring over 60 photographs of forgotten trading posts, restaurants and gas stations (many along old Route 66), this photo book captures some of these distinctive places of our past before they remain only as memories.
Maine based author, speaker, and photographer Jeffrey Ryan has a contagious passion for exploring the outdoors, particularly on foot. Jeff has hiked thousands of miles including his first “trip of a lifetime,” a six-month hike on the Pacific Crest Trail. In 1985, he began “section hiking” the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend (a journey that took nearly three decades to complete and inspired his first book, Appalachian Odyssey: A 28-year Hike on America's Trail, Published by Down East Books, 2016). His AT experiences inspired Jeff to learn about the dynamic relationship between Benton MacKaye and Myron Avery that culminated in the creation and completion of this legendary trail. His book about that dynamic partnership (published by Appalachian Mountain Club Books) is entitled Blazing Ahead: Benton MacKaye, Myron Avery and the Rivalry that Built the Appalachian Trail.Jeff is constantly traveling and working on additional outdoor titles.