Off the Road

Author: Robert Klanten,Sven Ehmann,Maximilian Funk

Publisher: Die Gestalten Verlag-DGV

ISBN: 9783899555943

Category: Automobile travel

Page: 256

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More and more people are hitting the road tothe middle of nowhere. Along less-traveledpaths they are heading up mountains anddown dunes in converted mobile homes,campers, trucks, or vans. They are enjoyingthe drive and the view through mud-splatteredwindshields as much as the stops andevening campfires amid stunning terrain.Although many of us love living in cities,we have a growing longing to escapeinto nature. The outdoor scene is boomingand many people are heading off to discoverit with their own converted vehicles. Thisway, they can determine their own routes,itineraries, and pace, as well as how manychallenges they'd like to meet along theway. After a day on the go, these multifunctionalvehicles also serve as kitchens, campgrounds,and sleeping quarters that offer agreat deal more improvised fun than a standard,perfectly equipped RV. Conventionalluxuries are eschewed for the sake of greaterfreedom, tranquility, and adventure.Off the Road captures the special moodof such trips by solo travelers, couples, orfamilies who are seeking an alternative to amore standard vacation or want to live theirlives differently --at least for a while. Onthe one hand, the book shows how familiarmodels, such as VW buses, Land Rovers,jeeps, and Toyotas are being rediscoveredand repurposed for these exploits. Onthe other, it presents automotive dreamsturned into customized, homey vehiclesthat offer tailgate breakfasts or roof beds tobetter admire the stars and that can, in anemergency, cross a river or drag a fallen treefrom the road.Whether exploring the desert, showingchildren the world, or navigating polarlandscapes, the journeys collected in Offthe Road are as unique as the people whotake them. From radical escapists to fansof nature looking for their next trip, thebook celebrates the joy of being on the goon four wheels.

Off the Road

Author: Jack Hitt

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743279700

Category: Travel

Page: 272

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When Jack Hitt set out to walk the 500 miles from France to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, he submitted to the rigorous traditions of Europe's oldest form of packaged tour, a pilgrimage that has been walked by millions in the history of Christendom. Off the Road is an unforgettable exploration of the sites that people believe God once touched: the strange fortress said to contain the real secret Adam learned when he bit into the apple; the sites associated with the murderous monks known as the Knights Templar; and the places housing relics ranging from a vial of the Virgin Mary's milk to a sheet of Saint Bartholomew's skin. Along the way, Jack Hitt finds himself persevering by day and bunking down by night with an unlikely and colorful cast of fellow pilgrims -- a Flemish film crew, a drunken gypsy, a draconian Belgian air force officer, a man who speaks no languages, a one-legged pilgrim, and a Welsh family with a mule. In the day-to-day grind of walking under a hot Spanish sun, Jack Hitt and his cohorts not only find occasional good meals and dry shelter but they also stumble upon some fresh ideas about old-time zealotry and modern belief. Off the Road is an engaging and witty travel memoir of an offbeat journey through history that turns into a provocative rethinking of the past.

Off the Road

Author: Carolyn Cassady

Publisher: Abrams

ISBN: 1468305719

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 464

View: 5068


Written by the woman who loved them all--as wife of Cassady, lover of Kerouac, and friend of Ginsberg--this riveting and intimate memoir spans one of the most vital eras in twentieth-century literature and culture, including the explosive successes of Kerouac's On the Road and Ginsberg's Howl, the flowering of the Beat movement, and the social revolution of the 1960s. Carolyn Cassady reveals a side of Neal Cassady rarely seen-that of husband and father, a man who craved respectability, yet could not resist the thrills of a wilder and ultimately more destructive lifestyle.

Off the Road

Author: Neil Angus

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing & Rights Agency

ISBN: 1681811782

Category: Fiction

Page: 342

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Jet, Gas, Bob, Erg, Tar and Pie are men who have had varied and successful careers, but have not been able to bring that same flush of success into their marriages. They meet by chance at an ocean-side caravan park. They have nothing in common other than they all took to the road when they were kicked out of the house or left to pursue a carefree existence in their retirement years. • Learn a sea shanty (dodgy words included) • Learn to play mixed foreskins (a special type of golf) • Learn the gastrologos scale (and become a foodie judge) • Learn about beer (relax and have one) • Discover Old Bagpipes, (guaranteed 12-year-old Scotch) • Enjoy wine (discoveries are more important than rules) • Discover gurney podge (it’s edible) • Learn to catch fish • Discover how to win a heart (or maybe not) • Learn to relax • Discover lady suicide bombers • Learn how to laugh • Discover whales (and how to avoid them when boating) • Enjoy good old-fashioned philosophy • Discover humor • Discover romance • Discover drama (real life, not the acting stuff)

AFRICA OFF THE ROAD

Author: Detlev Dr. Henschel

Publisher: epubli

ISBN: 3737561001

Category: Nature

Page: N.A

View: 7031


Detlev spent many years living and working as a tour guide and safari operator in Namibia. Namibia – dust, stars and tranquillity; Namibia – part old, mystical Africa, part modern world, merged together yet distinctly separate. Along with his friend and total outdoor rookie Stefan and two Mountain Damara, Collin !Uiseb and Jonny B Good (‘Brandberg Bushmen’), whom they befriend, they set off on a trekking expedition on the Brandberg, an isolated, 600-square-kilometre massif at the heart of the oldest desert in the world, the Namib. On this safari to the mountain off the beaten track, they re-live tales of a bygone era. Detlev transports the reader into a completely different world, where the European mind-set and perceptions are completely out of place. Namibia has many African tribes with their own cultures and language, including its white population, who also see themselves as Africans, of course. Namibia is a desert country yet home to 6,000 different plant species – even more than in Europe! Moreover, Namibia boasts the full spectrum of Africa’s wild animals, which roam around freely. With its infinite deserts, dense savannah and thick jungle, Namibia is a country where adventures are born. This book is anything but a cushy farm holiday far from the reality of Africa! It also includes colour pictures.

Way Off the Road

Author: Bill Geist

Publisher: Crown

ISBN: 0767927761

Category: Travel

Page: 256

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Celebrated roving correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning and bestselling author Bill Geist serves up a rollicking look at some small-town Americans and their offbeat ways of life. “In rural Kansas, I asked our motel desk clerk for the name of the best restaurant in the area. After mulling it over, he answered: ‘I'd have to say the Texaco, 'cuz the Shell don't have no microwave.’” Throughout his career, Bill Geist’s most popular stories have been about slightly odd but loveable individuals. Coming on the heels of his 5,600-mile RV trip across our fair land is Way Off the Road, a hilarious and compelling mix of stories about the folks featured in Geist’s segments, along with observations on his twenty years of life on the road. Written in the deadpan style that has endeared him to millions, Geist shares tales of eccentric individuals, such as the ninety-three-year-old pilot-paperboy who delivers to his far-flung subscribers by plane; the Arizona mailman who delivers mail via horseback down the walls of the Grand Canyon; the Muleshoe, Texas, anchorwoman who delivers the news from her bedroom (occasionally wearing her bathrobe); and the struggling Colorado entrepreneur who finds success employing a sewer vacuum to rid Western ranchers of problematic prairie dogs. Geist also takes us to events such as the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival (celebrating an inspiring bird that survived decapitation, hired an agent, and went on the road for eighteen months) and Sundown Days in Hanlontown, Iowa, where the town marks the one day a year when the sun sets directly between the railroad tracks Along the wacky and wonderful way, Geist shows us firsthand how life in fly-over America can be odd, strangely fascinating, hysterical, and anything but boring. “To say it very simply, freezer burn may very well have set in.” —neighbor on the frozen dead guy kept on ice in a backyard shed in Nederland, Colorado. “Everybody loves a parade; we were just geographically challenged.” —David Harrenstein, organizer of a parade in tiny Whalan, Minnesota, where viewers are in motion and the “marchers” stand still. “We haven’t lost anyone off these switchbacks in at least ten days” —Mailman Charlie Chamberlain, leading us on horseback 2,500 feet down the sheer walls of the Grand Canyon. “Ours are the finest cow chips in the world today,” —Kirk Fisher, enthusiast, in Beaver, Oklahoma, world cow-chip capital and cow- chip exporter. “We live out in the middle of the corn and bean fields, and there’s not a whole lot to get excited about, you know?” —Dan Moretz, on celebrating the day the sun sets in the middle of the railroad tracks in Hanlontown, Iowa. “It’s like drilling for oil; sometimes you come up dry.” —Gay Balfour, who sucks problematic prairie dogs out of the ground with a sewer vacuum in Cortez, Colorado. “All you have to do is beat the flies to it,” —Michael “Roadkill” Coffman on the secrets of cooking with roadkill outside Lawrence, Kansas. “I ain’t gonna brake ´til I see God!” —driver named “Red Dog,” taking the track at a figure-eight school bus race in Bithlo, Florida. “It’s a gift; you either got it or you don’t.” —Lee Wheelis, world watermelon-seed-spitting champion, Luling, Texas. “I am the mayor, the board, the secretary-treasurer, the librarian, the bartender —that’s my most important title —the cook, the floor sweeper, the police chief, and I have the books for the cemetery, if someone wants to buy a plot.” —Elsie Eiler, the sole citizen of Monowi, Nebraska.

A House off the Road

Author: Orren Merton

Publisher: Darkling Books

ISBN: 0990693643

Category: Fiction

Page: 12

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When Staff Sergeant Ben Reuben's best friend, along with four other American solders, are kidnapped a few days after the D-Day invasion, Ben volunteers to rescue them. But this was no ordinary capture; the Nazis are waging an occult war, summoning an evil creature far more powerful than human soldiers or weaponry. Thankfully, Ben isn't alone on this mission; he is partnered with the mysterious, undead Ambrose, himself a powerful demon hunter. Ben and Ambrose must save the soldiers before the summoning is complete, and Hell breaks loose—literally.

On the Road and Off the Record with Leonard Bernstein

Author: Charlie Harmon

Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing

ISBN: 1632892375

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 8867


Celebrating Leonard Bernstein's centenary with an intimate and detailed look at the public and private life of the Maestro written by his former assistant. Foreword by Broadway legend Harold Prince. "An affectionate portrait of an eminent musician who was driven by demons." —Kirkus Reviews "Harmon’s personable and warm account of what it was like to work for one of the twentieth century’s musical giants casts new light on Bernstein and his world." —Booklist "This multifaceted perspective gives readers plenty of salacious gossip paired with insight into Leonard Bernstein’s remarkable artistic achievements later in life." —Library Journal On the Road is a colorfully written, unforgettably entertaining and unputdownable book, and is available just in time for LB’s 100th birthday. Unreservedly recommended. —Fanfare Magazine Leonard Bernstein reeked of cheap cologne and obviously hadn't showered, shaved, or slept in a while. Was he drunk to boot? He greeted his new assistant with "What are you drinking?" Yes, he was drunk. Charlie Harmon was hired to manage the day-to-day parts of Bernstein's life. There was one additional responsibility: make sure Bernstein met the deadline for an opera commission. But things kept getting in the way: the centenary of Igor Stravinsky, intestinal parasites picked up in Mexico, teaching all summer in Los Angeles, a baker's dozen of young men, plus depression, exhaustion, insomnia, and cut-throat games of anagrams. Did the opera get written? For four years, Charlie saw Bernstein every day, as his social director, gatekeeper, valet, music copyist, and itinerant orchestra librarian. He packed (and unpacked) Bernstein's umpteen pieces of luggage, got the Maestro to his concerts, kept him occupied changing planes in Zurich, Anchorage, Tokyo, or Madrid, and learned how to make small talk with mayors, ambassadors, a chancellor, a queen, and a Hollywood legend or two. How could anyone absorb all those people and places? Because there was music: late-night piano duets, or the Maestro's command to accompany an audition, or, by the way, the greatest orchestras in the world. Charlie did it, and this is what it was like, told for the first time.