on the road

So they’ve gone and made a film of the seminal Jack Kerouac novel On The Road. It’s always been claimed that this book was impossible to make into a film – and they have proven that to be true. It’s terrible. Personally I never saw what all the fuss was about with the book in the first place. On The Road is a bit too self aware and trying too hard  to be cool to ever be entertaining. That wouldn’t matter so much if it were just a bit pretentious, but it’s actually also really quite boring. However, the notion of the big American roadtrip is something I think that appeals to nearly all of us – winding along the West Coast in the sun, staying in little Motels that look like they come from movies where you park in front of your room and eating chili dogs in random roadside diners – it’s the easiest way to feel like you are buying into a piece of the American Dream. So we started out down in Orange County, drove up to LA, wound our way along the coast to San Fran via the Big Sur, headed inland to Yosemite, down through Death Valley, into Vegas for a jolly good wash, then across Zion and Bryce Canyon, round the old Grand Canyon, bit of Route 66 and then the Hoover Dam for the big finish. Highly recommended.

Orange County

 

Nocturnal snacks at Muscle Beach

 

The red carpet gets the red carpet treatment at Universal Studios

 

Bohemian Santa Barbara

 

White Feather’s crazy hippy-mobile

 

The Madonna Inn

 

The Big Sur

 

Ventana Wilderness of the Los Padres

 

Carmel – Clint Eastwood country

 

Ashbury Heights

 

Alcatraz

 

Paddling in the Yosemite

 

The Half Dome

 

Actually, there are geology exhibits just about everywhere here

 

Lake Crowley

 

Route 395

 

West Bishop

 

Bishop

 

Giggle Springs

 

Entering Death Valley

 

Death Valley

 

Death Valley

 

Badwater Basin

 

The World’s Tallest Ice Cream Stand

 

Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas

 

Las Vegas

 

Zion National Park

 

Cedar City

 

Route 89

 

Bryce Canyon

 

Lake Powell

 

The Assembly Of God, Page

 

And His gym, next door, also at Page

 

Bedrock City

 

Grand Canyon

 

Beatty

 

“Trinket”

 

Seligman, Route 66

 

Pearce Ferry

 

Hoover Dam

 

Hoover Dam

 

Phone home…

 

Then it’s time for bed

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