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    Default Blue Highways discussion

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    Blue Highways

    Blue Highways, by William Least Heat-Moon is a journey around the corners of America. His stops in small towns allowed him to find the genuine places and people that were/are still left (he wrote it in 1983).


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    Default Blue Highways - a work in progress

    The route is mostly complete, except there are two or three towns
    that I couldn't find (Nameless, TN is one!), and some that either
    changed name or are incorrect.

    The author started and ended in Columbia, MO.

    I'm working on an update with a path connecting the towns,
    and fixing some of the locations (adding Columbia, for one).

    William Least Heat-Moon was interviewed on C-SPAN recently:
    an in-depth 3-hour interview with call-ins.
    When I read Blue Highways, I had constructed a mental image
    of him that was very different from his real-life one.
    The book is filled with gentle wit and poetic observations.
    For example, on passing kite-fliers: "no strings, no flight".

    Using tour allows you to take the entire Blue Highways trip!
    RVB

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    Default Update

    The .kml was replaced by the update thanks to the efforts
    of the site reviewers: Thanks!

    Many corrections were required: some of the locations
    are so out of the way that some research needed to be done.
    I also added a path through the locations.
    Some locations are difficult to find since they don't exist!
    Liberty Bond, WA is not a place anymore: it evaporated.
    The placemark is "in the shadow of Mt. Adams" as described
    in the book.
    RVB

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