AtoZ Challenge 2020 – 8154: An Epic Road Trip – The U Stories #atozchallenge

A to Z Challenge, Adventure, Back Roads, Backroads Discoveries, Books, Bucket List Trips, Cross Country Road Trips, Family Travel, Interviews, Junk-art Sculptures, Less Beaten Paths Books, Missouri, Montana, Museums, Offbeat Places, People Shots, Place Names, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Roadsigns, Route 66, Selfies, Texas, Tourist Traps, Town Names, Travel with grandchildren, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places, US Highway 14, US Highway 16, Vintage Neon, Welcome Signs, Wyoming
In early 2020 I traveled across the country with  the course of three weeks.  My A to Z posts this year will have the "8154" theme, which will also be the title of my forthcoming new book that will document the epic road trip.  Each entry will highlight a few stories with photos based on the alphabet and not the order of the trip.  I hope you will enjoy this bouncy ride across the back roads of America.  Please enjoy the U Stories. (all photography by David "Sumoflam" Kravetz) This post is basically short and sweet. Enjoy the Read. Enjoy the Ride. Ucross, Wyoming We passed through this non-descript little community that sits at the intersection of US Route 14 and US Route 16.   It has an interesting name, but…
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Radio Interview on WRFL Trivial Thursdays with Mick Jeffries – November 7, 2019

Arizona, Books, Indiana, Interviews, Kentucky, Less Beaten Paths Books, Missouri, Montana, Museums, Nebraska, Offbeat Places, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Selfies, South Dakota, Tourist Traps, Unique Places, Washington, Wyoming
This morning I had the privilege of being interviewed on local radio at WRFL-FM in Lexington during the Trivial Thursdays with Mick Jeffries to talk about my new book Less Beaten Paths of America: Beyond Description - More of the Strange and Unique.  As always, Mick does a good job of asking good questions.  I was able to include a few plugs for places like Carhenge, Uranus Fudge Factory, Paradise Point, Bowlin's The Thing, Wall Drug, Standin' on the Corner in Winslow, Arizona, and Apple Valley Hillbilly Gardens, among others. [caption id="attachment_22413" align="alignnone" width="525"] Mick Jeffries and me in the Studio[/caption] Following are a few shots from the studio and the complete audio of the interview (used with permission of WRFL). LISTEN: [audio mp3=""][/audio] Scenes from the studio: You can purchase my book…
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Special About Peter Wolf Toth – Whispering Giants Artist

Adventure, Arizona, Backroads Discoveries, Books, Cross Country Road Trips, Giant Things, Illinois, Interviews, Less Beaten Paths Books, New Mexico, Peter Wolf Toth, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Selfies, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places, Utah, Whispering Giants
[caption id="attachment_22050" align="alignleft" width="300"] Peter Toth at his studio in April 2018. (Photo used with permission courtesy of Caroline Porsiel, Atlanta Expat Magazine)[/caption] On August 20 I had a wonderful opportunity to spend a couple of hours on the phone with American artist Peter Wolf Toth who took time to speak with me from his Florida Studio. I had contacted Peter to get more details about this interesting man with the intent on adding a chapter about him and his Trail of the Whispering Giants into my new book, which will be available in August 2019. (Actually, the Kindle version is now available...see the link at the end of this post) [caption id="attachment_19548" align="aligncenter" width="525"] With Whispering Giant #61 in Ottawa, Illinois[/caption] If you are not familiar with the Trail…
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In Case You Missed It… Trivial Thursdays Interview on WRFL-FM — LISTEN HERE

Interviews, Less Beaten Paths Books, Random Thoughts, Roadside Attractions, Selfies, Throwback Thursday, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places
Had a fun time interviewing with Mick Jeffries, the long-time and award-winning host of WRFL-FM Radio "Trivial Thursdays" this morning.  In case you missed it, here is an MP3 Audio file of the broadcast, courtesy of WRFL and Mick...edited by yours truly.  Also in the studio with us was Leif Erickson.  Great to meet and mingle with these two.  Mick even surprised me by playing an Antsy McClain song during the interview.  It is included below. [caption id="attachment_21207" align="aligncenter" width="896"] Talking about Less Beaten Paths of America Book Series with host Mick Jeffries and Leif Erickson at WRFL Studios[/caption] [audio mp3=""][/audio]
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Sumoflam on LIVE in Studio Interview on WRFL in Lexington on Thursday, 11/29

Adventure, Books, Bucket List Trips, Cross Country Road Trips, Interviews, Less Beaten Paths Books, Offbeat Places, Place Names, Quirky Things, Roadside Attractions, Tourist Traps, Town Names, Travel Blogging, Unexpected Discoveries, Unique Places
[caption id="attachment_21108" align="alignleft" width="171"] Quirky and Offbeat Roadside Attractions[/caption] I am excited to announce that on THURSDAY (11/29)  at 7:30 AM EST I will be a guest on one of Lexington's longest running radio shows.  Called Trivial Thursdays  and hosted by long-time announcer Mick Jeffries, it can be heard locally in Lexington on WRFL-FM (88.1 FM).  From outside Lexington, you can listen online at We will be discussing my travel books, among other things. You can also catch it as a Facebook LIVE Video feed.  Hope you will give it a listen. Please share!! #choosehappy Mick Jeffries hosts this award-winning, long-running radio show that is kind of a college radio version of a morning drive-time show — complete with lots of talking, laughing, and music. The weekly hijinx revolve slightly around the trivia associated…
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