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33 minutes ago, bigjim said:

I believe there is other terminology for orgininale roads refering to the "Kings Road or the Queens road."  I think many times it has been Americanized. IE  Kings Hwy in  Texarkana.  I believe there is or was one from San Antonio to Nacogdoches, Tx

On just minimal googling I found there was one that went from Mexico City to San Antonio then from there through east Tx terminating in Natchitoches, Louisiana.

yep, it's shown on the map I just linked to, as "El Camino Real de los Tejas"

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2 hours ago, bigjim said:

wonder about any viking or norsmen roads ?????

Those, if any would be found in what is now the Canadian maritimes. They did not travel to what is now the U.S.A. if I remember history classes correctly.

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5 hours ago, Ray,IN said:

Those, if any would be found in what is now the Canadian maritimes. They did not travel to what is now the U.S.A. if I remember history classes correctly.

my thoughts too but we are still occaisionally learning new historical discoveries. I think we are still finding life forms that we did not know of.

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On 11/28/2020 at 12:29 PM, Kirk W said:

Another book about the style of travel,  Blue Highways: A Journey into America

Kirk, one of my favorite books which must be reread at a minimum of every 5 years. William Least Heat Moon also wrote River Horse, an adventure about a small boat trip from the East Coast to the West Coast, with a surprisingly small amount of portaging. But my fave is Blue Highways. 

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On 11/28/2020 at 5:02 AM, Kirk W said:

But can you imagine traveling the US routes with all of the truck traffic from the interstate highways on them with you? A lot of the old routes are still there, though not always in exactly the same places but we have found the US routes to be more pleasant because the trucks and heaviest traffic are on the interstates.

Wow. I mean, WOW. I recently did rte 66 Topock area and have to say I CANNOT see trucks driving that route.  *shivers*

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5 hours ago, Seeria said:

Wow. I mean, WOW. I recently did rte 66 Topock area and have to say I CANNOT see trucks driving that route.  *shivers*

The man who taught me to drive a semi-tractor trailer drove coast-to-coast back in the 1950's. He said it was tough work back then.

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On 11/28/2020 at 1:29 PM, Kirk W said:

Another book about the style of travel,  Blue Highways: A Journey into America

I enjoyed Blue Highways as well.  Another great book on travel off the main roads is Travels With Charlie in Search of America, by John Steinbeck.  

Charles Kuralt & his wonderful "On the Road" TV shorts must have enjoyed the book & stole a quote:

John Steinbeck: "When we get these thruways across the whole country, as we will and must, it will be possible to drive from New York to California without seeing a single thing."

Charles Kuralt:  "Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel
from coast to coast without seeing anything."

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1 hour ago, vermilye said:

Charles Kuralt & his wonderful "On the Road" TV shorts

I was an avid watcher of those TV shorts and I think that may have been the start of our movement toward going on the road full-time. While health issues have made us stop, I still consider those years to have been 12 of the best year of my life. 

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