"Travels With Charley in Search of America" turns 50 this summer. For half a century, we've been told and taught that John Steinbeck's beloved, iconic, best-selling road book was a work of nonfiction. It wasn't.
In 2010 I proved "TWC" was more fiction than fact. It's not the true and honest account of the cross-country trip Steinbeck made in the fall of 1960. You can read about how I stumbled upon it in “Sorry, Charley” in the Post-Gazette or the April 2011 issue of Reason magazine.
This web site contains the road blog I wrote in the fall of 2010 while I retraced Steinbeck's trip as precisely as possible, exactly 50 years after he took it. I drove more than 11,000 miles, alone, doglessly and socklessly, in a 2010 Toyota RAV4 with a bed rigged up in the back. Enjoy.
Posts of interest:
“America Looks Good From Steinbeck’s Highway” is the last of eight print-side travel stories for the Post-Gazette from “Down East” Maine to Route 66.