Still Traveling with John Steinbeck

Wednesday, 25 April 2012 08:50 AM Written by 
Stacy Innerst/Post-Gazette


"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.

Bill Steigerwald lives in Eighty Four, Pa. His email is This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Posts of interest:

A “Travels With Charley” Timeline.

“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.

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