Wednesday, July 29, 2015

NY Daily News - Paradise by the dashboard light! New York City tourists can book a van down by the river on Airbnb — for $22

Living in a car (or van) is one of my interests, and here's something on the subject from NY Daily News...

It's being advertised as a van down by the riverand people are paying money to stay there.
Someone by the name of Jonathan is offering up a fleet of conversion vans parked at scenic spots around New York City for overnight stays starting at $22.
This paradise by the dashboard light is definitely for adventurous budget travelers only.
And they're the most buzzworthy vans to hit city streets since Jerry Seinfeld tried to sell his "big juicy van" in a classified.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Lada Priora: White Body, Black Roof New Paint Scheme

Here is a bit of automotive news courtesy OAO AvtoVAZ, the maker of the Lada.

A new two-tone paint scheme for the Lada Priora - white body-black roof - has been announced.

 The pictures are from the AvtoVAZ press release which I quote below (in Russian) and link to.

Atlas Obscura - The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature's Most Epic Road Trips:

Wild, Cheryl Strayed. 2012. After a series of personal crises, the author hits the Pacific Crest Trail and walks from Southern California to Portland. Self-actualization ensues.
The Cruise of the Rolling Junk, F. Scott Fitzgerald. 1934. Scott and Zelda's wacky adventures along the muddy, unkept roads of the mid-Atlantic and the South, as they drive from Connecticut to her hometown of Montgomery, Alabama.
Rolling Nowhere: Riding the Rails With America's Hoboes, Ted Conover. 1984. Conover, our most accomplished method journalist, studies with a merciful lack of sentimentality a subculture of transients that has long been mourned and romanticized more than it has been loved or even tolerated.
A Walk Across America, Peter Jenkins. 1979. Jenkins and his dog Cooper hoof it to New Orleans from upstate New York; along the way they encounter poverty, racism, hippies, illness, hateful cops and—at least for one of them—violent vehicular death. Oh, and in Mobile, Alabama, God.
Cross Country: Fifteen Years and 90,000 Miles on the Roads and Interstates of America with Lewis and Clark, Robert Sullivan. 2006. As much a free-association history of the American road trip as the chronicle of one in particular, Sullivan's book is rare in that it documents a time-restricted straight-shot across the continent, interstates and chain-motels and all. Abandon nostalgia, all ye who enter here.
The Lost Continent, Bill Bryson. 1989. A sneering account of this exile's return from abroad and his re-acquaintance with his native country. Bryson seems to be reminded on almost every page of why he chose to leave it, and we of why we let him.
Blue Highways: A Journey into America, William Least Heat Moon. 1982. Not less critical of America and Americans than Bryson but more interestingly so, the author takes his van on the road for three months after separating from his wife and sticks only to smaller highways while avoiding the cities. He has long debates about local history and current affairs with people on the road and pays especial attention to quirky place-names--a traveler after my own heart.
On the Road, Jack Kerouac. 1957. Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty search for bop, kicks, speed and the night.
Roughing It, Mark Twain. 1872. Twain's book about his journey west by stagecoach a decade earlier is a incredible account of transcontinental travel before the railroad made it infinitely easier; his sections about the early Mormons in Salt Lake City, the mining settlements in Nevada and the pre-Americanized Sandwich Islands--aka, Hawaii--are also well worth the read.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert Pirsig. 1974. The author and his son ride by motorcycle to California; Profound Philosophical Ruminations ensue. Very 1970s.
Travels with Charley, John Steinbeck. 1962. The aging novelist, his black-poodle pooch and Rocinante, the customized van named after Don Quixote's horse, light out for the territories; Charley discovers redwoods, which depress him; Steinbeck discovers that you can't go home again.
The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, Tom Wolfe. 1968. Ken Kesey and the highly-acidic Merry Pranksters take the bus Further across the country to "tootle" its citizens out of lethargy. Neal Cassady rides again.
Of the above titles, I have read only On the Road so far... also Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas which didn't make the list. I also have Zen and the Art of Motorcycles... but have yet to finish it.

Amazing Limo vs Train Crash July 18 2015 Elkhart County Indiana