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Old 04-27-2013, 11:29 AM   #31
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Got to see Ghost Dancing at the University Missouri Columbia archives storage earlier this week. It is in great shape, including the home built platform/storage, shag carpeted walls, foot locker, steel belted Coleman ice chest, and map of the USA on the side barn door windows. Odometer said 87xxx - don't know if it has rolled over. The curator that showed us the vehicle said that the Smithsonian wanted the vehicle but since the building was built around it, it probably wasn't going anywhere soon.

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Old 04-27-2013, 02:01 PM   #32
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Cool! Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-27-2013, 05:42 PM   #33
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X 2 !

I am 1/2 way through the book.

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Old 07-29-2013, 12:36 PM   #34
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Well, I have added several books to my reading list now. Amazon here I come!

While I'm at it I'll make a suggestion too. "In Search of Captain Zero" by Allen Weisbecker. Maybe exaggerated, certainly written by a lunatic. It sure is a page turner. Not just for surfers, you will be itching to head south of the border. I'm sure some of you have read it.
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Please tell me the significance to the "Ghost Dancing" van.As I recall; the Ghost dance was a Native American ceremony started by chief Techumseh's shaman brother to protect warriors before battle against the U.S. Army and resurrected by the Sioux before the battles against the U.S. cavalry.Edited after I actually read the whole post.I'm such a Doofus so uhhhh, Never mind.
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Way cool to see the actual van! I had no idea it was preserved like that.

And did you notice? It has POP-OUT REAR WINDOWS!!! Ooooh.

Think I'm going to go back and re-read Blue Highways. Been a decade or so since I read it last.
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As enchanting as Blue Highways is, I enjoyed Jupiter's Travels even more. He is traveling the world on a motorcycle, but the trip seems more of a 4x4 SMB style trip than staying on paved roads. Maybe part of it is the writer is not an English professor, so the prose is less wordy. But, the adventure is more adventurous.

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As enchanting as Blue Highways is, I enjoyed Jupiter's Travels even more. He is traveling the world on a motorcycle, but the trip seems more of a 4x4 SMB style trip than staying on paved roads. Maybe part of it is the writer is not an English professor, so the prose is less wordy. But, the adventure is more adventurous.

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Have to agree with you, Mike, even though I spoke highly of the author earlier in this thread and like his second book, PrairyErth. It's not his English degree so much as his formulaic approach: drive along focusing on incomprehensible route numbers that require a map if you want to keep up; meet someone who is officially interesting; have a meaningful encounter; move on. I enjoyed the vignettes but couldn't pull it all together. Maybe it needed more if his personal angst to give it more appeal.

Set it down without finishing. I'll try again soon.

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Have to agree with you, Mike, even though I spoke highly of the author earlier in this thread and like his second book, PrairyErth.
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PrairyErth is the one I found mind-numbing. Got about 2/3 through, and it still sits on my bookshelf, unfinished, after a decade.
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Just ordered a copy off eBay. Pretty stoked. Coming from a guy that likes alot of pictures when he reads.
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