Travels With Steinbeck

Where We’re Headed

Come and ride along with me as I follow the Steinbeck, Travels with Charley route around the U.S. and “rediscover this monster land.”

As I come down to the wire with just one week to go, I’ve been pondering this bloggy thingy and how I can provide an entertaining and informative narrative as I travel around the U.S.  I’m thinking that in places like Northern Maine, hotspots may be few and far between.  Also, I hope to camp in national and state parks as much as possible and they rarely offer Internet access.  So, it might be best to post, when possible, on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays, with an occasional “special edition” if I have connectivity, and am just too darned excited about something, or someone, I encountered en route to wait until the next scheduled post.


Several folks have asked me about my itinerary and if I will post a map—and I will, I promise—if I can just figure out how to do that. A very creative man named Terry Ballard created a Google map that roughly traces Steinbeck’s route.  Perhaps with the help of some of my more accomplished reader-friends we can figure out a link to that ingenious Google Map.

Here is my proposed route by city:

  • Salt Lake City, Utah (speaking at Rowland Hall-St. Marks School and with KSL T.V.)
  • Glenwood Springs, Colorado
  • Burlington, Colorado
  • Paxico, Kansas
  • Warrenton, Missouri
  • Clarksville, Tennessee
  • Rabun Gap, Georgia (spoke at Academic Convocation, conducted classes)
  • Abingdon, Virginia (this put me on the last leg of the Steinbeck route)
  • Harrisburg, Pennsylvania (conducted classes at Harrisburg Academy, Carlisle High School and Cumberland Valley High School)
  • Middlebury, Connecticut (slightly off route)
  • Sag Harbor, Long Island (Steinbeck’s starting point)
  • Deerfield, Massachusetts (visit to Eaglebrook School—Steinbeck’s first stop for TWC)/Lisbon, New Hampshire
  • Deer Isle, Maine
  • Caribou, Maine (the top of the the U.S.)
  • Canaan, Maine
  • Lisbon, New Hampshire
  • Dexter, New York
  • Niagara Falls, New York
  • Toledo, Ohio
  • Rockford/Chicago, Illinois (staying at Ambassador East Hotel, as did Steinbeck)
  • Mauston, Wisconsin
  • Detroit Lakes, Minnesota
  • Beach, North Dakota
  • Billings, Montana
  • Missoula, Montana
  • Spokane, Washington
  • Seattle, Washington
  • Portland, Oregon
  • Yreka, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Salinas, California (research at National Steinbeck Center)
  • Monterey, California
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • San Diego, California
  • Needles, California
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
  • Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Amarillo, Texas
  • Austin, Texas
  • Beaumont, Texas
  • New Orleans, Louisiana

Last updated, 10/10/09.

Sweet Notes:

Yesterday (Sunday) here in Jackson, Wyoming, I was climbing the two-mile grunt (with 1,200 feet of elevation gain) we call Snow King Mountain when I stopped to write a note for this blog. It was something about needing to lose 10 pounds before seeing my fit, athletic doctor this week, and sure enough—while I was writing—my fit, athletic doctor blew by me going up the mountain. On top, I caught up to Dr. Emmy and was telling her this story when, not being one to miss an opportunity, she smiled and said, “Lose 10 pounds and you won’t have to come and see me.”  Thanks Emmy for keeping me honest and keeping me healthy, and for checking out this blog.  Also, today my good friend, Arthur invited me to his new school while en route and promised to ride along.

Thank you for riding along. Let’s talk again soon, shall we?

Greg Zeigler

Travels with Steinbeck: In Search of America fifty Years Later

Copyright © 2009


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  1. * Bob/Dar Stack says:


    Thank you for sharing your ideas,enthusiasm and expertise.
    Look forward to your experiences and are anxiously awaiting
    your stories.

    God Speed and Good Luck

    Bob & Dar

    | Reply Posted 8 years, 8 months ago
  2. Thanks for the kind words. Send me your email address and I can make you an editor at the Charley Map.


    | Reply Posted 8 years, 7 months ago

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