Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Traveling Man

April 27, Treasure Island, Fla. – I got another email from Phil Bowler today. There are 29 emails from him in my inbox, and it’s been just 24 days since we met in St. Augustine. He just returned to his … Continue reading

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St. Augustine: Rick’s Muffler Shop

Editor’s Note: It’s Saturday, April 27. We’re still in Treasure Island. We’ve been holed up all week at the Sunrise Motel, which is cheap and clean, just across Gulf Boulevard from the Gulf of Mexico. Max has thrown over the … Continue reading

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Fairmont 2013

All roads into Fairmont slice through the expansive and fertile coastal plain that once was the seed bed of the region’s booming tobacco industry. Located just an hour’s drive from the South Carolina beach resorts, Fairmont today wallows in an … Continue reading

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Bloody St. Petersburg

April 22, St. Petersburg – I spent most of the past two weeks in hiding. Hiding from people. My people. I’ve laid low. Tried to insulate myself from distractions. Tried to write. I’ve made some headway, just not enough. Not … Continue reading

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The long road from Walmart to McDonald’s

St. Petersburg, Fla., April 21 – We’ve been here more than a week now. We’re going nowhere fast. Soon our stay in St. Petersburg will eclipse our stay in St. Augustine. Hard by the Gulf of Mexico, I can’t seem … Continue reading

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On Top of Via Mountain, Digging for Christopher Columbus

March 20, Paine Run Road –¬†We had monopolized Herbert’s evening. He had been as gracious as we could have hoped. He let his dinner get cold. He answered my questions patiently. He showed us his bar. I closed my eyes … Continue reading

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The Vias of the Shenandoah Valley, Part 2

March 20, Paine Run Road, Harriston, Va. – Becky nudges me as if to shake me from a stupor. I’d been spiraling deeper and deeper into Via family history and lost track of time. It was past 5. We’d held … Continue reading

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