Newly found files add intrigue and depth

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“Adventure is routine with us now, only time things are dull is when the engine is running,” my Grandfather wrote home to his mother. I have been diving in to my Grandfather’s writing, letters home, and “personal abstract” written later in life. Even though he passed away in 2010, I am very lucky that he […]

Completing the Spirit of ’39 journey 78 years later!

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What a journey. I set out 78 years and a day after my grandfather did from Florham Park, New Jersey for San Francisco. While I didn’t get bitten by a rattlesnake, fight forest fires to pay for car repairs, or ride freight trains for transportation (all things that occurred on my grandpa’s trip), I did […]

Then and Now: Retracing a 1939 Teenager’s Cross Country Journey

In 1939, my grandfather built a bus out of junk yard materials and went on a two-month cross country road trip with six of his friends. They started in Florham Park, NJ and ended in San Francisco, CA. They went west following the Lincoln Highway and returned on historic routes 66 and 40. I plan […]