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How about this for a new series? by Douglas Boyd on 19 August 2005 9:41pm
 
Do you remember the 1970 era song "From L.A. to New York, from New York to L.A." Well how about a new series, just as the song says, travelling from L.A. to New York through Mid America and the Great Lakes, then returning from N.Y. by the southern route through the East coast, Savannah, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. Theres good food, plenty to see and a soft bed every night. What more could a traveller ask? Douglas Boyd
 
Re: How about this for a new series? by tucsonmike on 20 August 2005 4:03am
 
Now there is a route for you, as long as it's done in summer. What would be the most interesting sites to hit along the way? I'd have to think of the best route.
Mike
 
Re: How about this for a new series? by Douglas Boyd on 22 August 2005 11:10am
 
OK Mike, here is a challenge to you and anyone else who is interested. Lets have an open forum: Put yourself in the producer/director shoes and plan out a journey starting out with the "Northern route" from L.A. to New York, giving details of how you are travelling, where to and what you would do there, money and time are of no concern. And then the retun journey for the "Southern Route" giving all the details. Right Mike (and any others), lets's do it. America awaits. Douglas Boyd
 
Re: How about this for a new series? by SimonFawkes on 22 August 2005 6:58pm
 
What would be more intersting (at least to those of us not in the US) would be to do this the other way around the world - NY to LA via Europe, Africa and Asia!
 
Re: How about this for a new series? by tucsonmike on 23 August 2005 2:00am
 
Douglas and Simon. I am taking up said challenge. I will be back with you by Friday.
Mike
 
North America Re: How about this for a new series? by tucsonmike on 26 August 2005 6:57am
 
OK Doug, here goes. Simon your next though it will have to be over the weekend.

Start in Los Angeles. Up the Pacific Coast by train to Vancouver. Vancouver-Calgary on the train. (There is a tourist train on that stretch for the Canadian Rockies. South by bus on Route 4 to the U.S. Border.

If he doesn't want to do the Coast, he can go to Las Vegas, Hoover Dam, the Grand Canyon and Salt Lake City and then up to Montana.

In Montana, Glacier National Park and the Little Big Horn.

Across into South Dakota and to Mount Rushmore and the Old Western Town of Deadwood. British actor Ian McShane can meet him there. McShane is playing Al Swearingen in the HBO Series.
Then, on Interstate 94 to Minneapolis, Milwaukee and Chicago. Michael can figure out what he wants to see and present. Then by train to Detroit. In Detroit, the auto industry. Then to Cleveland, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Backtrack to Sandusky, Ohio and take the ferry to Ontario. From Windsor, Ontario, take the train VIA Rail to Toronto, Ottawa, and Montreal. From Montreal to Vermont. Former Red Sox Pitcher, Vermont resident and genius Bill Lee can act as his offbeat guide. What to see? Lake Champlain and Ben and Jerrys.
Then, train to New York. Well, New York, I guess what can't you do?

Then train to Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington. Then, a bus along Interstate 81 and the Mountains to Nashville. Country Music Capital. Then to Memphis. From Memphis down U.S. 61 with a stop in the Mississippi Delta. From there to New Orleans by train. From New Orleans to Houston with a side trip to Galveston. (George is a side trip to Dallas worth it)?

Then to San Antonio and Austin. Then train to El Paso. Then train to Tucson. I'll make Southern Arizona worth his while. (Maybe side trip into Mexico and a ride on the Copper Canyon Railway). Then train back to Los Angeles.

I figure to do it leisurely, three months.

Mike
 
North America Re: How about this for a new series? by George on 26 August 2005 11:42pm
 
Well, I've just been reading about some people going around the country visiting all the new "retro" ballparks. The Ballpark at Arlington, the home of the Texas Rangers, is supposed to be one of the best.
 
North America Re: How about this for a new series? by peripatetically on 27 August 2005 12:02am
 
George, as you may or may not know, Oriole Park at Camden Yards was the prototype of all the toehrs one and people rave about it, as well they should. It's gorgeous and has so much history connected to the site with lots ot offer visitors.
 
North America Re: How about this for a new series? by George on 27 August 2005 7:09pm
 
Camden Yards is still the benchmark by which all the other new ballparks are measured. My youngest brother-in-law who lives in York, PA, has been there many times and always raves about the closeness of his seat, the great food, and the convenience of all the facilities. One day, I will make a trip up there during the season. Promise. I mentioned the Ballpark in Arlington simply because it's in the Dallas area. We have a new one here in Houston, too, Minute Maid Park which is built around the old train depot. It has greatly eased the pain of having to leave the Astrodome. Similarly, the people of Baltimore considered Memorial Stadium to be "hallowed ground", but love their new ballpark.
 
North America Re: How about this for a new series? by peripatetically on 28 August 2005 1:07pm
 
Yes, we do consider Memorial Stadium hallowed ground. I can't even drive past that area anymore because it's just too painful. There's nothng left of it at all and the property is overgrown with weeds and underbrush now. I happened to see a photo of it in the newspapaer recently and it mmade my heart sink.

For his birthday, I gave my boyfriend a brick from it. Every single thing was sold off, including some of the soil. People paid exhorbitant prices for the most mundane thngs, but that's just how much that place was loved. It held memories so dear to the hearts of Baltimoeans. Not just baseball fans, but football fans, major league and high school teamst too. When you think about it, you had the likes of many greats playing there.... Johnny Unitas and Brooks Robinson, just to name two.
It still rocks us when we think of "her".
 
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