Old School Road Trip: 4,167 Miles in a 1973 Mercury Marquis





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Published on Aug 29, 2013

This is the story of a fifteen-day, 4,167 mile loop of the Western United States, taken in a 1973 Mercury Marquis. The video's done as a narrative slideshow, but it'd be better to think of it as illustrated radio or an audiobook than as a regular old slideshow-- the video's emphasis is on the description of the journey, with the photos for effect. Photos were taken consecutively beginning day one of the trip.

I've considered how long the video is, so I've provided a brief table of contents for jumping around from day to day. It's not necessary to sit and watch the whole thing in a sitting-- it's like an audio book, sort of, pick it up and put it down at your leisure. But if you do decided to watch the whole thing straight through, you'll have the most fun watching it on a television with a beer in your hand.

If you enjoy this video, please share it! I make no profit, since I soundtracked it without permission. But c'mon, the soundtrack's pretty important. Point being, though, that this video is good for nothing except entertainment, and no one's going to be entertained if you don't tell anyone about it.

_________TABLE OF CONTENTS_________

Preamble: 0:22
-Shop Class
-The 1973 Marquis

Day One: 07:41
-Los Angeles & Malibu
-Moro Rock

Day Two: 12:12
-Hearst Castle
-Big Sur/Kerouac
-Arata Hay Maze
-The Golden Gate
-Pacific Sunset/Sex on the Radio

Day Three: 28:14
-The Last of Highway 1
-Leggett Drive-Thru Tree
-Confusion Hill
-Avenue of the Giants
-Trees of Mystery
-Oregon Crossing
-Mt. Mazama at Night

Day Four: 42:29
-Crater Lake
-Bear Camp Coastal Route
-Coos Bay Sand

Day Five: 57:18
-Up the Coast on Highway 101
-Washington/Halfway Point

(Days 6-8 Not Discussed)

Day Nine: 1:01:57
-The Cascades
-Grand Coulee Dam
-A Problem

Days Ten through Twelve: 1:08:29
-Mechanical Work
-A Day on the Lake at Spirit Lake, Idaho

Day Thirteen: 1:13:34
-The Panhandle
-Montana\Big Sky Country
-Lost Trail Pass\Lewis & Clark
-Natural Light

Day Fourteen: 1:23:07
-Land of the Yankee Fork
-Sawtooth National Recreation Area
-Craters of the Moon\Night Journey

Day Fifteen: 1:35:45
-Goldwell Open-Air Museum
-Rhyolite, NV
-Death Valley
-Home Again

Epilogue: 1:40:02

________Other Links___________
Original 1973 Mercury Marquis Ad:

Sam Shepherd's Classic of American Theater, "True West":
(If you feel like you've never quite understood what the idea of the American West, this play helps put a finger on what's so complicated about it.)

Jack Kerouac's Late Novel of Alcoholism and Failure "Big Sur":
(If you're going to read On the Road, be sure to hit this one too if you're interested in the whole arc of Kerouac's life and philosophies.)

William Least-Heat Moon's Classic Travelogue "Blue Highways":
(If you enjoyed this amateur work, you owe it to yourself to see a professional tackle the American byway.)

National Geographic Atlas of the American Road:
(Best Atlas/Travel Planner I've ever seen.)

_______Soundtrack, In Order of Appearance________
K.C. Douglas-- Mercury Blues
Louis Armstrong-- Mahogany hall Stomp
[No Track Information-- Charleston Chasers?]
Little Brother Montgomery-- Farro Street Jive
Herb Alpert-- Rise
Herb Alpert-- Rotation
Benny Goodman-- Bugle Call Rag
Glenn Miller-- In the Mood
Cat Iron-- Poor Old Boy A Long, Long Way From Home
Etta Baker-- One Dime Blues
Elizabeth Cotton-- Vastapol
Charlie Jordon-- Dollar Bill Blues
Tom Waits-- Get Behind the Mule
Happy Hayseeds-- The Tail of Halley's Comet
Frank Blevins & His Tar Heel Rattlers-- Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
Greyson & Whitter-- Old Jimmie Sutton
Jethro Tull-- Reasons for Waiting
Van Morrison-- Purple Heather
Jethro Tull-- Bouree
Bill Justis-- Raunchy
Herb Alpert-- Street Life
John Hartford-- Indian War Whoop
Fleet Foxes-- The Cascades
The Moody Blues-- Eternity Road
The Moody Blues-- I Never Thought I'd Live to Be A Hundred
Henry Thomas-- Bob McKinney
Louis Armstrong-- Tight Like This
The Moody Blues-- Lunch Break/Peak Hour
David Shire-- Night on Disco Mountain
Ralph MacDonald-- Calypso Breakdown
[Film Soundtrack]-- The Good the Bad and the Ugly (Main Theme)
[Film Soundtrack]-- The Magnificent Seven (Main Theme)
The Seldom Scene-- (I Know You) Rider
The Cowboy Junkies-- Walkin' After Midnight
Dead Can Dance-- Desert Song
[Film Soundtrack]-- The Good the Bad and the Ugly (Lust for Gold)
Van Morrison-- Hard Nose the Highway


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