"Travis and I dipped our hands in the frigid Atlantic of Cape Cod and began our trip. Travis drops me off each morning and picks me up at day's end. In between, he takes pictures.

We're an odd couple, of sorts, a 27-year-old tech-savvy photographer and an old curmudgeon thrown together by a desire to explore."

Journal, APRIL 2004

THE JOURNEY OF ROUTE6WALK

Looking Back to April 02, 2004

"Even a journey of 1,000 miles begins with a single step. I took that first step March 26 at Herring Cove on Cape Cod, the start of our 3,600-mile trek across the U.S. One step down, 10 million to go.

Photographer Travis Lindhorst and I are on a coast-to-coast journey in search of the heartbeat of America as we travel the entire length of Route 6, a country road that stretches from Provincetown, Massachusetts to Long Beach, Califormia."

That was one of my original entries in my online journal as we began Route 6 Walk. Yes, we completed the journey, and we even wrote the book. The fanfare of the accomplishment was always local. The stories and our experiences were always personal. If you are walking across America to experience America, that seems the proper way to accomplish it. – Joe Hurley, April 2015

If you would like to view a small clip from Joe Hurley's "Behind the Scenes" talk, click on the video icon (left) and a 5-minute introduction to the session will start.

Our thanks to BCTV Productions and the Jonathan Bourne Public Library (Bourne, Massachusetts) for the use of the video clip.



AUGUST 6, 2014. WBSM/AM 1420 Interview with Phil Palaologos
Article and Station Audio/Video. View directly on YouTube.

JULY 2014. Joe's Channel 12 Interview, Providence [WPRI]
[+] Host Will Gilbert and Joe Hurley talk about his Route 6 Walk

MAY 2014. Litchfield County Times Article [CT]
[+] Joe Hurley relates his Route 6 Trek

1947 Rand McNally US Road Map [Download]
[+] Two versions available. Original and Route 6 highlighted.
Details/Download.


As an Executive Director of the Connecticut U.S. Route 6 Tourist Association, Joe would like to hear from those individuals and communities that are interested in the economic development and preservation of our American Heritage along the historic US Route 6 Highway. Learn more about membership and events at Route6Tour.com.


JOE'S ON THE ROAD... AGAIN!
This time he is giving a behind-the-scenes look at the walk, the book and the many faces of US Route 6.


CONNECTICUT

BRISTOL – APRIL 15
7 pm Bristol Public Library

TERRYVILLE – MAY 2
2 pm Terryville Public Library


PENNSYLVANIA

KANE– MAY 30
1 pm Friends Memorial Public Library

CAMBRIDGE SPRINGS – MAY 31
2 pm Riverside Inn

LINESVILLE – JUNE 1 [time tentative]
6:30 pm Linesville Community Public Library


OHIO

ROCKY RIVER – JUNE 2
7 pm Rocky River Public Library

CHARDON – JUNE 3
7 pm Chardon Library

SANDUSKY – JUNE 6
10:30 am Sandusky Library

HURON – JUNE 8
6:30 pm Huron Public Library

VERMILLION – JUNE 9
6:30 pm Ritter Public Library

LAKEWOOD – JUNE 11
7 pm Lakewood Public Library

WILLOUGHBY – JUNE 12
1 pm Willoughby Public Library

EAST CLEVELAND – JUNE 13
11 am East Cleveland Public Library


CLICK HERE for more information about Joe Hurley's speaking engagements





SPECIAL MENTION
Be sure to check out Malerie Yolen-Cohen's [+] STAY ON ROUTE 6 Guide to Route 6 which is a mile-by-mile guide to the best places to see, eat and sleep while driving cross-country along the transcontinental. Her book is available on Amazon. Click here for Malerie's mention of my Route 6 Journey and Book.


NEWS, REVIEWS & REFLECTIONS

Todd Franko
Editor, The Vindicator, Youngstown Ohio
(former editor of Gary Post-Tribune)

“JOE'S ARRIVAL IN OUR TOWN THAT SUMMER BECAME A CELEBRATION OF SORTS...”

A pizza party; various signs of support along U.S. 6; guest walkers here and there; and the elderly care home residents who camped out on their lawn awaiting our walk, and Joe’s special moments with them. He was greeted like Elvis.

That’s what I remember of the seven miles I walked with him that day. But what I remember more is the enormous risk of Joe’s trek, the simplicity of its employment, and its immense connection with thousands of lives from one coast to another. I am one of those lives.

To this day, I’m blessed to see U.S. 6 rather regularly in my travels. And when I do, I think of Joe Hurley, that special summer and my one magical day being part of it.



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