Route 6 goes through fourteen states,
109 counties, and five state capitals.
JOE’S ON THE ROAD... again!

THIS TIME HE’S GIVING A BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT THE WALK,
THE BOOK AND THE FACES OF ROUTE 6.


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Want to know how many pairs of shoes Joe wore out on his 3,500 mile walk – or whether it really was 3,500 miles? Or why it took so darned long to publish the book – and whether it really was 10 million steps?

Just ask Joe – in person.

Joe has the answers to these and all of the important questions facing the world today. Ok, slight exaggeration. But he does know a lot about the people and places on Route 6. And he knows just about everything there is to know about the walk and the book.

So if your group or organization wants to hear what walking across America is really like or what it’s like to publish a book or if you want to learn about places you’ve never been – just give a call or send an email.

Joe tells it all in “Behind the Scenes of Ten Million Steps” his little one-man performance including a zesty talk, some of Travis great photos and most important – lots of time for Q and A.

All for the incredibly low price of: Nothing.

That’s right just give Joe a call and, if you’re in driving distance of Connecticut, he’ll come to you. Of course, he’ll try to sell you some books – but they’re a bargain anyway.

If you’re really lucky Travis will come, too. But since Travis has a full-time job, his time does tend to be limited.

To book a presentation - email japhurley@hotmail.com
or call 860-354-1389.


EVENTS, APPEARANCES AND ENGAGEMENTS

Audio Recording
Wayne Norman Show - wili1400 am
Good Company Radio, Willimantic CT
Original airdate: November 6, 2012

Joe Hurley, author of Ten Million Steps on Route 6 – A fresh look at America and Americans from Cape Cod to California. Joe walked Route 6 from Provincetown, MA to Willimantic, CT to Los Angeles, CA Link to mp3


1947 Rand McNally US Road Map [Download]
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ABOUT THE TALKS

Yes, Joe does "talks". But not in the usual sense. His Behind The Scenes program is an armchair trip across the country on Route Six. When guests arrive, Joe loans them a copy of the book, which becomes the road map for their journey.

Joe (and even more his wife, Pat) love to meet people, so feel free to come to the events and say hi.

Joe Hurley is a retired newspaper reporter who spent most of his career at The News-Times in Danbury, Conn. where, among other things, he wrote the consumer-humor column called Shallow Pockets.

He lives in New Milford, Conn. with his wife Pat. Same house, same wife, same out-of-control forsythia bushes for more than 30 years.

In 1999, Joe came to the startling realization that he knew almost nothing about the other side of the state, even though Connecticut is small enough to fit in the back pocket of Colorado or Nebraska. That year, photographer David Harple and Joe walked across Connecticut on Route 6 to give News-Times readers, and themselves, a better picture of their home state.

Later, Joe noticed that Route 6 stretched all the way to California – it was one of our few coast-to-coast highways and remains the longest continuous highway in the country. After retiring, Joe walked that 3,600-mile road while photographer Travis Lindhorst traveled along in the comfort of a car.

Their stories and pictures ran weekly in a dozen newspapers across the country. Now they've published a book about the adventure: “Ten Million Steps on Route 6: A Fresh Look at America and Americans From Cape Cod to California.”

Joe gives an inside look at the walk and the book in a program called “Behind the Scenes of Ten Million Steps.” It's virtual trip across Route 6, with Joe leading the way and visitors following along with copies of the book in their hands. (Joe loans them for the journey.)

“Seeing the stories and pictures gives people a real sense of being there,” Joe said. But he added that the best part is taking the trip with a group of people. “It's different every time because the people determine where we go by their questions and comments. I have an agenda, but it almost never goes the way I planned – and that's what makes it fun.”

When he's not doing the program Joe is pretty much a homebody, writing occasional magazine stories, attempting to play basketball with other old guys, and promising Pat he'll get after those forsythia bushes tomorrow.



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