TEN MILLION STEPS
A fresh look at America and Americans
From Cape Cod to California on Route 6
by Joe Hurley with photographs by Travis Lindhorst
ISBN 978-0-9816781-6-5 published by Arkett Publshing, a division of Arkettype, PO Box 36, Gaylordsville, CT 06755, 860-350-4007, www.arkett.com. 240 full color pages. $32.00 US.
TEN MILLION STEPS is a sketch of the U. S. through the eyes of coal miners, farmers, banjo players, parents, country folk and city folk. The book is also about ducks that walk on fish, scary cows, women in hard hats, a bike that floats, and the bravest little car in the world.
It’s about places you can’t savor in the fast lane. You can visit Cape Cod a thousand times, but you won’t understand the Cape until you travel the back roads in winter. You can drive through Glenwood Canyon on I-70 in Colorado, but you won’t experience it until you walk along the path between the highway and the Colorado River deep inside the canyon walls. Some of these stories were published in newspapers during the walk. But there were many more, so photographer Travis Lindhorst and writer Joe Hurley put them all together in a book. The original stories have been rewritten and updated, but we’ve tried to retain the flavor of the originals. And there are many new stories and pictures – just to make sure you’re getting your money’s worth!
is a retired newspaper reporter who spent most of his career at The News-Times in Danbury Connecticut, where, among other things, he wrote the consumer-humor column called Shallow Pockets. He lives in New Milford, a small town in the Litchfield Hills in Western Connecticut, with his wife Pat. They have a grown daughter and a grand daughter.
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 to give News-Times readers, and themselves, a better picture of their home state. That was the prelude to the coast-to-coast walk.
These days, Joe is pretty much a homebody, writing occasional stories for American Road Magazine and attempting to play basketball with other old guys who probably should have stopped long ago.
has a Bachelors of Fine Art Photography from Bowling Green State University, Ohio as well as a two year technical degree in commercial photography. His passion is in black & white, editorial and documentary photography.
At the time of Route 6 walk Travis was a 28 year old freelance photographer. The published images were captured on a digital Cannon Powershot G5. He also took along a Nikon F-100 and Rolliflex camera to shoot black & white images.
Travis now works for a prestigious apparel and fashion company in New York City as a Senior Post-Production Manager.