Inspired partly by Bruce Springsteen’s classic track The Ghost of Tom Joad (a modern take on Steinbeck’s Grapes of Wrath) but mainly by Ken Burns’ stunning PBS documentary The Dust Bowl, we followed Route 66 through Oklahoma in the summer of 2013, before heading north to explore No Man’s Land (the Oklahoma panhandle), the area worst affected by the man-made disaster that was the the 1930s dust bowl. Carole made this video on our drive along US Route 64 from Boise City towards Guymon:
Another cool Carole Thody video, crossing Arizona in black & white:
We've stayed in the historic and characterful Hotel Nevada on a couple of occasions - 2006 and again in 2009 - and have stayed in the James Stewart Suite both times (not as self-indulgent at it sounds: only about $60 iirc). This photo was used by Desert Companion magazine for a feature on Highway 50 - 'The Loneliest Highway in America' - that passes through Ely.
For some time now my wife Carole has been recording short reports on our trips and uploading them to YouTube for later viewing. This one - from the Trail of Mountain Spirits Byway running north of Pinos Altos, New Mexico - has proved the top hitter to date:
Just received my 'proof' copy of All Quiet On the Best Western Front, an album by a guy who goes by the name 'Moron'. It's all a bit fundamental Christian for my liking and does cover some rather extreme subjects but it is unique in featuring the sleeve credit 'Photo by Peter Thody' (plus he paid me too) so I'm quite chuffed. This is the image: some might say it's a fairly interesting photo to choose for a CD sleeve!