2,369 Miles of Adventure on Route 1 From Ft Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida
Does that sound crazy or what? Two thousand three-hundred sixty-nine miles – a lot of it on a two lane roadway. (That means one lane going south and one lane going north, not two lanes in each direction to make a whopping four!) It may be different in other states, but here in Connecticut Route 1 is as described through most of its tour through the coastline – one lane in each direction. It’s a bear to drive in the summer when shoreline traffic can bring it to a standstill, but quite lovely in the spring and fall (even in winter) when the peak beach season is over.
Strangely, Route 1 just does not seem to have captured the American imagination as has Route 66. You can’t get your kicks. You don’t imagine yourself a rebel without a cause. There is no TV series named after it. Poor Route 1 is a little stodgy and a lot ordinary, probably because it is so very ubiquitous in the eastern states. It’s just there and we use it all the time because it’s part of the fabric of our lives. There’s not a lot of mystique associated with it and hardly anyone makes a special trip to say they’ve seen Route 1. But, just because we see it all the time doesn’t mean that Route 1 doesn’t have some memorable highlights along its 2,369 miles.
That’s the focus of the Route1Reads project. Connecticut Center for the Book and our friends in Centers for the Book to the north and south of us have strung together some of the stories, sites, tastes and smells of our very own parts and parcels of Route 1. A website that highlights all of the books selected by each state is available on the Route 1 Reads website.
Connecticut Center for the Book has selected Sacred Cows by Karen E. Olson for this year’s Route 1 Reads. Karen has lived in Connecticut most of her life and clearly knows New Haven like the back of her hand. Her Sacred Cows character Annie Seymour is a sharp-tongued, sassy newspaper reporter with a nose for trouble.
The Annie Seymour series is a four-parter and Karen has written two more, as well! The Tattoo Shop Mysteries and a series involving a computer hacker who is off the grid.
Check out Karen’s website for more details.