Rand McNally released a new edition of its Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas for professional drivers, featuring truck-navigable routes, state and province restrictions, as well as low clearance locations.
“With our continually evolving line of truck GPS and electronic logging devices, Rand McNally is on the forefront of commercial transportation technology,” said Stephen Fletcher, CEO of Rand McNally. “But, we also know that the Rand McNally Motor Carriers’ Road Atlas continues to be a crucial tool for drivers whether as a back-up or simply to get a big picture view of their route.
Source: Rand McNally Publishes 36th Edition of Truckers’ Atlas – Products – TruckingInfo.com
I am a freak for the American road trip. And I’m not alone, as some of this country’s best writers have taken a shot at describing that quintessentially American experience. “There is no such knowledge of the nation as comes of traveling in it, of seeing eye to eye its vast extent, its various and teeming wealth, and, above all, its purpose-full people,” the newspaper editor Samuel Bowles wrote 150 years ago in Across the Continent, arguably the first true American road-trip book.
The above map is the result of a painstaking and admittedly quixotic effort to catalog the country as it has been described in the American road-tripping literature. It includes every place-name reference in 12 books about cross-country travel, from Mark Twain’s Roughing It (1872) to Cheryl Strayed’s Wild (2012), and maps the authors’ routes on top of one another. You can track an individual writer’s descriptions of the landscape as they traveled across it, or you can zoom in to see how different authors have written about the same place at different times.
Source: The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips | Atlas Obscura