If you are a
planning to drive along Interstate 75 between frigid
, you really should take Dave Hunter with you. Throw him in the glove compartment; he won't mind; you will have a great companion for the long trip. And if you are married, he just might save your wedded bliss!
is a good friend and fellow writer who has just published his 17th edition of "Along Interstate 75," the travel bible for Canadian (and American) motorists heading south. For fifty years, Dave and his wife, Kathy, have literally and figuratively travelled together in life and on the road. In the winter, you find them with their two Burmese cats near Lakeland, Florida and back home afterwards in Ontario. Dave enjoys maps, history and driving, and when you combine those qualities with his affable nature and omnivorous curiosity, what results is a treasure chest of useful information for you, the co-pilot and fellow traveller.
There are 202 pages in colour and broken into handy sections for the driver: Getting You Started (info on layout, changes, trends), Southbound Route ( 25-mile per page strip maps showing every gas, food and lodging facility at each exit), Off the Beaten Path (a favourite with readers involving unique side trips not far off I-75), Mile-by-Mile on I-75 (travelog stories of roadside adventures, inside tips, special reports), Things You Need To Know (dangerous weather, police alerts, Buffalo Bills defeats and Toronto Maple Leaf jokes - just kidding)
Northbound Route (of course, you may want to return home sometime), Beating The Rush-Hour Blues
(best radio traffic reports, by-pass routes), Resources, Abbreviations and Travel Log (items with which to help plan your trip, common symbols & a feedback form to help Dave keep you updated on anything new). Yes, Dave is thorough, comprehensive, and - fun to read!
The strip maps remind you of those old CAA TripTik® maps. Each strip map is 25 miles (40kms) in length and for planning purposes, has a convenient average driving time of 30 minutes. The illustration here features page 44 because it has several popular Along I-75 features:
1 It has "south" at the top of the page so that the southbound reader finds its use intuitive. Features drawn on the right side of the map appear on the right-hand side of the page and vice-versa. The book contains northbound strip maps as well and surprisingly, there are many differences (one-way exits, radar locations, etc.) in the two directions.
2 This particular page shows heavy police radar activity and in particular, a very effective radar trap at exit 13.
3 Our readers find the map's brown parallel roads (in this case, route 41) of help when there is heavy traffic on the interstate. These "escape" routes with their exits and entrances connecting to I-75 are in valuable when interstate traffic is backed up, perhaps due to an accident.
Dave observes that people enjoy his mile-by-mile stories as shown in the illustration, one of his Special Reports in the Chattanooga area (page 112) in which he tells the story behind the real Chattanooga Choo Choo which does not stop anywhere near "the Pennsylvania Station at a quarter to four!"
Another illustration features the Insider Tip on page 119 which suggests that readers take a short side-trip at Georgia exit 341 to see a blood-stained church bench used in the Civil War for soldiers awaiting medical attention. What could be better than blood, gore and a CSI style investigation? Dave supplies a diagram to assist one in their efforts.
Several reviews on the book's cover indicate the sort of enthusiasm associated with his work. This one is from a lady navigator - "Thank you for such detailed maps; as the navigator, I was able to give my husband precise directions, unlike the other maps we have used." Another telling comment: "I have driven this route for fifteen years. Wow, this book really does turn a boring drive into a fun trip!" And the last word is on marriage survival - "Your book saved my marriage. After 3 horrible trips on the I-75 as reluctant navigator, I can finally tell my husband where to go - without losing us!" Ladies will appreciate that, and for a mere $29.95 (Canadian) most marriage counsellors might highly recommend this book's purchase!
used to sign off their program with
"Happy trails to you..." With Dave in your glove compartment, I'm sure you will be singing his praise.
How to Purchase
Along Interstate-75 is available from -
Bookstores in the USA and Canada and from
AAA - American Automobile Association offices in Ohio
CAA - Canadian Automobile Association in Ontario
By telephone at 1-800-431-1579
You can also visit online at:
Mike Keenan writes for QMI Agency (Sun Media) Canada's largest newspaper publisher, printing 44 daily newspapers as well as a web portal, Canoe.ca. Besides regular columns for the St. Catharines Standard, Welland Tribune and Niagara Falls Review, Mike has been published in the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Buffalo Spree, Stitches, West of the City and Hamilton-Burlington's View Magazine.