Will the Real King of the Road Trip Please Stand Up

December 18, 2012 · 0 comments

in About Us, Road Trip Ideas

Book Cover of “King of the Road Trip”

It occurred to me that I haven’t made a post about my new book. I want to thank all my loyal friends and readers who bought the book. I sincerely hope that each of you will thoroughly enjoy it.

King of the Road Trip by Bill Taylor

You have probably already heard that I am now a published author. My book was recently accepted by Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing. I am pleased with the sales numbers and eagerly anticipate others to buy and read my book

The book is “King of the Road Trip” by Bill Taylor. If you own a Kindle and are an Amazon Prime member, you can borrow the book for free. Otherwise it is available for a paltry sum of $4.99.

If you don’t own a Kindle you can still buy and read the book on almost any device from your desktop, to your Smart Phone or Pad. Log on to Amazon and go to their Kindle Direct page. Download the app for your device then download the book. I hope you enjoy it!

“King of the Road Trip” is by me but not about me. I admit that I do tell some stories on myself, but each story has a motive.

My goal is to help folks get past their fears, phobias, failures, foibles and generally uncomfortable feelings about taking road trips in a car. I believe that if you surrender to your unpleasant experiences or thoughts, you are no longer free.

I want you to be the King (or Queen) of the Road trip. Facing a problem head-on is the best time- honored method. But if yo have messed up on a previous attempt you may be reluctant to try again. That’s what the book is about.

I use some ancient fables, personal experiences and advice that you can only gain through trial and error. You may chuckle when you read about some of my early road trips … but you will see that we didn’t give up. I am most grateful that my wife and children hung in there and endured some less than pleasant experiences.

The outcome of all the effort is a free, happy-go-lucky attitude to the open road. Everyone has some time, or financial restraints that hinder them from time to time. I try to point out answers to those problems as well.

The book’s name has special meaning to me.

Back in the 70’s there was a very popular entertainer named Roger Miller. He had a way of taking almost any subject and turning it into a grand comedy. Every song he wrote had a unique off the wall twist to it.

Roger Miller’s biggest chart topping hit was titled “King of the Road”. I just added the word Trip, to his song title. Roger’s song was about a hobo who had traveled the rails until he knew “Every handout in every town, and every door that ain’t locked when no ones around.” I realized as I listened to him sing that anyone can learn to enjoy almost anything. I didn’t say ‘endure’, I said enjoy!

Not everyone who ‘rode the rails’ had the same sunny outlook as Miller’s hobo, but there were plenty of hobos at one time and they did learn to survive and thrive.

The big difference between a hobo and an inveterate road tripper, is that the road tripper has a home to return to, and returning  home is an important part of any road trip.

I try to cover every aspect of a road trip, from what to do while driving, to what to do when you reach  your destination.

Expect the Unexpected

We have always found that a road trip is somewhat romantic. You get closer to your family than you do at home. At the time of the trip you may not notice it as much as you will over the following years. At our house, at unexpected moments, someone will mention something that happened on a road trip that took place 40 years ago.

The pictures you take on your trip, may be lost or never developed, but the memories naturally recur throughout the remainder of your life. We will be sitting around the table and someone will mention a memory that is special to them.

One of the best things about a road trip, is that you can expect the unexpected.

We were vacationing in Colorado and had scheduled an early morning trail ride and outdoor breakfast at a local dude ranch. The two youngest children had to ride on a mount with a parent.  When we reached our destination, we ate a delicious breakfast that was cooked over an open fire. After the meal, we learned that three of the original Sons of the Pioneers singing group were part of our group.  They broke out a guitar and serenaded our little group for about half an hour. Although they no longer performed on the stage, we had a private concert. I have lots of similar tales.

If you have a friend or family member that you’ve been trying to convince to take a trip with you … I heartily recommend this book. If you can get them to read it, I think they will be willing to at least try a road trip. If they follow my advice, you may need to nail their feet to the floor to keep them home.

Thanks for reading my posts. I love to write about what we’re doing. At this time of year, we are all caught up in Christmas preparations. There is a program at church, family is coming, presents are being wrapped,the decorations  are up and the stockings are hung by the chimney with care.

I wish you a Merry Christmas, a Blessed Christmas, and may the new year bring you all you have prayed for. When Christmas is over, Lord willing, … we’re going on a road trip. We don’t count the miles, we just count the smiles.

Y’all come back now,

Bill Taylor – King of the Road Trip

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