Reporter Turned Travel Writer Kicks Off Trip Down Us Route 1

Summary/description: Former newspaper reporter turned travel writer Tony Cappasso is on a six-month trip down US Route 1. The trip, which will pass through 14 states and the District of Columbia, starts in Fort Kent, Maine and will end in Key West, Fla. Cappasso will write a book about the road and the towns and people along its length, which will be published as an e-book. The title will be “America’s Highway: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness along US Route 1”.
Fort Kent, Maine May 16, 2010 – US Route 1 runs 2,377 miles from Fort Kent, Maine to Key West, Florida. Former newspaper reporter turned travel writer Tony Cappasso is traveling those miles, telling the story of the road, the communities along its length and the people who live in them.
Armed with a laptop and digital camera and bunking each night in a 1987 Coachman Mallard recreational vehicle that he has nicknamed “the Duck,” Cappasso kicked off his trip in Maine’s Fort Kent, hard against the border with Canada. He will end his ride at the shores of the Atlantic Ocean in Key West, Florida.
“I got the idea from another book about US Route 1 written back in the 1930s,” Cappasso says. “It was produced during the depression, by several writers hired by the Works Progress Administration of Franklin Roosevelt,” he added.
Cappasso says he found the original book on the Internet. On reading it, he immediately began planning to recreate the trip.
“It combines two of my favorite interests, travel and history,” Cappasso says.
And there’s plenty of history along US Route 1. The road got its start back in pre-Revolutionary War days, when Benjamin Franklin, America’s first Post Master General, laid out a route from Philadelphia, Penn to Portsmouth, NH.
Franklin called it the Post Road and that name has stuck to that portion of the road to this day. In other places it is still called “The King’s Highway,” Cappasso says.
British and American forces clashed in cities and towns along its length during the Revolution. Later, many of the battles of the Civil War took place in places near the road.
“US route 1 was America’s first interstate road,” Cappasso says. “It was literally the first highway to run the entire length of the Eastern Seaboard,” he adds.
“Before the creation of the interstate highway system in the 1950s, US Route 1 was the East Coast’s major highway. At the same time, it was the main street of nearly every town it passed through,” Cappasso says.
Cappasso has created a Web site and a blog to help readers take the trip with him. The web site is: AmericasHighwayUSRoute1.com.
About the author:
Tony Cappasso is a freelance writer with more than 25 years of experience covering health and medicine, travel and food. He has written extensively for newspapers, magazines, newsletters and the Web. A travel fanatic, Mr. Cappasso has explored Italy, the United Kingdom and Canada.
Mr. Cappasso’s writing, photos and videos about the US Route 1 trip can be found on his Web site and blog at www. AmericasHighwayUSRoute1.com will appear regularly in Examiner.com/national. His fondest wish is to wake up each day in a place he has never before seen.

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