Writer John Steinbeck’s Road Vehicle “Rocinante” from “Travels with Charley”

“…Travels with Charley: In Search of America is a travelogue of his 1960 road trip with his poodle Charley. Steinbeck bemoans his lost youth and roots, while dispensing both criticism and praise for America. According to Steinbeck’s son Thom, Steinbeck went on the trip because he knew he was dying and wanted to see the country one last time.…” – Wikipedia

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About Lloyd Kahn

Lloyd Kahn started building his own home in the early '60s and went on to publish books showing homeowners how they could build their own homes with their own hands. He got his start in publishing by working as the shelter editor of the Whole Earth Catalog with Stewart Brand in the late '60s. He has since authored six highly-graphic books on homemade building, all of which are interrelated. The books, "The Shelter Library Of Building Books," include Shelter, Shelter II (1978), Home Work (2004), Builders of the Pacific Coast (2008), Tiny Homes (2012), and Tiny Homes on the Move (2014). Lloyd operates from Northern California studio built of recycled lumber, set in the midst of a vegetable garden, and hooked into the world via five Mac computers. You can check out videos (one with over 450,000 views) on Lloyd by doing a search on YouTube:

4 Responses to Writer John Steinbeck’s Road Vehicle “Rocinante” from “Travels with Charley”

  1. As I recall in that book he expressed some enthusiasm for mobile/manufactured homes which he saw as a practical development with lots of potential for American lifestyles. I guess they were relatively new at that time, by the time I read the book they were long considered downscale and disreputable, so I was somewhat surprised by his comments.

  2. Hi Lloyd, I'm your latest follower, via Margy at Powell River Books, and was surfing through your blog when I spotted Rocinante here. A longtime Steinbeck fan, I think it's time I read "Travels with Charley" again.
    My parents spent 25 or 30 years (we lost count) traveling up and down the west coast from British Columbia to Baja. They had a truck and camper for several years, plus a series of camper vans before and after the truck. They usually had a dog, and for the first several years had my youngest brother traveling with them.
    Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

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