Book Review: 22 Accessible Road Trips,
by Candy Harrington
Reviewed by Roxanne Furlong
Nothing says “Americana” like an old-fashioned road trip. You can take a weekend getaway or a leisurely summer vacation, stopping along the way at roadside diners, nostalgic hotels and lodges or quirky attractions you would otherwise miss while sitting in an airplane. Gaining in popularity again, road trips may actually be a more practical alternative for wheelers to travel.
Unless you are a risk-taking adventurer, you’ll need to research trips — more so than if flying in and staying put — to plan the most accessible vacation possible. To get you started, Candy Harrington offers her new book, 22 Accessible Road Trips: Driving Vacations for Wheelers and Slow Walkers. Harrington has been writing about accessible travel for 16 years, beginning as founding editor of Emerging Horizons magazine.
“I didn’t know anything about accessibility when I started,” says the nondisabled California writer. “Now I can look at things from more than just one ‘point of disability,’ so to speak — I can look at it from a quad, or para or a slow walker’s perspective. I can take it all in and report what the access is so people can decide if it is appropriate for them.”
For this book, Harrington and her husband/photographer, Charles, took month-long road trips. They tackled the U.S. in four sections: Pacific states, mountain states, central states and eastern states, breaking these sections into three to eight trips. For each trip, she offers options of flying or driving into or out of a gateway city.
Harrington says neither of them use mobility equipment, and they only took along a couple pieces of luggage plus a cooler to purchase picnic food along the way. They put 80,000 miles on their Monte Carlo exploring the United States.