Edgar I. Ailor III
Foreword by William Least Heat-Moon
Photography by Edgar I. Ailor III and Edgar I. Ailor IV
"On the old highway maps of America, the main routes were red and the back roads blue. Now even the colors are changing. But in those brevities just before dawn and a little after dusk—times neither day nor night—the old roads return to the sky some of its color. Then, in truth, they carry a mysterious cast of blue, and it’s that time when the pull of the blue highway is strongest, when the open road is beckoning, a strangeness, a place where a man can lose himself." (Introduction to Blue Highways -- by William Least Heat-Moon, and courtesy of Little, Brown and Company)
We introduce our book, Blue Highways Revisited, in "About Our Project." See the 13,889 mile trip plotted on "The Route" map. "Scenic Blue" provides a glimpse of the diverse beauty of the thirty-eight states Blue Highways and Blue Highways Revisited traversed. "The Road Ahead" samples places along the route: the barber shop in Dime Box, Texas; the Monastery of the Holy Spirit, Conyers, Georgia; the Wasp's Snack Bar-Diner in Woodstock, Vermont. "People/Archives" highlights several of the eleven Blue Highways characters we found three decades later, and page one of Heat-Moon's log book kept on his 1978 journey -- the first draft of Blue Highways.