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13-Year-Old: I'm OK With Jail After Road-Trip Fight

Cops: Boy stabs brother in arm with pocketknife after relentless teasing in car

(Newser) - A 13-year-old boy was arrested after police say he stabbed his older brother three times in the arm with a pocketknife during a family road trip. "I'd rather be in jail than eight hours in the car with him," the unidentified boy from Clarkson, Tenn., told deputies... More »

A Mission Accomplished: 419 National Parks Stops in One Journey

A son honors his father with the ultimate road trip

(Newser) - Mikah Meyer took many road trips with his father, the two bonding along the way. After his father's funeral when Meyer was 19, he set out on his first solo trip to grieve. He then began planning and saving up for his ultimate road trip in honor of his... More »

Man Pulled Over With Dead Wife in Passenger Seat

'Cause why stop the road trip?

(Newser) - A 70-year-old man told police his wife died on a road trip, so he strapped her in their car's passenger seat and continued on. The explanation came Monday as Rodney Puckett of Oklahoma was pulled over for a traffic violation along Interstate 10 in Arizona, reports the Arizona Republic... More »

Boy's Insane Quest to Drive Across Australia Gets Shockingly Far

12-year-old picked up about 800 miles in

(Newser) - The journey from Australia's eastern New South Wales coast to Perth on its west measures about 2,500 miles. A 12-year-old boy set off to drive it alone, and got ridiculously far. The Australian Associated Press reports the boy was stopped about 800 miles into the drive around 11am... More »

Cops: Tourist Held, Raped Over 2 Months in Australia

Cairns man in custody after traffic stop on Sunday

(Newser) - "Horrific," "catastrophic," and "terrifying" are just a few words police in Queensland, Australia, are using to describe a two-month ordeal during which they say a British woman was held captive, beaten, and raped by a former lover. Authorities say the 22-year-old woman from Liverpool had... More »

91-Year-Old Who Took Her Cancer on a Year's Adventure Dies

Norma Jean Bauerschmidt's last adventure was watching orcas in the Pacific

(Newser) - In June 2015, just two days before her husband of 67 years died, Norma Jean Bauerschmidt was diagnosed with stage 4 uterine cancer. With the end in sight, the Michigan woman was told her two options were to have surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, or to enter a nursing home where... More »

90-Year-Old's Cancer Treatment: an Epic Road Trip

'I'm pleased to know that I can be an inspiration to so many'

(Newser) - Norma had two choices. She could get treatment for uterine cancer, or she could go on the trip of a lifetime across the US. "I'm 90 years old, I'm hitting the road," she told her doctor in July, opting to skip surgery, radiation, and chemo. Diagnosed... More »

Couple Touring US in 98-Square-Foot Trailer

They say they've accumulated no debt in 7 months on the road

(Newser) - Alaska couple Kelly Tousley and Curtiss O'Rorke Stedman, both 27, vowed at the end of 2014 that they would quit their jobs as a social services worker and English teacher and spend a year traveling the US. "After four years of being 'professional adults,' we realized... More »

Couple Finishes Epic Road Trip to 3,108 Counties

After covering the lower 48, pair will turn to Alaska, Hawaii

(Newser) - A Michigan couple has completed a quest to visit all 3,108 counties in the lower 48 states—closing out the task with their trip to Nantucket. Jennifer and Jonathan Riehl completed their journey this week when they boarded a ferry to the island. The couple from Hancock have done... More »

2 Years, 30K Miles: Couple Hits the Pan-American Highway

Some people travel on a slightly grander scale

(Newser) - There are road trips crammed with whining about bathrooms, personal space, and whether we're there yet, and then there are road trips five years in the making, crammed with two continents' worth of open road, sunsets, impulse detours, beaches, ruins, and not knowing what's around the corner. Sam... More »

Boys, 13, Make It 669 Miles in Mom's Swiped BMW

Seems one really, really wanted to skateboard in California

(Newser) - Two 13-year-old Ohio boys who stole a mother's car and drove it 669 miles to Kansas City, Mo., were found sleeping in a downtown alley, police said. The runaways from the Columbus area apparently gave their location away when one posted on Facebook that they were stuck in Kansas... More »

Driver Puts Cross-Country Trip Into 5-Minute Video

Time-lapse covers more than 12,000 miles

(Newser) - Always wanted to take a cross-country trip but couldn't find the time? Freelance photographer Brian DeFrees can at least give you a taste. He compressed his two-month, 12,225-mile trip from Syracuse to California and back into a five-minute video, reports the Huffington Post . More »

New Yorkers Taking $5K Cab Ride to Los Angeles

They talked taxi driver into journey at LaGuardia

(Newser) - Two New York City residents hailed a cab at LaGuardia last weekend and asked the driver to go 3,000 miles west. He complied, and the three are expected to arrive in Los Angeles this weekend. Investment banker John Belitsky is picking up the $5,000 tab for the epic... More »

25 Car Tunes for Kids and Parents

Add some Marley, Beach Boys to the Disney playlist

(Newser) - Parents, don’t let Disney's catalog of saccharine tunes ruin any more of your road trips. There are songs that can bridge the generation gap, Lindsay Armstrong writes on Babble:
  • Jackson Five’s “ABC”: School the kids on the alphabet and pop music—all at once.
  • Billy Idol’s
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The World's 50 Best Drives

(Newser) - Looking to see the best of the countryside on your summer vacation? National Geographic lists its top 50 road trips, from simply gorgeous to quirky and off-beat:
  • Cheese Trail, Vermont: On this 280-mile loop, sample gorgonzola, gouda, feta, chèvre, and more.
  • Finger Lakes, New York: Go vineyard-hopping on this
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Lynch Unveils 121-Part Web Interview Project

(Newser) - Director David Lynch will debut his multipart documentary Interview Project on his website June 1, the Wrap reports. The project consists of 121 three- to five-minute interviews with regular folks across America. A new one will be rolled out every few days over the course of a year. Lynch sent... More »

How to Take the Speed Bumps Out of a Road Trip

Even if you're Sir Paul, it can be a tough test

(Newser) - Just months into their relationship, former Beatle Paul McCartney and girlfriend Nancy Shevell are road-tripping across legendary Route 66, but an extended journey spent in a car can be deadly to romance, Mary Schmich writes in the Chicago Tribune. "A road trip is a compatibility test on wheels, one... More »

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