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Kerouac's On The Road, As Told By Google Maps

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If he hadn't put on so many city miles during his 47 years, Jack Kerouac would be 92 today, hissing at millenials from his wheelchair. Instead of reading about Dean and Sal's antics, you can live your own experiences by retracing Kerouac's travels with On the Road for 17527 Miles, a book by Gregor Weichbrodt that condenses the 320 page-novel into the essentials — a series of  directions, provided by Google Maps.

Weichbrodt takes care to include not only the turn-by-turn directions, but also helpful road information so you can better find your way.

Obviously, the modern update's chapters directly correlate to the original manuscript so you can easily flip back to the Kerouac version. While spontaneously making your own way might be more in line with the Kerouac ethos, it could be cool to see how The Road has changed since the late forties.

Or you could just go on the road from your couch using Street View.


Ethan Wolff-Mann is the Gear editor of Supercompressor. He reckons it'd take the better part of a year to do this by bike. Follow him on Twitter @ewolffmann.