From New Braunfels Herald, Texas Uncle Earl Thollander
Writer explores back roads BOSTON (AP) — Superhighways have been added, added, but the back roads of New England are pretty much the way they were eight years ago, says an artist-writer who traveled them with pen and pad. Earl Thollander and his wife meandered through the six states on those roads in 1973 for the second of what soon will be seven back road books. He returned last year for a second look — covering about 3,000 miles in two weeks — to update the book. "After eight years, I knew there would be some changes, particularly in the maps, and I was right," Thollander said in a recent interview. But, he also found, "The back roads hadn't changed that much." Back Roads of New England is 224 pages of sketches, hand-drawn maps and a text reproduced' as hand-printed by the 60-year-old Thollander. State maps locate towns and villages visited, and route maps show the roads taken by Thollander. The sketches, a few in color, show churches, houses, rivers, cemeteries, landscapes, people and flowers — the things along the way. Most were done with a bamboo pen which Thollander fashioned.