By Billy Connolly
Britain's top enjoyed comic hits the main well-known street on the earth on an unforgettable journey.
Billy Connolly, music-lover, biker, and scourge of the beige and the tasteless internationally, has dreamed approximately taking a visit at the mythical direction sixty six because he first heard Chuck Berry belting out one of many maximum rock n roll files of all time. And now he's ultimately had the opportunity to do it, heading out on his customized trike looking for the true the USA which could nonetheless be discovered past the nation's freeways.
Travelling each one of its 2,278 miles from the skyscrapers of Chicago to Santa Monica Pier in California, Billy's trip takes him earlier the various crucial icons of the U.S.: the Gateway Arch in St Louis, Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon, and the funky neon-lit fuel stations and diners that when coated the path. however it additionally supplies him the opportunity to get to understand the folk who name it domestic, from Mervin the Amish chippie, to fellow banjo fanatic and obsessive tool collector Rob, to Angel, one of many many of us made up our minds to maintain the spirit of the mum street alive. humorous, touching and encouraging in equivalent degree, the stories he gathers at the manner inform the tale of recent the United States. and they'd encourage a couple of humans to get on their motorcycles as well.
With his unrivalled intuition for a superb tale, and the infectious enthusiasm that has made him our most attractive nationwide treasure, Billy Connolly is the final word consultant to the last word street journey.
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His apparel is of leather throughout, new patches being added from time to time. About all the ﬁgures known in trigonometry appear upon the coat and trousers, while his moccasins are decorated with triangles stitched with red string, trapezoids fringed with green yarn, and semi-circles done in cardinal. A slouched hat covers his head. Out from under this escape a few long, gray hairs, which are never any grayer, but are materially longer than when he ﬁrst made his appearance. Upon his furrowed face is always a coarse, stubble beard, never any smoother, never any rougher, and his ﬁngernails always preserve the same uncanny length.
Here he lives when he is not journeying, which is presumably seldom, since, as your correspondence has informed you, his appearances are regular and unremitting. However, he has been found at home, sitting at the door of his hut, or cave, occupied in mending some old tins. Within were to be seen evidences of his domestic arrangements, which were not characterized by any undue luxury. As usual, to all interrogations and attempts to draw him into conversation, he presented the same immovable front, which for years he has maintained against the curiosity of the world with which he comes in contact.
As he passes through a village, sta= in hand, the school children shrink from him and older people wonder. “I remember well, when I was a boy,” said a well known resident of this town, “meeting the Leather Man in the road as I was driving home my father’s cows. Although forbidden by my mother ever to go near him, I did venture to address him. He gave me the only response he ever gives anybody, a stolid glance. Not discouraged, however, I asked him if he was hungry; a natural suggestion to a country lad; no reply.