Date: January, 2003
Reviewed: Trade paperback
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Janet Elaine Smith
C. Orona with Albert Orona, Sr.
Can you imagine being called into
the office by your boss and told you are being sent on an extended
"vacation" at the company's expense? That is exactly what
happens to George and Alice Bristol. They are sent off in a brand
new RV to see the country for the boss.
and Alice are a typical, all-American couple. Alice is pre-menopausal
and George is a bit of a slob, a grouch, her normal male counterpart.
The fun begins right from the start, at the trip to the dealer to
pick out the ideal motor home, and continues on the road.
George has pre-mapped their route
to coincide with the Lewis and Clark Expedition. This is a timely
sidelight to the book, as this year marks the bi-centennial of the
famous duo, and myriads of people will be following that very trail
this summer. It is a unique way to educate, while providing entertainment
at the same time.
entertaining it is. George takes on a group of bikers at a diner,
showing them that RVers really do have a sense of humor. When Alice
offers just a bit too much back seat driving for George's taste,
he offers to let her take the wheel, then drives off, leaving her
standing by the side of the road.
The Bristol Expedition was
the best read I've seen in quite some time. The authors, themselves
RV-ers, speak with great authority and a delightful sense of humor.
If you are planning to hit the road this summer, this is a must
read. If you don't plan to travel, you can become an armchair camper
in these pages. One word of warning: once you open the book, it
is harder to fold up and put away than a road map.