Hit the Road!

By Laura Russell
Portland, Oregon: Simply Books, LTD, 2008. Edition of 25.

9 x 5.75 x 1"; 19 pages with 19 original color photographs. Single-layer horizontal flag book with cloth bound cover and ribbon tie (to display open). Archival digital printing on Mohawk Superfine paper. Includes an insert card with a map listing each attraction. Typography: ITC Franklin Gothic. Enclosed in a chipboard wrapper.

Laurel Russell: "Highway 99 runs all the way from Canada to Mexico. In its heyday, Highway 99 was the main corridor through Washington, Oregon, and California. Replaced by Interstate 5 in the mid ' 60s, Hwy 99 still beckons with neon signs, shaped buildings, gentle giants and other roadside attractions that take us back to simpler times and happy road trips. This is volume one in a series featuring each of the three states. The 19 attractions featured in Hit the Road! are displayed in geographically correct order from North to South.

"When I moved to Bellingham, WA in 2003 I was entranced by the neon signs, roadside giants and other roadside 'arti-facts' of Seattle's Hwy 99. I began driving the highway on regular trips to photograph these endangered beauties. Sadly, in just three years that I worked on shooting the photographs for this book some of my favorites were tragically lost. "