This Map Will Take You on the Same Road Trip in ‘Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas’

first_img You Can Sleep in Hunter S. Thompson’s Colorado Cabin This Coastal Airstream Road Trip Has Us California Day Dreamin’ Gonzo fans can now recreate the psychedelic road trip from Hunter S. Thompson’s novel Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. (Mescaline, high-powered blotter acid, and cocaine saltshaker not included.)Archive Photos/Getty, owned by Expedia, has mapped the coordinates from this iconic 1970s book, with 10 pit stops from Los Angeles to Las Vegas that include the Pioneer Saloon, Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, the Flamingo, and Circus Circus Hotel. No, you can’t stop in bat country.The total trip can take 6.5 hours crossing 346 mils. Here is the map. Editors’ Recommendations Sprint Through Airport Security With These TSA-Approved Men’s Grooming Kits Thompson took this route before Fear and Loathing was written, as the book was inspired by the travel involved during two magazine assignments from Rolling Stone and Sports Illustrated. Thompson and his attorney, the Chicano activist Oscar Zeta Acosta, traveled from L.A. to Sin City during March and April of 1971 to cover the killing of Mexican-American TV journalist Rubén Salazar and the annual Mint 400 desert race. Sound familiar?Fear and Loathing is rooted in autobiographical incidents, tracking the story of journalist Raoul Duke and attorney Dr. Gonzo as they travel from Los Angeles to Las Vegas on assignment. Duke’s intent to work becomes overshadowed by an intent to trip balls in the City of Lights. Does he still get his work done? Yes, he does. Thompson himself was notorious for working under the same boozy and drug-hazed circumstances.In Fear and Loathing, Duke’s odyssey to chase the American Dream reveals the failures of the 1960s countercultural movement. However, a recreation of this road trip does not need to be as culturally charged for you and your travel companion. All we suggest is traveling with the Thompson mantra: “too weird to live, too rare to die.” And in true Gonzo journalism fashion, blur the line between reality and imagination, because road trips have the power to reveal pieces of ourselves we never knew were there.“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas.”I’ll leave you with this motivational speech to pack up the car and ditch town:“Every now and then when your life gets complicated and the weasels start closing in, the only cure is to load up on heinous chemicals and then drive like a bastard from Hollywood to Las Vegas … with the music at top volume and at least a pint of ether.”Make your Fear and Loathing road trip extra savage by renting a red 1971 Cadillac Eldorado convertible and don your favorite yellow aviators, visor, and party also created maps for On the Road by Jack Kerouac, The Cruise of the Rolling Junk by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and other literary staples that explore Americana touring. The Best Podcasts to Listen to On Your Commute Hang Like the Rat Pack at These Old School Vegas Steakhouses last_img read more

Peppers Miller Davis among 32 Man of Year finalists

NEW YORK — Veterans Julius Peppers, Von Miller and Vernon Davis are among the 32 nominees announced Thursday for the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award.Unlike in the past, when three finalists were selected before a recipient was chosen, one player from every NFL team is a finalist. All will be recognized and participate in NFL functions during Super Bowl week. The Man of the Year will be revealed at NFL Honors, when The Associated Press’ individual NFL awards are announced, on Saturday night, Feb. 2 in Atlanta.The Man of the Year is honoured for outstanding community service activities off the field, as well as excellence on the field. It was established in 1970 and renamed in 1999 for the Hall of Fame running back.“The Man of the Year Award gives us the opportunity to acknowledge 32 exemplary players whose commitment to excellence extends on and off the field,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said. “This year’s nominees have used their platforms to transform communities across the country. We are proud of their work and celebrate their dedication and impact through this award.”A total of $500,000 will be donated in the name of the 2018 recipient, with $250,000 going to Character Playbook, the NFL and United Way’s digital character education program. An additional donation of $250,000 will be made to the charity of his choice.The other 31 finalists will receive a donation of $50,000 in their name to expand Character Playbook, and an additional donation of up to $50,000 to their charity of choice. All donations are courtesy of the NFL Foundation, United Way Worldwide, and Nationwide, the presenter of the Walter Payton Award.The five current players who have won the award — Drew Brees, Thomas Davis, Larry Fitzgerald, Eli Manning and J.J. Watt — wear a Man of the Year patch on their jerseys. All 2018 finalists will wear a Man of the Year helmet decal beginning this week through the end of the season.The finalists:Arizona Cardinals — Antoine BetheaAtlanta Falcons —Grady JarrettBaltimore Ravens —Brandon CarrBuffalo Bills— Lorenzo AlexanderCarolina Panthers— Julius PeppersChicago Bears— Trey BurtonCincinnati Bengals— Carlos DunlapCleveland Browns —Christian KirkseyDallas Cowboys— Dak PrescottDenver Broncos — Von MillerDetroit Lions— Matthew StaffordGreen Bay Packers— Kenny ClarkHouston Texans— Whitney MercilusIndianapolis Colts —Jabaal SheardJacksonville Jaguars —Blake BortlesKansas City Chiefs— Dustin ColquittLos Angeles Chargers — Corey LiugetLos Angeles Rams —Andrew WhitworthMiami Dolphins —Kenny StillsMinnesota Vikings —Kyle RudolphNew England Patriots — Devin McCourtyNew Orleans Saints — Mark IngramNew York Giants —Michael ThomasNew York Jets — Kelvin BeachumOakland Raiders — Marshawn LynchPhiladelphia Eagles — Chris LongPittsburgh Steelers — Cameron HeywardSan Francisco 49ers —Robbie GouldSeattle Seahawks —K.J. WrightTampa Bay Buccaneers —Gerald McCoyTennessee Titans —Jurrell CaseyWashington Redskins — Vernon Davis___More AP NFL: and Wilner, The Associated Press read more