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Just a quick tip for anyone else who may be planning their own crazy, stupid fast road trips.

Here are some free apps that made my journey much more manageable:

Instagram: One app lets you take a picture, add some cool filters, then post it simultaneously to Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr.

MapQuest: Nearly a free GPS. Its only limitations are signal range and strength. But anytime I got lost I could push a button and it would walk me through the directions to my next location.

Tumblr: Works just like Tumblr, but, by using the record-audio feature, it can basically turn your iPhone into a portable voice recorder for interviews on the fly.

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A special thanks to two bookstores that I was not able to visit on this crazy trip:

The Mysterious Bookshop (New York City)

and

The Poisoned Pen Bookstore (Scottsdale, Arizona)

Both have many signed copies of The Man from Primrose Lane. So if you’re in the neighborhood and want a signed 1st edition while they last, please stop by.

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Riding the last stretch on a donut. Columbus will have to wait. Going home.

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Almost made it home.

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Eta 8:15

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I’m adding a stop. I’ll be in Bloomington Indiana at noon. Then on to Indianapolis