Roads from the Ashes

An Odyssey in Real life on the Virtual Frontier

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Pub Date 01 Dec 2018 | Archive Date 01 Nov 2021

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• 20th anniversary e-book edition of this evocative travel and Internet history memoir with a new introduction by the author, foreword by best-selling author Chris Epting, and 22 color photographs • Making lemonade: the author’s six-year odyssey began in the wake of a California wildfire that destroyed her home and possessions • Sudden stufflessness: how shocking loss can offer some of life’s greatest gifts • With humor and insight, the author chronicles the birth and growth of the World Wide Web while criss-crossing North America with her husband and dog in their one-of-a-kind motorhome. • “Home is where your dog is.” The path to embracing life on a roll and living in the moment • Acoustic couplers, anyone? A humorous look at primitive mobile devices and the challenges of staying connected while traveling in a dial-up world. • Traveling America: from California to Maine and Alberta to Key West, a journey across the continent in the mid-1990s, when OJ Simpson was on trial, most cameras still required film, and “home page” first entered the vernacular.

• 20th anniversary e-book edition of this evocative travel and Internet history memoir with a new introduction by the author, foreword by best-selling author Chris Epting, and 22 color...

A Note From the Publisher

This is the 20th anniversary of the first print edition. It includes a new introduction by the author looking back over the last two decades. The paperback edition (9781891290015) was released by Trilogy Books in 1999.

This is the 20th anniversary of the first print edition. It includes a new introduction by the author looking back over the last two decades. The paperback edition (9781891290015) was released by...

Advance Praise

"This is a book to stir dreams of distant places, a remarkable journey down unknown roads of travel and self-explanation.  Edwards relates the stories of their American adventures and misadventures in the compelling style of a novelist, with humor, drama and brilliant imagery.  A journey worth taking" -- Al Martinez, Los Angeles Times (from a review of the 1999 edition)

"Traveling in the Phoenix One while remaining connected through the Internet, Megan and Mark are authentic cyberpioneers" --Marcella Gautheir, Escapees Magazine

"This is a book to stir dreams of distant places, a remarkable journey down unknown roads of travel and self-explanation. Edwards relates the stories of their American adventures and misadventures...

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Megan Edwards brings to us, in her memoir Roads from the Ashes, an excellent picture of California life in the 1990's and up, the personal pain of losing all you possess in a single day, and the joys and angsts of following your heart down back country roads in a four wheel drive motorhome. Too I found the outlines of various cities that I too knew and loved back in the day, and spent some sad time picturing them as they are now. And I had forgotten the frustrations of early internet days. That I wouldn't want to have to re-live. 2019 is just around the corner and maybe Jerry and I are ready for it. Our backpacking days are over but maybe car camping isn't so plebeian after all....

The Phoenix One and the adventures of Mark, Megan and of course Marvin will keep you entertained for a couple of days and awake the slumbering traveler in your soul. Snail travel but without below ground storage lockers and cabinets and coat closets. Revcon is still making motorhomes but I didn't find anything like Megan's model. I'd always wanted to drive into the sunset with my bed on my back but not sure I'm ready to do without at least some of my stuff....

This is an excellent memoir, originally published twenty years ago but well worth the re-run. By the end you will find yourself appreciating the introduction of life as the Edwards lived it for the seven years they traveled.- I laughed and cried and sadly said goodbye to my dream of cross country motoring. I'm not tough enough.

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Another great memoir. I truly enjoyed reading about Megan and Mark as they travelled in a souped up RV after losing their home and most of their possessions in a fire. So many these days are ditching (nearly) everything and hitting the road, but it was a different world 20 years ago in the early days of the internet. Fun read, especially for anyone who has ever dreamed of hitting the road full time.

Thank you to Imbrifex Books and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.

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This was a unique memoir of the author and her husband's travels in a custom built motor home after losing their home to a wildfire. I found their journey to be interesting, but found that the author spent too much time on certain things, which made it drag a little.

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An interesting recent history road trip. I enjoyed the road trip portion. I was just starting college when the road trip was happening and was both on the cusp of this and not really aware of the bigger picture. I found it an interesting story and I think those closer to the author's age might find it even better from a nostalgia perspective.

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It was a pleasure touring around the USA with Megan, Mark and Marvin. Megan's writing is informative and interesting, and touched with a good dose of humor. I enjoyed meeting everyone that Megan wrote about and getting to know the country a little bit better. Thanks for taking me along for the ride.
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Husband and I want to live in an efficient home. A floor plan that is less than 1,000 square feet, which apparently went the way of the dodo in the late '90s. Making our dreams a reality has alluded us, and it's built some frustration.

Then this ARC came through my Netgalley. The Lord must have heard my quandary and provided some much needed guidance. I didn't waste any time requesting a copy. Now I'm itching even worse to get out of here, but at least I now have some ideas on how to make our dreams a reality.

Megan Edwards's home caught on fire back when the internet was nothing but a fledgling idea. With nothing to their name, she and her husband decided to buy an R.V. and hit the road. They didn't want the stereotypical experience of campers hauling themselves from state park to state park. They wanted to work while exploring the United States.

Megan recounts their adventures as they struck out on a road less traveled and made money doing it. Megan and her husband pioneered a lifestyle that was little thought of in the '90s. With that endeavor, they came across many challenges and plenty of frustrations. Megan captures all the anxiety and pressure of living life off the beaten path, but she also has a way of capturing the humor that comes from failure.

The most surprising part was all the interactions during their travels. They really met the cream of what the United States has to offer. All those people are really why they managed to have their success, in my opinion.

There is a ton of nostalgia to this book--which sealed my love for it--but all of the concepts still hold value to a modern reader. If you dream of a mobile life, or already have the fortune of living it, this is a book you should really read.

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"Roads From Ashes" by Megan Edwards ~ As the saying goes, when life gives you lemons....make lemonade! And, so from the ashes of the 1993 California wild fires comes what many of us day dream of.... Hitting the road with no particular destination and no time restraints. Travel either from the West coast to th East coast and bathe in the sunrises and sunsets from North to South. Meet the sculptor in Idaho and cooks and craftsmen of Appalachia. Live the birth of the internet..... "the web" ..... and experience their lows....breakdowns along the road and at times pinching pennies. Be in awe of Apple blossoms and cherry blossoms. Take a ride and share in their journey. "Roads From Ashes" is both a travel book and memoir.

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We follow Megan and her husband through the most drastic path they could've chosen to follow after a California wildfire devastates life as they know it. Taking the true road from the ashes, we accompany them along for the ride of their new lives, in their new "mobile mansion." Readers will relish in the reality and the imagery of a life well changed. Not to mention, these drastic changes are goals for many people in today's world. Worth the read.

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Excellent example of turning a hardship into something very positive. The book is well written and kept my interest from start to finish.

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I received a free digital copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The edition I received is the 20th year anniversary one, published in 2018, the first edition being published in 1999. The book can be summed up as a travel memoir matching in timeline with the infancy of the cyberspace. After a wildfire incident in 1993 that burned their house down, Megan and Mark Edwards, together with their dog Marvin, decide to pursue their dream of being free and traveling across the US in a 4x4 RV, together with all the implications of that lifestyle. I'm a pretty well-traveled person myself, so the minutia of the travels themselves did not hold a lot of interest to me. What I did find very interesting and enjoyable was seeing how the world perceived the emerging cyberspace at the time, with its browsers, modems, storage devices, emerging digital communication such as email as well as one of the very first travel websites that ultimately became the financial backbone of their travels through travel journalism. It can be considered a one of a kind, pioneering book as far as these aspects are concerned, definitely worth a read if you're passionate about travel and the emerging cyberspace of the 90s.

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