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Issue of October 22, 2014

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County government gives beat writer Ross Schulz so much to write about, it can't ALL possibly fit in the newspaper, so we've made room here for that and whatever else he wants to blog about.

Take an 'American Ride' through the U.S.

April 02, 2014 | 11:29 AM

While surfing channels in between basketball games in February, I came across a television show that I couldn't turn away from and ended up recording the series and now watch it as often as possible.

It's a show about the history of the United States, and it's presented in a compelling, short and informative way. It's called "American Ride" and can be found on byutv, channel 374 for DIRECTV viewers. I had no idea the channel, much less the show, existed before stumbling upon it. "American Ride's" narrator, Stan Ellsworth, takes the audience on a ride on his "iron horse" — a Harley-Davidson motorcycle — to many of the historical sites across the country. Ellsworth's passion and delivery bring the characters of this country's history to life. Ellsworth is a big man and has a voice you'd expect of a rough and tumble biker. But he also has a soft spot and nearly tears up when talking about those Americans who gave the ultimate price for freedom.

By traversing the countryside, the show takes the viewer to places they may have never seen before, such as Ford's Theatre, the place where President Abraham Lincoln was shot by John Wilkes Booth. It also takes the viewer inside Robert E. Lee's final resting place in the chapel he built in Lexington, Va., on the campus of Washington & Lee University (Lee is actually buried underneath the chapel).

Of the episodes I've seen so far, the Civil War ones are the best and most interesting, with detailed descriptions of the battles and those who led the troops on both sides.

Sixty-five half-hour episodes have been recorded so far in the three-year history of the show.

The new season premieres April 7, but any of the episodes from the beginning are worth watching. It's the perfect show for school kids who don't pay attention or lack patience in the classroom or with a textbook, or anyone with an interest in the men, women and events that made this country what it is today.

So, if you have the channel and want to learn more about this history of our great country, settle in and listen to Ellsworth as he puts on his sunglasses and says, "Let's take a ride."

Ross Schulz


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    American Rides
    April 04, 2014 | 05:51 AM

    I have never seen the show Ross writes about but I have been riding motorcycles for over 40 years and lived here all my life. We are blessed with some of the finest motor scenery in the U.S.A. within a 150 mile radius.
    A big expensive touring motorcycle isn't necessary to see the beautiful sights I am talking about. Try staying on 2 lane roads and go see how many covered bridges you can find in a day or weekend. I promise you will be hooked. Ride safe!

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