Roanoke Times

Exterior Storefront at Night

Paradise by the lone stoplight
By Ralph Berrier Jr., April 5, 2005

My fellow travelers along “The Crooked Road” are professional, exceptionally talented journalists. They don’t know a banjo from Shinola, but are wonderful fellows nonetheless.

Seth Gitner, a New Jersey guy, is a former photojournalist who now works in “multimedia,” a fancy way of saying he handles big online projects for He’s shooting video and recording audio from our trip for an ambitious “multimedia” project documenting our Crooked Road odyssey.

Kyle Green is the photographer and the new guy from Oregon. I don’t want to suggest he experienced culture shock during the early days of the journey, but he did have a tough time deciphering the mellifluous accents of Southwest Virginia’s residents. And he was stunned into stony silence by the rebel flags dotting the roadsides and the campsite at Ralph Stanley’s festival.

Kyle, we’re not in Portland anymore.

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