Like Jack Kerouac before him, Huffington Post reporter Paul Needham is taking to the American highways in search of the diverse stories that make up the rich American experience in "Patch: The Road Trip."
Needham is visiting Patch towns and cities across the country from the Mexican border at Imperial Beach, up the west coast to Everett, Washington, as far south as Sarasota, Florida and up the east coast to Kittery Point, Maine. Part of Patch’s "" series, Needham’s journey is a national snapshot, but pieced together in a mosaic of local narratives.
Needham began his six-week journey Monday and stopped by Glendora while driving through the “Mother Road” on the historic Route 66. Along the route, Needham spoke to local legend Jim Nakano, a.k.a the . For nearly 40 years, Nakano, a third-generation Japanese-American, has been churning out his signature fresh fruit-filled donuts.
Needham’s first two previous stops have been in Imperial Beach where he reported from Border Field State Park at the exact point which the Pacific Ocean in Mexico meets the United States, and in Mission Viejo where he rode along with local police in a city reported to be the safest in the country.