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OUT WEST: TRAVEL NEWSPAPER EXPLORES WEST'S BACK ROADS

 OUT WEST: TRAVEL NEWSPAPER EXPLORES WEST'S BACK ROADS
 GRASS VALLEY, Calif., Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- To roving journalist


Chuck Woodbury, any road with more than two lanes should be avoided. The editor and publisher of the quarterly travel newspaper Out West spends six months a year searching for stories along the back roads of the rural West in a computer-equipped motor home.
 "I return home from each trip with about 60,000 words," said Woodbury, who figures he gets "120 words per gallon."
 In Out West, Woodbury writes about little-known national and state parks, small towns with traditional main streets, great roadside cafes, offbeat tourist attractions (including anything labeled "world's largest"), ghost towns, classic motels, good campgrounds, tourist railroads, trading posts, unusual museums and old highways.
 "I love what's left of Route 66," he said. "Owners of the surviving cafes in Arizona tell about the day Interstate 40 bypassed the road in 1985. One day they could hardly handle the business, then the next day nobody showed up."
 Woodbury loves towns with unusual names. He's visited Pie Town, Tarzan, Nothing, Cool, Show Low, Nowhere, Boring, Puckerbrush, Weeville, Jackpot and Earth.
 Each issue of Out West includes interesting historical tidbits. The current issue features the true story of Albert Packer, headlined, "The Man Who Ate Democrats." Out West has reported on Arizona's Navy (nearly defeated by Mother Nature), the U.S. Camel Corps., and about how the shooting of a pig nearly sent America to war.
 Woodbury, 45, is a sucker for a good roadside hamburger. In his current issue, he reviews a Poster Burger, Volcano Burger, Mad Mountain Burger, Cowboy Burger and Royal Burger. His all-time favorite is a Shooting Star Burger at the Shooting Star Saloon in Huntsville, Utah.
 He often writes about rural real estate bargains. "I've seen three- bedroom homes for sale in eastern Oregon for less than $10,000," he said.
 Woodbury started Out West as a hobby in 1988. But within a year, all three television networks had reported on it, as well as hundreds of newspapers, radio stations and magazines. Out West's circulation shot from 25 to 10,000.
 Although he traveled alone at first, Woodbury is now joined by his wife Rodica and their daughter Emily.
 Information about Out West is free (a year subscription is $9.95) from Out West, 10522 Brunswick Rd., Grass Valley, CA 95945, or by calling 800-274-9378.
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Black and white photo available/
 /CONTACT: Chuck Woodbury of Out West, 916-477-9378/ CO: Out West ST: California IN: PUB SU:


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