Page 4. " two and a half hours on the Taconic State Parkway "
Taconic State Parkway
Creative Commons AttributionTaconic State Parkway - Credit: Phillip Capper

The Taconic State Parkway links the town of Hawthorne in Westchester County to East Chatham in Columbia County.  At 105 miles, it is the longest divided highway (dual carriageway) in the State of New York.

The Parkway was completed in the early 1960s and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was designed by civil engineer and landscape architect Gilmore Clarke to offer scenic vistas of the Hudson Highlands, Catskills and Taconic regions, and to be aesthetically pleasing in itself.

 

Taconic State Parkway Map
Public DomainTaconic State Parkway Map - Credit: Nick Nolte

 

Page 8. " Braves baseball cap "

The Atlanta Braves are a professional baseball team in Atlanta, Georgia, and a member of the Eastern Division of Major League Baseball's National League. They play on Turner Field. The name originates from a term for a Native American warrior. The Braves are one of the most successful franchises in baseball, winning division titles an unprecedented 14 consecutive times between 1991 and 2005.

                               

Page 8. " Peterbilts, Freightliners and Kenworths "
Freightliner
GNU Free Documentation LicenseFreightliner - Credit: Truckdrivertraining
Peterbilt truck
GNU Free Documentation LicensePeterbilt truck - Credit: Lglswe
Kenworth
GNU Free Documentation LicenseKenworth - Credit: PRA

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peterbilt, Freightliner and Kenworth are all truck manufacturers.

 

Page 12. " wearily picked up the New York Post. "

The New York Post is generally agreed to be the oldest newspaper to have been continuously published as a daily. It started life as the New-York Evening Post in 1801. Since 1993, it has been owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

Page 14. " with Garth Brooks on the tape machine "

Troyal Garth Brooks, born in 1962, is the number one selling solo artist in US history. He released his first album in 1989, bringing American country music into the mainstream.

Brooks has enjoyed one of the most successful careers in popular music history, breaking records for both sales and concert attendance throughout the 1990s. He officially retired in 2001, but came out of retirement in 2009 for 5-year concert deal with a Las Vegas hotel.

 

                            

Page 19. " a pair of blue jays chased each other "
Blue jay
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeBlue jay - Credit: Darren Swim

The blue jay (Cyanocitta cristata) is a passerine bird in the Corvidae family.