A highlight for me was turning onto sleepy Clouser Avenue in College Park and riding by the bungalow once occupied by none other than Jack Kerouac. It was here, in this cozy little cottage, that Jack lived for a few months in 1957, just before his masterpiece On The Road catapulted him to worldwide fame. It was also here that he wrote the original manuscript of The Dharma Bums in just 11 days, or so the story goes.
Whenever I'm in the vicinity, I make the obligatory pilgrimage to Jack's old pad. It's nice to know that Orlando, theme park kingdom, enjoys its own extraordinary sliver of literary history.