Rocinante

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This article is about the novel. For the airplane, see Rocinante (aircraft).
Rocinante
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Time frameApril 1971 - December 1971
1992
SeriesSpearfish Lake Series
Series number1
Chapters30
RelatedLocations Characters
Google Earth Placemarks

Aircraft


Book publication order: 1

Summary

©1993; Rev. 2001, ©2007

The story is about Jackie Archer and Mark Gravengood as they fly around the country. They begin as strangers and end as husband and wife. Many of the locations and events are real, and are included in the Google Earth Placemarks file referenced above.

Rocinante refers to the name they gave their Cessna 140 airplane, named after the horse ridden by Don Quixote.

John Steinbeck used the same name for his modified camper truck in which he travelled the USA in his 1960 book Travels With Charley. See the Wikipedia article on the book here. By the way, Charley was Steinbeck's poodle.


Vagabonding in the seventies! The dream that kept Mark sane in Vietnam was spending a whole year wandering the lower forty-eight states by air, like barnstormers did fifty years before. In the last days before leaving, he acquires a traveling companion -- a tall, morose girl named Jackie. They spend months on their aerial odyssey, falling in love along the way, while having adventures all over America that will turn into memories for a lifetime.

Chapters

Part 1 It Runs in the Family

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5


Part 2 Birds of the Air

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10
Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13


Part 3 The Prodigal Children

Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5
Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10
Chapter 11

Epilogue

Epilogue

New Chapter Numbering

Same chapters, just different numbers: