Ballard Thruston was accompanied by his brother, sister-in-law, and her brother, Credo Fitch Harris. The Louisvillians’ trip through Italy was the inspiration for a book written by Harris and published the following year: Motor Rambles in Italy (New York: 1912) is a quasi-fictional account of Harris’s journey from Baden-Baden to Rome. His travel companion is an Austrian count, Fritz von Brentheim, who is interested in ruins, ancient artifacts and photography (“kodaks”). Ballard Thruston may have been the inspiration for this charming and witty character. The book is illustrated with wonderful photographs, probably taken by Ballard Thruston, of sites and local people.