My wife and I recently took a three month road trip across America from California to the East Coast and back again. I photographed endlessly and wrote 35 blog posts with photos detailing our adventures and reporting on the physical and cultural America that we found out there on the endless highways that criss cross this nation.
Anything can suddenly rise up in front of your windshield dramatically and unexpectedly when you are out on the road. I have seen giant male Llamas running serpentine at panicked high speed toward my car while driving the Russian River Valley in Northern CA. I was once motoring down a eucalyptus lined lane in rural Pescadero CA when an enormous, agitated black stallion ran directly down the middle of the road towards us, hemmed in by high fences at each side of the very narrow road that we were trapped in, being chased by his very distant and lagging horsewoman who was running in her knee high boots and bright red English Fox Hunting outfit.
We have seen Buffaloes and Rocky Mountain Goats stop Traffic. Protesters now routinely block freeways for hours in the Bay Area to make political points. I was driving home from a day at the beach with 2 friends my freshman year of college, when a woman who was not paying any attention to the simple task of driving, crossed the double yellow line on a mountain roads’ curve and destroyed my car. The surprise and accompanying scream of crunched and ripping metal is something that I will never forget. Anything can happen out on the road and it probably will, for better or for worse. Fortunately, on this Voyage out onto the Broad and Boundless Asphalt Seas of America, Fortune smiled upon us and our Travels, and ”For Better” prevailed over almost all of the 11,287
miles of our search for America.