An American Road Trip

 

 

"Transition is always a relief. Destination means death to me. If I could figure out a way to remain forever in transition, in the disconnected and unfamiliar, I could remain in a state of perpetual freedom." -(Wojnarowicz, Close to the Knives p. 62).

For 59 days and 11,834 miles between June, July, and August 2015, Daniel and I explored America in our 2003 Toyota Corolla. We slept in a tent when we were able to find a KOA at a reasonable hour, but more often we slept in the car on the side of a road or at a rest stop. Even more frequently, we saw many distant friends and family members on this trip who welcomed us into their homes and made seeing America much easier for us. Not to mention they all showed us an amazing time and we will always cherish their hospitality as the most vital part of this experience.

 

It was important for us to see America to understand different aspects of our landscape and how it affects the social life of American people from state to state. To live in a country being only able to see a tiny part is to not know that country at all. It was essential for us to see as much as we could to remind ourselves of the land and opportunities lain out directly in our paths. 

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