Your correspondent is currently on a long distance road trip across the United States. While I am writing a journal, there will be fewer posts during the trip.
The size and diversity of this country is truly astounding when encountered by automobile travel. The rolling hills of CA give way to the deserts of CA, NV, and NM followed by the mountains around Albuquerque settling into the flatlands of North Texas where the wind blows and dust follows with little rain if any. Cattle feedlots of North Texas are beyond what the mind can contemplate. Oklahoma becomes greener and somewhat wetter as travel towards the east continues.
People travel in this country by car, motorcycle, bus, truck, bicycle and on foot. If you have never believed that America’s “stuff” moves by truck, spend a few days on the nation’s interstate highways. You name it and a truck carries it even if thousands of those trucks are loaded onto mile long freight trains to get them where their goods are delivered.
America has so much coal that trains longer than a mile carry it all over the country. And trains move day and night. Traveling along a highway gives rise to an eerie sight of a companion traveler at night, scarcely lit but moving car after railroad car either with or opposite your auto travel.
It’s hard to think of unemployment in this country with the tons of goods traversing this country from shore to shore. Perhaps it reflects the huge amount of goods imported here from overseas, especially China. At least truck drivers need not feel the threat of unemployment despite the spirit crushing separation from family required of so many long haul truckers……….to be continued
With pictures and my journal, you’ll be hearing about this trip in the weeks to come.