May 31st, 2011

carole lombard

Writer's Block: Taking it on the road

What was the longest road trip you ever went on? How did you pass the time?

I traveled cross country by train (Amtrak) in September 1996, taking the Lake Shore Limited from New York to Chicago, then the now-defunct Desert Wind from Chicago to Barstow, Calif. There I stayed with relatives for a few days before taking another train to Los Angeles. To pass the time, I did a lot of reading and listening to the radio, not to mention enjoying the scenery.

Every American should travel cross country at ground level at least once during their lifetime, if only to appreciate the vastness of U.S. terrain and understand how the nation grew over the decades.