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My friends and I actually road trip like this! We drive a 1930 Model A from town to town, and because of its maximum speed (about 50-60mph), we can't take interstates or main roads. Well, we could, but it's better to avoid it.

This means that when we say something like "let's go from Panama City to Charlotte", we must plan the entire route beforehand, much in the style of these books. And it's definitely necessary to have a navigator to point out the turns correctly; it is still difficult to navigate on, e.g., tiny backwoods Alabama roads. The directions end up being quite long; when I saw that there were only 40 directions from Fort Morgan to Denver, I thought that was fewer than what we usually get in our ~140 mile days!

What makes these trips really interesting is that we have to go through towns that are not served by the interstate system (and in some cases do not even have U.S. routes going through them). This, combined with the fact that we often come to a stop to fix something, means that we meet a lot of interesting people and discover interesting parts of the country that none of us knew existed.

We also stop at old bridges and take pictures in front of them:


Anyway I know this comment is quite long at this point, but, I highly recommend road-tripping like this to anyone and everyone! I have learned more about the rural Southeast in three weeks of roadtripping like this than in ten years of living here.

i think there were only 40 directions because there were a lot fewer roads / intersections back then.

its interesting how so many things come full circle. like how turn by turn directions faded out of style and came back with GPS

It warms my heart to see proof that such people as yourself still exist.

Personally I had no idea such experiences were possible until taking a trip like this was suggested by a friend (who is the owner of the Model A). The people we talk to (or more accurately the people who talk to us) are from a different time, and remember when travel was very different. We've heard a lot of fascinating stories.

For me it is very enlightening to realize that the technology sphere in which I live is actually only a very small part of the world!

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