This is a reflection on the allure and restlessness of the American road trip, capturing the dream of driving across the country, the desire to explore vast spaces between cities, and the contrast between the stark beauty of the Mojave Desert and the intrusive billboards that dot its landscape.
America’s open roads and the freedom they represent are both a blessing and a curse. The dream of driving across the United States has captivated many, including the author since high school. Travel is a pursuit fueled by dreams, whether it’s imagining oneself in different landscapes or facing hardships for personal growth. After years of traveling the world, the author realized they didn’t truly know their own country. Their plan was to continuously move, capturing a panoramic view of America from Los Angeles to Cape Cod. Escaping from cities and experiencing the vast spaces between them became a driving force. The allure of the American road trip stems from the restless nature of the nation, a desire to explore even the wildest places. In Barstow, the stark desert landscape contrasted with the intrusive billboards, highlighting the Mojave Desert’s exclusive power and captivating allure.