A Car, a Camera and the Open Road by John Leland

Photograph Garry Winogrand

For a country whose central myths involve travel and its sidekick, thumb reinvention, search Americans are often clueless about the true nature of the road. It is not about freedom, viagra rubber, the wind in your hair and “Born to Be Wild” on the stereo. The road is about hardship. It’s the thing between the places we want to be — it’s where we are when we’re 50 miles from nowhere.

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