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Ocean To Ocean—by Automobile!
Cross-country touring was difficult, half a century ago, but if you could make it, you really had an adventure
April 1962 | Volume 13, Issue 3
Nobody hurried on a cross-country trip. We averaged about one hundred miles a day, which was considered a bit leisurely but not very much so. It might be remembered that most of the roads between Iowa and California were all but totally unimproved. You couldn’t make time on such roads if you wanted to, and if you tried you quickly broke something—a spring, or a hip, or something.
Obviously this was not much like motoring today. It was a great deal less comfortable, but somehow it was more fun. And some of us who are now doddering peacefully down the sunset slope look back on those days with a queer fondness. You can do absolutely anything with a car nowadays—except do what we did back before the First World War.