Romancing the notion of “On the Road”

Viva la road trip! The advent of automobile paired with highway building and cheap gas prices ($0.60 per gallon!) in the 50s meant greater mobility — one could travel great distance in a car. The drive to go places, to search for the where, what, and why may be best exemplified by Jack Kerouac’s On the Road, which captures the essence of the “Beat” sensibility. Despite the fact that Kerouac depicts the Beat generation as “so lonely, so sad, so tired, so quivering, so broken, so beat,” to be “on the road” is largely romanticized — the American landscape appears expansive and beautiful.

Credit: online image,

Credit: online image,

My idea of a road trip (definitely romanticized) connotes image of open roads and feeling of absolute freedom. That illusion, however, was before I went on my New England road trip in April. The reality is, we were driving a lot. Hence, should you ever be tempted to go on a road trip, be careful who you pick as your travel buddy (-ies).

Route (800.8 mi): Boston, MA → Portland, ME → Jackson, NH → Portland, ME → Cape Cod, MA

2 thoughts on “Romancing the notion of “On the Road”

  1. Maurice Chon

    You must have had good company! Seeing as how you did so much and speaking positively (for the most part) about the experience.


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