In 2015 Dan Sadgrove drove 5,000 miles across the bottom of the U.S., from California to Louisiana. He avoided interstates whenever possible, sticking instead to the lonely roads that connect America’s small towns. Along the way he read William Least Heat-Moon’s “Blue Highways: A Journey Into America,” and though the book was written more than 30 years before his trip, he found that much of what Heat-Moon wrote reflected his own experience. The resulting video offers three minutes of Americana, seen through the windshield and rear-view mirror.

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Derek Taylor is the managing editor of adventure-journal.com. He lives in Huntsville, Utah.
Derek Taylor is the managing editor of adventure-journal.com. He lives in Huntsville, Utah.