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Lost Highway

A meditation on the West, for certain, and a great long-read piece.

Aliens, archaeology, and the atomic bomb: A road trip through the ruins of the American West

Source: Lost Highway – MTV

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The Great American Road Trip (Part 4)

Dude!  How awesome would that be, a Route 66 mug?  Maybe they could put your picture on it since you’re doing the whole ‘epic road trip’ thing!  I could sell it to people and say, ‘Yeah, I know that guy.  I served him his coffee.’

Barista at Starbucks in Amarillo, TX

After a quick break in Oklahoma City to cool off and have lunch (the temperature was at least 100 and the sun was relentless out over the plains which may or may not have contributed to the sudden madness at the end of the last part), I was back on the road.  Western Oklahoma was an orchard of windmill generators lining the crests of any slight knolls that ran the length of I-40.  I never knew the sheer size of these things until I saw them up close, and they are massive.  As another Deep South/California transplant would say, “Wouldja LO’OK at THA-YAT?!?  That’s uhMAYzin’!”

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Part 4 Part 5 Part 6