Route 8

We followed the precepts of another of my favourite American books (alongside Roadfood), which is Road Trip USA:  Cross-Country Adventures on America’s Highways.   We took Route 8 down nearly all the way from North Adams to New Haven, down through the wooded hills of western Massachusetts and into rural Connecticut through small towns including Becket and Otis.   The principle of the book is straightforward:  avoid all Interstate highways, which plough through the countryside ignoring the contours of the land, and instead take the older roads which criscross America and retain the relics of an older industrial and pre-industrial culture, through small towns, past barns and farms and houses which have seen better days.   We used the book to travel from Chicago to San Francisco and have adopted the idea of it ever since.

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