Travels with Morgan in Search of America’s Future

by Roger Gloss

Kindle Direct Publishing (April 21, 2015)

My wife, my dog, and I returned home to California recently from a month-long road trip across the United States. This trip was the fulfillment of a retirement goal for me; its purpose was primarily to visit long lost friends and relatives, who all happen to live east of the Mississippi.  Along the way we made some new friends as well.


Morgan sees the future. Author Roger Gloss tries to see it, too. (Photo by Phyllis Shapiro)

We drove four days straight to reach our first destination in Ohio. We then visited my home town of East Aurora, New York, about which I have much to say.  After that we continued to the Boston area.  From there we turned south, with significant stops in Arlington, Virginia; Greenville, South Carolina; and Knoxville, Tennessee.  Our final visit was with a former neighbor who now lives halfway down the Florida peninsula.

From Florida we headed home, traveling most of the way on Interstate 10. A day and a half of walking the streets of New Orleans’ French Quarter merits much attention.

After 32 days and 8,048 miles you can’t help but get some sense of this vast country, even though the traveler’s perspective is admittedly quite superficial. But from living my whole life in the U.S., doing my best to stay informed of our history as well as current events, I could fill in some of the blanks, even through the windshield at 75 miles an hour and in the kitchens and living rooms of those we visited.

I’ve been deeply moved by this experience, in ways you can’t yet imagine. Travels with Morgan in Search of America’s Future is my take on just that:  where we find ourselves as a nation today, and what that may bode for the years and decades ahead.  It serves as a long overdue update to John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley in Search of America.

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