Excerpt from Chapter Four – “Candlelight under the Stars”

Roosevelt, Muir, Clio and Me: A Novel of Loss and Discovery by David Matthew Wilcox

Excerpt from Chapter Four – “Candlelight under the Stars”:

A reddish-golden autumn sun moved ever closer to the western horizon
as the old van passed alternately between ripened fields of corn, oats
and buckwheat. It bore down mightily throughout most of this first day on
the father and daughter team, though they scarcely noticed its power until
blinding light streamed into their eyes, reflecting through the van’s three
rearview mirrors. Whether it was the setting sun in their faces, the early start
to a fourteen-hour travel day, or Winston’s sudden asthma attack, both had
suffered enough from this day on the road.

The road, for most of the day, had been the old U.S. Highway 30, the
Lincoln Highway, as old-timers still called it. It originated in the years before
World War I during the tenure of President William Howard Taft, who
believed a transcontinental highway would improve communications among
the states. While improved communication among the states was probably
minimal, it most certainly improved transportation among the peoples of California
and New York and all the states in between along a line that included
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Iowa, Nebraska, Wyoming, Colorado, Utah,
and Nevada. Financed, in part, by the growing automobile industry, it was
certainly a boom to the long-term interests of Henry Ford and General
Motors, in particular.

Comments are closed.