Strapped into an American Dream captures America by whirling readers along a 35,000-mile trek through the 48 contiguous states in a rebuilt RV. Glenn Maynard brings this journey to all of the armchair travelers who will love this adrenaline rush. One week following his wedding, Glenn and his wife quit their jobs, sold their cars, and set out to find America. This book details how they were able to realize this dream, and then introduces the unique people they met and places they visited along the path. Travel with them through 23 National Parks, Las Vegas, Mardi Gras, and dusty ghost towns. Feel the rush from tornadoes and the rocking from an earthquake. Sleep on roadsides and in truck stops, shifting from state to state, risking danger in favor of a limited bank account. The maps in hand directed these two adventurers who decided to get lost in America, and ended up finding America as a result of their constant thirst for its history. These are the dreams of many Americans in all walks of life. So many people want to travel the country, but few realize this dream. They may do so vicariously by reading about these adventures. Feel your adrenaline rise while reading this book. Laugh along the way. Share the terror, sorrow, and humor as these feelings surge through all of the armchair travelers who wish to be strapped into an American dream.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I wanted to travel the country and write about my experiences. Then I wrapped a marriage around it and the journey became a honeymoon. It evolved from there and became a one-year honeymoon in an RV through the 48 continental states, Canada and Mexico. There was so much to write about that I had to trim the text down considerably in this Best Of travel book.
After the pressure of trying to see it all in Grand Teton and Yellowstone, we now noticed a great weight lifted. Rolling into Gardiner equated rolling into a soothing, relaxed, and gentle atmosphere. It saved us from that affliction called tourism. This was a dramatic change, like when you come into a house on a cold and snowy winter's day, then slam the door, and sound of the howling wind is transformed into silence. We savored the moment then melted with the swift river nearby, which became our music as we slept.
What I discovered when I awoke put me in awe, and it was what we had set off to find last May. Being the first one up just as the light of this new day began to enter the valley, I pulled the back shade to find our camper in a low valley surrounded by towering mountains of rock. Crumbled pieces were piled at every level, and a half moon still maintained its presence in the sky. The Yellowstone River still rushed past as it had while we had drifted off to sleep the night before. Infrequent echoes from passing motorists came and went. I could hear the sound of their motors trail off then dissolve into the horizon.
My mood was instantly transcended into an inner peace that crept into my body, taking it hostage. I enjoyed this peacefulness, this lonesomeness. I inhaled deeply and exhaled gently, feeling more alive than ever.
Needing to take in the entire picture, I strolled to the Yellowstone River about ten seconds away. The soothing water, swirling and twisting its way along the narrow river of protruding rocks and past the banks containing it, constantly provided the tune we so cherished. Standing small, admiring the scenery before me, I searched for wildlife, but saw none. That didn't matter, though, because life prospered all around, and to me it was wild.
Sometimes we simply could not pick up and leave a place, and Gardiner qualified as such a place. We needed another night to fully appreciate its offering, and we had only seen a couple miles of Montana. We wanted stability for a full twenty-four hours, and what better place than where we were? A plane or an automobile would be our only infrequent disturbance, so we agreed to use this area as a stopover.
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