On the Road with Steinbeck...

We left this morning at o'dark thirty- my favorite time of day to start an adventure. We headed south on 395, I in my car, Steve and his mom in hers. We joined her winter migration, returning her to SoCal before our hopefully epic weather arrives.

I chose to travel the long road with the words of John Steinbeck. I know I read The Grapes of Wrath at some point. But this experience, alone in my car on the open road, was extra special. It left me thankful and sad, simultaneously.
At once naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath is perhaps the most American of American classics. Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation during the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s, The Grapes of Wrath is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are forced to travel west to the promised land of California.
I found myself hoping for traffic jams and red lights for the audiobook is 21 hours long and the reader's voice is mesmerizing.

“The last clear definite function of men—muscles aching to work,
minds aching to create beyond the single need—this is man.”
― John Steinbeck

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