Going out… taking off “on the road” is an American rite of passage. It insinuates discovering your homeland — and even your own self. Going on the road answers questions about who we are. What is an American? In some ways “on the road” is a metaphor for “America”.
RoadSpoke’s app seeks to discover America. It turns drives into explorations by uncovering — at almost every exit and looming landmark — what happened… HERE.
On a bleak 4, 6, or 8 eight lane tabla rasa, we add context to everything you see. This roadside reveal illuminates our common heritage and unravels our collective DNA. It’s absolutely fascinating how much occurred in our own backyards — to hear where T Rex trod or why Washington strode and which Union or Rebel soldier died.
But does RoadSpoke succeed?
Annually lots of folks go out to search for America — to find her secrets and OUR essence. In fact, every year 212 million Americans take a road trip for pleasure.
All of them follow asphalt trails to uncover America’s promise. “On the Road” promises boundless horizons and fruitful plains. Beat writer Jack Kerouac did it.
His joyful stream-of-consciousness novel “On the Road” is credited with being the 1950’s opus that “turned on” a generation. It propelled rebellious ’60's kids to forfeit middle America. Hundreds of Thousand hit the road with nothing but a dream and a thumb to hitch hike by.
Before Kerouac, during the Depression, Nobel Literati John Steinbeck sent his Okies rolling west along Route 66, the Mother Road. Like Americans every day, the hopeful Joad family manifestly searched for a brighter future.
In 1967, CBS Reporter Charles Kuralt started a series called "On the Road”. It became a regular feature on "The CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite". Kuralt wandered “America The Beautiful” in a motor home in search of her people and their stories. The show lasted almost 40 years and he wore out 6 RV’s before he was through.
When discussing the show’s popularity, Kuralt said, “The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.”
Kuralt famously avoided the interstates in favor of the nation's side streets. He also said, “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything...”
Ok…Maybe you still won’t SEE much on RoadSpoke’s Interstates. But like Kuralt’s series, there will be stories by and about local folks…but also about the high and mighty. So you will witness America where it happened.
Rest assured: RoadSpoke’s app empowers Road Trippers to hear all you should love about what happened out there… out on the Open Road — from sea to shining sea!
So Welcome to the Spoken Road!