WPC: Silence On the Road Across America

Silence may be as variously shaded as speech.~Edith Wharton

We took to the road for a long-awaited journey to the Southwest.  As cities, farmland and forests flashed by and the sun shifted overhead, vast stretches of land swept past.  Silence surrounded us.  Fields and farms, wind and snow.  Silence was a shape-shifter that took many forms.

The Sun Setting Through the Trees in Indiana

Silence is a source of great strength.~Lao Tzu

On Fire at Sunset. Shot with a Samsung S7. Indiana.

Sunset Ride, Kansas

Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.~Francis Bacon

Sunset Ride, Kansas. Shot was a Samsung Galaxy S7

Palm Tree Silhouette, Arizona

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.~Confucius

Sounds of Silence. Arizona.  Shot with a Samsung Galaxy S7.

Looking Up, Arizona

Silence is more eloquent than words.~Thomas Carlyle

Palm Tree Dance.  Phoenix, Arizona.  Shot with a Samsung Galaxy S7

Listen closely and you will hear a siren song of the road and this land–its beauty, desolation and majesty.  A song of wanderlust, greed, and adventure.

One night, we picked up a winding road that traced the route of the Pony Express through the mountains.  Snug in our car, I thought of their cold, windswept journeys.   Adventurous, unafraid, confident, these riders crossed the great divide of prairie, mountains and desert, lingering long enough to fill a canteen before moving on.

I’ll end this post with a bittersweet song of the road, written several decades ago by Paul Simon.    I also invite you to share your idea of a great road trip.  Where did you go (or plan to go)?  For how long?  And have an inspiring week, no matter where you are!

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  1. Great post. When my job was cut in 2003, I took a five week road trip from Seattle to Maine and back. It was a great experience, though a bit solitary at times. I tried to stop at one attraction or historic site/park each day and visited family and friends as I crossed the country. My goal was to see all five of the Great Lakes. I managed to do so, though Lake Huron was a blur in a rainstorm. 🙂

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    • Hi, Marie. So glad you enjoyed this post. That’s a great idea….to take advantage of some unexpected free time. Sorry that you lost your job though! How long did it take you to make the trip? We saw family and friends too on the way. Those visits are some of the highlights of the trip, for sure.

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