A quarter-century ago, the American landscape was very different from what it is today. We feel 150 years old to admit we started hunting for roadfood, there were no Wal-Marts, no Kmarts, no Home Depots, no Targets, no Outbacks, no Olive Gardens, no Red Lobsters and no Starbuckses. There was fast food, but it wasn't everywhere. This was a good thing.
Every place we went looked different. Today, a lot of Connecticut looks like Arizona, which looks like North Carolina, which looks like Illinois. It is possible to crisscross this country and never eat, shop, or stay in a strange place. This is not a good thing.
- Jane & Michael Stern, Two For The Road