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Travel and Leisure: What it’s like to take an Airstream road trip across the country

From the bloggers at Travel and Leisure.

One week before my fiancé and I threw our lives into a 16-foot camper trailer and embarked on a yearlong tour of the Lower 48, I picked up a copy of The Longest Road: Overland in Search of America, From Key West to the Arctic Ocean by Philip Caputo. A friend had recommended Caputo’s work, not because Caputo had completed a similar cross-country journey of his own, but because we were heading straight to Arizona, and I have a thing for reading authors in their home states.

Caputo is perhaps best known for A Rumor of War, his 1977 Vietnam War memoir. But it wasn’t until a last-minute run to Barnes & Noble that The Longest Road even hit my radar. “He has that war book,” the sales clerk told me. “But I loved his road book. My husband and I listened to the whole thing on audiobook. We’ve been looking for used Airstreams ever since.”

Barely one week later, I found myself in Patagonia, Arizona, sipping tequila with Caputo—also a Pulitzer-Prize winning journalist and author of eight novels—in a dimly lit bar called the Wagon Wheel Saloon, talking about his work, his travels and that “sense of discovery” on the road.You could spend your winters anywhere. How did you end up in Patagonia, Arizona, a town of just 900 people?

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