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One man, one car, no chains, and one hell of a coast-to-coast adventure

The plan was simple. Go to America. Buy a second-hand car. Drive coast-to-coast without giving any money to The Man™. What could possibly go wrong?

Dismayed by the relentless onslaught of faceless American chains muscling in where local businesses had once thrived, Dave Gorman set off on the ultimate American road trip – in search of the true, independent heart of the U S of A. He would eat cherry pie from local diners, re-fuel at dusty gas stations and stock up on supplies from Mom and Pop’s grocery store. At least that was the idea. But when did you last see an independent gas station?

Gamely, Dave beds down in a Colorado trailer park, sleeps in an Oregon forest treehouse, and even spends Thanksgiving with a Mexican family in Kansas. But when his trip mutates into an odyssey of near-epic proportions and he finds himself being threatened at gun point in Mississippi, Dave starts to worry about what's going to break down next. The car... or him?

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The road trip of a lifetime

The Times

An epic quest across America

Boys Toys

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780091899370

    May 1, 2009

    Ebury Press

    384 pages

    RRP $27.99

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  • EBook

    9781448146154

    March 31, 2012

    Ebury Digital

    384 pages

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