Time seems to have stopped in spots along the Lincoln Highway, America’s first cross-country freeway.
Conceived in 1913, when paved roads existed only in big cities, the highway (also known as US 30) connected 13 states and 700 communities from New York to San Francisco. After World War II, motorists began bypassing it for interstates and freeways with no traffic signals, stop signs or 25-mph speed limits.
Yet it remains the best route to America’s heartland, populated by voters whose moods elude most pundits in this election cycle. These are people disconnected from New York’s cosmopolitan pace or Washington’s political elites. They value small-town connections to family, community and livelihoods; they rarely consider moving, despite a lack of opportunity.
Driving along this highway from the rolling hills of the Appalachian Mountains in Clinton, Pa., to the base of the Rocky Mountains in Cheyenne, Wyo. (and following a spur south before stopping near Denver), it is possible to capture a national mood. Few of these people ardently support either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. Many said they won’t vote this time. Almost everyone seems let down by this election and the candidates with their scandal-tainted backgrounds and negative campaigns.
Read the full story here: Why America can’t make up its mind days before the election