What would be the ultimate, the really definitively mythic, way to
see the United States? You’d need to ride in some big old beautiful
boat from Detroit — a ’55 Caddy, say, towing a silver Airstream
trailer. You’d take mostly what William Least Heat Moon called the
‘blue highways’ — the state and county roads that run past the
lonely small-town roller rinks and drive-ins. You’d cross the
Southwest, past Anasazi ruins and along endless visionary horizons.
You’d stop for long talks with local characters on creaky porches
and in dim bars.
And that’s just how you travel when you sign on with Tad
Dream Safari. Pierson, a fortyish jack-of-all-trades who’s
lived all over the world and now resides in McPherson, Kansas,
takes just six people at a time in his absolutely cherry ’55
Cadillac (the Airstream Bubble Edition that’s attached is a ’53)
through Santa Fe, Sedona, Tombstone, and other mythic spots. You
pay $185 a day and avoid the perky face of the American hospitality
industry; the motels and coffee shops that Pierson chooses are the
classical-funky American kind. (Some nights, you get to sleep in
the Airstream, of course.) The full Desert Southwest Tour is a
This fall (1995), Pierson will inaugurate another classic
American journey: a one-month Blues Pilgrimage that winds, ever so
slowly, from New Orleans to Chicago. The Caddy will stop at little
crossroads nightclubs, riverside blues festivals, the birthplaces
of great musicians, and other spots along the blues road. Music-
and myth- minded travelers can join for a few days or the duration.
Call American Dream Safaris at 901-527-8870 for details.