Not Your Typical American Holiday

Admittedly, I had some reservations as I planned my route through 10 states lodging in campgrounds, hotels and with friends in Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee and Ohio. This wasn't my first trip to the USA, rather about my 30th, but unlike others I wanted to learn what was on the minds of everyday Americans. As a self-proclaimed US election junky I could hold my own in the conversation and share my Canadian perspective on current events. At no time did I feel or hear a panic about a collapsing economy or about a country in chaos, rather I learned about compassion for the families affected by recent tragedy, a need to improve race relations and a desire to institute gun reform. These were thoughts from charitable people grappling with and if their government was willing to lead the change.