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Old 11-13-2013, 02:31 AM   #28
MichaelJ
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Originally Posted by Gary France View Post
Alas, I have no plans currently for a part 2, but one day...
Planning is critical. If you don't have a plan, you can't deviate from it.

Absolutely - you missed the Pacific Northwest and the Southeast/Appalachains entirely. There are still immense regional differences, but these are rapidly disappearing as mass media homogenizes the country.

Oddly, I'm seeing a reverse trend in Europe as regional identities and languages are re-emerging - especially in the Alpine regions.

Glad that you enjoyed your ride. One needs to spend a significant amount of time in another culture to be able to get below the surface gloss/stereotypes and appreciate it.
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