Roadside USA (1997)

If there’s one thing you can say about the USA, it’s that you can’t generalise about Americans…

Austin Vince started his hitch-hiking career in 1977 as a means of avoiding the long hikes demanded of his scout troop, the 11th Harrow. His first longish American hitch wasn’t until he was 22 with a warm-up four day jolly of 1800 miles from San Francisco to Kansas City. He’d got the bug and in 1997, after the low budget joys of Mondo Enduro, he recruited his fellow school teacher and co-rider, Clive Greenhough, for the next project: Roadside USA. Once the summer holidays came they flew to New York and then hitch-hiked down to Miami, across to Los Angeles, north up to Portland then back across the mid-west finally returning to New York 7 weeks and 11,000 miles later. They were determined to get to know real America and they did this by simply filming an interview in the car of everyone that gave them a ride! It was a deliciously enriching experience and of course everyone back in the UK asked the same question: