The Exhilaration of the Road


John Burroughs

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Tonight, we’ll read a short work by John Burroughs called "The Exhilaration of the Road". It is taken from a compilation titled "The Footpath Way", an anthology for walkers published in 1911. John Burroughs was an American nature essayist, active in the U.S. conservation movement. Burroughs accompanied many personalities of the time in his later years, including Theodore Roosevelt, Henry Ford (who gave him an automobile), and Thomas Edison. According to Ford, "John Burroughs, Edison, and I made several vagabond trips together. We went in motor caravans and slept under canvas.”