To Our Readers: May 19, 1997

Upholding an American tradition that stretches from the early pioneers to Mark Twain to the Merry Pranksters, a caravan of TIME journalists set off across the country last week. With due ceremony, they dipped their hands in the waters of the Atlantic Ocean, then boarded a Greyhound bus in Ocean City, Md. They followed no campaign trail, no flood line, no militia uprising, but rather the road itself--U.S. Highway 50. "As reporters, we regularly fly to crisis spots and world capitals," says managing editor Walter Isaacson, who caught up with the bus in Cincinnati on Thursday. "But we don't often make...

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