As I research my way through Route 6 cities and towns, I understand what Seeger was telling me. Small towns are in decline, businesses and corporations move out leaving unemployment in their wake. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and fires wreak havoc. And yet, there's this strength out there, people helping neighbors, recreating downtowns, preserving what's important. A thousand little initiatives on Route 6.
And, just so you know, I'll be traversing and then crossing the Hudson River - so breathtaking it inspired a whole school of art. Stay on Route 6 and you'll see it, too.