It is not due to the bug, but rather the purposes to which the bug was used.
Long drives into the unknown clearly evidence two Americas: one we all know and love, and another characterized by unrecognizable states of fear, coercion, and repression.
Feminist and life-long Democrat Naomi Wolf has noticed the same in travels through the western U.S. The coastal states have become fear-based and authoritarian, where parents no longer have jurisdiction over their children (when it comes to shots, masks, schooling), and dictatorial emergency powers are forever. Crossing into Western red states, she immediately feels the old freedom – in places she until recently thought of as the enemy camp. Wolf, who supported the Biden takeover, now recognizes her massive mistake.
Here my fearless Border Patrol dog, Zeno, and I ascend into the cooling reaches of the Blue Ridge Mountains, long our favorite retreat, and continue north well inland (along the upper Appalachian spine) to avoid the terrorized coastal Northeast for a bit longer. [Please hover over images for captions.]