King of the Highway



What you've done becomes the judge of what you're going to do - especially in other people's minds.
When you're travelling, you are what you are right there and then.
People don't have your past to hold against you.  No yesterdays on the road.

- William Least Heat Moon

by Dana Lyons


Cruisin' cross the USA, takin' in the land,
Wider than a Cadillac, longer than a van,
Capacity 16 children, four tubes of old toothpaste,
Three tanks for the gasoline, two tanks for the waste,

Mom and Dad in the front seat, country on the radio,
Tim and Jim at the table, rock on the stereo,
Sue and Lou in the backroom, trumpet and clarinet,
Sissy’s still in the bathroom, Junior’s pants are wet,

Chorus: The modern cowhands ride in velvet saddles,
On horses made of fibreglass they fly,
Air-conditioned covered wagons cross the Amprairy,
The pioneering spirit never dies,

The tenters watch with wonder, the bikers are afraid,
The rangers take their aspirin, the animals run away,
The truckers see a road block, the wagons see a wall,
The compacts see a mountain, the horses see a stall,


From Jersey to Miami without stopping,
From Texas to Alaska in one day,
The stories of these heroes are astounding,
The tickets and the tolls they had to pay,

So if you’re out there cruisin' on a US Interstate,
And you see that great white wonder, please make no mistake,
On the road there is no justice, might always makes right,
The suburban yacht is the king of the road, so you'd better get that right,


General Motors Advanced Design Group Envisages “The Mobile Home”

Never mind that this photo makes the vehicle look to be 25 feet wide.  Ignore that.

With the internet unchaining millions from a daily job and a geographic location, mobile living environments will be in for some serious attention in the coming century and we’ve seen few as promising as this.  The GMC PAD is an urban loft with mobility, a concept for living in the ever-changing cultural landscape of Southern California or, quite simply, a modern alternative for those priced out of Southern California’s escalating housing market.  It’s a home ownership concept that enables cultural and geographic freedom for the modern city dweller.  It’s a concept that represents a reasoned solution to the problems of urban sprawl, development, and its damaging effects on the region’s environment.  The PAD is the entry of the General Motors Advanced Design Group in the LA Auto Show “California Design Challenge” which will be judged in January.  The PAD has also been created with modularity in mind.  As such, the vehicle could easily be adapted for use in government roles such as disaster response and emergency housing as well as public sector uses such as Star Waggons for the entertainment industry or on-site management offices for events, construction, and media.

With the PAD, your LA Adventure is your next stop.  It’s where you live, where you work, or merely where you want to be.  Whether located in walking distance from your job @ TBWA\Chiat\Day, spending a couple evenings along Pacific Coast Highway, or wintering at Mammoth, with the GMC PAD, home is where you want it.  And commuting is what other people do.

The GMC PAD features a Diesel-Electric hybrid system, which acts as a generator for the onboard power grid as well as propulsion for DriveMode.  With the PAD’s resource management technology, onboard fuel & water supplies would last for weeks or even months on end.  During daylight hours, the PAD’s SkyDeck features 6 square metres of photovoltaic cells that collect and store the sun’s natural energy.  An electromagnetic suspension aids in levelling and stabilization when the PAD is being used in the LifeMode as well as remarkably easy handling while in DriveMode.

Direct TV, OnStar, XM Satellite Wi-Fi and are continually online to provide an endless variety of entertainment, information and security options and the PAD’s LCD interior architecture creates a media-rich environment unlike any other.  Electronically variable exterior glazing means privacy is always at your fingertips.  The PAD’s rearmost area is devoted to a personal spa created in conjunction with Kohler.  The food prep / kitchen area features a full suite of PAD-specific appliances developed by Thermador and, with a teraflop of on board memory, the digital life has never been so deep and abundant.

For outdoor living, the PAD features an integrated SkyDeck for enjoying the sights and sounds of LA culture.

Source: 7 December 2005

Correct me if I'm wrong, but it appears that each end of this vehicle is made of glass.  This makes the thought of a head-on collision very scary indeed.  Also, I guess the single axle is in the front?  That means the spa is over the double wheels  In that case, do the inhabitants sleep?  On the roof, you say?  The photo below makes it appear the double axle is in the front - but that seems to make the steps on the wrong side for American drivers...

This is a lovely vehicle and has potential.  But it is NOT geared for the liveaboard, despite what they day.  It looks like it is being pitched to the partyaboard.

Any Way You Get There...



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