I've read both of those..great writing. Have you read any of the travelogues by Bill Bryson? An American who has lived in the UK for years...great stuff.
Thanks Rob I will have to look into his work. Blue Highways was recommended to me by Dean Milano. I believe he wrote a song about it.
BTW- I've always wanted to write the great American novel. I'm about two chapters into an interesting tale. Don't know how this will work out, or if it will be another of my unfinished projects... like half my models!