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It only takes five minutes to travel from coast to coast

One redditor found a way to record his cross-country trip. All you need is five minutes to experience it in all its glory.


Kevin Morris


Posted on Sep 16, 2011   Updated on Jun 3, 2021, 2:43 am CDT

Ever wondered what it would be like to travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic in under five minutes?

Seattle resident and Reddit user smithje’s wife recently got a new job across the country in Maine. Only problem? She, and their young son, planned to fly out ahead of him. He was stuck driving across country — just he and his dog.

So smithje decided to do something a little special during his coast-to-coast drive. A software engineer, he knew his way around computer languages. So he wrote up some code for his Droid X and then attached the smart phone to the dashboard of his car — “I wanted to be able to show [my wife] where I went,” he told the Daily Dot.

The phone snapped a photo every 90 seconds of his trip, which he compiled into a video that clocked in at just under five minutes long. Then he recorded a cover of “I Ain’t Got No Home” by Woody Guthrie, added it to his movie, and posted it to social news site Reddit. (He’s clearly a multi-talented guy, judging by the video and song)

It’s become a big hit on the site’s r/videos section today, hovering near the top and receiving almost 500 comments.

“It’s fascinating to me that technology has come to the point where I can take something out of my pocket and do something as cool as this,” smithje told the Daily Dot.

The redditor said he learned a few important things on the trip: Butte, Montana boasts one of the most dangerous stretches of highway in the country; Ohio has a whole lot of police; and Montana has just about none.

He also managed to see the Google street view car twice, an X Factor USA truck, and an Extreme Makeover Home Edition bus.

Check the full video below. But if bug guts frighten you, be forewarned: a great deal of arthropods were harmed in the making of this video.

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*First Published: Sep 16, 2011, 5:38 pm CDT