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Slow down, it's Maine
Slow down, it's Maine

BELFAST, Maine — The first sign says, "Slow." Then, about 50 feet down this back road in mid-coast Maine, there's a second sign. It says, "Slower." I ease up on the pedal. That about sums up the rhythm of life in this part of Maine, which is about as far as you can get from L.A. and still be in the same country (and sometimes it feels like another one). On this trip, I'm looking to go slower. Or maybe even go in reverse, to a bit of America that's like a half-remembered dream — to a time when books cost a dollar, dinner at the drive-in was as fast as food got and an overnight suitcase was called a "possibilities bag." Sure, Maine...

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